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Where are some of the vegan hotspots these days? There are so many good ones across cuisine types - Bawarchi Indian in Culver City, Better Life in SM, Casa de Tree in Palms, Lotus Vegan in NoHo, Madeleine Bistro in Encino, Stuff I Eat in Englewood, SunPower Natural Cafe in Studio City.

Looking to add to my list!

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Madeleine Bistro
18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Lotus Vegan Restaurant
5038 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

SunPower Natural Cafe
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Stuff I Eat
114 N Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301

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  1. Check out Tony's Darts Away on Magnolia in Burbank. Very good vegan sausages and chili and a wonderful selection of California ales and lagers on tap.

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    Darts Away
    1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

    1. Babycakes just opened downtown, I believe. Rahel is my favorite Ethiopian restaurant and it's vegan. Not a vegan restaurant, but Mrs. Winston's has started carrying a local line of vegan baked goods called Sugar Beets and they're the best vegan baked goods I've ever had.

      I've never been to Better Life despite living in SM. What would you recommend there?

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        Babycakes is awesome, if expensive. I stay away from anything with chocolate frosting though, because the chocolate flavor is a little weak to my taste. The chocolate cupcakes are outstanding though, with little mini chips strewn throughout the little cake. I had a chocolate mint cupcake that was a great breakfast. The chocolate dipped doughnut is fabulous, especially if they've just dipped it and the chocolate glaze is still warm and gooshy. I do not like the "cinnamon bun" or the scone because they're dry.

        Ooh, thanks for the 411 on Mrs. Winston's. Will have to check that out.

        1. re: choctastic

          I was excited to try Babycakes after hearing that they were opening up here; I tried a couple items (I believe some sort of cupcake, maybe red velvet, and a cinnamon roll), and was really unimpressed. I don't think either were even gluten free, so can't imagine how horrible their GF stuff is. Honestly, if that was the only kind of vegan dessert I could eat, I would probably either shoot myself or start eating eggs and milk. Cinnamon bun was dry as a dog biscuit; the cupcake was also dry and unappetizing, and the frosting was nasty.

          If you're gluten intolerant, *and* vegan, *and* diabetic, or just want to be like the place's celebrity clientele, this is the place for you. Otherwise, you can probably find a better vegan dessert somewhere... anywhere... else.

          1. re: will47

            You happened to get all the worst stuff imho: red velvet cupcake is always dry and crumbly and pretty gross, the cinnamon roll just looks bad, but tastes even worse. You didn't get the cookies which are pretty crispy and underwhelming.

            I should have mentioned that I love the chocolate cupcakes and brownies and the doughnut and nothing else. Sorry about that. But I reallly like the chocolate cupcakes.

            I've had samples of the cornbread, banana bread, and were underwhelmed, but not disgusted, as I was when I had the red velvet cupcake. The carrot cake cupcake was unremarkable, but not bad, imho.

            I still think it's an awesome place though, if only for the freshly choco-dipped doughnuts. I could go gluten free for those.

            1. re: choctastic

              Oh and I forgot to specify something. While I LOVE the chocolate-dipped DOUGHNUT as well as the VANILLA frosted cupcake, I really don't care for the chocolate FROSTED items, like the chocolate frosted cupcake. The chocolate frosting they uses has only cocoa powder, and it really shows in the weak, barely-there chocolate flavor. I have the Babycakes cookbook so when I make up a batch of the chocolate frosting, I add in bittersweet chocolate to the coconut oil, and it really makes a huge difference. It makes something actually worth eating.

              The vanilla frosted items are really good in my book though. My favorite is the mint frosted (vanilla frosting based) chocolate cupcake. They put in little mini chocolate chips in the cupcake (which is really dense for a cupcake, hey it's GF and tasty, whddya want) and the mint frosting makes it all come together. Love it.

      2. Try Vinh Loi Tofu in Reseda. The food is all vegan Vietnamese and chef's specialty is mock meats. Particularly good is the BBQ "duck".

        Also, Garden Wok also in Reseda - all vegan Chinese food.

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        Vinh Loi Tofu
        18625 Sherman Way Ste 101, Reseda, CA 91335

        Garden Wok
        6117 Reseda Blvd Ste B, Tarzana, CA 91335

        1. I second Vinh Loi Tofu in Resenda. The curry chicken meatballs are to die for.

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          Vinh Loi Tofu
          18625 Sherman Way Ste 101, Reseda, CA 91335

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          1. re: kayeyeem

            Yes! That is on my list as well. I'm not a huge huge fan of mock meats, just think that's weird, but I hear he makes his own which is interesting.

            1. re: sparkyk

              I don't think he makes his own mock meats; just his own tofu and soy milk.

              1. re: will47

                No he also makes his own mock meats, including these mock oysters that are actually quite oysterlike in soup (which is how I ate them).

                1. re: choctastic

                  Sorry, but I don't believe that for a second. I know he likes to talk about himself a lot, but you can tell that a lot of that stuff is very standard frozen imported mock meat. The duck tastes like the canned gluten. Does not taste like house-made wheat gluten.

                  He told you directly that he makes *all* of the mock meats he serves at the restaurant?

                  I'm not knocking the place... I like eating there, and he is an interesting personality. But c'mon....

                  1. re: will47

                    Yes he did. Hmm, though in the spirit of trying to give him the benefit of the doubt... well, never mind.

                    In fact, I always ask whenever I come into the restaurant, whether or not he makes everything at the store and he ALWAYS says yes, he made everything. I even made a point of saying I bought the oysters only to try them out, as I haven't seen another product elsewhere that is exactly like the "oysters" he sells. If you know where to get that particular product elsewhere, I would definitely love to hear about it so I can compare.

                    1. re: choctastic

                      I haven't seen the oyster thing, so not sure what exactly you're thinking of. But I'm really, deeply skeptical that he makes everything that he serves there, down to all of the fake meats (and, for the record, I have also never heard him make that claim). Maybe a misunderstanding? I know he says he makes the broth from scratch, as well as the tofu, soy milk, doufu hua, dipping sauces, marinades, etc. Of course he doesn't make "everything" - the noodles, bread, the rice part of the banh cuon, etc. I'm almost certain come from elsewhere.

                      Some of the stuff I've seen served there is not the kind of thing you can easily create in a normal kitchen with normal ingredients. But hey - go peep in his freezer or check out his dumpster sometime if you're really curious.

                      In terms of a general place that stocks the same or similar stuff, I would check out the Viet / Chinese Buddhist vegetarian supply store (not Bodhi) that's around Hellman / San Gabriel (IIRC).

                      Maybe he's changed ingredients, or starting to make more stuff in-house recently... I know that last time we were there, he didn't have those squiggly french-fry looking "fish sticks" anymore (those are my girlfriend's favorite). It's possible he's under increased scrutiny about food ingredients from the vegan police.

                      There is a video interview ( http://vimeo.com/2136471 ) linked to from his site about making mock meats, but it's fairly short on detail, and doesn't explain whether (or how) he makes all of the different mock meats he serves. What he's calling "tofu fiber" is already fake meat - it appears to be the vegetarian dried "loose meat" or "meat floss" which you can buy at Asian supermarkets or vegetarian supply shops. There's another thing he calls "tofu paste", though from the look of it, I think it's some soy product that's a bit more processed than just tofu, unless it's tofu blended with a gelatinous agent of some sort.

                      In any event, I don't have any special knowledge one way or the other. It just seems unlikely to me that he has time to make every single one of the types of mock meat he serves in-house, and, beyond that, that he would bother, since most of this stuff is already available commercially. And generally, when places have mock meats that are made in-house, they have a different look / feel / texture than the processed stuff. All I can say is that if he truly makes *all* the mock meats in-house, I am very impressed and surprised.

                      1. re: will47

                        The oysters I spoke about are in the refrigerated case, immediately in front of you as you walk in the door. Each "oyster" has a little seaweed knot inside, which I'm sure some Buddhist monk invented and he copied, but it was a nice touch nevertheless.

                        FWIW, there is a vegan blog that did a lot of testing for animal ingredients and Vinh Loi came up clean, unlike quite a few other Asian vegan restos. This suggests, at least to me, that he's either getting his supplies elsewhere--but to his own specs--or that he indeed is somehow making this stuff on his own.

                        I know of other restaurants that claim to get their mock meats from Taiwan--like everyone else-- but have them custom-made to their own specs. For instance, Wok & Roll in Long Beach makes this claim, and I must say that their veggie chicken is maybe a little softer than usual, but I don't eat there enough to be sure about it.

                2. re: will47

                  Another "Hells YEAH" for Vinh Loi Tofu. I think Kevin said he procures the mock meat and they make the tofu.

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                  Vinh Loi Tofu
                  18625 Sherman Way Ste 101, Reseda, CA 91335

              2. re: kayeyeem

                everything i've ever been served at vinh loi tofu has been very good to excellent.
                since it is a long drive for me to get there, my ordering strategy is to order practically everything on the menu and to stuff myself silly.
                their prices are so amazingly low, that this strategy works out fine financially .

              3. M Cafe De Chaya in Culver City
                Mendocino Farms in Marina del Rey (vegan sandwiches - the Indian-inspired sandwich was really good today - a little sweet)
                India Sweets and Spices in Northridge (can't vouch for the others)
                Samosa House in Culver City
                Akasha in Culver City
                Green Peas in Culver City
                LA Vegan in Mar Vista

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                Akasha
                9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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

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

                Samosa House
                11510 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

                Green Peas
                4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

                Mendocino Farms
                300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                1. re: bulavinaka

                  m cafe is amazing. i've only been to the one in hollywood on melrose and la brea. but there is something so delicious about their sauces and dressings. i think that's what makes or breaks a lot of vegan food. and their dessert selection is awesome!

                  1. re: nothingswrong

                    M Cafe is a pretty regular stop for us when my vegan sister is in town. She also really likes LA Vegan. It's small, classic hole-in-the-wall, and serves stuff that seems to satisfy the vegan's desire for crunchy and savory tastes.

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

                    1. re: nothingswrong

                      I love M Cafe too! Particularly the Madras Tempeh Wrap and the Big Macro. YUM! The fries and ketchup are surprisingly not bad either.

                      1. re: sparkyk

                        their ketchup is out of this world.
                        it is NOT the usual stuff from a plastic bottle.

                      2. re: nothingswrong

                        I think the M Cafe in Culver city is a little tastier / more consistent. Have had some bad experiences at the Hollywood one. I tend to make the extra drive to Culver City when I crave a bbq seitan sandwich.

                        There are a few things I really like there (cinnamon rolls, aforementioned sandwich), but overall I think it's only Ok.

                        It's not entirely vegan / vegetarian, but definitely agree on Akasha. Their selection of vegan stuff isn't huge, but it's all pretty well executed. I like their house-made veggie burger and their onion rings.

                        1. re: will47

                          >>It's not entirely vegan / vegetarian, but definitely agree on Akasha. Their selection of vegan stuff isn't huge, but it's all pretty well executed.<<

                          I recall reading professional bio info on Akasha (you probably know it's the name of the owner which is the namesake of the resto) during the press build-up before Akasha's open. Here's a slightly more condensed version directly from their website:

                          http://akasharestaurant.com/chefakash...

                          She obviously has a deep resume for this kind of cuisine and has had some very demanding clients. My vegan sister considers Akasha to be a great stop.

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                          Akasha
                          9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                          1. re: will47

                            will47:
                            just so you know, Akasha no longer offers the veggie burger you recommend

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                            Akasha
                            9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                      3. not a vegan restaurant, but offers many vegan choices, LEMONADE in venice

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                        1. re: westsidegal

                          Great call, westsidegal. The number of choices for their salads is impressive, and I've yet to try one that wasn't good.

                        2. My favorites are Madeleine Bistro, Cru, Bulan Thai, Veggie Grill and Vinh Loi Tofu.

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                          Madeleine Bistro
                          18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

                          Vinh Loi Tofu
                          18625 Sherman Way Ste 101, Reseda, CA 91335

                          1. I love the atmosphere and food at Pure Luck off Vermont and Heliotrope, behind LACC. Great beers on tap and some serious grub. Nothing fancy, just hearty. I also just read about Tony's Darts Away in Burbank and would really like to try it out. Same bar-type atmosphere.

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                            Darts Away
                            1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

                            Pure Luck Restaurant
                            707 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                            1. to add, Newsroom Cafe on Robertson has plenty of vegan options.
                              So does Hugo's.

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                              1. re: Emme

                                interim cafe, in santa monica, in the spot on wilshire that was the original newsroom, also has many vegan options.

                                1. re: Emme

                                  Sorry, Emme. I've ordered from Newsroom a bunch of times and would never go back. I can't put my finger on it, but I never feel happy after eating their food which is not a good thing.

                                  1. re: sparkyk

                                    to each his/her own! i've had a number of good meals here. have you ever had the vegan tamales?

                                2. irrc completely vegan and serving absolutely terrific japanese food:

                                  Shojin
                                  theshojin.com
                                  333 South Alameda Street
                                  Los Angeles, CA 90013-1735
                                  (213) 617-0305

                                  1. Hi sparkyk,

                                    I second the votes for:

                                    * Rahel Ethiopian Restaurant - Amazing cooking, great Ethiopian herb and spice flavors, no overly processed faux meat.

                                    * Shojin - Japanese Macrobiotic Vegan Restaurant - Go for dinner (their lunch menu is too limited), and enjoy some good Japanese Vegan cooking.

                                    Do a search on the LA Boards here and you'll find pictures and recs from the Hounds. Enjoy~ :)

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                                    Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
                                    1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019

                                    Shojin
                                    333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                                    1. re: exilekiss

                                      Thanks for these recs! I love Rahel. Have put Shojin on my short list of places to go next. Looks amazing!

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                                      Shojin
                                      333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                      1. re: sparkyk

                                        do dinner, rather than lunch.
                                        the lunch menu is too abbreviated to be worth the drive, imho.

                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                          shojin is awesome, but according to their website, they're closing on may 31. makes me sad...it's a really unique place.

                                          1. re: bijoux

                                            I think the website says it's going to be closed *on* May 31 (for Memorial Day). I don't think they are closing for good. I don't know if the wording was the same before -- maybe they updated it to be more clear since you wrote that.

                                            1. re: bijoux

                                              Hi bijoux,

                                              As will47 says, they are closed *only* on May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. :)

                                      2. I think Veggie Grill (originally from OC) has a few locations in the greater LA area now. I'm not 100% sure it's all vegan though.

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                                        1. re: groover808

                                          I asked the same question, and they are all vegan.

                                          1. re: LaurenLAX

                                            Amazing, can't tell it at all with their yummy chipotle sauce!

                                        2. The Veggie Grill (nothing over $10) & Madeleine Bistro (expensive) are hands down the two best in Southern CA. Both are 100% vegan, but you wouldn't know it.

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                                          1. re: LaurenLAX

                                            i may be the only person on the board who is not a fan of madeline bistro.
                                            to me deep-fat frying a protein source, (i.e. chicken fried tempeh) does not qualify as terrific cooking.
                                            also, the cajun salad i had was poor, flavorless, and limp.

                                            not 'return worthy' in my (minority) judgement.

                                            although, veggie grill is far better, must respectfully disagree with LaurenLAX about it being the 'best' of anything. to me, it's absolutely a fine choice for grabbing a veggie burger after you've gone shopping in the mall or when you just don't feel like cooking, but i don't see it as a destination restaurant in any way.

                                            imho, the two best vegan restaurants in LA are the two that exilekiss mentioned: rahel for ethiopian, and shojin for japanese. to me, both of these qualify as destination restaurants.

                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                              Hi westsidegal,

                                              And I have to thank you for recommending them over the years. :) Love Rahel and Shojin! :)

                                              1. re: westsidegal

                                                Even if one does not care so much for the food, I think Veggie Grill is actually quite remarkable because it has done what nobody at the time thought possible: it is the first truly mainstream vegan fast food chain with a predominantly non-vegan clientele. I personally think it's a destination for that reason.

                                                I love the new nachos (though at some locations, they skimp on the cheez sauce) and I looove the peach-white tea drink. I also like the portobello burger and the fried chicken sandwich and the kale salad. And the chocolate pudding.

                                                1. re: choctastic

                                                  But it's more or less just a copy of Native Foods, and actually currently has 2 fewer locations, at least based on their respective websites (4 vs. 6). Maybe they're marketing a little more to non-vegans, but I'm not sure the difference in clientele between the two is that big. The "feel" of Veggie Grill is a little more mainstream, maybe, but it's I think a little premature to celebrate it as having achieved mass success yet.

                                                  IIRC, the founder of Veggie Grill was a partner at Native Foods at one point, but regardless, I think you should give them, if anyone, credit for this. If either one of them actually succeeds in building a larger chain (especially in the middle-of-the-country type states), I will definitely be impressed.

                                                  1. re: will47

                                                    I actually never thought of Native Foods as "mainstream", at least judging from the clientele I always saw there as compared to Veggie Grill.

                                                    Yes, one of the founders of Veggie Grill, Ray White, started the Native Foods chain. He created the menu for Veggie Grill. I don't know if he's still behind the menu, but it just keeps getting better and better.

                                                    1. re: choctastic

                                                      I agree with Will47 completely.

                                                      And Veggie Grill should indeed give Native tons of credit, particularly since they stole their recipes, suppliers and more... Veggie may be great at marketing and buying off local peeps, but bad karma is bad karma. I won't eat there.

                                                      Read the 1st comment here: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

                                                      1. re: twizzlestick

                                                        How could they steal the recipes and suppliers if it's the same person doing the menus at both chains? How can someone steal from himself?

                                                2. re: westsidegal

                                                  Madeline Bistro has some things that are really good, but I think the menu items are inconsistent, and worse, even some dishes that have been on the menu for quite a while aren't that great.

                                                  The prices seem to just keep going up. I do appreciate that they're probably one of the better "high-end" vegan places doing non-ethnic food, but I think they need to be just a little more consistent in quality, and more cutting edge in terms of their food before I really feel justified spending the kind of money they're charging. Also, I prefer to see more and better use of actual vegetables at a place charging those prices - throwing fake meat and / or fake cheese on everything, or doing a take on ethnic food, is the easy way out. I have had far better vegan dining experiences at non-vegetarian restaurants in roughly the same price range (or slightly more expensive), and I'm reasonably sure I can get a better vegan take on a Thai curry (for half the price) at any number of places around town.

                                                  I really like the desserts there, esp. the Bananas Foster Split, and some of their savory food is pretty good too. However, a lot of the good stuff here also tends to be the lower brow stuff; ironic for a place that's trying to be a high-end restaurant. For example, tried their "Big Macque" recently, and it was pretty delicious. Their fake mac and cheese is decent too; but this is the kind of stuff you can make at home pretty easily, and again, I think it's cheating.

                                                  I know it's kind of nit-picky, and I have nothing against restaurants in storefronts, but I wish they would find a way to get rid of the awful dropped ceiling with tiles. Makes it kind of hard to pull off the white tablecloth "fine dining" look they seem to be going for.

                                              2. Just had a chocolate mousse dessert at Seed, in Venice, which was really good, esp after an espresso from Intelligentsia. Their other desserts didn't look so hot, so I didn't try them.

                                                1. I really want to check out the new NiceCream vegan ice cream parlor that just opened up. Looks awesome.

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                                                  1. re: choctastic

                                                    Tried it out. It's actually related to Cafe Gratitude, raw food restaurant chain from NoCal. I loved the soft serve because it is rich, creamy and comes in only one flavor (chocolate). However, I did not love the regular "ice cream" which was like eating tiny scoops of gritty ice milk. That said, it's nice to go to an ice cream joint and not have to worry about getting a reaction. I'll be back for the soft serve.

                                                    BTW, this restaurant bills itself as a raw, vegan ice cream place. Among other things, I'm sure.

                                                    1. re: choctastic

                                                      BTW, "NiceCream" is now going by the name "KindKreme", apparently for legal reasons.

                                                  2. Add Mezza in Downtown Culver City to the vegan list. My vegan sister enjoyed their various mezze dishes, their salads and their lentil soup the other night. I think this logic applies to Middle East cuisine in general, as long as the place has a good selection of mezze. My only reservation to vegans is the nature of MIddle East food: it seems the dishes are either very vegan/vegetarian-friendly, or will be a total assault on a vegan's moral constitution.

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                                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                                      imho, another problem with many middle-eastern restaurants for a true vegan is that butter is normally used on practically all their rice preparations and many middle eastern restaurants used butter in their soups as well.
                                                      this leaves only the mezze for true vegans.
                                                      otoh, for vegetarians (as opposed to vegans) there is more available. this is especially true of shamshiri grill in westwood which has an entire section of their menu devoted to vegetarian dishes IN ADDITION to the mezze. almost all their specialty rice dishes and stews are available in a vegetarian form (not necessarily vegan) in addtion to all the vegan mezzes. also, at shamshiri grill, their stuffed grape leaves are stuffed with a lentil mixture rather than the oily rice mixture one normally sees; this enables the vegetarians to get some protein (not sure if the stuffing is vegan or not).

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                                                      shamshiri
                                                      1712 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, CA 90024

                                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                                        I have found that true to some extent with Persian, and *maybe* Armenian places, but at other places (Lebanese, Syrian, etc.), it seems like oil is more commonly used for the rice pilafs, at least that's the response I've usually gotten when I've asked.

                                                        I have gotten different responses about stuff at Shamshiri (re: butter vs. veg oil), but talking to a Persian acquaintance who has gone there for years and cooks this stuff at home, I think a lot of it does use olive oil. I've eaten there a couple of times without having major stomach problems afterwards. I believe the grape leaves there are vegan, but don't know for sure.

                                                        Even though it's the thing people tend to ask about most, protein is, IMHO, a non-issue, at least for the majority of us not doing hardcore weight training. Most Americans consume too much of it, and even if you accept the RDA as being appropriate, it's almost impossible not to get the RDA unless you're living entirely on candy bars. B12, and, to a lesser extent, iron, and calcium are bigger dietary issues for most people than getting enough protein.

                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                          Thanks for the butter heads-up. According to the waitress we spoke with, the various mezze items that we inquired about were in fact vegan. The owner verified this but also mentioned in the same breath that not all vegetarian-friendly items were vegan. The meatless pastries would be suspect if I were a vegan. Other than that, there's a profuse use of olive oil.

                                                      2. Jamaica's Cakes for sweet baked goods and desserts. I've made reference to my vegan sister more than once. It used to be a very stressful time when we knew she'd be visiting, but we thing we have gradually built a small but pretty decent rotation of places to hit on the Westside. The one area that had been a little hard to fulfill was the baked goods department.

                                                        It seems Jamaica's Cakes either strikes a chord with some or leaves others kinda flat. I really like the place. The people are sweet, pleasant and easy on the eyes, and their creations are a manifestation of themselves. They also make pretty decent espresso drinks that go well with their range of baked goods which is focused on sweets - no breads except sweet things like sticky buns and scones. And they are one of a few Westside bakeries of this kind that always carries a good selection of vegan desserts along side a very good selection of conventional choices. And these are vegan selections that I think vegans and non-vegans alike can truly enjoy.

                                                        I dropped by the other day for some cupcakes to celebrate my sister's birthday. Vanilla, carrot cake, red velvet and chocolate. Everyone had their own favorites, which in my eyes is a good sign. Nothing any of us tried left us flat - they were all moist with a nice crumb and a wide enough flavor profile to satisfy the cake urge. The one thing I've noticed about vegan cupcakes is one should enjoy them within a reasonable amount of time, as they will go dry a little faster than their non-vegan counterparts.

                                                        Their website lists their vegan desserts. Click on the link, then "Other Desserts," then "Vegan," on the bottom-right corner.

                                                        http://www.jamaicascakes.com/

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                                                        Jamaica's Cakes
                                                        11511 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                        1. although not a vegan restaurant,
                                                          a place that offers a ton of vegan options:
                                                          itzik hagadol, the israeli restaurant in encino (on north side of ventura blvd across the st. from town and country shopping center)
                                                          get the ARRAY OF SALADS, which is, essentially, an ayce option. as such, if one person at the table orders it, everyone at the table must also order it. be sure to tell them not to bring you any salads made with mayonaise (that still leaves a tremendous variety of salads).