Where to take dedicated vegans
My sister and husband are coming into town for the holidays. They are both dedicated and very strict vegans, so much so that they will not even Thai food seasoned with fish sauce.
I'm in need of restaurant suggestions that can satisfy the vegans and also keep a non-vegan chowhound like myself happy. In other words where can I get good vegan and non-vegan food? I live on the westside but will travel as far as East LA.
One thing I'm particularly looking forward is a good Mexican joint where I can get my tacos al pastor fix, and the vegans will be happy as well.
Thanks for any and all suggestions.
many mexican joints use lard in their beans and lard in their rice, making it practically impossible for a vegan to find enough to eat at those places. sorry, i have no mexican suggestions for you
there will be plenty of vegan choices at:
THE SPOT in hermosa beach
MAO'S KITCHEN in venice and west hollywood
and there will be one vegan choice at
for burgers, these places serve good veggie burgers, but i am not sure about whether the buns are vegan or not:
26 BEACH RESTAURANT\SHAMSHIRI GRILL in westwood
RAHEL ethiopian on fairfax (this restaurant is entirely vegan)
also, 26 BEACH RESTAURANT will adapt many of their great salads so that tofu is used as the protein source, making the salads vegan
there will be some vegan choices at
M Cafe De Chaya is vegan-worthy. Here's Das Ubergeek's solid review. Not everything is vegan, but there are enough great choices to make most very happy.
Here's a recent thread about good vegan eateries in LA as well:
there's a vegan mexican in the valley. i haven't been but i know about it from vegan friends. search mexican vegan north hollywood should bring it up. lucy's maybe...
for chinese - happy family if they're strict vegan, and not just picky eaters. many dishes taste like meat but have no meat in them. it's a buddhist place. no meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, or alcohol. There may be a dish or two with some dairy. Ask. If they won't go if it's even in the kitchen and not in their dish, then go elsewhere. The dairy dishes will be pretty clear as the use of dairy is rare in most chinese cuisines (but not all).
111 N Atlantic Blvd # 351
Monterey Park, CA 91754
11403 Victory Blvd,
North Hollywood -
Real Food Daily suffers from the problem many vegan restaurants have -- namely, the avoidance of spices and flavour. I'm not sure why -- chili peppers and all spices and herbs are vegan, but yet nothing tastes like anything at RFD.
In addition to M Cafe de Chaya, which really is excellent, you could try Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana. The service can be be iffy, but a word in the ear of the hostess when you are seated may help... and while it is 100% vegan, I am an avowed dead-animal eater and I always find things I really like on the menu.
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