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Vegan Restaurants

Toby Dec 30, 2003 07:59 AM

I know that there must be more than three in Los Angeles, please come to our rescue!

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    icooktoo Jun 18, 2008 05:46 PM

    For great Thai food, The Vegan Joint in the Palms area. They have the absolute best spring rolls.

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      rickym13 Jun 18, 2008 05:01 PM

      shojin in little tokyo? has anyone gone there?

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      1. re: rickym13
        PandanExpress Jun 19, 2008 10:57 AM

        I went to Shojin once during their first month and wrote up a review with pics here: http://www.runawaysquirrels.com/2008/...

        Overall, the food was okay, but the quality of the food didn't really reflect the high prices of the dishes.

      2. suicidemartini Jun 18, 2008 04:40 PM

        the one spot I love that is missing from everyone's list is Vegan Glory on Beverly Blvd. at Orlando. Its Vegan fast food and thai. I love the comboy burger and fries there. They also have beer and a small but nice wine list. It's in a strip mall tho, so not big on ambiance.


        Also, here's a list of SoCal Vegan spots:

        1. wilafur Jun 18, 2008 03:38 PM

          there is also jax in westwood as well.

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            grubtrotters Jun 18, 2008 02:30 PM

            I agree that Madeleine Bistro is a cut above the rest. The chef at Madeleine Bistro went to the same culinary school as Emeril Lagasse, and he worked at five-star restaurants before starting his own vegan place. He understands classic flavor pairings, and he's extremely creative. I have no idea how he pulls off a vegan chocolate souffle, but it is utterly delicious. And I'm a lifelong carnivore. He's also planning to open a new place in West Hollywood.


            1. J.L. May 14, 2008 05:01 AM

              WOW! Old thread indeed....

              Shojin in Little Tokyo is excellent, but currently is languishing from its out-of-the-way location. Try it. I have no financial interest in Shojin, but simply would like to see it succeed cuz it's good.

              333 S. Alameda (Yaohan Plaza)
              3rd floor
              Little Tokyo

              1. westsidegal May 13, 2008 08:48 PM

                in hermosa beach, THE SPOT is a vegetarian restaurant with a ton of vegan options.

                for indian food, SAMOSA HOUSE, on washington just west of the 405 is a vegetarian restaurant that generally has several excellent vegan options.

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                  dillidibilli May 13, 2008 08:08 PM

                  And the Vegetarian Sandwiches at Patrick's are just wonderful too. My favorite is "Patrick's Vegan Sausage Sandwich" -- utterly delicious :). Patrick's too is in the Valley, on 6720 San Fernando Road.

                  OH and other great veggie discoveries at a not-exclusively veggie restaurant -- and in my opinion, one of the best restaurants in LA: Chamaeu (Moroccan cuisine) has a fabulous vegetarian sampler platter (listed under 'appletizers', I think) plus utterly yummy cous-cous -- I especially recommend the chick pea couscous and the prune cous cous.

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                    dillidibilli May 13, 2008 08:02 PM

                    The "Cowboy Burger" at Vegan Express is just delicious -- made with seitan ( Vegan Express is in the Valley -- 3217 Cahuenga Blvd, phone # 323-851-8837).

                    1. westsidegal Feb 26, 2007 11:39 AM

                      don't forget rahel for great vegan ethiopian food.
                      (fairfax south of olympic north of pico)

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                        WestsideLisa Feb 26, 2007 10:44 AM

                        I think La Chachette does several Vegan dishes.

                        1. SauceSupreme Feb 26, 2007 12:39 AM

                          And there's also Mani's Bakery here on Fairfax just south of 3rd Street.

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                            hungrygirl106 Feb 25, 2007 03:02 PM

                            M Cafe de Chaya has some good vegan options. Color me obsessed, and I'm FAR from being vegan.

                            1. Emme Feb 25, 2007 02:22 PM

                              Madeleine Bistro is vegetarian w/ great vegan options as well. (woodland hills)

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                                Das Ubergeek Feb 26, 2007 03:32 PM

                                It's actually in Tarzana -- and I don't recall seeing any dairy on the menu. There's a lot of "dairy", but it's all fake -- for example, the whipped "cream" is actually cashew-based. It's by far the best.

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                                  esculent Feb 26, 2007 03:38 PM

                                  Madeline Bistro is amazing, in Tarzana and all vegan. Their weekend brunches are just as great as their dinners.

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                                    SauceSupreme Feb 26, 2007 04:16 PM

                                    I haven't been, but my vegan friends love MB also.

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                                      Das Ubergeek Feb 26, 2007 04:23 PM

                                      I'm not vegan -- and I tend to pooh-pooh vegan places as being too woo-woo for you-you... but this place really is excellent. There was a dish of mushrooms coated in arborio rice and fried that I wish I could duplicate at home -- and their red curry with tofu is fantastic.

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                                nedhead Feb 25, 2007 02:12 PM

                                Don't forget Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park! It's on Sherman Way between Topanga and Owensmouth. There are atleast three Leonor's in NoHo / Studio City. There green salad in delicious!

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                                  Toby Jan 4, 2004 07:01 AM

                                  Thank you all so much for your suggestions. I can't wait to try ones that I didn't even know existed! Have a wonderful New Year.

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                                    WLA Jan 1, 2004 10:17 AM

                                    You might check out this link for a list of places in and around LA. Have you ever been to Juliano's Raw in Santa Monica, (I think around 6th and Broadway)?

                                    Link: http://www.vegparadise.com/diningarch...

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                                      tissue Dec 31, 2003 06:08 PM

                                      Happy Family in Monterey Park.

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                                        ciaolette Dec 30, 2003 11:54 AM

                                        Check out the vegan options on the Grace menu posted by grog, above, in his post "Grace...alicious". The vegan stuffed vegies sound very good and a vegan chocolate torte...

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                                          Scott Baio Dec 30, 2003 01:04 PM

                                          Thanks for reminding me - sampled the vegan options at Grace last week... the stuffed veggies were fantastic. A generous serving of market fresh produce treated with great skill. Delicately fried squash blossoms, couscous stuffed roasted tomato, basmati stuffed red pepper with tofu emulsion. Great.

                                          In lieu of the torte, I had a pear sorbet with pear and roasted dates for dessert. The dishwasher had very little work when I was through.

                                          * Will be sampling La Cachette's newish vegan tasting menu on New Year's eve. They have always been very vegan friendly and have recently branched out into full-fledged vegan courses.

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                                          Scott Baio Dec 30, 2003 10:40 AM

                                          Not sure which three you mean, but here are a couple more:

                                          California Vegan - Hollywood
                                          Vegan Express - Universal City
                                          Native Foods - Westwood
                                          Real Food Daily - W. Hollywood, S. Monica, B. Hills
                                          Vegetable Delight - Granada Hills
                                          Garden Wok - Reseda
                                          Leonor's Mexican - Studio City
                                          Orean Health Express - Pasadena

                                          Etc., not to mention the myriad vegan options at real places around town.


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                                          1. re: Scott Baio
                                            Ravi Dec 31, 2003 11:03 PM

                                            Scott Baio wrote:

                                            >Not sure which three you mean, but here are a couple >more:

                                            >California Vegan - Hollywood
                                            >Vegan Express - Universal City
                                            >Native Foods - Westwood
                                            >Real Food Daily - W. Hollywood, S. Monica, B. Hills
                                            >Vegetable Delight - Granada Hills
                                            >Garden Wok - Reseda
                                            >Leonor's Mexican - Studio City
                                            >Orean Health Express - Pasadena

                                            Venus in Venice - Venice
                                            Native Foods - Westwood
                                            Au Lac - Fountain Valley

                                            >Etc., not to mention the myriad vegan options at real >places around town.


                                            1. re: Scott Baio
                                              will47 Feb 26, 2007 10:42 AM

                                              Keep in mind that a lot of the Chinese and Thai places mentioned in this thread serve fake meat that may have small amounts of dairy products or egg (usually whey, sometimes casein or egg white). http://www.livingvegan.org/Articles.html has some information about the various "... vegan" Thai-owned places. Most buddhist type places don't use egg or indicate dishes with egg, but they don't tend to worry about whey protein and such. It can be pretty difficult to get a straight answer out of these places.

                                              This may not be a big deal for some, but if you're very strict about the diet, you may want to exercise caution when ordering certain dishes at this type of restaurant.

                                              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35096... has a list of Chinese veg places in the SGV area.

                                              1. re: Scott Baio
                                                Maxmillion Feb 26, 2007 03:35 PM

                                                Real Food Daily no longer have a place in Bev Hills.

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