Good Vegan Restaurants?
I've got a friend coming in from Seattle next week and she's vegan. I'm not vegan(not even vegetarian) so I don't really know of any vegan restaurants. Can someone recommend any good ones in the Santa Monica/Culver City/ West L.A. area? All recommendations will be appreciated :)
I can't recommend RFD -- but Rahel is a great idea. And if you do end up in Sherman Oaks, go 10 minutes further to Tarzana and go to Madeleine Bistro, arguably the only "nice elegant dinner out" vegan restaurant -- their risotto-crusted mushrooms and the Thai curry are excellent -- and try the corn "creme" brulee -- it has to be tasted to be believed. All the things on their menu are completely vegan.
Check the "archives" - lots of suggestions. I would definitely, definitely take your friend to Real Food Daily and Native Foods, maybe M. Café de Chaya, and at least one of the vegetarian Chinese places in the SGV (I posted a list at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/350963#2118708)
I'm also a big fan of Paru's (South Indian veg, w/ plenty of vegan options).
Check this recent thread for some more suggestions:
There are plenty of threads about high end places with vegan options... Grace, Mélisse, La Cachette come to mind off the top of my head.
If you end up needing late night vegan chow, Fred 62 or Brite Spot are probably your best options, or maybe Astro Burger. None of them have amazing food, but if you're hungry.... Toi Thai is also open late (the one on Sunset til 4 on weekends).
All of these are vegan, or offer good vegan options as well as non...
Mao's Kitchen in Venice can do vegan and/or vegetarian on most of their dishes
Newsroom Cafe has vegan options (montana or robertson location)
California Vegan on Santa Monica near Bundy
A Votre Sante on San Vicente has options
Annapurna in Culver City
Gaby's Mediterranean in the marina
Chandni on Wilshire
Toi on Wilshire
All the Ethiopian places on Fairfax will generally accomodate vegan needs
Check out www.vegparadise.com and scroll down to Los Angeles restaurant listings... reviews and all... great link for this query...
one of the ethiopian restaurants on fairfax is entirely vegan: rahel. not only that, they serve great food and their injera is simply the best--has more of the teff flavor than any other.
for thai food ,thai boom will accomodate vegan eaters, as will ayara thai cuisine.
in hermosa beach, THE SPOT, is a vegetarian restaurant that serves many vegan dishes.
for persian, SHAMSHIRI grill has a whole portion of their menu devoted to vegetarian dishes --you would need to call them, though, to find out which ones are vegan.
for indian food, SAMOSA HOUSE has many vegan options, but be aware, that they serve on a styrofoam tray--dunno if you want a better 'dining experience' for an out of towner. this is offset, imho by their WONDERFUL food.