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Vegetarian (or Veg Options) for Sunday Night Birthday Dinner

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).

Ideas?

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  1. 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. Is Venice too far? I would go to Gjelina.

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

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

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        Madeleine Bistro
        18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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        1. re: terramassu

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

        2. 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

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

          Akasha
          9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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

          Tavern
          11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

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          1. re: Discokill

            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.

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

            1. re: running pig

              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.

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              AOC
              8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

            2. re: Discokill

              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.

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