Two well-financed companies, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are transforming Los Angeles’s already-prodigious vegetarian food scene. The popular meatless burgers and links are not only prominently placed in local grocery stores, but in restaurants where the creative options go far beyond the expected veggie burger. Both companies tout some big backers, including Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio’s participation in Beyond Meat’s expansion, while Impossible Foods raised over $100 million from investors last month.
But why all the fuss? Both the Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger aim to be a bridge for meat-eaters, instead of any old vegetarian non-meat patty. In each, beet root extract gives the appearance of a rare-cooked burger, while other binders and ingredients can help to mimic the texture and even the sear of a beef burger patty when cooked. The result is a meal that is meant for just about everyone.
With that, here are 12 LA restaurants that serve the Impossible Burger, Beyond Meat burger, or Beyond Meat sausage, presented west to east.Read More