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Vegan in Santa Monica or near in return for a Really Big Favor.

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Willly Aug 24, 2012 09:11 PM

I'm looking to take a a great friend out for a fantastic dinner. They did me wonderful favor and I want to treat them to an unforgettable vegan dinner.

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    MrBoombastic RE: Willly Aug 24, 2012 10:35 PM

    Well please forgive me if I sound condesending but the answer is so obvious and right under your nose, RealFoodDaily

    1. westsidegal RE: Willly Aug 24, 2012 10:43 PM

      not really an exact answer to your question:
      RFD offers nice food, but imho their food is very FAR from unforgettable.
      as a matter of fact i've already forgotten what i had there last.

      not in santa monica,
      but i'd call providence and ask them if their vegetarian tasting menu can be done as a vegan tasting menu. THAT would be unforgettable.

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        orderedeverything RE: westsidegal Aug 24, 2012 10:54 PM

        Providence is the most amazing restaurant I have ever been to. I didn't know they did vegan. That should be your choice.

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          will47 RE: orderedeverything Aug 26, 2012 01:04 PM

          They can do it, and it's excellent.

          n/naka is one other place (not Santa Monica, but further west than Providence) that can do it very well.

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          LabLady RE: westsidegal Aug 26, 2012 01:44 PM

          Personally, I love RFD. I go there almost every time I'm in Santa Monica. So perhaps it depends somewhat on the sort of food your friend prefers?

          I will say, the service at RFD leaves something to be desired.

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          yogachik RE: Willly Aug 25, 2012 09:06 AM

          Cafe Gratitude on Rose in Venice. It's the only vegan restaurant with any imagination, and any flavor.

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            westsidegal RE: yogachik Aug 25, 2012 09:42 AM

            i've been meaning to try that place, thanks for reminding me.

          2. Servorg RE: Willly Aug 25, 2012 09:47 AM

            If your preference is for staying in Santa Monica you should call Melisse and see if they can't make their vegetarian tasting menu, vegan too.

            http://melisse.com/

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              westsidegal RE: Servorg Aug 25, 2012 10:37 AM

              +1 another good suggestion.

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              bruinike RE: Willly Aug 26, 2012 01:52 PM

              Akasha in Culver City has many vegan items on the menu and can make many of their dishes vegan upon request. Plus, it's a nice-looking restaurant so you feel like you are going out for the night.

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