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Best Vegetarian Sandwiches in Los Angeles?

I'm trying to put together a list of the best vegetarian sandwiches in LA for my food blog:


I need help! Any suggestions?

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  1. start with GREEN PEAS , one of dommy's finds, on sepulveda in culver city.

    does your search include veggie burgers?

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    1. re: westsidegal

      my list isn't going to include veggie burgers but i would love to know suggestions for my own purposes! thanks!

      1. re: actorsdiet

        for your personal veggie burger edification:
        m cafe de chaya (they serve, along with the burger their own homemade ketchup. this sauce really doesn't taste much like ketchup, imho, but it does taste delicious.
        the counter (this is a chain, i believe they do a better job of preparation at the el segundo and santa monica branch than they do at the mdr branch)
        houstons (they offer free corkage at houston's so that gets them even more points in my book)

        if you like the distinct flavor or walnuts in your burger, 26 beach has a walnutty veggie burger.

        1. re: westsidegal

          The M Cafe burger is really good--the Big Macro, heh . . . they do make their own ketchup--it's not homemade since they make it in the restaurant. They make their ketchup to be in line with their food philosophy. However, they don't put it in their burgers.

          Green Peas does make vegan sandwiches--on the other hand, they aren't very good. They are good, but they aren't the best. I'd hate the best be a sort of the best of what there is, rather than sandwiches that are truly the best and can compete with meat sandwiches. I support them because they are around the block, and as a vegetarian I like to keep my options. They are still adjusting their menu, and have added a lot of meat options.

          Green Peas
          4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

          1. re: apple7blue

            Green Peas isn't *great*, but I used to go there regularly before they raised their prices. They use good vegan products (Daiya brand cheese and Gardein proteins) and have some good house-made soups. They also have a tasty pretzel bread.

            Green Peas
            4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

            1. re: 1newyorkguy

              although i really enjoyed the GREEN PEAS SANDWICH that i used to get there, i stopped going when i realized that in order to be satisfied until dinner, i needed to have the sandwich loaded with a double portion of their gardein fake meat. this add-on brought the tab up to the $14 level--a little too high for me for lunch.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Yeah, when I used to go, I had to have one and a half sandwiches to be satisfied.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  What are gardeins? I thought daiya was a type of vegan cheese, I didn't know it was a brand. What is it made out of? You can get mozzarella cheese and other dairy cheeses if you are vegetarian and not vegan from Green Peas. I feel like their sandwich recipes need tweaking still. I usually get pizza from them anyway, for $8 you get a really filling pizza. But since this was about sandwiches . . .

                  Green Peas
                  4437 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA

            2. re: westsidegal

              Tried the Big Macro yesterday since they had their $5 birthday promotion, and gotta say I was pretty impressed. I'm a meat eater, but I was surprised at how good it was, and I didn't even miss the meat. Though, the one thing I didn't like about it was their bun - it was kind of chewy and a little dense. Oh, and it was ridiculously busy (because of the promotion) and it took me about 40min to order and another 20 min to get my food.

              1. re: mdpilam

                i LOVE the bun.
                honestly, i wouldn't bother driving there if it wasn't for the bun!
                not too many buns, imho, are actually worth the calories and carbs, but THEIR BUN is the ONLY one that i'll actually eat entirely because, to me, it is THAT GOOD.

                  1. re: bruinike

                    dunno how to describe it.
                    are you asking if it is a wheat flour bun? if so, the answer is yes.
                    looks iike a big fluffy bun, but has more texture than most others.
                    whenever i get a hamburger bun, be it at m cafe de chaya or anywhere else, i them to toast it more than they normally do and to leave out any sauce because i like the texture of a toasted bun and all sauces seem to undermine that.
                    the bun at m cafe de chaya is substantial and textured enough for me, and it is not at all cardboardy nor mushy. it has a flavor of it's own that adds to the sandwich, unlike many other buns which are just physical scaffolding for the burger..

                1. re: mdpilam

                  M Cafe's $5 promotion was great. M Cafe used to be a lot cheaper, or rather they gave you a lot more food for the same price. Though even back then they were pricy. Anyway they have these side salads, they used to give you a decent container, now they give you like some tiny 3 bite container.

                  During the promotion, the Culver location cheaped out--because they didn't include the side salads with the items, whereas the other locations did. I think the Culver City M Cafe is kind of the bottom of the heap, they don't have many of the items there at all. Like in their new summer items, they had 2 of the new food items like out of 8.

                  MD--the bread was different during the $5 promotion. I go to there a lot, and I was specifically disappointed by that. I am glad you mentioned that because I thought maybe it was just me. It is a macrobiotic bun. I would describe it differently and a little bit contradictorily compared to westsidegal, in that I think that it falls in the realm of quintessential burger buns and is a good one. I like their big macro sauce, and I think the bun isn't destroyed by the sauce. I don't think though if you go without the sauce like westsidegal, that you wouldn't enjoy it--the bun is good as are the ingredients.

          2. The cucumber and pear sandwich at Fig (forgot the formal name).

            PB&J at Curious Palate.

            And are eggs ok? If so, egg salad at Euro Pane.

            The Curious Palate
            12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

            1. Grilled Asparagus Sandwich
              Pressed sandwich with sundried tomato pesto and havarti cheese (optional)
              at Bite Bar.
              This is a winner!

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              1. re: maudies5

                Lovin' that grilled asparagus sandwich. Betcha can't finish it!

              2. Edamame sandwich at Choppe Choppe (formerly Skratch) in Culver City

                Skratch Restaurant
                3867 Hughes Ave, Culver City, CA

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                1. re: Discokill

                  Great bread (I believe they just buy from La Brea). Otherwise, I pass.

                2. Don't slam me for this, but from a major chain, Togo's #27 Avocado & Cucumber (also filled w/sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce, etc) is pretty darn good.

                  1. I always liked the grilled vegetables sandwich at Zabie's in Santa Monica. I haven't had it a a while though.

                    Manhattan Bread & Bagel in MB also does a great grilled veggie sandwich that we get catered in at work all the time.

                    Manhattan Bread & Bagel
                    1808 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA

                    3003 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                    1. re: annapurna7

                      second the recommendation of MANHATTAN BREAD AND BAGEL.
                      they make a couple of vegetarian sandwiches that are terrific.
                      also, for my vegetarian friend's birthday party i brought a tray of those sandwiches that they made on various types of delicious mini rolls. the sandwiches were a big hit at the party. the whole tray was gobbled up by the carnivores/omnivores at the party within moments.

                    2. Falafel sandwich at Mezza in DT Culver City.

                      Drunkin' Goat N' Paris goat cheese/brie sandwich and My Vegan Trip Through India sandwich at Mendocino Farms. Haven't tried their soy-rizo wrap, but it sounds gyoood...

                      One of LA's very best croissants stuffed with strawberries and house-made nutella at Bite Bar and Bakery in Santa Monica.

                      The "veggie baby" at Hy Mart in NoHo.

                      Here's a thread titled, The Best Sandwich in (Los Angeles) period." Comb through that for some other winners:


                      Hy Mart
                      4762 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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

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                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        Cru in Silverlake

                        It's a slight variation to a straight up sandwich but they have this amazing Border wrap. Make sure to check out their food gallery. .


                      2. My vegetarian mom's favorite sandwich is the veggie ham banh mi at Banh Mi Che Cali.

                        1. Not a vegetarian, but I enjoy the vegan sandwiches at Veggie Grill including the best tasting vegetarian burger I've had.

                          Vito's eggplant parmigiana sandwich is very good, probably my favorite vegetarian sandwich.

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                          1. re: Ogawak

                            Might've been a bad day (I love their pesto slices), but the Vito's eggplant parm sandwich I had was mediocre at best. I had a really good one at Bay Cities.

                            1. re: Ogawak

                              note that the veggie burger at the Veggie Grill is the 'fake meat' type, more than the 'vegetable patty' type.

                            2. The Caprese sandwich at Bay Cities. Drool.....

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                              1. re: luvgrub

                                Second the Caprese sandwich from Bay Cities - love it.

                                1. The KuKu Sub at Pink Orchid Bakery.


                                  Pink Orchid Bakery
                                  1927 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                  1. re: Arthur

                                    the kuku sub at ATTARI SANDWICH SHOP in westwood is good too.
                                    (note, their address is listed as being on westwood blvd, but the actual entrance is on wilkins (sp?), around the corner)

                                  2. Check out Comfort Cafe at Fred Segal Santa Monica. They have sandwiches that qualify as the best vegetarian in LA. I would include their burgers in this sandwiches list because they aren't really burgers (which you are avoiding for the list) but sandwiches in my opinion. They have great stuff like sun dried tomato catsup. On the same note, Fred Segal Melrose has Mauro Cafe which has some best quality vegetraian sandwiches.

                                    Joan's on Third has some of the best vegetarian sandwiches.

                                    Pascal's Newport Beach also has some of the best vegetarian sandwiches.

                                    The bakeries at Mitsuwa Marketplace--Costa Mesa and Torrance location have some great fruit and cream sandwiches also.

                                    Lastly in Little Tokyo, Senka Cafe makes a decent vegetarian sandwich.

                                    I guess you would have to make a list, some criteria, try these places out--along with everyone else's recommendations to create your list of the best.

                                    Fred Segal
                                    500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                    Comfort Cafe
                                    420 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                    1. Starry Kitchen in DTLA has a yummy Crispy Tofu Banh Mi sandwich.

                                      Starry Kitchen
                                      350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                      1. My choices would be Cheese Store of Silver Lake, Joan's on Third, Amelia's, Clementine, and Mendocino Farms.

                                        Mendocino Farms
                                        444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                                        1. re: aventinus

                                          I would second Joan's on Third

                                          Joan's On Third
                                          8436 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                        2. Brie and pear panini at Elements Kitchen in Pasadena.

                                          Elements Kitchen
                                          37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

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                                          1. re: E Eto

                                            Since you mentioned Brie and pear panini, Mel and Rose on Melrose make a great said sandwich. They have other good sandwiches too.

                                            Mel and Rose Wine, Spirits, Deli & Specialty Food
                                            West Hollywood, CA, West Hollywood, CA

                                          2. veggie baby on french roll @ Hy Mart deli on Lankershim in NoHo

                                            Hy Mart
                                            4762 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                                            1. the mushroom sandwich at good girl dinette in highland park is amazing. loved the caprese from bay cities deli. vito's eggplant parm was also very good, but i've not yet tried bay cities. did not like capriatti's version. auntie em's kitchen in eagle rock has a wonderful veggie sandwich, filled with avacado, cucumber, sprouts, etc etc etc.

                                              1. Anything with jackfruit at Pure Luck.

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

                                                1. Wow there are a lot of good recc-y's. That blog post on Locali could induce salivation. Those two sandwiches look friggin' awesome. I heard about it but never went, but seeing your pictures, I have to go!

                                                  1. Egg salad sandwich at Europane
                                                    Banh Mi at Mr Baguette- vegetarian ham, veggie pate, mayo, picked daikon and carrots on a sesame seed bun
                                                    Mushroom torta at Cook's Tortas

                                                    Mr Baguette
                                                    8702 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

                                                    Cook's Tortas
                                                    1944 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                                                    1. my favorite in la is hands down the vegan reuben at meet market in silver lake: rye bread, 1000 island, sauerkraut, marinated wheat meat, balsamic beats & daiya mozzarella

                                                      other notables
                                                      flore cafe: both the eggless egg salad and the tempeh tu-no melt are incredible.

                                                      john's garden in malibu: really good classic california hippy sandwiches (avocado, tomato, sprouts on wheat bread).

                                                      1. I highly recommend the Caesar Wrap at Real Food Daily!

                                                        Real Food Daily
                                                        414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048