An Omnivore’s Favorite Vegan Restaurants in LA

An Omnivore’s Favorite Vegan Restaurants in LA

Located at the restaurant My Vegan Gold

We all have a friend (or ten, if you live in LA) who only eats plant-based food and is always trying to show you the best vegan restaurants in your area.  They’ll tell you over and over, “it tastes just like meat! You can’t even tell it’s vegan!” but you don’t necessarily believe them.

Well, as a meat eater myself, I’m here to give you my take on some of the best vegan restaurants in LA that actually fill you up and taste like your regular favorites, only veggie-filled.  I was a vegetarian for almost half of my life, so I’m not here to bag on anyone for making that choice. I personally think it’s an incredible life to live, but it’s just not going to happen for a lot of people.  Still, we are blessed to be living in a city with food options from almost anywhere in the world and on any diet.  Today, I will tell you about my top 5 favorite vegan restaurants around the city.

  1. Gracias Madre: 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

I know, I know, this is a basic first choice.  But I couldn’t deny how incredible this place was despite it’s popularity.  Located on a quieter part of Melrose with actual street parking, Gracias Madre shines in all the right ways.  First, when you enter, you are greeted with a beautifully lit up bar space and high ceilings.  The indoor space looked beautiful but both times I have been there I sat outside, which I recommend if you are able.  The outdoor patio area is decorated with fairy lights and lots of greenery and is just a joy to eat at.  And as for the food? Although the prices are a little steep, everything is incredible.  The servers know their stuff and can take you through the menu without feeling rushed.  They have a vast array of beautiful and strong cocktails of all types, though they are most famous for their tequila and mezcal drinks. My favorite dish I’ve tried is Bowl Uno, which includes soy chorizo, guacamole, cashew creme, and an array of fresh vegetables.  I added the tempeh bacon, a choice I do not regret.  Definitely come here if you’re looking for high-quality Mexican cuisine made completely plant-based.

 

2. Kitchen Mouse: 5904 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

If you find yourself in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Kitchen Mouse is a must-try.  Located in a cute little green storefront, Kitchen Mouse is the spot to go for fresh, organic, vegan cuisine in the area.  My friends and I meet up here often for a weekday lunch, and we always leave full and happy.  It’s the kind of place where you order at the counter and then they bring your food to you, so it has a pretty casual vibe.  I always order the TLT, which has avocado, tomato, tempeh, and lettuce on flax seed toast with aioli and sunflower brittle.  It’s honestly one of my favorite meals ever and non-vegans can get an egg on top too! There are over a dozen other delicious choices and a ton of tea and coffee drinks as well that are strong and yummy.  You really can’t go wrong.

 

3. Flore Vegan3818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Moving now to Silverlake, I recommend Flore as a wonderful lunch spot with a superb menu of food and juice/smoothie options.  My vegetarian friend and I meet up here all the time after a workout, because the drinks are refreshing and the food is filling and flavorful.  Flore includes both a sit-down area as well as a deli with to-go items if you’re in a rush. Everything is organic and you can adjust any of the drinks or food to your liking!  My two favorites (which I always have trouble deciding between!) are the tempeh reuben and the seitan pastrami.  The reuben comes on rye bread with cashew cheese, sauerkraut, and 1000 Island dressing.  The pastrami is also on rye with coleslaw and soy cheese.  Both are big and super good.  You can get a variety of sides and can adjust the bread it comes on, including opting for gluten-free if you wish.  They have everything from breakfast scramble to tacos and pizza so you will definitely find what you want.  And to top it all off they have dozens of juice and smoothie options that will satiate any craving!

 

4. Au Lac: 710 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

So you’ve found yourself in Downtown LA and you want some Vietnamese food with a vegan twist? You’ve come to the right place!  Located in a strip mall in the far back corner, Au Lac is not what you’d expect to find.  Once inside, you’ll be struck by the beautiful dining room space with lots of big booths and chandeliers.  Still, you won’t feel out of place in casual attire as most other customers are are as well.  The servers are very attentive and will walk you through the menu right away.  The food is Vietnamese with a vegan flare and the flavors are great.  All the ingredients they use are organic and natural, and the creator of the restaurant originally opened to show people how a plant-based diet could help people with many illnesses feel like themselves again.  Though I’ve only been here once, Au Lac made the list because of the Garlic Basil Noodle dish.  This dish includes: rice noodles, apple sage soy sausage, garlic, kale, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, spiced olive oil, garnished with fresh thai basil and non-gmo Sriracha.  It is a little pricey ($17) but the serving size is big so I got two meals out of it.  The noodles were dense in the best way and every bite had so much going on I just loved it.  My friend got Bun 33 and also loved it!  Also, we both shared the egg roles and they were probably the best egg roles I’ve ever had! Definitely stop by and give this place a visit.

 

5. Sage: 1700 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

For our final spot on the list, we end up in none other than Echo Park.  Sage is a wonderful, vegan spot committed to buying from local farmers and providing fresh, organic fare to all.  They have different menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner but you honestly can’t go wrong. In many of their dishes they use jackfruit, a fruit that tastes so much like meat you won’t believe it! Beyond that, their menus are extensive.  I’ve tried one of their bowls as well as the jackfruit tacos and loved them both!  Sage sometimes offers live music and events to the community and everyone is always super friendly! Like the other places on this list, the portions do not disappoint. It’s a casual place with a ton of natural light so you’ll be in the best mood when you dine here. I recommend bringing your non-vegan friends here to show them how flavorful vegetables and fruits can be!

3 Replies to “An Omnivore’s Favorite Vegan Restaurants in LA”

  1. Love these recommendations, and I appreciate that you feature plant-based food! I’d also add Organix in Eagle Rock for veg-curious meat-eaters – I had their jackfruit “pulled pork” sandwich there when I was still eating meat (well before I went vegan) and I was absolutely convinced there was no way it was vegan!

  2. I live so close, but I have never tried Gracias Madre. Will definitely try it now! You should also try Crossroads for brunch. I am not a vegan but their food is AMAZING!

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