Plant-based diets have spread like agave and Los Angeles is fortunate enough to have vegan hotspots in every neighbourhood. Wherever you may find yourself in this expansive city, vegan food is never far away. Whether you’re celebrating World Vegan Month in November, or you’re looking for the best vegan restaurants in your area, here is a list of local favourites that can be found across Los Angeles.
Au Lac Downtown Los Angeles
Tucked away in the Promenade Plaza, Au Lac is an upscale gem that offers imaginative raw and Vietnamese fusion dishes. The salt and pepper yam “shrimp” are eerily real, while the rich desserts are perfect for sharing. It’s a good place for celebrity sightings but the true star is Chef Ito, who has taken a vow of silence and just might grace you with a visit your table. Don’t forget to ask the server about the “secret menu.”
Perfect for a date night, Shojin offers macrobiotic vegan sushi in a fine dining setting in Little Tokyo. An extensive menu of flavour-popping creations and a large selection of sakes are sure to please even the pickiest palates. It’s reassuring to see their “no chemical preservatives, no artificial colour and no chemical seasonings” promise on the menu, too.
This craft beer restaurant and bar sits across the street from PETA headquarters in Echo Park, which may explain the vegan-heavy menu. Mohawk Bend serves arguably the best vegan pizza in the city and it’s a little cheaper during happy hour specials.
Cupcake Wars winners, Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser, opened a Silver Lake version of their New York eatery in May 2016. Nestled inside the 365 by Whole Foods Market, by CHLOE is fast food at its finest, with innovative grub like Portobello meatball sandwiches, sweet potato-based mac-n-cheese, quinoa hash browns, beet ketchup and much, much more.
Flore Vegan Cuisine
You can’t beat the healthy home-style cooking at this little Silver Lake favourite. The best vegan biscuits and gravy in the West, consistently great service and the gluten-free friendly menu make Flore a cosy place for a rendezvous. It’s easy to see why Zagat has called Flore a “vegan lover’s dream.”
From the blond butcher block tables to charismatic cheesemonger Youssef Fakhouri running around behind the counter, Vromage is delightful. Stop by L.A.’s first vegan cheese shop for lunch (the tiny menu offers pizza, salad and sandwiches) or grab a hunk of muenster, brie, “veganzola” or gouda to go. All cheeses are nut-based and dairy-free. Some are good for melting while others are best for party platters. Vromage ships internationally, too!
For more information, see the Discover Los Angeles website – https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/eat-drink/guide-to-the-best-vegan-restaurants-in-los-angeles
Lead image: Au Lac Downtown Los Angeles