Non-Romantic dinner Feb 14
My family and I will be staying in Hollywood from Feb 13 - 17. Since Feb 14 is Valentine's day, it occurs to me that we might want to make a reservation to eat somewhere. The kids are teenagers. My son eats meat, but the other three of us are vegetarians. We all love anything Asian, Mexican or a bit out of the mainstream.
Coming from Boston, we're sick of vegetarian being interpreted as "lots of cheese and a couple of slices of zucchini ". I know that LA is a vegetarian paradise, but I'd love a few recommendations.
There are so many differentiations of "vegetarian" -- Do you eat any seafood? (Some interpret vegetarian as nonmeat.) Are you concerned if any chicken or pork might be in the stock for some of the sauces? (This would rule out "vegetarian" dishes at many Chinese, Thai or other ethnic restaurants.) Los Angeles can handle it all, raw, vegan, Kosher, Chinese Islamic, halal -- just let us know what the rules are.
GO to Little Ethiopia and try Genet or Messob, good veggie and non veggie options! Little Ethiopia is on Fairfax, right near LACMA (south of it) and the Peterson auto museum. Those places will be easier to get in to, as well. Ethiopian food is yummy, and sort of interactive, since you eat it with your hands.
You could try to find an Indian spot..plenty of veggie and meat options.
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Funny you should mention Ethiopian - went to Nyala on Valentine's Day about 5 years ago with my roommate (also single, straight and male) for what we thought would be a sort of lazy, anti-Valentine's Day dinner.
They whole place was decked out in pink and red streamers, flowers on each table, etc. Lots of couples.
Oh yeah - I'm really wary about eating out on Valentine's Day. I'd try to do a non-food-centered thing that night if possible!
Carousel in (eastern) Hollywood is Middle Eastern with a great selection for both meat eaters and vegetarians, very reasonable and doesn't seem like a real Valentines-y place. Also on Hollywood blvd. is Red Corner Asia, a nice Thai restaurant with clean flavors where I happened to go for Valentine's Day a few years ago, it doesn't get a "romantic" crowd either.
Loteria Grill Hollywood is probably even closer to where you are staying, with excellent Mexican food that is very veggie friendly, but you will definitely want to call ahead and see if they're doing something special that night.
The Getty, which the other poster suggested, sounds like it would be super-romantic with the view and all, so I would recommend trying it another time.
5112 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Loteria Grill Hollywood
6627 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Red Corner Asia Restaurant
5267 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Just today on Gridskipper.com, there happens to be a write-up on Vegan-Friendly dining in LA. Leaf Cuisine, Juliano's Raw, and several others with links to websites included. Not a Veggie myself so can't attest to the Cheeses/Zucchini quotient but check it out and judge for yourself...
Will you have a car? If so, The Getty Center is one of LA's top attractions and the dining room is open on Saturday nights, Great food and a very memorable experience...not just "another good restaurant" that you could find in Boston or anywhere else.
A check on open table shows that they still have some room on the 14th. The menu changes weekly so you might inquire as to what's on the menu Saturday night for vegetarians. If they have the Butternut Squash Risotto, RUN there from Hollywood even if you don't have a car! Note that it's upscale-casual fine dining, not a typical "museum coffee shop". They also have a garden cafe but I'm not sure how late that is open.
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Restaurant at the Getty Museum in Brentwood is a really special spot -- The views are incredible from the hillside location, spanning from the ocean to downtown through the immense floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. At that time of year, sunset will be relatively early -- book at six or earlier for the saturday night, the only evening they are open. It is a lot of fun and adventure -- finding the place and the parking structure, taking the elevator and then the tram to the museum complex, getting out and exploring the grounds. Go at least an hour or two early. The food and service will far surpass any expectations, but looking over a menu with prices is wellnigh impossible -- there was one post on this board that excerpted a large portion of the menu about a year ago. Expect entree prices $25-30 or so, maybe less for vegetarian offerings. It is a spectacular place, one a visitor will want to visit anyway, and making an evening of it is a great plan.