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Best Vegan Cheeseburger And "Fries" in Los Angeles/Beaches

We are both longtime vegans and have a ten year old omni granddaughter.
Where to go?

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    1. re: Ernie

      Is Hillstone's veggie burger vegan? It's certainly (a) vegetarian, and (b) very good.

      1. re: cookie monster

        Yes without the dressing or cheese, of course

        1. re: Ernie

          Last time I was at Houston's the server said that the veggie burger has egg whites in it.

          1. re: eatinginsf

            Hmmm, I've heard otherwise from servers. Go figure

        2. re: cookie monster

          I'm a big fan of the Nutburger supreme at Follow Your Heart. They have vegan cheese options, and vegan milkshakes, but I don't think they have fries. Not a burger but Meea's in Eagle Rock makes a very good vegan hot dog in house and has fries. All sorts of interesting toppings and pillowy house-baked hot dog buns.

      2. Not sure if this is within driving distance for you and I can't vouch for this particular item but...

        http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/lotus-...

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/lotus-vegan-n...

        1. Try Native Foods. Several So Cal locations.

          1. I am another fan of the HIlstone's Veggie burger (I go to R+D Kitchen), but if egg whites are unacceptable, try Veggie Grill. Veggie Burger pretty good and kids love the sweet potato fries and the mac and "cheese." Locations throughout So Cal. It says it is truly vegan.

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            1. re: maudies5

              fwiw, the veggie grill burger is of the "fake meat" variety.

              1. re: westsidegal

                I know. The OP didn't state if that was an issue. I personally love the veggie burger at R+D but evidently there was a concern about egg whites being in the mix. Although I'm not crazy about Veggie Grill's burger, I do think it tastes all right and would seem to be completely vegan. I had a great veggie burger at Cafe Brentwood last week. Not dissimilar from the one at R+D. (and no fake meat):)

                1. re: maudies5

                  Also, avoid the regular fries at Veggie Grill. They're edible, but that's about all I can say for them. The sweet potatoes fries are good (not great), though.

                  1. re: ilysla

                    The only things I normally eat at Veggie grill is tomato soup on Monday and lentil soup on Thurs. Those are really good.

                  2. re: maudies5

                    i'll eat both styles (phony meat and veggie patty), but others hold strong preferences

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      It's weird…I LOVE veggie patties, am totally not into fake meat patties. But I love Morningstar chicken patties. Go figure.

              2. Golden Mean in Santa Monica and Cafe Gratitude in Venice both have veggie burgers (and are vegan eateries). No fries, but they do have potatoes. I've not had either dish at either restaurant, but I've found their other dishes to be decent - very good.

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                1. re: ilysla

                  I have had the burger at Golden Mean and didn't much care for it. The accompanying salad was very good and I do like their soups. The burger was just too loose. Haven't had the fries. Service sure is nice.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Oh, that's too bad to hear. It's been a bit hit or miss for me there. Nothing truly bad, but I've sometimes had a dish (although I can't remember which) and thought to myself that I don't think I'd order it again.

                    And, yes, service has been quite friendly each time I've been there (2-3 times).

                2. I LOVE Real Food Daily's veggie burger…pretty sure the cheese is vegan there. So yummy.

                    1. dunno about the fries, but for the burger i agree with Houston's/Hillstones
                      and ALSO
                      the organic vegan burger at Cafe Gratitude (be aware, though, that the ketchup served at cafe gratitude is their own homemade version of the stuff that does NOT resemble heinz)

                      1. Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park. They've got vegan burgers and fries (regular or sweet potato). I've never tried the burger, but I've enjoyed several other sandwiches and salads there.

                        http://followyourheart.com/market-cafe

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                        1. re: boogiebaby

                          I came across this website http://archives.quarrygirl.com/catego... that features photos and descriptions of various vegan food items, many of them at Follow Your Heart (including the burger someplace farther down the page), just in case anyone is interested in checking them out. I have a feeling that some of the restaurants mentioned in this older blog post (2009) may no longer be around. So please check before driving over someplace because you like the look of the food here and then getting mad at me! (g)

                        2. My favorite vegan cheeseburger is the VG cheeseburger, El Dorado style (grilled onions and jalapeños) plus tempeh bacon at Veggie Grill. For a non-fake meat burger, I'd recommend Sage Vegan Bistro (Echo Park or Culver City).

                          Also, the Hillstone veggie burger has egg in everything, including the bread.

                          1. Big Macro at M Cafe is pretty good.