More and more people continue to make the switch to vegan eating daily, and with new product lines such as Beyond Meat, doing so has never proven easier. And few places offer more healthy vegan choices for dining than the Golden State — especially in the hip neighborhoods of LA.
If you’re planning a trip or a move out west and you’re of the veggie-saur variety of dino, you can’t go wrong with these top eight spots for vegan dining. Not only are their offerings cruelty-free and planet-friendly, but they’re also delish beyond belief! Here’s where to dig in when you decide to go.
1. Donut Friend
Are you looking for a Friday morning breakfast treat you can have delivered right to the office via the use of Postmates or GrubHub? Donut Friend will quickly become your new bestie when it comes to unique goodies several steps above your basic grocery store grab-n-go breakfast breads bin.
Enjoy heavenly creations such as Jets to Basil, featuring fresh strawberries, basil and vegan cream cheese. Or, try a Srirachosin with peanut butter, coconut bacon (it’s amazing), jelly and a touch of the seriously spicy stuff baked right in. You’ll never think twice about blowing past the larger chain doughnut shops in favor of this gem.
2. Gracias Madre
If you thought tacos would amount to nothing without ground beef or shredded chicken, think again! The portobello mushroom tacos at Gracias Madre will have you saying “thank you” in several languages, they’re so scrumptious and healthy. The restaurant features plant-based Mexican dishes which cannot be beaten.
Those with heartier appetites will adore their chimichangas, chock-full of potatoes and peppers. Those who prefer a lighter lunch will flip for the cucumber salad, which offers the perfect cool treat on a hot day. And Mexican street corn is delicious anytime, anywhere.
3. Ramen Hood
This isn’t the college dorm staple you know and love so well! Ramen Hood offers a variety of dishes based on this classic, soup-like meal, and there’s no need to resign yourself to their creations — the menu allows you to mix and match the ingredients in your bowl any way you would like. Start with a base of their ordinary or spicy ramen and add veggie goodness to your heart’s content.
4. Fala Bar
Run by an LA native, Fala Bar boasts a menu which is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. In addition, they prepare their food fresh, never frozen. Those who follow gluten-free and soy-free eating plans will find tons to dine on here.
While the restaurant boasts primarily Mediterranean fare, there are copious vegan burgers, sandwiches and salads on the menu that are sure to please any palate. The variety makes this restaurant the perfect pick for those first easing into veganism who may grow frustrated with only a dish or two listed on most menus.
5. Sage Vegan Bistro
Like beer? Sage Vegan Bistro doesn’t demand you stick to sipping water or kombucha with your meal. They offer a host of their own vegan microbrews on tap at their location.
Nor will the food disappoint. Enjoy classic Elote the way your Mexican grandma used to make it or, if you’re feeling a bit more eastern than south of the border, try an Asian kelp noodle salad for a mega protein punch with your midday meal.
6. Tocaya Organica
Tocaya is certainly growing, with a ninth location opening in Hollywood. Dining guests can choose from a wide array of healthy Mexican tacos, burritos, bowls and salads, all made from plants. Feeling the need for a Friday happy hour after work? The restaurants offer full bars, including some kick-butt margs, so select your favorite tequila and enjoy!
7. Kitchen Mouse
Busy vegans on the go will love this grab-and-go-style restaurant offering sweet treats, sandwiches and more. Their cafe is gluten- and dairy-free, which makes it a sure hit for those with food allergies. The owner, Erica, was inspired to open the restaurant to honor the legacy of her mother and first cooking partner.
8. Vegan Glory
Craving a taste of Thai to end your day in a cruelty-free way? You can order directly online from Vegan Glory and have your meal delivered to your door. The menu features a ton of curry and noodle dishes for sharing or keeping all for yourself.
If you’re hanging with pals and craving something other than an Asian meal, the restaurant offers burritos and burgers as well. And all of their “meats” actually come from plant-based sources.
Eating Vegan in LA Is Easy
In many locations, dining out while eating vegan can prove frustrating. Many restaurants prep just one “token” vegan dish, and it’s usually a salad. But if you’re lucky enough to live in the City of Angels, you can enjoy the best in vegan, cruelty-free fare from a wide range of top chefs. Chow down and enjoy!