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Vegan meal between LAX and Valley

ElleBeavero Jul 2, 2009 10:12 AM

Picking up a vegan friend at LAX next friday and coming to the Valley. Any good vegan joints on the westside? I never get to that part of town so I'm in the dark.

  1. Discokill Jul 2, 2009 11:17 AM

    Closest easiest would be LA Vegan. Haven't tried it but heard relatively good things. Don't think it's a "nice" spot though.

    Best bet though slightly out of the way (though only about 15 mins assuming you're taking the 405) is M Cafe

    M Cafe De Chaya
    9343 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    LA Vegan
    4507 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    4 Replies
    1. re: Discokill
      westsidegal Aug 9, 2009 09:53 PM

      imho, the food at m cafe de chaya is far superior to the food at LA vegan.

      irrc, they close early in the evening though, so check the hours.

      1. re: westsidegal
        Das Ubergeek Aug 10, 2009 06:43 AM

        Just a note that while I love M Cafe de Chaya, it is NOT a vegan restaurant but a macrobiotic one. It's easy to eat there as a vegan but they do serve fish (no meat, and no dairy).

        I would still go, were I a vegan -- just for the cold salads alone I'd go -- but just in case they flip out at the cold salmon in the display case...

        My other suggestion is not in the Westside but the Valley -- I really like Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana. I've had some really good dishes there like tofu and sweet potato Thai red curry, and porcini mushrooms crusted with arborio rice, and an amazing "lasagna" that contained a cashew-based "cheese" indistinguishable from ricotta.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          exilekiss Aug 10, 2009 08:57 AM

          Hi Das,

          Would you say you enjoyed your meal at M Cafe de Chaya more, or Madeleine Bistro? (Read your Chaya review and will be trying it soon. :)

      2. re: Discokill
        dendet Aug 11, 2009 08:15 PM

        I took an out town guest to LA Vegan and everyone loved it...it is not fancy but the food is good and so was the service..not expensive at all

      3. Phurstluv Aug 10, 2009 11:29 AM

        Hal's on Abbott Kinney in Venice has vegan options.

        1. choctastic Aug 10, 2009 02:50 PM

          There's a Veggie Grill in El Segundo. It's awesome and 100% vegan.

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          1. re: choctastic
            wienermobile Aug 10, 2009 03:51 PM

            Veggie Grill has the best sweet potato French fries I've ever had.

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            goodcookin Aug 11, 2009 08:01 PM

            Just had lunch at Native Foods in Westwood today - totally vegan. I had the Ghandi bowl with curry sauce and it was terrific


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            1. re: goodcookin
              westsidegal Aug 12, 2009 09:59 PM

              next time try my favorite bowl: the rockin morrocan.
              if you like the ghandi bowl, my bet is that you'll also like the rockin morrocan.

            2. s
              swtcrm Aug 12, 2009 01:17 PM

              There is a new vegan restaurant in Inglewood (about 5 miles from LAX) that I have not been to yet but have heard good things about.

              Stuff I Eat

              I just noticed the date on the original post- no flight is ever delayed this long!

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              1. re: swtcrm
                choctastic Aug 12, 2009 05:32 PM

                I've been hearing good things about Stuff I Eat.

                1. re: swtcrm
                  westsidegal Aug 12, 2009 10:02 PM

                  their menu looks great and they are NEAR me.
                  i'm putting them on my list.
                  thank you, swtcrm, for the lead

                  1. re: westsidegal
                    swtcrm Aug 13, 2009 09:32 AM

                    report back if you go. i hope to make it soon.

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