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vegetarian friendly in venice/santa monica?

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AdamFoodie Jan 10, 2008 12:23 PM

thank you in advance

  1. mollyomormon Jan 10, 2008 12:24 PM

    Any price point?

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      benken Jan 10, 2008 12:46 PM

      Julian's Raw
      Chandni (Wilshire at 19th between the Gap and House of Billiards)
      Toi...vegetarian thai (Wishire at Euclid, I think)

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        aventinus Jan 10, 2008 01:24 PM

        Asian on Pacific in Venice: Mao's Kitchen and China Beach. These places are ultra vegetarian friendly. China Beach has a large menu of fake meat dishes. I can imagine that both are heavily criticized on this site for inauthenticity. Nonetheless, both have a lot to offer not just vegetarians but meat-eaters: try, e.g., the five-spiced chicken at China Beach.

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          glutton Jan 10, 2008 04:00 PM

          There's no shortage of places. All the high-end restaurants have vegetarian options. I'm no vegetarian, but I would bet that Joe's, Jiraffe, Josie, and Chaya Venice would do the best vegetarian dishes.

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            mollyomormon Jan 10, 2008 04:27 PM

            Melisse also has a vegetarian tasting menu. I think that Abode was offering one as well but I'm not sure if that's still the case since Dominique Crenn left. On the less expensive end, there's Urth Cafe, Rose Cafe. I don't know, this is a hard question not knowing more specifics but huge number of restaurants on the westside have good veggie options.

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              westsidegal Jan 10, 2008 05:37 PM

              Chaya Venice usually has ONE terrific vegetarian dish.

            2. cookie monster Jan 10, 2008 05:55 PM

              Axe on Abbott Kinney is very vegetarian / vegan friendly. And I second Joe's and Chaya for more high-end, Mao's Kitchen and Urth Cafe for casual.

              1. ElJeffe Jan 10, 2008 08:02 PM

                Real Food Daily

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                  holleygolitely Jan 10, 2008 10:00 PM

                  Axe on Abbot Kinney

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                    kermit Jan 10, 2008 10:18 PM

                    I completely agree with ElJeffe. RFD is always a great spot.

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                      fleurgrrl Jan 11, 2008 09:11 AM

                      I second previous posters - I'm an omnivore and I would eat at RFD every day if I could get over there.

                  2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 10, 2008 11:20 PM

                    nawab
                    india's grill
                    newsroom cafe
                    a votre sante
                    kay 'n dave's
                    harvest [more options if dairy is ok]

                    additional options in culver city:
                    annapurna
                    tender greens

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                      igj Jan 11, 2008 04:19 PM

                      That is a broad topic with little guidance provided, so I will just provide a single place that has yet to be mentioned in this thread:
                      Fig Tree's Cafe on the boardwalk in Venice. Certainly not appropriate for all situations - it is just a casual cafe and it closes around 9pm - but vegetarian friendly it is and, during nice weather at least, the beachside location is quite a plus.

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                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 11, 2008 04:36 PM

                        good call! figtree is one of my favorites for casual, healthy fare in that area.

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                          mollyomormon Jan 11, 2008 04:39 PM

                          It's also a really excellent place to take out-of-town visitors for brunch because of the fantastic people watching.

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