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Apr 3, 2008 05:03 PM

Vegetarian Restaurants


My partner and I are going to be visiting Los Angeles in May and we are looking for suggestions of Vegetarian restaurants to eat at. We are both true vegetarian's so please no seafood suggestions.
We are going to be staying just north of West Sunset Blvd between N. Fairfax Ave. and N. La Brea Ave. We would like to know of any good restaurants in the area as well as places to eat around the city. We'll probably be frequenting West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Silverlake/Echo Park area. If there is anything else outstanding outside of these places please also include these recommendations. We love Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Comfort/Dinner food, Chinese and Thai. We are traveling inexpensively so on the cheaper end of things would be great, please nothing over $20 a person.

Thank you tons!


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  1. Silver lake has at least two, one on Sunset near Sunset Junction (south side of the street) and the other on a street just off of Sunset, by where the Sat. AM Farmer's Market is in Silver Lake. Sorry I can't think of the names, but I walk past them all the time.

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    1. re: So Ho La

      I believe you are referring to Cru, which is mostly raw food with a few cooked vegan items, and Flore, which is not bad for breakfast or lunch but nothing fancy.
      I would recommend Elf in Echo Park on Sunset Blvd., kind of homey/hippie food but very cute and good atmosphere (both vegan and vegetarian);
      Pure Luck on Heliotrope in east Hollywood (near Silver Lake) for vegan dishes with great beers, if you like that; and
      M Cafe de Chaya which has a few seafood items but mostly great vegan salads, sandwiches, sushi, etc.
      For middle eastern, Carousel in east Hollywood has some excellent vegetarian items.
      A lot of people seem to like Bulan Thai on Melrose near La Brea, which is all vegan.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        i just ate at Bulan Thai today and it was great. Don't be fooled by the Vegan restaurant on Sunset between La Brea and Fairfax, on the south side of the street. it is not good.
        The Farmers Market on Third/Fairfax has Vegetarian options. Singapore's Banana Leaf can do a lot of dishes Vegan as well if you ask them to leave out the egg in the noodle/rice dishes.

        1. re: Clyde

          Second Singapore's Banana Leaf!

        2. re: Chowpatty

          after pure luck, more importantly you should stop by scoops for vegan ice cream or even more importantly than that one of then non-vegan items such as the horchata, chocolate wasabi, mascarpone dill, foie gras, or coconut ice cream amongst many others.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            I've been to Cru a few times...ususally don't order off the raw half of them menu but their food it pretty tastey. Nice to have a whole menu of vegetarian options. Good curry. However, not being vegan, I recommend that you pass on the vegan chocolate cake and head down the street for some kick ass gelato.

            Pazzo Gelateria
            3827 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

            1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

        3. Also right down Fairfax is Little Ethiopia where you can find vegetarian at pretty much any of the Ethiopian restaurants.
          Try Rahel Ethiopian Vegetarian Cuisine, 1047 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles CA. I ate there a couple of weeks ago on recommendation of several 'Hounds and it was fantastic.

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          1. re: Sugar Jones

            Second Rahel. It is really the only trustworthy and true vegetarian Ethiopian in the city. She cooks with olive oil and other vegetable oils, not butter! Try her vegan cheesecake.

            If you could travel to the San Fernando Valley, please visit Follow Your Heart Cafe in the back of the Follow Your Heart market in Canoga Park.

            it is one of the only remaining 70's hippie vegetarian markets and cafes in the are, and has that good old granola vibe that's hard to find. the food is great, too!

            Follow Your Heart is owned by the people who invented the nayonnaise!

            A little north of Canoga Park, in Chatsworth, is Woodlands Pure vegetarian Indian food. Go for Dosa madness on Friday night. A fabulous veg Indian buffet PLUS al the amazing dosas you can cram in!

            1. re: Diana

              Why do you say that it is the "only trustworthy and true vegetarian in the city"? Vegetarians generally eat butter and eggs (ovo-lacto). Vegans do not.

              Do you have reason to believe that the other Ethiopian restaurant are including animal products in their food?

              Rahel may be the only vegan choice but it is not the only vegetarian choice.

              1. re: JudiAU

                Oh, you can get good vegetarian in all Ethiopian places, but with Rahel, since there is no meat in the place, you are totally ensured that no meat cross contaminated your food, or bits accidentally snuck in. It happens. A kitchen that cooks meat and vegetarian dishes can not promise no cross contamination, and many will tell you that themselves. Some even post it on the menu. Not all vegetarians east eggs and butter, and still aren't vegans. Not knowing the extent of the OPS vegetarianism, I played it safe.

                I have had wonderful "vegetarian" meals at Messob and Meals by Genet, but I wouldn't swear that meat or animal fats did not get in there.

                Plus, to me, Rahel is the best tasting on Fairfax, period. So I'm gonna recommend it. But I know in there, NO animal products get into her food, period.

                1. re: Diana

                  Just a note that it's actually Rahel VEGAN Cuisine. Not only is it 100% vegetarian but also 100% vegan. She does not use meat substitutes with whey solids in them.

          2. for vegetarian persian, go to shamshiri grill on westwood blvd north of santa monica blvd.
            they have an extensive portion of their menu devoted to just vegetarian dishes.

            personally i like their vegetarian gormeh sabzi, their dolmas (which are stuffed with a lentil mixture rather than oily rice), their adas polo (a specialty rice made with currants, dates, lentils--they'll make it for you using brown rice if you want), and their falafal.

            they offer great lunch specials during weekday lunchtimes.

            1. Toi on Sunset (so famous, have spent many nights here after the club/bar closes) offers a variety of Vegetarian plates. The pumpkin and tofu dish with black rice is so yummy and they are open until 4am, so it's open to your schedule.

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              1. re: BasilKitty

                Which do you like in Artesia for best Indian Veg???

                    1. re: choctastic

                      Jay Bharat is favored by Indian vegetarians, though not necessarily meaning that you as maybe a non-Indian or a non-vegetarian or non-either-Indian-or-vegetarian would prefer it.

                1. For Vegetarian Indian- Paru's on Sunset in Hollywood. It is not the best Southern Indian you find in the LA area (need to drive far for it i.e. Artesia), but by default I end up eating there when I get a craving. There is something about the atmosphere (yes a bit hippy dippy!), it's got an "oasis" feel in that area of Hollywood, you have to ring a door bell to get let in.