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Kristal Douglas

22 Essential Los Angeles Vegetarian Restaurants

LA is a mecca for plant-based dining

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Loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp at Vegan A.F. truck
| Kristal Douglas

Los Angeles’s vegetarian and vegan dining scene is as diverse as it is delicious, with a mix of establishments ranging from classic hippie-leaning joints to chef-driven places and just about everything in between. And in 2020, the city’s wave of casual vegan restaurants keeps expanding in innovative ways that might surprise anyone who thinks this genre is far from innovative.

The restaurants highlighted below serve thoughtful menus, are vegetarian-friendly and well-made dishes that stand up to any omnivorous restaurant in the city. Here now are 22 essential restaurants in Los Angeles to find a delicious meal that happens to be vegetarian or vegan, presented from west to east.

Added: Beelman’s, Fresh On Sunset, Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen, Joy, Simply Wholesome, Vegan AF

Removed: Elf (closed), Equelecua Cuban Cafe (closed), Flore Vegan, Hinterhof Vegan German Kitchen and Beer Garden (closed), Honeybee Burger, Little Pine, Monty’s Good Burger, Sun Cafe Organic

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Double Zero Venice

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1700 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 280-4672
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Longtime vegan chef Matthew Kenney is behind Double Zero, with its focus on Italian dishes that don’t miss the dairy, including pizza toppings with creamy sprouted nut spreads, vegetables, and sauces. But don’t sleep on Kenney’s salads, crostini, and pastas.

2. Green Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

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1700 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA
(310) 944-4525
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Holding it down for the South Bay is the beloved Green Temple. Nestled in a hidden courtyard in Riviera Village, the quaint patio offers plenty of feel-good vibes along with its insanely delicious tofu sauce, white lasagna, and pies.

3. Fresh LA

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8768 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 432-5199
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This glamorous West Hollywood restaurant is a Canadian import that went through a subtle name change last year. Fresh LA — formerly Fresh On Sunset — has an upstairs section with views that rival any rooftop. The cocktails and pizzas are wonderful, but order those crunchy quinoa-encrusted onion rings that are some of the best in the city.

4. Hasiba

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8532 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(424) 302-0225
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Where else can one find a hummus specialist with Israeli and Moroccan roots? Choose from a classic hummus with smoked paprika and herbs or the one with wild mushrooms and chermoula. Truth be told, just about any hummus will do when hand-made pita is this good.

A hummus plate at Hasiba restaurant
Hasiba
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5. Crossroads Kitchen

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8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 782-9245
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At Crossroads on Melrose, chef Tal Ronnen is elevating vegan fare to an art form. The team has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads it not only a haven for vegetarian fine-diners, but for anyone curious about how delicious vegan food can be.

Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen [Official Photo]

6. Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine

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1047 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 937-8401
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Some cuisines naturally skew vegetarian, and Ethiopian is no different. At Rahel’s, they avoid all mentions of tempeh or soy-based meats and emphasize slow-cooked stews with spices that radiate flavor. Take a piece of injera bread and dip it right into Rahel’s greens with garlic and pepper, split lentil stew, or the house specialty banatu with fresh tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onions.

An assorted platter from Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine in Los Angeles, California
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
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7. Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop

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4147 Lankershim Blvd
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 505-8113
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This casual Studio City gem lets customers customize ramen bowls and platters, along with colorful and flavorful bento boxes. Opt for the flavorful bowl chock full of bok choy, broccoli, jicama, mushrooms, and a wonderful kabocha squash “gravy.”

8. Vegan AF

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7951 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Vegan A.F. founder Chanel Goodson launched her food truck in June, and started selling savory vegan egg rolls and loaded fries from the bright pink vehicle. Mostly parked near the intersection of Melrose and Fairfax, there’s a uniqueness to her food like the loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp.

Vegan A.F. food truck parked on Melrose Avenue.
Vegan A.F.
Matthew Kang

9. Simply Wholesome

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4508 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 294-2144
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The menu at Simply Wholesome has gone through many changes since 1992, but consistently made it possible for varying tastes to get a good meal. From the Jamaican spinach patty to omelettes, or a regular rotation of vegetarian soups, there’s something for everyone at this longstanding business in View Park/Windsor Hills.

Simply Wholesome in View Park, California
Simply Wholesome
Wonho Frank Lee

10. Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

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4114 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 913-1488
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Yoga fanatics and Eastside locals show up in droves to longstanding Bulan Thai, where the spicy, sweet, and sour flavors that characterize Thai cooking make eating meat-free tastier than ever.

Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
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11. Modern Times Dankness Dojo

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832 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 878-7008
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No one disputes the quality of Modern Times’ beer menu, and the full vegan lunch-through-dinner menu shouldn’t be discounted either. Try the potato croquettes, biscuits and gravy, or the buffalo “chicken” hoagie.

12. Beelman's

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600 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 628-3313
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It’s uncommon to find a neighborhood spot that focuses on cocktails plus an inventive menu that’s friendly to vegetarians and vegans. Beelman’s serves bowls, sandwiches, and a top-notch spicy plantain stuffed-impossible meat burger with shredded kale, pineapple slaw, pickled jalapeños, and gochujang aioli on a brioche sesame bun.

13. Au Lac

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710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-2533
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Head here for Vietnamese vegetarian fare by chef Mai Nguyen. Regulars sing high praises for the restaurant’s salt and pepper yam “shrimp” and garlic basil noodles. And now that Walt Disney Concert Hall is reopened, Au Lac is the perfect vegetarian-friendly stop for a pre-show meal.

14. Un Solo Sol

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1818 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 269-8680
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Directly across from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights sits one of LA’s best plant-based spots. The walls are filled with colorful murals and just outside are incredible views of Downtown, which is the perfect backdrop for eating pupusas, tacos, pozole, nopales with rice and beans, along with a north Indian cholay or Persian stew.

Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol [Official Photo]

15. Joy

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5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 999-7642
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Joy is one of LA’s busiest vegetarian-friendly restaurants, where owner Vivian Ku makes the options seem effortless. Look for the asterisk on the menu for vegan dishes, or simply ask for the Dan Dan noodles without chicken.

16. Burgerlords

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110 N Ave 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Burgerlords might sound like a name for meat-lovers, but head in and order their classic plant-based cheeseburgers, a twist on the patty melt, or crispy tofu nuggets. If not in the mood for a vegan milkshake, opt for beer or wine at the Highland Park location.

Burgerlords
Burgerlords
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17. Seabirds Kitchen

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975 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 317-5545
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Seabirds Kitchen in Long Beach — or the original Costa Mesa outpost — produces fresh and hearty dishes like purple potato taquitos, grilled mushroom tacos, and a Korean-inspired jackfruit bibimbap bowl. It’s all served in Seabirds’ beachy dining room, which is less than a mile away from the ocean.

Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen
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18. Ricchardo’s The Total Vegetarian

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817 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 765-9638
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Located on Pasadena’s fast-food restaurant row, Ricchardo’s The Total Vegetarian — formerly Orean’s The Health Express — has been around since the late ‘80s. The 100-percent vegan menu boasts a shockingly good Philly cheese “steak” sandwich and chili cheeseburger. The strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chai, or peanut butter milkshake are worth it.

Orean’s
Orean’s The Health Express
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19. Rajdhani

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18525 Pioneer Blvd 2nd floor
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 402-9102
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This “vegetable restaurant” on Pioneer Boulevard is famous for its 10-course Gujarati-style thali buffet. It’s a steam table-less affair where waiters dish up flaky breads, hearty lentils, tangy curries, and even dessert table side until you say mercy.

20. Surati Farsan

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11814 186th St
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 860-2310
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Tantalizing methai (sweets) and chat (snacks) are what it’s all about at Surati Farsan Mart, a stylish shop specializing in Gujarati-style nibbles since 1986. The deep-fried samosas stuffed with vegetables and served with two types of chutney are quintessential.

21. Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

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10345 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 579-1050

The key to excellent Vietnamese vegetarian fare is a killer mock nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette), and nobody makes it better than the folks at Thien Tam. Dig into platters of broken rice prettied with seasoned wheat gluten molded into various forms, as well as classic noodle soups that manage to satisfy without any animal byproducts.

22. Modern Shaman

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6744 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 789-1111
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In the middle of Uptown Whittier is Modern Shaman Kitchen. Open in early 2020, owners Kimberly Harlan and Michael Kachoeff make jackfruit nachos and oyster mushroom po’ boys for loyal locals whether vegan or omnivore.

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1. Double Zero Venice

1700 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Longtime vegan chef Matthew Kenney is behind Double Zero, with its focus on Italian dishes that don’t miss the dairy, including pizza toppings with creamy sprouted nut spreads, vegetables, and sauces. But don’t sleep on Kenney’s salads, crostini, and pastas.

1700 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

2. Green Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

1700 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA

Holding it down for the South Bay is the beloved Green Temple. Nestled in a hidden courtyard in Riviera Village, the quaint patio offers plenty of feel-good vibes along with its insanely delicious tofu sauce, white lasagna, and pies.

1700 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA

3. Fresh LA

8768 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

This glamorous West Hollywood restaurant is a Canadian import that went through a subtle name change last year. Fresh LA — formerly Fresh On Sunset — has an upstairs section with views that rival any rooftop. The cocktails and pizzas are wonderful, but order those crunchy quinoa-encrusted onion rings that are some of the best in the city.

8768 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

4. Hasiba

8532 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
A hummus plate at Hasiba restaurant
Hasiba
Farley Elliott

Where else can one find a hummus specialist with Israeli and Moroccan roots? Choose from a classic hummus with smoked paprika and herbs or the one with wild mushrooms and chermoula. Truth be told, just about any hummus will do when hand-made pita is this good.

8532 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035

5. Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen [Official Photo]

At Crossroads on Melrose, chef Tal Ronnen is elevating vegan fare to an art form. The team has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads it not only a haven for vegetarian fine-diners, but for anyone curious about how delicious vegan food can be.

8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA

6. Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine

1047 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
An assorted platter from Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine in Los Angeles, California
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine website

Some cuisines naturally skew vegetarian, and Ethiopian is no different. At Rahel’s, they avoid all mentions of tempeh or soy-based meats and emphasize slow-cooked stews with spices that radiate flavor. Take a piece of injera bread and dip it right into Rahel’s greens with garlic and pepper, split lentil stew, or the house specialty banatu with fresh tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onions.

1047 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

7. Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop

4147 Lankershim Blvd, Studio City, CA 91602

This casual Studio City gem lets customers customize ramen bowls and platters, along with colorful and flavorful bento boxes. Opt for the flavorful bowl chock full of bok choy, broccoli, jicama, mushrooms, and a wonderful kabocha squash “gravy.”

4147 Lankershim Blvd
Studio City, CA 91602

8. Vegan AF

7951 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Vegan A.F. food truck parked on Melrose Avenue.
Vegan A.F.
Matthew Kang

Vegan A.F. founder Chanel Goodson launched her food truck in June, and started selling savory vegan egg rolls and loaded fries from the bright pink vehicle. Mostly parked near the intersection of Melrose and Fairfax, there’s a uniqueness to her food like the loaded Nashville hot fries with vegan shrimp.

7951 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

9. Simply Wholesome

4508 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Simply Wholesome in View Park, California
Simply Wholesome
Wonho Frank Lee

The menu at Simply Wholesome has gone through many changes since 1992, but consistently made it possible for varying tastes to get a good meal. From the Jamaican spinach patty to omelettes, or a regular rotation of vegetarian soups, there’s something for everyone at this longstanding business in View Park/Windsor Hills.

4508 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043

10. Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

4114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen
Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen [Official Photo]

Yoga fanatics and Eastside locals show up in droves to longstanding Bulan Thai, where the spicy, sweet, and sour flavors that characterize Thai cooking make eating meat-free tastier than ever.

4114 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

11. Modern Times Dankness Dojo

832 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

No one disputes the quality of Modern Times’ beer menu, and the full vegan lunch-through-dinner menu shouldn’t be discounted either. Try the potato croquettes, biscuits and gravy, or the buffalo “chicken” hoagie.

832 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

12. Beelman's

600 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

It’s uncommon to find a neighborhood spot that focuses on cocktails plus an inventive menu that’s friendly to vegetarians and vegans. Beelman’s serves bowls, sandwiches, and a top-notch spicy plantain stuffed-impossible meat burger with shredded kale, pineapple slaw, pickled jalapeños, and gochujang aioli on a brioche sesame bun.

600 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

13. Au Lac

710 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Head here for Vietnamese vegetarian fare by chef Mai Nguyen. Regulars sing high praises for the restaurant’s salt and pepper yam “shrimp” and garlic basil noodles. And now that Walt Disney Concert Hall is reopened, Au Lac is the perfect vegetarian-friendly stop for a pre-show meal.

710 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

14. Un Solo Sol

1818 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol [Official Photo]

Directly across from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights sits one of LA’s best plant-based spots. The walls are filled with colorful murals and just outside are incredible views of Downtown, which is the perfect backdrop for eating pupusas, tacos, pozole, nopales with rice and beans, along with a north Indian cholay or Persian stew.

1818 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

15. Joy

5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Joy is one of LA’s busiest vegetarian-friendly restaurants, where owner Vivian Ku makes the options seem effortless. Look for the asterisk on the menu for vegan dishes, or simply ask for the Dan Dan noodles without chicken.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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16. Burgerlords

110 N Ave 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Burgerlords
Burgerlords
Farley Elliott

Burgerlords might sound like a name for meat-lovers, but head in and order their classic plant-based cheeseburgers, a twist on the patty melt, or crispy tofu nuggets. If not in the mood for a vegan milkshake, opt for beer or wine at the Highland Park location.

110 N Ave 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042

17. Seabirds Kitchen

975 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen
Seabirds Kitchen [Official Photo]

Seabirds Kitchen in Long Beach — or the original Costa Mesa outpost — produces fresh and hearty dishes like purple potato taquitos, grilled mushroom tacos, and a Korean-inspired jackfruit bibimbap bowl. It’s all served in Seabirds’ beachy dining room, which is less than a mile away from the ocean.

975 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802

18. Ricchardo’s The Total Vegetarian

817 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
Orean’s
Orean’s The Health Express
Courtesy of Orean’s

Located on Pasadena’s fast-food restaurant row, Ricchardo’s The Total Vegetarian — formerly Orean’s The Health Express — has been around since the late ‘80s. The 100-percent vegan menu boasts a shockingly good Philly cheese “steak” sandwich and chili cheeseburger. The strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chai, or peanut butter milkshake are worth it.

817 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104

19. Rajdhani

18525 Pioneer Blvd 2nd floor, Artesia, CA 90701

This “vegetable restaurant” on Pioneer Boulevard is famous for its 10-course Gujarati-style thali buffet. It’s a steam table-less affair where waiters dish up flaky breads, hearty lentils, tangy curries, and even dessert table side until you say mercy.

18525 Pioneer Blvd 2nd floor
Artesia, CA 90701

20. Surati Farsan

11814 186th St, Artesia, CA 90701

Tantalizing methai (sweets) and chat (snacks) are what it’s all about at Surati Farsan Mart, a stylish shop specializing in Gujarati-style nibbles since 1986. The deep-fried samosas stuffed with vegetables and served with two types of chutney are quintessential.

11814 186th St
Artesia, CA 90701

21. Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

10345 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91733

The key to excellent Vietnamese vegetarian fare is a killer mock nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette), and nobody makes it better than the folks at Thien Tam. Dig into platters of broken rice prettied with seasoned wheat gluten molded into various forms, as well as classic noodle soups that manage to satisfy without any animal byproducts.

10345 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733

22. Modern Shaman

6744 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

In the middle of Uptown Whittier is Modern Shaman Kitchen. Open in early 2020, owners Kimberly Harlan and Michael Kachoeff make jackfruit nachos and oyster mushroom po’ boys for loyal locals whether vegan or omnivore.

6744 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90601

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