The smoked gluten at Beansprouts in Arcadia is great. It *is* salty, but so deeply smoked it truly is the only vegan approximation of cold smoked barbecue. I mean it, it's wonderful. I often drive to Arcadia from Mt. Washington just to get a few orders to squirrel away.
They also have very good sushi-type vegetable rolls and an unusual crispy bean curd and seaweed appetizer encrusted with honey-lashed sesame seeds.
I absolutely LOVE the food from the Vegetarian Soul Food booth and the Hollywood Farmer's market. All of the food is vegan, contrary to the name of the place. The dinner plate is $10 and consists of good-sized helpings of kale, beans, rice, delicious mac and 'cheese' and even more delicious barbecued tofu. Perfect with a strawberry lemonade from the booth across the way!
re: Das Ubergeek
I hate to disagree once again, but I didn't think the arborio rice crusted mushrooms were that special. I was really looking forward to them, because I /love/ both mushrooms and risotto, but I thought that appetizer was merely Ok. I do like Madeleine Bistro overall, though, and the desserts there are great.
A few not mentioned...
The veggie chilis at Chili My Soul (they're generally not served at Jinky's or other outposts that serve their chilis)
Most items at Madeleine Bistro
Mac'n'Cheese at Koo Koo Roo (I know, I know) and Kate Mantilini
buttermilk pancakes at Du-Pars
Mao's Chinese Kitchen-- almost everything w/ meat subs... love the kung pao
Omelettes at Hugo's (and oatmeal frittata), The Firehouse, Eat Well, Ed's Coffee Shop
Miso glazed eggplant at Whole Foods
Mrs Winston's salad bar
Campanile's Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Newsroom Cafe- fire-roasted artichoke, quesadillas, blue corn waffle, date smoothie
Salads at The Dressing Room
Oatmeal at Doughboys, John O'Groats, Firehouse, Rose Cafe, Toast, Square One
Pancakes at Griddle Cafe
for hamburgers, try the veggie burger served at the counter.
it is not fake meat, but a composite of vegetables and beans.
i like having it with some of their excellent blue cheese as one of the toppings.
they give you a choice of type of bun, but if you are interested in cutting carbs/calories, they will serve it to you on a bed of lettuce.
santa Monica, CA 90405
also, THE SPOT, in hermosa beach (basically right on the beach at 2nd st), serves excellent vegetarian fare.
110 2nd St, Hermosa Beach - (310) 376-2355
for truly innovative cooking that is inspired by mexican cuisine, try HOMEGIRL CAFE for breakfast or lunch. they have some amazing vegetarian options. imho, they serve TERRIFIC food at very reasonable prices in a hole-in-the-wall luncheonette environment. if they served this stuff anywhere on the westside, they'd be mobbed and i'd be having lunch there everyday.
1818 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
ack - the hamburger recommendation reminded me of one i forgot. surprisingly, houstons (again, in pasadena) has a really yummy veggie burger. this one has beets in it and probably some oats and other stuff i can't quite place. it's probably my favorite non-meat-style veggie burger.
If you search around, some folks have aproximated the recipe. Sounds like beets or beet juice, oats, black beans, maybe prunes, and some other stuff.
It sounds really good. Peta hypes it up here: http://www.peta.org/feat/goldbun/2.html
(I'm surprised, because supposedly there's a honey glaze, at least according to one article I read).
Does anyone know if the veggie burger and bun at Houston's are vegan if you order it without cheese / mayo / whatever? Apparently, the burger itself is entirely vegetable based, but not sure about the bun etc. I'm very curious to try it after reading so many glowing reviews.
i second/recommend everything they serve at samosa house/bharat bazaar
11510 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles California 90066. Tel: 310-398-6766
be sure to try their jackfruit.
shamshiri grill has an entire section of their menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes. my personal favorite is the vegetarian gormeh sabzi.
Shamshiri Grill. 1712 Westwood Blvd. Westwood, CA 96137 (310) 474-1410
26 beach will substitute tofu for meat in any of their great salads and they offer vegetarian burgers
26 Beach Restaurant 3100 Washington Blvd. (just west of Lincoln), Venice • 310-823-7526.
rahel ethiopian restauarant , which is entirely vegan, and is my favorite, has already been mentioned (i recommend trying their shiro ) , but there are two other ethiopian restaurants (not vegetarian) that also serve good vegetarian platters: awash on pico blvd, and meals by genet on fairfax (closed monday and tuesday).
i'm a big fan of the vegetarian udon with mushrooms from kansai in pasadena. be very explicit about not wanting a fishcake in the soup. you can request mushroom-based broth. yum!
native foods has already been mentioned, but i must mention their chicken run ranch burger specifically. it's really good, as is the soy amigo. i love that salad.
min's kitchen in la canada has yummy hosue spicy noodles, though i know lots of chowhounders don't like min's and say it's not authentic. i say, so what? i loves me those house spicy noodles!
jay bharat has some a good roti shak (sp?) special. it's in artesia. they make thse soft little roti that are so tasty.
yujean kang's (pasadena) make a really good braised tofu sheets with mushrooms dish.
van hanh in westminster is all veggie and is amazing. i don't remember what i ate. i couldn't communicate with the staff very well and just pointed at stuff. everything was good.
the vegan duck at inn of the seventh ray!!! delicious. everything else there sucked, though.
la cachette often has good vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menu. i once had some great mushroom or truffle ravioli. i can't remember now. they haven't had them in a while, sadly.
fatty's in eagle rock occasionally has "party in a pretzel" as a special. it used to be a regular item on the menu. it's good!
My recommendation for Native foods (though the extras will drive up the price a little):
Bali Surf Burger, blackened, with caramelized onions and Native cheese, sub fries for slaw.
I'm a little sick of this now (I live and work near Native, so I'm pretty much sick of everything on their menu), but I still have to order it every couple of months.
The duck @ Inn of the Seventh Ray was really good the first time I had it. The second wasn't quite as good, but still pretty good. My dad, a big meat eater and not at all a fan of mock-meat style vegetarian even said it was pretty good.
Well, my wife is a vegetarian of nearly thirty years, and I'm on a heart healthy diet... so here are a few of our favorites:
Fritto Misto's Pumpkin Ravioli
Jinky's S.O.B. Breakfast (don't ask, just try it)
Krua Thai's noodles (they'll make anything on the menu vegetarian if possible)
Vito's Mediterranean Pie
Monte Alban's Quesillo Clayuda and Mole Negro Tamale
Nate 'n' Als' Lima Bean Soup
Native Foods... everything
Damon and Pythias's California Garden Sandwich and Portabella Caprese Sandwich
Mozza's White Bean Bruscetta
El Papillon's... everything
Lucky Baldwin's Alan's Chip Medley (better than their Fish and Chips)
Gallegos’ Pumpkin Tamales
Rajdhani for the whole experience
Chichen Itza's Brazo de Riena and Papadzul
Nook's Chickpea Stew
Sharazad's various Stews and Shirin Polo
Jeon Ju's Dol Sot Bibimbap without meat
Zelo's Barbeque Corn Pizza
Wahoo's Spicy Mushroom Tacos and Onion Rings
Samosa House's... everything
The Counter's house made Veggie burger (better than their beef or turkey)
Acadie's Cabrit Krampouz
El Tepeyac's Vegetarian Burrito
Simpang Asia's Tofu Balado and Sayur Bungkus
Bella Pita's Falafel (the best I've had in California)
CPK's (believe it or not) Grilled Vegetarian Focacia sandwich and Pea Soup
Pinkberry's... well they only really do one thing
Curry Bowl's Egg String Hopper
Jay Bahrat's... everything
Bay Cities Vegetarian, Cheese or Caprese sandwiches with the works
Golden Triangle's Laped Thoke and Vegetarian Pratha Sandwich
Bulgarini Gelato's... anything... especially pistachio
Woodlands' Upuma Dosas
Attari's Kuku Sandwich and Ash Joe
Casa Bianca's Eggplant pizza
Banana Leaf's Nasi Goreng with Tofu
Au Lac's Veggie Spring Rolls and "Pho"
Mama's Hot Tamales especially the sweet corn tamales
Bulan (ne' Busaba) Thai... everything (especially the pumpkin)
Scoops... nearly anything (with obvious exceptions for bacon, and Foie Gras)
La Super Rica's Taco Rajas
True, I got carried away and threw in one or two Orange County and Santa Barbara locations. Of course, strictly speaking, Santa Monica, Beverley Hills, West Hollywood, and so forth shouldn't count as L.A. either. This was more a list of favorite Vegetarian friendly places that I go regularly... I'm pleased to hear you like it, though.
I tried this the other day and thought it was only "Okay." I enjoyed it, but wasn't really overwhelmed. It was good.
The tacos at Sabor, so far, have blown me away. The veggie burrito was good, but not necessarily better than I've had elsewhere. I ended up dousing it with a lot of hot sauce.
(For what it's worth -- one of my best friends was raised in Mexico and we took him and his wife to SaM. They were blown away by the tacos, the quesadillas (the deep fried kind) and the rest of the food. "Best they've ever had," they say, "and they've been back a few times with their families.)