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Jun 2, 2010 08:44 AM

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?

    12 Replies
    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

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

                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.