With a multitude of options, Los Angeles has become one of the country's best places for vegan eating. Here are five spots with some of the best vegan-friendly dishes the city has to offer.
The options at this upscale vegan eatery truly shine at brunch. There’s a fried “chicken” and waffles dish with warm maple hot sauce that tastes pretty close to the real thing. If you’re looking for something a little more on the savory side, there’s a crepe with wild mushrooms, Brussels sprouts leaves, and pearl onions smothered in a chardonnay cheese sauce. 8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-782-9245
The more casual Sun Café serves up some of the freshest L.A. has to offer. All the cheese they use is made in-house with nuts and seeds. They also make their own vegan butter and plant-based mayo. Noteworthy dishes include barbecued cauliflower with green onions and dill pickles with super sun nachos, a mountain of delicious piled high chips with guacamole, pico de gallo, green onions, and jalapeños served with your choice of cashew sour cream jicama chips or regular tortilla chips. Don’t miss the vegan mac and cheese either. 10820 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-927-4100
This 100 percent vegan restaurant is quiet and perfect for a relaxing meal with friends. On warmer days, the restaurant's small outdoor patio is perfect for al fresco eating. Grab a bowl for lunch, with fresh ingredients, including the “grateful/community bowl,” which mixes together shredded kale, black beans, garlic tahini, and brown rice or quinoa. Ask what’s on the seasonal pizza—the ancient grain einkorn and kamut flatbread is topped with locally-sourced ingredients. 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-580-6383
Sage prides itself on organic, plant-based food without any sort of pretentiousness. You can take anyone here, no matter the dietary restrictions—Sage offers gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free options. Their tacos and tostadas are to die for, incorporating ingredients such as chili seasoned organic jackfruit “carnitas,” Baja avocado, and walnut cranberry “meat.” There’s also an incredible California avocado pesto burger, made with tempeh and topped with avocado, tomato, onion, arugula, and a garlic aioli and pesto. 1700 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 213-989-1718
Part of the Artisanal Brewers Collective, the group responsible for some of LA’s best craft beer and vegan-friendly pubs, The Stalking Horse’s cocktails come with cheeky names. There’s the “French Knickers,” made with vodka, Aperol and strawberry and cava and “5 o’clock Tea Time,” with scotch and English breakfast tea, among others. Food is customizable for non-vegan friends, with choices like a Stalking Horse burger with bacon or the vegan Impossible Burger, made with vegan provolone, house-made piccalilli, arugula and roasted tomato aioli. Tony Yanow, co-founder of the Artisanal Brewers Collective, is amazed to see how much high-quality plant-based food is available now all over the city. “I travel a lot and I don’t think there is a better city anywhere for people who don’t want to eat meat or dairy,” he said. 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 424-832-7511