Vegan L.A.! What Plant-Heavy Restaurants Do You Love in Your City?
As of this past Saturday I am on the vegan plan! And since I have every intention of sticking with it for the duration of the vegan-for-a-week challenge, I’ve been tapping my memory for favorite veggie spots around Los Angeles.
Most days I’ll likely eat at home since my cooking skews largely vegetarian as it is, and I’m already a vegan cappuccino convert. But restaurants are a whole other story: I tend to go for French and Italian when out—as in butter, cream, cheese, and maybe some dried salami (guh). So in an effort to be ready for curveball plans—like an unforseen lunch meeting (or better yet—an unforseen date!)—I will put these spots on speed dial.
I think it’s super important to go into a challenge like this prepared, not least of all because cheese and salami are hard to resist if the rest of the menu has slim plant pickings. So here are some great vegan-friendly go-tos. Be sure to share favorites in your city in the comments!
M Cafe: It’s an obvious choice for a reason: This popular place has an amazing selection of macrobiotic food. And while not everything is vegan, there is a more than ample selection. The peanut butter kale will not soon be forgotten.
Elf Cafe: This is probably one of LA’s best restaurants, period. (And also one of its best kept secrets). Elf is like the most amazing home-cooked meal you’ve never had.
Real Food Daily: If you’re craving something like nachos or pizza, this is your joint. Is it your first foray into meatlessnes? Well then I highly recommend you head to RFD to ease you in.
Kind Kreme: Welcome to heaven for anyone who is vegan, lactose intolerant, or just tends to get tummy aches from regular ice cream (that’s me!). I can’t believe that Sunday was my first time trying this stuff. Most of their ice creams—and there are many to choose from—are coconut based (without the coconut flavor) and sweetened with agave. They. Are. Bananas. I had the coffee chocolate chip one with a some raw salted caramel sauce. I could weep thinking about it.
Vegan Express: This unassuming little spot has shockingly good Thai curries. It also has French fries, faux chicken nuggets, breakfast burritos, and the best coleslaw I’ve ever eaten (they won’t tell me the secret recipe). Something for everyone, and super cheap too.
Agra Cafe: If you like Indian food, you’ll be golden this week. And while LA isn’t known for its Indian, this strip mall restaurant in Silver Lake offers up some of the best I’ve had (including an actual trip to India). It’s also super affordable, and makes for great delivery food (and even better leftovers).
Okay, L.A. peeps—what other great spots am I missing? As for the rest of you, please share your picks in the comments section so that challenged readers in your city have some guidance too.
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