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Vegetarian (or Veg Options) for Sunday Night Birthday Dinner

ElsieDee Nov 3, 2010 09:38 PM

The birthday boy has requested a higher-end vegetarian dinner -- or a place with multiple vegetarian options -- for his special dinner on Sunday night. We've done Fatty's in Eagle Rock many times and are looking for something in that vein, anywhere in the greater L.A. area (yep, we are willing to drive for a new dining experience).


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    teafairy Nov 3, 2010 10:01 PM

    If nobody else replies with suggestions, I advise you to check out vegguide.org. That's where I look every time I travel. They have 373 entries for L.A. alone. Some of those will be health food stores but you should still find tons of helpful restaurant reviews, ranked by popularity.

    1. mollyomormon Nov 3, 2010 10:09 PM

      Is Venice too far? I would go to Gjelina.

      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

      1. terramassu Nov 4, 2010 09:03 AM

        Madeleine Bistro
        18621 Ventura Blvd
        Tarzana, CA 91356
        (818) 758-6971

        Madeleine Bistro
        18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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        1. re: terramassu
          Smoq Nov 4, 2010 03:20 PM

          I'll second this suggestion. Madeleine is the first thing I always think of whenever anyone says "high end vegetarian."

        2. Discokill Nov 4, 2010 12:36 PM

          Every time this question comes up on the board Gjelina and Akasha tend to be the most common responses. I would also recommend Tavern and/or Ammo

          Ammo Restaurant
          1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

          9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

          11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

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          1. re: Discokill
            running pig Nov 4, 2010 02:28 PM

            However, be aware that Gjelina has a "no modifications" policy, so veg versions of dishes will not be made. Not sure how strict they are about that...but as a vegetarian, I would be annoyed if the restaurant had a problem omitting the bacon from a salad or something like that. That being said, I had a very nice brunch at Gjelina last month.

            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

            1. re: running pig
              will47 Nov 4, 2010 03:59 PM

              I prefer AOC to Gjelina, both in terms of the food, the vegetarian options, and just the general feel of the restaurant. Also, I think AOC's vegan / vegetarian options, while also somewhat limited, are made better by the fact that they don't have as strict a 'no substitutions' policy as Gjelina (one exception is that Gjelina will omit cheese from salads, though not from pizzas). I went to Gjelina with my girlfriend and her cousin (both non-vegetarian), and none of us were really that blown away, compared to the hype it gets on these boards and how booked in advance it is. Also, the crowd is a little douchey. I like Tasting Kitchen down the street for drinks; haven't tried the food there, but not so great for veg options most nights.

              Vegetarians should inquire carefully at Gjelina (and, at AOC, for that matter, to a lesser extent), because some of the dishes which seem like they would be vegetarian and don't have meat listed in the ingredients still may use chicken stock.

              8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

            2. re: Discokill
              will47 Nov 4, 2010 03:59 PM

              Ammo is pretty good, though expensive for what it is; at that point, you could almost afford to go to Providence (which, while they specialize in fish, will do great vegetarian / vegan stuff if you call ahead). I don't know if it fits the OP's budget, but for higher-end, that's probably where I'd go (Sona, and, to a lesser extent, Grace, were both good, but neither has re-opened AFAIK).

              Ethiopian might work also. I don't know if Rahel has a nice enough atmosphere, though it's all vegetarian, but somewhere like Nyala has a pretty nice atmosphere.

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              paprkutr Nov 4, 2010 02:38 PM

              I haven't been buy I hear good things about Budda's Belly on Beverly Blvd. at Gardner.

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                powpow57 Nov 4, 2010 04:17 PM

                High end Greek restaurants have lots of vegetarian options.

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                  Kodiakfoodlover Nov 5, 2010 12:51 PM

                  ElsieDee, a bit off topic — but your post came up from 2007 regarding amaretto di serrano cookies. It inspired me to become a member of Chow. Thanks!

                  1. ElsieDee Nov 7, 2010 03:33 PM

                    Thanks for the ideas and suggestions; looks like the birthday boy wants to try Madeleine Bistro this evening, so I'll be reporting back after the meal.

                    I appreciate everyone's input and have added to our "must try soon" restaurant list :)

                    Madeleine Bistro
                    18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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