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May 28, 2009 05:14 PM

Lunch/Brunch for Vegan

Any recommendations for Lunch/Brunch in the approximate area of Melrose and La Cienega? We have a Vegan in the group (no eggs, dairy, meat or fish). I'd appreciate any recommendations! Thank you!

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  1. Hugo's!

    Hugo's Restaurant
    8401 Santa Monica Blvd West, Hollywood, CA

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      second the ability of Hugo's to meet all needs, albeit a bit saltlessly.

      will also toss in:
      Newsroom Cafe on Robertson
      M Cafe de Chaya on Melrose
      Eat Well on Santa Monica

      1. re: westsidegal

        RFD is great for the vegan in the group, but the carnivores may not be too crazy about the idea.

          1. re: westsidegal

            Well the food is good for meat eaters also--but check out M Cafe in Beverly Hills close to their. They have fish.

            1. re: apple7blue

              i think the m cafe de chaya hollywood location might be closer:
              7119 Melrose Avenue
              Hollywood, CA 90046

              Telephone: 323.525.0588

              i LOVE their Big Macro veggie burger!

              1. re: apple7blue

                This is pointless, but it annoys me to no end that I can't edit my typo and change their to there.

        1. Flore Cafe used to have an all you can eat vegan brunch for $10. I haven't been, but friends say it's awesome.

          Oh my bad, didn't see the Melrose/La Cienega bit. Well, for future reference.

          I second M Cafe de Chaya, though it's a bit on the slighly pricey side, but not excessively so. I'm not so hot on Newsroom Cafe. Never been to Eat Well or Hugos, but heard good things about Hugo's.

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          1. re: choctastic

            Thanks for the ideas!! I should have thought of M Chaya myself. I want to like Newsroom but not even the Vegan in my group likes it, oh well. I will have to tell her about Flore , I don't think she knows about that one!

            1. re: torchsong

              one more idea that's a couple of miles... Sante La Brea on La Brea... healthy cuisine and vegan-friendly.

              1. re: Emme

                ok, now i KNOW i've been gone too long...i can't believe i forgot about Sante La Brea!

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  That place is disgusting--check out Gordon Ramsay's show. The food doesn't taste good also.

          2. Maybe Mani's? It's abot 2 miles from Melrose and La Cienega and vegan friendly...

            Mani's Bakery & Cafe
            519 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            1. re: swtcrm

              i don't know about that one, consensus seems to be that only raging health nuts like me enjoy the food at Mani's :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I'd rather go to Mani's than Santa La Brea.

                1. re: apple7blue

                  1) i posted that 2 years ago.
                  2) Mani's no longer exists.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    That's news to me, I drive by there often enough--what's in its place?

                    1. re: apple7blue

                      in the old space on Fairfax? Black Cat Bakery. Mani's moved to Maple Drive in BH last October, and closed permanently less than 3 months later.


                      Black Cat Bakery
                      519 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            2. Well if you might go to M. Chaya in culver city, then you're not too far off from CASA DE TREE, a new vegan "deli" joint on Motor, just north of Venice's right next to the Post Office. They have a super tasty buffet on the weekdays, don't know about the weekends.


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              1. re: Lynndsey Rigberg

                I am pretty sure they're considering M Cafe at Melrose and La Brea...

                1. re: Emme

                  We did end up at M Chaya at Mel Rose and LaBrea but thanks for all the ideas. Several of these I didn't know about so we'll have some new places to try next time!

                  1. re: torchsong

                    Any recommendations for M Cafe de Chaya? I am going there tomorrow and have never been...

                    1. re: mdpilam

                      i can't vouch for it myself, but everyone *raves* about the dandelion-chickpea salad and the kale with spicy peanut sauce.