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Vegetarian friendly Restaurants in LA

Staying in LA a week with my family in Conoga Park. We have transportation and are able to go anywhere within the city. Looking for solid places that are not too expensive ($20 entrees and below) and that have options for meat eaters and non meat eaters. Not into the splashy, overly fancy places. We love restaurants with locally sourced food and a neighborhood vibe. Also interested in Thai, Sushi or other ethnic food. Thanks

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  1. There is a vegan Vietnamese restaurant in Reseda that even the meat eaters in your group will enjoy, Vinh Loi Tofu on Sherman Way. For excellent Thai food in a very low key atmosphere try Top Thai on Reseda Blvd. just a bit north of Sherman Way. Top Thai has a very good and interesting set of Northern Thai specialties on the back page of their menu. Get some recommendations from the wait staff.

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    Top Thai Cuisine
    7333 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

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

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    1. re: Servorg

      second vinh loi tofu.
      love their food and their prices.

      1. re: Servorg

        For chinese food in the SF Valley, Kung Pao Bistro in Studio City has one whole page of its 4-page menu with veggie-only options, many of which are soy-based tastes of meat, without the meat.
        And the kitchen can create anything you want, assuming the ingredients are in the building.

      2. Try Follow Your Heart on Sherman Way just east of Topanga. It's a classic. Though it's strictly vegitarian meat eaters won't miss the meat. I know from experience. Also there is India Sweets and Spice also on Sherman Way but it's just west of Topanga. Again all veggie but no onw will miss the meat.

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        Follow Your Heart
        21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

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        1. re: SeaCook

          have been to Follow Your Heart many times (mostly, though, at least a couple of years ago), still remember the food as being solid, the portions as being generous, and the prices as being more than reasonable.

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          Follow Your Heart
          21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

        2. Def check out Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana.

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          Madeleine Bistro
          18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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          1. re: Emme

            Madeline Bistro is not a great option for the non-vegetarians. Also tends to be expensive. This is a great place for Vegans but skip it otherwise.

            1. re: torchsong

              i was not at all impressed with madeline bistro.

              1. re: torchsong

                so sorry... i missed this part of the post for some reason! my bad.

                Ca Del Sole might be worth looking into... altho it might be fancier than you want.

                Second Jitlada, Krua and Musha. Also, Puro Sabor in Van Nuys.

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                Ca Del Sole
                4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

                1. re: Emme

                  Love Musha, but keep in mind that the options for a vegetarian are somewhat limited there (though the vegetarian options they do have are excellent), and it may be difficult to get straight answers about ingredients, particularly about which items contain bonito (katsuo) or other fish products in some form or another.

                  I posted some more info on this in a post a while back in case it's helpful to anyone.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5932...

                  If you are 6-10 people, strongly recommend getting the private room if it's available. If you are drinking, especially, you will have no trouble getting to the $200 (IIRC) minimum.

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                  Musha
                  424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            2. I like Buddha's Belly - 205 Broadway @ 2nd (3rd St. Promenade area of Santa Monica) and, especially Musha also in Santa Monica - http://musha.us --- delish!
              Thai- Well popular on these boards: Jitlada www.jitlada.localthaifood.com and, Krua Thai in North Hollywood - 13130 Sherman Way North Hollywood, CA 91605-4645 - (818) 759-7998
              Enjoy your visit!

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              Jitlada
              5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              Krua Thai Restaurant
              13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

              Musha
              424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              Buddha's Belly Restaurant
              7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              1. Thai for both veg and non-veg people will be hard; you could try Jitlada, though make sure to ask about shrimp paste and other fish-derived ingredients (they don't use fish sauce much, because Jazz doesn't like it, but do use other fish-based products in many of the chili pastes). Their new sign specifically advertises "vegetarian" food, but I haven't thus far been impressed with the taste (or spiciness) of vegetarian / vegan stuff I've had there. Most of the curries have shrimp paste - I think just the green curry does not. Palms Thai will do stuff without fish sauce, and may be worth going to - not only is the food pretty good, but you've got to love Thai Elvis.

                I would make it out to the SGV for Chinese food if you have a chance. I am a fan of Shanghai Yu Yuan. They have some great vegetarian dishes, however, make sure to specify mushroom based MSG instead of chicken base / chicken MSG, which I believe they use by default. If you like spicy stuff, I have been pretty happy with vegetarian options at Hunan Chili King on Valley (and their non-vegetarian stuff always seems to be a hit as well).

                If you want some places that are closer, you could try Hummus Bar and Grill. They have an all you can eat option with mostly vegetarian salads, as well as tons of meat for the more omnivorously inclined.

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                Jitlada
                5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                Hummus Bar and Grill
                18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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                1. re: will47

                  Puran's seems to fit the bill. I've always had very good experiences there. Unfortunately the La Brea location is closed, but the Los Feliz location is still a great neighborhood place. Sometimes I dream about the tomato coulis...

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                  Puran's Restaurant
                  2064 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                  1. re: stuffed

                    Haven't been in a while. A little boring (esp. their vegetarian options), and while it's not really bad, I think you could do better for $20/entree. You could probably even get out of places like Ammo, Grace, BLD, Mozza etc. (all, IMHO, much better than Purans for either veg or non-veg food) for that kind of money.

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                    BLD Restaurant
                    7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  2. re: will47

                    For Thai try Bulan Thai. It is entirely vegetarian but you won't miss the meat. Their soy meat substitutes are very good. They will actually make the food spicy when you ask for it that way. Not just good Veg food, good Thai Food!

                    http://www.bulanthai.com/

                    1. re: torchsong

                      What do you recommend at Bulan Thai? The menu looks really interesting

                      1. re: cheesecake17

                        Whoa, you LA hounds are good. I'll let you know what we check out.

                        1. re: chadradchad

                          How about this place: www.cinnamonvegetarian.com
                          In Highland Park off the 110 N going towards South Pasadena.