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Mock Meats in LA?

stoodupinthestairwell Sep 24, 2007 03:22 PM

Hey, does anyone know of some places to get convincing / tasty mock meats in greater LA? Things like the seitan salads at Real Food Daily aren't quite it, I'm trying to find places that openly imitate chicken, steak, et al. while also being vegetarian. Some Chinese places seem to be pretty good with this, are there any more out there in other styles?

  1. Epicure Sep 27, 2007 09:26 AM

    China Beach Bistro in Venice has pretty tasty fake ham in many of the dishes on its vegan menu page (and the added bonus of being BYO for humane oenophiles on a budget).
    Maxwell's Cafe on Washington in MDR (unless, bizarrely, it's still called Culver City in that stretch) has fake sausage patties on the breakfast menu that I think are quite good.

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      Diana Sep 27, 2007 07:41 AM

      Interesting...and today there's a side blurb in the Times about mock meat....


      1. meatlessinla Sep 26, 2007 03:25 PM

        Now this is a topic I can get behind!

        I think Bulan Thai (vegetarian, mostly vegan) has better mock meat (especially the chiken) and general Thai cuisine than the other vegan Thai restaurants mentioned in this thread. You can see a review and pics at: http://meatlessinla.blogspot.com/2007/08/bulan-melrose-ave.html

        Here are some vegetarian restaurant recommendations featuring mock meat:

        - Mighty Vege House on Valley Blvd in Alhambra - see my review w/ pics at http://meatlessinla.blogspot.com/2007...
        - Bean Sprouts in Arcadia
        - Native Foods in Westwood does some fake meat althought I don't think it is their strong suit
        - Tea Shaker and Vegetarian Restaurant in El Monte
        - Fine Garden on Las Tunas in San Gabriel
        - Vegetarian Wok on Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel
        - Veggie Life Vietnamese in El Monte
        - Papillion Vegetarian Cuisine Grill (Phillipino & Chinese) in El Segundo
        - Hospital Cafeteria in the Glendale Adventist Medical Center
        - Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant (Mexican) in Highland Park
        - Vegisoul on Jefferson Blvd.
        - Soul Vegetarian on Pico Blvd
        - Leonor’s Mexican in North Hollywood , Studio City, & Valley Village
        - Garden Wok in Reseda
        - Good Karma Vegan Café (veggie burgers) on the Venice boardwalk

        Non-Vegetarian restaurants with more than one mock meat option on the menu:
        - Brite Spot on Sunset in Echo Park
        - Golden China on Venice in Culver City
        - Mock meat pizza toppings at Stonefire Pizza Co. on La Cienega
        - Mendocino Farms in Downtown serves gourmet sandwiches w/ soy bacon & cutlets
        - Astro Burger on Melrose in Hollywood

        Many Shainghainese restaurants feature vegetarian meats such as the smoked "duck" appetizer. I just had vegetarian kidneys at Chang's Garden in Arcadia

        You can get good mock meat products for cooking at:
        - Bodhi Vegetarian Supply on Valley Blvd in Alhambra
        - Veggie Express on Garvey in Monterey Park
        - ABC Christian (Adventist) Supplies & Health Food Store in Glendale

        There are also a bunch of vegetarian places in Orange County. I know I'll think of more...

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        1. re: meatlessinla
          goodhealthgourmet Sep 27, 2007 10:43 AM

          you won't be fooled into thinking you're eating a big, juicy steak, but the peanut sauce at native foods makes any of their fake meats taste good!

          i also don't think anyone mentioned california vegan. i drive past the west l.a. location [where thai beer used to be] all the time.


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          carter Sep 25, 2007 08:23 PM

          Well, in Studio City or West Hollywood, Kung Pao Bistro does the mock meat thing quite well, and they have a whole page of items using it. However, make sure your server understands vegetarian/mock, not the real orange chicken, as an example. And in fact, their mock orange chicken is better than their regular orange chicken, strange as it may seem. I like their mock dishes a lot, especially the duck and chicken versions.

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            SouthernFoodie08 Sep 25, 2007 04:43 PM

            I always go to Michelia on 3rd Street near Cedars with my vegetarian friend. They have great crispy mock chicken!

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              notavegan Sep 25, 2007 03:14 PM

              Green Leaves on Hillhurst has soy fish and yummy "chicken" nuggets
              Truly Vegan on Hollywood has amazing "chicken" and pancakes
              Vegan Glory on Beverly
              These places are all pretty similar, they have thai dishes as well as wraps and burgers

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                Ernie Sep 25, 2007 02:16 PM

                Happy Family vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Monterey Park

                1. Emme Sep 24, 2007 11:42 PM

                  There's Madeline Bistro, Mao's Chinese Kitchen, Native Foods...

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                  1. re: Emme
                    Diana Sep 25, 2007 07:56 AM

                    Does Madeline's do fake meat dishes? I mean, I know they do vegetarian, but do they do dishes in which the tofu or sietan is pretend meat, like orange crispy mock chicken and such?

                    1. re: Diana
                      Das Ubergeek Sep 25, 2007 03:11 PM

                      Yes. I just went there on Sunday for a family brunch. "Two no-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese..."

                      It's completely vegan -- the "cheese" is made in-house from cashews. They also have "chicken" sandwiches which honestly taste exactly like chicken, but are made from seitan. The tempeh bacon by itself isn't very good but it works when "with" stuff.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek
                        Diana Sep 25, 2007 03:14 PM

                        Ahhh, can't eat that raw food nut stuff due to allergies

                  2. bodie Sep 24, 2007 09:33 PM

                    Vegan Plate, which features both Thai and American dishes, has really tasty fake-chicken (it is really weird for me to even put the words tasty and fake in the same sentence) and they make their fake shrimp arched and colored in the manner of an actual shrimp.

                    Vegan Plate
                    11943 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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                      Diana Sep 24, 2007 04:30 PM

                      Vegetable Delight in the SFV!

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                      1. re: Diana
                        Rhi_3 Sep 27, 2007 03:42 PM

                        Yum! I need to go there soon...

                      2. Servorg Sep 24, 2007 04:02 PM

                        Have you tried Juliano's Raw yet?


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                          Burger Boy Sep 24, 2007 03:57 PM

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