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Jul 26, 2010 05:08 PM

Vegetarian restaurants around Downtown LA?


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.


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  1. Chichen Itza has a very nice vegetarian menu.

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

    1. Nickel Diner has some great options:

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

        1. 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.

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

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

            5 Replies
            1. re: cls

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

              1. re: cls

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

                1. re: GujuGeek

                  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.

                  800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

                  1. re: cls

                    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 I'm really excited that Wurstkuche has a few different kinds !

                    1. re: GujuGeek

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