While the rest of the nation continues to grow in its fascination for vegan food, Los Angeles maintains its status as the center of the plant-based restaurant world. Thank goodness the scene has advanced beyond bricks of tofu sprinkled with nutritional yeast, growing to include everything from casual restaurants and burger joins to an unexpected five-star dining experience.
The last half-decade in particular has seen an explosion in plant-based restaurants around the city, with DTLA’s Beelman’s converting to a fully vegan menu, Nic’s On Beverly opening, and expanded fare at Crossroads in West Hollywood, to name a few options — and that’s to say nothing of the longstanding vegan food found in Thai, Ethiopian, and Indian cultures. Perhaps the best thing about LA’s vegan scene? Omnivores will enjoy the meals as much as those who choose to avoid meat altogether. Come take a closer look at these 18 essential vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, ordered from west to east.
ADDED: Bulan Thai, Crystals Soul Cafe, Flore Vegan, My Vegan, Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine, Seabirds Kitchen, Wild Living Foods
REMOVED: Gracias Madre, Hungry Angelina, Souley Vegan, V Tree (closed), Vowburger (closed)Read More