While the rest of the nation embraces vegan food, Los Angeles has the distinction of innovating plant-based menus for some time now. There’s no longer bricks of tofu sprinkled with nutritional yeast, but instead elegant and casual restaurants with dishes designed with flavor in mind.
The last decade saw an explosion of plant-based restaurants, from Silver Lake’s soulful V Tree, to Fullerton’s Mexican Chicana Vegana, and an expanded fare at the Crossroads in West Hollywood. And there’s always cultures that naturally skew vegan with Thai, Ethiopian, or Indian food. The best thing about LA’s vegan options? Omnivores will enjoy the meals as much as those who choose to avoid meat altogether. Come take a closer look at these 15 essential vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, ordered from west to east.
ADDED: Butcher’s Daughter, Cena Vegan, Chicana Vegana, Just What I Kneaded, Real Food Daily, Souley Vegan, V Tree
REMOVED: Equelecuá Cuban Cafe (closed), Hinterhof Beer Garden & German Kitchen (temporarily closed), Krimsey’s (closed), Plant Food & Wine, Ramen Hood, Vegan JointRead More