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GujuGeek Jul 26, 2010 05:08 PM

Hello,

I just found this site (it's amazing) and this is my first post. I was wondering if you guys could give me some suggestions of some vegetarian-friendly restaurants around the downtown LA area?

I don't mind veggie meats or vegan restaurants, not too picky. Just want to eat semi-healthy.

Thanks!

  1. peppermonkey Jul 29, 2010 11:09 AM

    I don't really like "vegetarian" restaurants so I end up looking for cuisines that naturally have vegetarian dishes when my SO decides to be buddhist for a month. Italian, Thai, Mexican, and Indian seem to be the best bets though DTLA doesn't have much of these options. Favorites in DTLA would be Rivera, Tiara Cafe, Drago Centro, Bottega Louie, Nickel Diner, Wursktche, Ciudad

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    Ciudad
    445 S Figueroa St Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Nickel Diner
    524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Drago Centro
    525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Bottega Louie
    700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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      GujuGeek Jul 26, 2010 11:58 PM

      All these places look great, I especially can't wait to try the seitan steak at Shojin!

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

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        ipsedixit Jul 27, 2010 09:42 AM

        I really like Shojin, but I would avoid any of the setian dishes. While they make the seitan in-house, it just doesn't work well in any of the dishes (i.e. meatballs, steaks, pork cutlets etc.). If you really need that mouthfeel of meat, try some the tempeh dishes. Otherwise, stick with the ramen, salads and sushi rolls.

        And whatever you do, do not skip dessert.

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

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          apple7blue Jul 27, 2010 03:18 PM

          I don't eat meat so I am not totally sure about this. I think if you take it as seitan rather than some substitute of meat, then you might like something that those who are just looking for a meat replacement don't. I like their seitan, which is what I am basing this on, and I have heard similar arguments before about stuff like seitan, tempeh, etceteras and not just with Shojin but with like Real Food Daily, M Cafe, etceteras. Its an untested hypothesis . . .

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          M Cafe De Chaya
          7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

          Real Food Daily
          514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

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

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

          M Cafe de Chaya
          9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          M Cafe De Chaya
          100 Corporate Pointe Ste 265, Culver City, CA 90230

          1. re: apple7blue
            ipsedixit Jul 27, 2010 03:27 PM

            When I pooh-pooh the seitan it's based on the fact that it just does not taste very good, nor the right texture indicative of good setian.

            I think, ilke you, it is wrong to compare seitan (or tempah) to the mouthfeel of meat. Don't do it, it's a lose-lose proposition.

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              apple7blue Jul 27, 2010 03:35 PM

              Who would you, if anyone, recommend their seitan?

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                GujuGeek Jul 27, 2010 06:19 PM

                Hmm..thanks for the advice. I will probably still have to try the seitan & tempeh once to see if I like it.

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            will47 Jul 27, 2010 07:32 PM

            I agree that the seitan, while housemade, is not the greatest here.

            Also agree that the desserts tend to be great here... probably better than many of the savory dishes. This may be the greatest number of times I've agreed with ipsedixit in one thread. :>

            Their new ramen is pretty good - a big improvement over the noodle soups they had before, and while it probably won't win any converts among die-hard non-vegetarian ramen fans, it's definitely one of the only places (maybe *the* only place) that I know of where you can get a vegetarian ramen in town.

            I am still only lukewarm on Shojin, esp. at their prices, but I do enjoy the occasional visit. Also, their Valentine's day dinner (well one day before) this year was pretty well done (and restaurant Valentine's days experiences are almost universally horrible).

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

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          cls Jul 26, 2010 09:17 PM

          How around downtown? Silver Lake and Echo Park are lousy with them.

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            farmersmarketfresh Jul 26, 2010 10:04 PM

            Highly recommend Elf on Sunset. Hearty, healthy, and affordable veggie & vegan options.

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              GujuGeek Jul 26, 2010 11:58 PM

              Anywhere near downtown really, I don't mind driving.

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                cls Jul 27, 2010 06:37 AM

                For Raw you have the new Mooi (I think it's called) on Sunset and Echo Park, and Cru on Sunset and Griffith Park. There's Cafe Flore which is vegan across the street from Cru, as well as Forage with a generally good selection of salads and vegetable dishes. There's a vegan Thai place on Sunset at Berendo that's cheap and pretty good. Bottega Louie makes a great "California Vegetarian" sandwich. In Little Tokyo there are lots of Japanese options that are vegetarian friendly. You could even get one of the vegetarian sausages from Wurstkuche.

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                Wurstkuche
                800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                Bottega Louie
                700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                  GujuGeek Jul 27, 2010 06:18 PM

                  Wow, thanks for so many! I really appreciate it. Mooi looks like it has some delicious, unique items!

                  Oh, and I am a huge fan of veggie sausage...so I'm really excited that Wurstkuche has a few different kinds !

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                    apple7blue Jul 27, 2010 06:19 PM

                    I second Mooi amongst others given, raw food is unusual though, so you must be venturesome

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              apple7blue Jul 26, 2010 08:51 PM

              Check out Shojin. I think the food is healthy and its vegetarian friendly. It's in Downtown LA.

              Edit: I went to the Chichen Itza website, and one of their vegetarian dishes--admittedly called not so vegetarian has shark, and like half of the other items have eggs. I got my hopes up too. Especially since it's really close to USC, but from USC you can just take the free trams to Union Center and walk to Shojin. That's good advice for non-students because parking is cheaper near USC or free if you park South or West of campus. So far, Shojin seems to be the most convenient and the best vegetarian food in Downtown.

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

              1. westsidegal Jul 26, 2010 08:50 PM

                shojin

                http://www.theshojin.com/

                1. mollyomormon Jul 26, 2010 08:48 PM

                  Nickel Diner has some great options:
                  http://nickeldiner.com/dinner-menu.htm

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                  Nickel Diner
                  524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  1. ipsedixit Jul 26, 2010 06:56 PM

                    Chichen Itza has a very nice vegetarian menu. http://www.chichenitzarestaurant.com/...

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                    Chichen Itza
                    3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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