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Best Vegan Restaurants

2ndAvenue Nov 3, 2008 10:12 AM

For those in the know, what are your favorite vegan restaurants in L.A.? Not the best vegan dish, but the best 100% vegan restaurant.

Three of mine:
Pure Luck
Vegan Glory
Leonor's Mexican

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    lindseymsb Nov 3, 2008 11:06 AM

    Vegan Spot (Silver Lake), Tantawan (Echo Park) & Green Leaves (Los Feliz)

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      gossamered Nov 3, 2008 02:36 PM

      I believe Tantawan closed on 10/31...at least that what they told me a few weeks
      ago, but i haven't been by there since. It's a shame because their food was really good!

      1. re: gossamered
        lindseymsb Nov 4, 2008 10:07 AM

        BUMMER. They were my standby delivery spot >:(

    2. lil mikey Nov 5, 2008 06:48 AM

      I like A Taste of Life on Fountain, just west of Vermont.

      1. choctastic Nov 5, 2008 11:04 AM

        For casual dining, I love Veggie Grill. 2 locations in Irvine, one in El Segundo.

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          Jigsaw Nov 11, 2008 12:16 PM

          Veggie Grill is great! It's got that appeal for the non-veg heads...

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            choctastic Nov 12, 2008 10:58 AM

            Yeah, it's awesome. 100% vegan, yet when my friends go there, they have no clue... haha! And they love the place too!

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              westsidegal Nov 17, 2008 06:29 PM

              if it's the place i'm thinking of, they serve great sweet potato fries.

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                choctastic Nov 17, 2008 09:23 PM

                Yep, that's the place.

        2. suicidemartini Nov 5, 2008 01:27 PM

          these are my 2 favorites in my neighborhood

          Vegan Glory
          8393 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          Real Food Daily
          414 N La Cienega Blvd West, Hollywood, CA

          1. PlomeekSoup Nov 5, 2008 01:48 PM

            As a NYer who visits family in LA every year, I make several visits to Rahel for their all-you-can-eat lunch special. Spectacular Ethiopian food, and all vegan to boot.

            Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
            1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019

            1. J.L. Nov 5, 2008 04:59 PM

              Don't forget Shojin for authentic Japanese monk food.

              333 S. Alameda, 3rd floor
              LA, CA

              1. arifa Nov 8, 2008 03:13 PM

                i'm a fan of native foods


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                  Jigsaw Nov 11, 2008 12:15 PM

                  what do you suggest from here? i've been twice and am not too hyped after those trips.

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                    westsidegal Nov 11, 2008 06:36 PM

                    i like their rockin' moroccan bowl

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                      arifa Nov 17, 2008 09:30 AM

                      soy amigo and chicken run ranch burger are the two i go back and forth between.

                  2. kaylaeats Nov 9, 2008 04:20 PM

                    Alright people lets get real here!
                    Real Food Daily
                    M Cafe
                    The Spot (in manhattan beach)
                    Pure Luck...go across the street for vegan ice cream at Scoops
                    Bulan Thai

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                      westsidegal Nov 11, 2008 06:37 PM

                      i love THE SPOT.
                      it's in hermosa beach on second.

                      1. re: kaylaeats
                        westsidegal Nov 17, 2008 11:15 AM

                        2ndAvenue asked for a 100% vegan restaurant
                        m cafe is not 100% vegan
                        nor is the spot
                        (both of these restaurants, are among my favorites)

                        1. re: westsidegal
                          Das Ubergeek Nov 18, 2008 06:59 AM

                          It's not 100% vegan -- you are right -- but it is shockingly easy to figure out what's vegan and what's not at M Cafe. If it is a chunk of fish, it is not vegan (and these are stored separately from everything else). Everything else, from the main dishes right on down to the desserts, is vegan... and this being LA, you can just ask and nobody's going to give you weird looks.

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek
                            westsidegal Nov 18, 2008 08:01 AM

                            i agree completely that it is VERY EASY to have a great, flavorful vegan meal at either of these places.

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                        bulavinaka Nov 9, 2008 06:58 PM

                        My Santa Barbara-based vegan sister has come to enjoy LA Vegan when she comes down here to visit. Mostly Thai but some other goodies as well.


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                          rftc2121 Nov 10, 2008 09:59 AM

                          RFD; Native Foods; Rawvolution; Bulan Thai..

                          1. Fresser Nov 10, 2008 09:28 PM

                            Green Temple, Redondo Beach. A true gem.

                            1. Das Ubergeek Nov 11, 2008 07:21 AM

                              Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana, or Rahel on Fairfax. And while not technically a 100% vegan restaurant, it is easy to avoid meat (and they do not serve dairy or refined sugar products) at M Cafe de Chaya in Culver City.

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                                sustainableplate Nov 12, 2008 04:03 PM

                                Real Food Daily
                                Juliano's Raw

                                1. PinotPlease Nov 13, 2008 08:34 PM

                                  M Cafe (La Brea more crowded and hectic, Culver City more spacious.) The kale in peanut sauce is something I sometimes dream about!

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                                    bulavinaka Nov 13, 2008 08:56 PM

                                    Based on our lunch at the Culver City location, I'll try anything there. It was really good - and that's coming from an omnivore...

                                  2. doraxkishi Nov 17, 2008 09:41 AM

                                    I'm not vegan by any means, but I have a friend who is and so I've been to several key vegan joints mentioned in this thread already. But, I have to say that my ultimate favorite vegan joint in LA is Casa De Tree. There are two locations: one in Culver City area and the other in Torrance. They actually have lunch vegan buffets! I highly recommend it.

                                    Pure Luck is pretty good, too...but my vote has to go to Casa De Tree.

                                    1. kaylaeats Jan 2, 2009 04:02 PM

                                      Doomies Vegan Home Cookin'
                                      My new fav in China town.
                                      Go check it out AMAZING

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                                        LosFelizFeline Jan 2, 2009 04:38 PM

                                        Another great one is Stuff I Eat in Inglewood. (www.stuffieat.com). Even my non vegetarian friends crave to go there. They have an awesome key lime pie made from cashews. Delicious!

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