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Restless West LA Vegan - New V. Friendly Restaurant Ideas?

Margaret Santa Monica Dec 16, 2012 09:43 AM

Had a good dinner at Gjelina last night, big group, my teen daughter and I were the only Vegans. Some kind of broiled cauliflower, grilled radicchio, some sort of broccoli rabe, pomodoro pizza, bean stew. It was all completely amazing.

The meal made me realize I need to look for some new West LA vegan friendly eats. I don't often eat at strictly v. places, because only 2/5 of the family eats that way. We can do Blue Plate, Real Food Daily, most sushi places, some Sawtelle curry/soon tofu places. Falafel. Ramen is usually too porky. Mexican food is usually too meaty/cheesy, aside from the beans. Swingers works. Veggie Grill works, but I'm not a big fan of fake meats.

Anyone else out there who likes to eat at "regular" restaurants have any ideas? Thanks!

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    Margaret Santa Monica RE: Margaret Santa Monica Dec 16, 2012 09:45 AM

    BTW: To other V. Hounds out there - Bay Cities - veggie sub - like the godmother without the meat. Unbelievable!

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    1. re: Margaret Santa Monica
      Servorg RE: Margaret Santa Monica Dec 16, 2012 10:00 AM

      You should check out Gratitude Cafe in Venice for one (even though it's vegan) http://cafegratitudevenice.com/ and Superba Snack Bar http://superbasnackbar.com/ is a good place for both vegans and non vegans as well.

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        Margaret Santa Monica RE: Servorg Dec 16, 2012 10:04 AM

        Do you have something you particularly love at either place? Been hearing about Gratitude...

    2. westsidegal RE: Margaret Santa Monica Dec 16, 2012 09:55 AM

      TLT in westwood village.
      order the
      Edamame Hummus
      Blistered Bok Choy
      Beet salad

      also, a there is a whole vegan section of the menu at Shamshiri Grill and, in addition, most of their appetizers are also vegan even though they are not listed in the vegan section of the menu.

      personally, at shamshiri i go for:
      a) the vegan Gormeh Sabzi
      b)the specialty rice dish Addas Polo (order it made with BROWN rice instead of white)
      c) the grape leaves that are stuffed with a lentil mix instead of the more traditional oily rice filling
      d) the hummus

      also, Lukshon offers one vegan main dish: the Tofu Salad.


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        Margaret Santa Monica RE: westsidegal Dec 16, 2012 10:05 AM

        TLT looks amazing, thanks!

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        maudies5 RE: Margaret Santa Monica Dec 16, 2012 10:18 AM

        The FarmShop in the Brentwood Country Mart has wonderful vegan dishes.
        Check out the menu

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          Margaret Santa Monica RE: maudies5 Dec 16, 2012 10:24 AM

          Yes, I live within walking distance and eat there often. More veggie take out than actual dishes served in the rest., btw. And a great market - good wine selection - and Rancho Gordo beans, my favorite.

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          JudiAU RE: Margaret Santa Monica Dec 16, 2012 11:04 AM

          I noticed yesterday that Mama's Hot Tamales has vegan tamales and dishes. They use diaya

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