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Top Vegan And Vegetarian Restaurants In Central L.A.

Top Vegan And Vegetarian Restaurants In Central L.A.

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Updated: 9 February 2017
There’s no need to compromise your plant-based diet to find what you’re craving in LA. Los Angeles certainly has no shortage of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. From traditional American cuisine to Asian fusion, your animal-free options are endless. Here are some fantastic spots to check out right in Central Los Angeles.

Sage

Located right on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, Sage is a vegan bistro. Its extensive lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps and tacos will leave you wanting for nothing, while its more refined dinner menu features select options including pastas and coconut curry. Vegan versions of all your favorites are available, from biscuits and gravy to butternut squash ravioli. After your meal, treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from KindKreme, the raw vegan ice creamery that shares Sage’s space. You can even get a traditional banana split topped with raw chocolate. Stop by Sage’s second location in Culver City to try the pizza.

Shojin

Shojin is a restaurant serving strictly vegan Japanese cuisine in downtown LA. Its menu features plant-based versions of all classic Japanese dishes, from sushi to ramen to pan-fried gyoza. Many selections on the menu are also gluten-free, making it a great group option. Be sure to make reservations if you’re heading to Shojin. This restaurant is cozy and intimate.

My Vegan Gold

My Vegan Gold is part-Thai restaurant, part-traditional vegan cafe, and its diverse menu offerings reflect this dual persona. Case in point: ‘Nacho Cheese Bomb Fries’ shares menu space with pineapple fried rice and other classic Thai dishes. It offers unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else in town, such as spicy jackfruit tacos and an entree of vegan short ribs served with asparagus and coleslaw, creatively titled ‘Rest In Peace Porky.’ My Vegan Gold also serves a wide range of vegan classics, including a portabella mushroom burger. Delivery is also available.

Flore

Silver Lake’s Flore is another tiny eatery with a taste that more than makes up for its size. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Flore features an all-organic menu of casual favorites that will surely have something that appeals to your tastes. Its club sandwich served with baked tofu and tempeh bacon is a must-have. Flore also has a selection of shakes, smoothies and juices available, as well as a deli counter and dessert options.

Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

Satiate your craving for veggie-friendly Thai food at Bulan Thai. This all-vegetarian restaurant also has plentiful vegan options and serves popular Thai noodle dishes, such as pad thai and pad see-ew, as well as in-house specials like Busaba pumpkin and roti and green curry. In addition to the standard tofu and vegetarian chicken, it offers several less common ‘meat’ substitutes, including pepper steak and veggie shrimp. With another location in Melrose and delivery available, Bulan Thai’s sumptuous vegetarian Thai food is exceedingly accessible.

VeggieGrill

VeggieGrill raises the bar for fast food. This strictly plant-based chain has numerous locations in California, Oregon and Washington, with a handful of locations across Los Angeles, including West Hollywood, Pasadena and Santa Monica. Proffering reasonable prices and a seasonal menu, VeggieGrill serves up a fast food experience that’s both enjoyable and affordable. Its menu includes comfort food favorites like onion rings and buffalo wings alongside several kale salads and quinoa bowls.