When it comes to the best vegan cuisine and the most plentiful (not to mention unique) options, Los Angeles is at the forefront. It’s known as the United States’ most thriving vegan food scene, and for good reason. Around every corner, and within every shopping center and beachside destination, there are vegan and vegetarian restaurants abound. Keep scrolling to check out these amazing revamped and new vegan restaurants in LA, California along with some similar recipes to make at home from our Food Monster App.
Satdha Plant-Based Thai Kitchen has plenty of delicious Thai-inspired food but made totally vegan. Their menu consists of charred portabello with toasted herb sauce, coconut lemongrass soup, a jackfruit pate, a snap pea Thai salad, and green curry rice.
Sofie said, “I’m not a local, but am 100% a foodie so when my girlfriend suggested Vegan Thai I was all in…I wasn’t at all disappointed. Absolutely incredible, food, service, price & BONUS… getting to be in the same room as an Academy Award winner, was the icing on the cake! Food: endive cups & catfish eggplant!!!” If you want your own at home, try this Snap Pea Salad With Almonds in an Herbed Vinaigrette and this Portobello Pâté!
Find them at 2218 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA.
Matthew Kenney, star plant-based chef, and restaurant extraordinaire has a newer vegan spot in Venice California. At Plant Food and Wine, you’ll find delicious veggie meals on a sunny, pleasing back patio. Their menu includes smoked hummus, kelp noodle cacio e pepe, a mushroom and veggie burger, spicy udon and a chickpea frittata. You can find them at 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, California 90291.
If you can’t make it to Venice, try our Vegetable Udon Stir-Fry With Spicy Sauce and this Chickpea Flour Frittata With Sweet Potatoes and Kale.
Sage Organic Vegan Bistro is organic, sustainable, and besides having delicious cuisines, they also have vegan friendly drinks at the bar. They’re located in Culver City, Echo Park and now Pasadena. You can enjoy a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and a kids menu! For breakfast, they have an all-American vegan platter, or organic wild blueberry pancakes. For lunch or dinner, enjoy coconut ceviche, pulled pork jackfruit bbq, a spicy tempeh black bean hummus wrap, or a Brazilian burrito. The options are endless.
For homemade recipes, try our Cosmic Blueberry Pancakes, Young Coconut Meat Ceviche and this Homemade Flatbread Wraps With White Bean Hummus and Chickpeas. Find them at various California locations.
Upscale and pretty Cafe Gratitude in Beverly Hills has an indoor and outdoor space for you to enjoy plant-based dishes. Their menu features raw zucchini cilantro hummus, flash-fried cauliflower, Mexican bowls, an eggplant parmesan panini and raw pesto kelp noodles. Drinks at the bar contain turmeric and other healthy ingredients.
At Gracias Madre you’ll find every delicious alcoholic beverage you could ever imagine, among fantastically crafted plant-based Mexican food. Their website states, “We serve cuisine inspired by the kitchens of Mexico sourced from locally grown organic ingredients.” And that they do! On their menu, you’ll be delighted to find potato-masa cakes, a quinoa and black eyed pea salad, grilled tofu entrees and chimichangas. Find them at 8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
Located in a crowded strip mall along Beverly Boulevard is where you’ll find this family-owned vegan Thai eatery. Araya’s Place is one of plentiful options. You’ll find Thai classics like pad thai, rice noodles stir-fried in garlic and chili and then unique pairings like tofu cream cheese and cut taro roots sautéed with peanuts. You can also enjoy red curry with fried tofu or pumpkin curry with seitan. They’re located around the U.S but their California address is 8101 1/2 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Little Pine, is a cool and minimal plant-based restaurant owned by DJ, musician and dedicated vegan, Moby. The organic wine list is extensive and the menu is impressive. On it, you’ll find a potato leek soup, grilled asparagus, tofu scrambles and maple tempeh bacon. The restaurant is also open daily for dinner and weekend brunch! Find LP at 2870 Rowena Ave. (W. Silver Lake Dr.) Los Angeles, CA 90039.
Elf Cafe is a plant-based restaurant in Echo Park, LA serving clean food, clean water, and organic wine. They were voted one of LA weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants 2017. On their menu, they have a tasty spicy kale salad, a pan-seared halloumi with spicy tomato masala, a creamy polenta with smoked eggplant purée and tahini avocado purée with fresh pita. Find them at 2135 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
For your own fancy fine vegan food, try our Red Lentil Tikka Masala.
Owner of PYT, Josef Centeno, wanted to make a vegan eatery that doesn’t only serve vegetables. In fact, many meat-eaters and everything in between come here to enjoy heavy, filling and satisfying meals. Although the main menu is vegetarian, it can be made vegan when asked. Enjoy charred cauliflower with lemon, a baby leek tart, farro risotto, coconut tapioca and a massive crudite. Find this stunning restaurant at 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.
Mohawk Bend is popular for their indoor-outdoor space, but also for their menu which brings in eaters of all types. They’re dedicated to bringing you fresh, locally-sourced fare and drink, with ingredients only made in California. Their menus change with the seasons, but currently, you’ll find the ever-popular buffalo cauliflower, vegan chili cheese fries, vegan cheese pizzas, quinoa salads, house-made sodas and plenty of draft beers.
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