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Mar 4, 2012 11:28 AM

Looking for vegan-friendly restaurant in Long Beach or close by.

Looking for a vegan-friendly restaurant in Long Beach or nearby to celebrate an anniversary. We would like to go out for lunch.

Not interested in Zephyr's or the Vegan Diner. Although we like Open Sesame, we have been there a million times. Prefer a healthy style restaurant that is not high on carbs like an Italian.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. How fancy does it have to be? What about Steamed? I have heard good things about them, though I've never been since I don't live nearby.

    There's Bo De Tinh Tam Chay off the 405 Beach exit. It's high in veggies and the food there is pretty good, though sometimes has been hit or miss for me. Overall, it's still one of my favorite veggie Vietnamese. My favorite, and the one I would go to for a special occasion is Au Lac on Brookhurst.

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    1. re: choctastic

      Thanks, choctastic. No, it does not have to be fancy. I drove by Steamed - it does get good reports, but it looked pretty grungy, all boarded up, not appealing, but hey - it may be great. Never heard of the other two you mentioned. I'll look them up. Thanks again.

      1. re: annetti

        There's Vegi Wokery in Cerritos where I recall having a not so terrible meal.

        I dunno, for special occasions, I like Au Lac, but just a warning about the prices, whoo boy. One entree can be over 10 bucks. For me, that's like, wow. But they might have lunch specials. I've never been there for lunch.

        There's also Loving Hut, which features Chinese style vegan food. They're all over.

        There's the Sweet Spot in Huntington Beach, but I've never been there.

        1. re: choctastic

          Thanks again, choctastic. I looked at the menu for Au Lac. Not cheap, for sure, but it is a special occasion - our anniversary and the reviews are great. I'm not sure why we never heard about it, since it's been around for yrs, but we'll give it a try.

          Not too fond of Vegi Wokery, food is not cooked to order and if you order an appetizer, chances are it will arrive with your meal. However, lunches at VW are cheap and occasionally we want a restaurant meal and they are the best vegan choice around, though again not very good. In fact, incredibly mediocre.

          1. re: annetti

            I hate to say it, but you're right. It's hard to say something bad about a vegan restaurant because I feel like I'm being disloyal and VW has decent reviews on yelp. Truth hurts, I guess.

            If you go to Au Lac, get the raw "donut holes". They're these hollow chocolatey raw "donut holes" filled with liquid raspberry sauce. They're pretty sweet though. I really liked those. I also liked their cooked dishes, not so much the raw, but I'm not a raw foodie. I like their sweet and sour pork for some reason. I also like their version of that Vietnamese noodle dish with the egg rolls, lettuce and rice noodles (no soup). I vaguely recall their pho not as much to my liking as the pho at some other places. Again, very pricey, but if I had an anniversary, I'd probably head over here, or (if I had the money) fly to San Fran and eat at Millennium.

            1. re: choctastic

              choctastic: We visited Au Lac for lunch on Wed around 1:30 or so. I liked it very much. Enjoyed the starters and main. The rainbow dessert was fabulous. My husband loved the dessert, too, but was not quite as enthusiastic as I was about the rest of the meal. Service was very pleasant. About $35 or so for one appetizer, 2 mains and a shared dessert including a tip. They do not serve alcohol. Place fairly filled for midweek. Thanks very much for the recommendation. Will return again.

              1. re: annetti

                I'm glad you liked it! I am going there for my 40th birthday this year. Love this place for celebrations.

                What dishes did you get?

                1. re: choctastic

                  Our appetizer was a barbecue pork roll (can't remember what it was called), chow fun and broccoli with beef. For dessert we had the rainbow cake. Not too thrilled with the chow fun, but loved everything else. Happy 40th in advance!