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Jul 6, 2010 09:46 PM

Looking for affordable vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants in LA

I'm planning a fun night out for my best friends birthday and well basically i'm stumped. I've looked in several places but no real luck, especially over on yelp where everything is so inconsistent as everything seems to get well to put it mildly 'less' interesting than the last.

So I turned to Chowhound and their foodies. I'm hoping you all could give me some great suggestions through word of mouth and then just do the foot work on my own if i have to.

So far the only place I've come up with is BLD which is not a bad place i just want to see if there's anything else out there.

Here's what I'm basically looking for:

- Some where that is good for 7 or more people
- Is affordable, anywhere between $15 - $25 would be AWESOME
- Is vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian friendly (it's LA so i figure not that difficult)
- Open late because punctuality is not in any of our friends vocabulary, the latest would be 10
- Is not a chain restaurant
- Has a nice fun atmosphere but isn't full of families and their children (nothing against kids love them but we're all 25+ and don't want to have to hear the screaming kids)
- It should have a full bar, if not, at least serve wine, champagne and beer no liquor is ok... but that would be pretty great if it did
- Is close to the LA bar scene anywhere in Downtown LA, Hollywood, Santa Monica etc would be great
- Most importantly would be ok with us bringing in our cake

Thanks in advance to everyone here at Chowhound you guys have never steered me wrong before so I have HIGH hopes.

BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. i'm gonna throw out a few random ideas, then depending upon your thoughts, can prolly suggest more...

    shojin for vegan friendly sushi
    the edison downtown
    rahel for ethiopian
    palms thai
    paru's for indian

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    1. re: Emme

      I haven't been to the rest, but Rahel is great and it's BYOB (or at least it was a few months ago when we last went), so you could bring your cake and your own booze, which would make it a lot cheaper.

      1. re: froggyhumi

        Third the Rahel rec. I think Akasha might be tough at that price point, especially if you're drinking (all cocktails are over $10) and I would seriously doubt they'll let you bring in a cake. Rahel is BYOB, totally within your price point and I'm sure will let you bring in a cake.

        9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    2. Try Akasha in Culver City.

      9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Second. I was going to suggest M Cafe but that's not a "date place"... and I don't think they serve booze.

      2. Guelaguetza is open until 10 pm. They have a a good mix of vegetarian and seafood options, plus a full bar. There are families there, but if you go after 8, I think you should be fine. I think it is a very fun place, but it may be more casual than you want.

        1. thanks for ALL the suggestions everyone it's been a great help! I'll have to get back to everyone with what where we end up i have to call a few places before i set anything in stone.

          I have to agree though that Akasha is kind of out of our price range as is Edison even though i love that place i just don't think we can afford it right now. However i do appreciate the suggestion as it was very on point just out of our price range... also it didn't have many vegan/vegetarian options but otherwise great place.

          Thanks again everyone!

          9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          1. I'm late to your post, but if you haven't gone yet, go to Happy Family. It's Chinese vegetarian (don't think of bringing meat here either) and is open til 9 and not sure, but they did stay open til 10 on the weekends, but maybe not anymore with the current economy. The kids that do show up (read: far and few) typically don't scream and you might run into the stray Buddhist monk or nun. No bar, but I believe they serve alcohol; if not, you are 15-20 minutes from Old Town Pasadena and shorter if you choose to go to Alhambra's Main Street. I've eaten there many times and they will let you bring in your own cake (as long as it doesn't have meat), but in the name of civility, call ahead and ask. It's kind of quiet but if you are looking for a good time dining with friends, this ought to fit the bill. Oh and plenty of free parking. If you are going to scope it out first, go and pick up a take-out menu or try it for the cheaper lunch specials...

            Happy Family Restaurant 3
            111 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754