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Feb 7, 2007 09:56 AM

Decent vegetarian fare between LAX and Culver City?

Hi... The wife has friends (middle age to seniors) who will be staying near LAX, in need of solid vegetarian fare without driving too far afield from Sepulveda blvd.. Any decent sit-down and/or take-out options? Thanks in advance!

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  1. if these folks are open to thai food, i recommend ayara thai cuisine.
    it is located very near the intersection of sepulvedan and manchester in the LAX area.
    they can order anything off the 'FROM THE WOK' section of the menu as vegetarian/made with tofu.

    Ayara Thai Cuisine
    6245 W 87th St (Cross Street: Truxton Avenue)
    Los Angeles, CA 90045View Map
    (310) 410-8848

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    1. re: westsidegal

      Just be very careful at virtually any non-veg Thai restaurant and make sure they understand that you mean "no fish sauce, shrimp paste, oyster sauce" etc. when you say "vegetarian". Many Thai restaurants have a "Vegetarian" or "Vegetables" section but still use fish sauce or other fish ingredients.

    2. Papillon in El Segundo, on Main Street is quite tasty Phillipino food with lots (all?) vegetarian options.

      1. Leaf in Culver City is on Washington just off the 405 - I haven't eaten there, but its been recommended by a vegetarian friend of mine.

        PS -- second the Ayara Thai recommendation. One of my favorites.

        1. How about those restaurants on Venice just East of Sepulveda. I think there are plenty of good choices like Annapurna (all veg), Gaby's Mediterranean & Katmandu Kitchen (with good options, not all veg). Tender Greens in Culver City would be nice for the variety of salads - such good produce & it's super easy to ask them to leave off any meat as they make the salads in front of you.

          I think Leaf is an excellent choice logisitically and if they are hard-core vegetarian purist folks they might love it (maybe a raw place would be a novelty they'd enjoy as well). I have to say I had one of the worst meals ever there & I would never go back. But I am in no way a vegetarian and think the raw premise is bogus. With a different set of expectations, maybe it's a more enjoyable place. Hard to believe it would make the food taste better though.

          Also though I haven't tried it, there's that vegan place on National near Rose. Next to Indo Cafe and El Nopal. That's not too far off from Sepulveda (a couple blocks east of Overland).

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          1. re: ks in la

            I *am* a vegetarian, and I don't recommend Leaf (well unless they are looking for a very "cleansing" meal).

            I don't know if it would be their style, or if the location would work, but Native Foods in Westwood is really good. A lot burger type stuff, but also plenty of more traditional (but flavorful) vegetarian fare. Le Pain Quotidien in Westwood also has some good veg and vegan options if you're looking for a lunch or breakfast spot.

            I don't know if it's too far (it's not actually that far from the airport), but I have a soft spot in my heart for The Spot in Hermosa Beach (and also The Green Temple in Redondo). It's kind of 1970s style vegetarian food - not exactly gourmet. But I really, really like this one dish they both serve - greens, brown rice, pinto beans, with a savory tofu sauce on top, and cornbread on the side. Sounds boring, but I seriously crave it sometimes.

            Gr/eats on Sawtelle has some good vegetarian options. Not sure if it would be the best choice in this case, but thought I'd mention it.

            The vegan place on National is called The Vegan Spot, I think. It's just like the other "... Vegan" restaurants, though I haven't been to that one specifically. See: for more info about those restaurants.

            I feel like I should have more suggestions considering I work on the west side... I'll post if I think of anything else.

            1. re: ks in la

              i, too, 'am' a vegetarian, and i thought the food at leaf was horrid.
              also, it was very upsetting to the digestive system.

              1. re: westsidegal

                I'm a former vegan who still enjoys vegan and vegetarian food quite a bit and I hate Leaf.

                Not only is the food lousy, but the staff/service has a holier than thou, jerky attitude.

                Samosa House is on the same street, sort of. It's better vegetarian any day of the week.

                1. re: PaulF

                  gotta agree with you.
                  samosa house is on my regular rotation.
                  i love so many of their dishes, it's hard to stay away.

            2. Tender Greens in Culver City. Beautiful roasted farm fresh organic veggies, lovely lettuces, soups.