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The 10 Best Down To Earth Vegan Spots In Los Angeles
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The 10 Best Down To Earth Vegan Spots In Los Angeles

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Updated: 25 November 2016
When a group gets together and one person is a vegan, picking an agreeable place to grab a bite gets tricky if you’re looking for a place with entrée names that are descriptions of the food — not personal affirmations. It can also be a bit difficult to find a place where you can order a glass of ice water without receiving a lecture about how the resident guru has determined that cold liquids are damaging to the chakras. This list is designed to mitigate this problem. Here are 10 restaurants offering a solid vegan meal with maximum flavor and minimum pretension in Los Angeles.
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Samosa House

When it’s time for delicious vegetarian/vegan Indian food, Samosa House is the place to go. They offer a wide range of appetizers, from their eponymous samosas to less obvious options like pani puri. Their combination plate is substantial and changes daily to include soy tikka masala, jackfruit, and smoked cauliflower. This spot is well worth a visit.

Multiple Locations in Los Angeles

Native Foods/Veggie Grill

Native Foods and Veggie Grill are two similar but unrelated restaurants that are no-brainers for group dining with vegans. These clean, corporate, well-lit operations squarely target the popular ‘fast-casual’ dining sector, offering sandwiches, faux-meat burgers, salads, and veggie bowls, all fairly priced and tasty. It’s only when comparing the menus back to back that a merger seems inevitable. Each place has multiple locations in the area.

Native Foods, 9343 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA, USA, +1 310 559 3601

Veggie Grill, 2025 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 829 1155

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Cruzer Pizza

Declaring itself ‘the only 100 percent animal free vegan pizzeria in Los Angeles,’ this Los Feliz establishment has a wide range of delicious vegan pizza, including the Gourmet Pesto Pizza (pesto sauce, spinach, artichoke, garlic and daiya cheese) and the Quarry Girl Pizza (olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, vegan sausage, and fresh basil.) Takeout is recommended at Cruzer Pizza, but there is a very small seating area for in-house dining.

Cruzer Pizza, 4449 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 666 0600

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Flore Vegan

An organic vegan restaurant in Silverlake can run the risk of becoming a little too twee for its own good, but Flore Vegan rocks. It offers everything from blueberry buckwheat pancakes to kimchi quesadillas and tempeh Reuben sandwiches to chocolate shakes. Definitely go for their delicious Sunday brunch.

Flore Vegan, 3818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 953 0611

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With over 30 years in the restaurant business, owner Rahel Woldmedhin offers the only fully vegan restaurant in South Fairfax’s Little Ethiopia. Rahel offers a range of well seasoned vegetable entrées, served family style and eaten traditionally with injera, an Ethiopian tangy pancake-like sourdough bread. Those who like eating with their hands are in luck at Rahel.

Rahel, 1047 South Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 937 8401

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Bulan Thai

This isn’t the ordinary L.A. Thai restaurant. While everything on the menu is vegetarian, and much of it vegan, Bulan Thai’s menu is kicked up a notch with offerings like roti and green curry and busaba pumpkin as well as more standard fare like pad Thai and fried rice.

Bulan Thai, 7168 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 857 1882

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L.A. doesn’t have too many vegan spots to dress up for, but when it’s time to get fancy for dinner, Shojin is the place. Tucked into the top of a mall in Little Tokyo, behind the curtained entranceway lies an elegant all-vegan Japanese restaurant. With appetizers like shishito pepper and eringyii mushroom and shiitake tempura to seitan steak entrées and a wide range of vegetable-based sushi, Shojin is truly unique.

Shojin, 333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 617 0305

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Green Leaves

Green Leaves is a vegan Thai restaurant that decided, ‘What the heck, let’s just offer EVERYTHING we can.’ While this all-embracing approach is not unique to Green Leaves, they’re the best of the genre. You can enjoy a creamy mushroom soup and a red curry tofu while your buddies order pineapple pancakes and veggie chicken quesadillas or BLTs — there’s something for everyone. The guitar art on the wall and the outstandingly friendly staff are merely a bonus.

Green Leaves, 1769 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 664 2345

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Doomie’s Home Cookin’

Vegans have guilty pleasures too — that’s why Doomie’s is a great place to visit. It’s not the best place for a low-carb diet or juice cleanse, but for delicious comfort food in hearty portions, vegan style, this is the ticket. Order the ‘Big Mac’ from the secret menu, and for the extra ravenous, they’ll make it with vegan grilled cheese sandwiches as buns. Seriously, this place is no joke.

Doomie’s Home Cookin’, 1253 Vine Street #9, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 469 4897

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Happy Family Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant

Located on Atlantic Avenue in Monterey Park, Happy Family is worth the drive for the 70 item all-you-can-eat menu. Pick out a few entrées, enjoy the smiling service, pick out a few more, and repeat until all are sated. Recommendations include the house special chicken (batter fried mushrooms in spicy garlic sauce), kung pao chicken, minced squab in lettuce, dried sautéed string bean, eggplant with basil, broccoli and shredded pork in sweet and spicy sauce, and sweet and sour taro.

Happy Family Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant, 500 N Atlantic Blvd # 171, Monterey Park, CA, USA, +1 626 282 8986