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Where do Vegans eat with Steak Lovers...?

I have much adored friends of mine coming into Los Angeles this Friday for my birthday.

One couple are strict Vegan. "Mmmm Kale". Another couple are devoted Steak Lovers. "Mmmm Beef". Neither are militant towards each others needs, they are just "insistent about their preferences". These couples are each so into their cuisine that they have planned entire vacations based on what they are going to eat. Now both couples are visiting me.

I live in Hollywood, and we don't want to drive far. The vegan couple is getting married soon and they want to save money. The meat couple wants to go somewhere nice"ish" and fun. Both couples are leaving it up to me.

Anybody have any suggestions? This is stumping me.

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  1. I have found that Lucques works under those circumstances. I have been in the same situation and everyone was happy at Lucques

    1. Middle Eastern restaurants. There's vegan items like hummus and falafel, and meat skewers. Everyone is happy.

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      1. re: boogiebaby

        also completely agree with boogiebaby that middle eastern food would be the way to go.
        sadly, i don't know your neighborhood, so can't be more specific.

      2. Agree with boogiebaby on the Middle Eastern. What about Cleo - lots of options and in Hollywood?

        1. What about Fogo De Chao http://www.fogodechao.com/ in Beverly Hills? They have a wonderful salad bar that comes as part of the meal and they will feed your meat loving friends as much steak related cuts of meat as they want to consume.

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          1. re: Servorg

            That would be what the call in the sales industry a win-win.

            1. re: Servorg

              i personally love the salad bar at fogo de chao even though i don't eat meat.
              that said, it really doesn't offer much for VEGANS.
              (i'm a pescatarian, so the smoked salmon is a good source of protein for me,)
              other than the salmon and the cheese, neither of which vegans eat, the salad bar is an expensive way to not have much protein for a vegan.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Their salad bar has shiitake mushrooms, which have one of the highest protein content among any vegetables. They also have tabbouleh along with garlic mashed potatoes (which are also high in protein), polenta (polenta is also high in protein) and caramelized bananas which are all replenished table side. The vegans will be fine for a meal here. No one is going to be protein starved by any measure one would care to use as a yardstick.

                1. re: Servorg

                  i wasn't under the impression that this is what the OP was after:

                  << The vegans will be fine for one meal>>

                  it sounded to me like the OP wanted to satisfy BOTH couples equally.

                  this is my my personal opinion :
                  to ME a $28/pp meal before tax and tip ( which in my world means that it will come to about $37/pp out-the-door) made up of tabbouleh, polenta, mushrooms, and bananas along with other salad makings, would absolutely NOT be a good experience.

                  the potatoes contain dairy so they are out.

                  imho, fogo de chao can work well for pescatarians and for vegetarians, but NOT for vegans.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Fine in terms of protein content. Happy with all of the vegetarian/vegan choices.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      didn't know that you were a vegan,
                      also, never thought of you as a frugal vegan.

                      learn something new every day

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Houndian who always keeps an eye on the P/V ratio...

                        1. re: Servorg

                          imho, the vegan "meal" that can be hobbled together at fogo de chao is, to me, a mishmosh of odd dishes that don't combine well. (taboulleh and polenta? really?)
                          for $37 out the door, one can do much better at almost any middle eastern restaurant.

                          i have a much higher opinion of the vegetarian and pescatarian meals that can be constructed there.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            how about simon's cafe ?

                            great veggie mid eastern/morrocan dishes including some of the very best falafel i have ever had in LA.

                            But I'm not sure if they have steaks on the menu.

                            Though they do serve a myriad of kebab skewers, and better yet the lamb tajine or even better the handmade beef and lamb merguez sausages.

                            1. re: kevin

                              i've never been to simon's, but based on the recommendations of other hounds i'd bet that it would be a terrific choice.

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                Been to Simon's about 2-3 times (although not for several yrs). The food was quite good, although I remember being a wee bit surprised at how the entrees could go (high teens, and, again, this was several yrs ago)

                                Simon himself is usually quite gracious, although he was once a little curt when it was very busy.

                                To the OP, if the steak lovers in group are looking for traditional American steak, the more "exotic" flavors at Simon might actually be a bit of a turn off.

            2. Agree Fogo de Chao Beverly Hills. Best salad bar in the city and great meats too.

              1. Are your friends from out of town and staying over? My idea may not be special enough for a birthday dinner, but maybe for lunch the next day... Tender Greens has a good flank or skirt steak on their menu, and they also have one explicitly vegan dish but many others that can easily be made vegan by leaving out cheese. It also fits the vegan couple's goal of being frugal.

                  1. I'll suggest Mohawk Bend in Echo Park. Not fine dining by any means, but plenty of vegan and meat options and lots of beers on tap. Not too far from Hollywood, budget friendly, lively atmosphere.

                    1. I would suggest any of the many terrific Italian restaurants in LA. Most have excellent salads, pastas, pizzas, contornis, etc. which can be easily made vegan. The only challenge is to find one in your price range that also has good meat. Madeo's, Scarpetta and Dan Tana's immediately come to mind, but they are pricey. I'd look at the menu's at Italian restaurants, and I'm sure that one will fill the bill.