Los Angeles Vegan Restaurant Guide

6 Sep

One of the great things about living in southern California is the availability of plant based and organic food options.  They have especially been growing in popularity since people are becoming more health conscious.  I am lucky to live in Hollywood and near a lot of vegan restaurants.  However, travelling around to different areas, I like to see what’s available and try new places.

Here are some that have made my favorite list so far….

 

Café GratitudeImage

Located in quaint Larchmont Village and the trendy Abbot Kinney, this is one of the most popular vegan restaurant in the Los Angeles.  Plant and meat eaters alike flock to this restaurant for their inventive, flavorful vegan dishes. 

The theme of Café Gratitude is apparent in the name.  Each dish is titled with a short mantra and there is always a question of the day which the server presents to you when you sit.  This is a nice way to stimulate meaningful conversation with your dining guests.  The staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items.

It can tend to get busy, especially in the evenings and on weekends.  Reservations are recommended as waits can sometimes be up to 45 minutes.

http://cafegratitudela.com/

 

M Café

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M Café focuses on macrobiotic cuisine, so their food is not all vegan.  However, they do have a great deal of vegan options. They serve breakfast on weekdays until 11:30am and extend brunch on the weekend.

They have a wonderful selection of sandwiches, soups and salads.  In addition, they sell their salads by the pound, so you can take all your favorite dishes home with you.  A major bonus here is the desserts they offer, all of which are prepared without any eggs or refined sugar.

M café has two locations, one on Melrose in Hollywood and one in Beverly Hills.

http://mcafedechaya.com/

 

Elderberries

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Elderberries offers a quiet, comfortable refuge from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Blvd where it is located.  The brightly colored, eclectic décor is comfortable and homey. 

The kale and corn chowder is a must try when visiting this place.  Also, the homemade fig chutney that they feature on a few of their sandwiches adds a delicious and unexpected flavor. 

In addition to all the wonderful food, they have weekly community meetings every Monday and live music and poetry on select nights.  You check their website to stay informed of upcoming events.

http://www.elderberriescafe.com/

 

MAKE

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Located on the upper dining deck at Santa Monica Place mall this sophisticated eatery offers a sit down restaurant as well as a to go counter which offers juices, smoothies and snacks.

MAKE is the work of Matthew Kenney, one of the world’s leading raw foods chefs.  He has written several cookbooks and is an entrepreneur focused on plant based cuisine.

The menu features innovative dishes inspired by seasonal, local produce.  While it is a bit pricey, $15 – $18 for a dish, it is well worth it.  This is unlike any other raw or plant based food you’ll try.

http://matthewkenneycuisine.com/restaurants/santa-monica/m-a-k-e/

 

Crossroads

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Celebrity chef Tal Ronnen is the founder and chef of this West Hollywood eatery.  The elegant, upscale dining room is perfect for a romantic date or a night out with friends.

The menu is all small plates with various global influences.  The dishes are inventive and sophisticated in flavor and appearance.  They offer something for everyone’s tastes and the affordable prices make it accessible.

The upscale approach to vegan food is not something that is done very often and Crossroads does it beautifully.  This is becoming one of my new favorite plant based restaurants in LA!

http://www.crossroadskitchen.com/

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