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Vegetarian Suggestions, anyone?

I'm a big fan of great food and restaurants, but I'd like to try some places that offer more than just the standard pasta or risotto vegetarian options. Dairy and eggs are ok; any type of cuisine that doesn't include meat, chicken, fish, or components thereof is also a--ok. I live in Los Feliz, work in Pasadena, but will happily travel to your recommendations. Thanks!

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  1. for persian food, i like SHAMSHIRI GRILL on westwood blvd.
    they have an extensive vegetarian section of their menu that is really good.

    for ethiopian, i like rahel, which is located on fairfax south of olympic. all of rahel's food is vegan and delicious. be sure to ask for awazay (spicy red pepper paste) as a condiment.

    for fantastic lunches (they serve breakfast too but i haven't tried breakfast yet), in boyle heights (north of downtown), go to HOMEGIRL CAFE. they serve fantastic, innovative, fresh-tasting, food that is inspired by mexican cuisine but is not greasy.

    1. There's a vegetarian noodle restaurant called Bean Sprout Cafe on Huntington and First in Arcadia that's pretty good. There are also several good vegetarian Chinese places in the SGV like Vegetarian Wok, Fine Garden, and the Happy Family chain. This thread should help http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367304

      1. Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana. All vegan, and damn tasty. Try the mushrooms with risotto (it's NOT risotto, I did read your post, it's mushrooms crusted with raw arborio rice and toasted -- fantastic) or the Thai curry.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          THe relatively new Elf Cafe on Sunset just west of Alvarado has been getting some good reviews on CH, particularly for a vegetarian restaurant.

        2. India's Flavor (between Glendale and Montrose) has a variety of yummy vegie options. And their garlic naan is TO DIE FOR. Love using it to scoop saag paneer and any of the lentil things on the menu. There are a ton of things I'm not mentioning because I don't remember the names, but you can't go wrong here. The food is incredible. And the couple that own and run it are so sweet. The wife does most of the cooking and I swear the food tastes like it was prepared with love. I'm not even kidding, it does.

          You'll find this little iddy biddy gem of a place in a strip mall on Verdugo: 3303 N. Verdugo. 818-957-5500.

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          1. re: icecream4meplz

            I liked this place the first time I went, but the second time around everything that came to the table was overly sweet; if I went again, I would definitely ask them to hold back on the sugar.

            There's a good all-vegetarian Indian place on Sunset in Silverlake/Hollywood called Paru's, and there are several in the Cerritos area if you're up to the drive. Less good but worth noting is the India Sweets and Spices vegetarian restaurant adjacent to the grocery store of the same name on Los Feliz Blvd in Atwater Village. Again (I mentioned this in another recent thread), that place is at its best if you skip the stuff in the steam trays and get cooked-to-order things off the menu.

            Also, there's a vegan Thai place in Silverlake on Sunset Blvd by the Comfort Inn. I've been there a couple times. It's not the best Thai food in town, but there's something to be said for knowing for sure that you're not eating any fish-sauce or shrimp paste, which are ubiquitous, even in "vegetarian dishes," at most other restaurants.

          2. If you're ever over in Venice, try Mao's Kitchen for Chinese.

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            1. re: Emme

              I believe Mao's Kitchen is now open on Melrose as well.