LA Food Guide via @DylRudolph

On Dylan’s last visit to LA she did a full food guide for all the best vegan spots in town and how to order at all the non-vegan hot spots. See below for restaurant and ordering recommendations. We also included some of my other favorite restaurants and dishes I would order off the menu at each one. Comment below with your favorites from these spots or any restaurants we need to try next time we’re in town.

Earth Bar: Great for all organic juices and smoothies. I picked juices from their menu but you can also make your own (got the Belly Well almost every morning and had so much energy all day from it).

Juices:

  • Liver Cleanse: Ginger, lemon, beet, apple, aloe
  • Belly Well: Lime, fennel, mint, apple, ginger, cucumber

Hugo’s: My go-to spot in the morning/afternoons to meet people for breakfast, a meeting or just get some work done on your own. You can be as annoying as you want here with ordering (super important for us vegans as we’re always subbing something). Most dishes are already vegan but if you want anything made vegan from the menu – just ask!

  • Tofu scramble w/ mushrooms, onion, spinach and avocado
  • Side of quinoa
  • Side of veggie bacon
  • Almond energy pancakes

Other options:

  • Good morning energy cereal w/ almond milk
  • Mexican salad (made vegan)
  • Avocado hummus wrap
  • Club sandwich made w/ veggie bacon
  • Hugo’s veggie burger
  • Vegan mac & cheese
  • Vegan spinach & artichoke dip

Kreation: I love their pre-made drinks. This matcha was the perfect pick me up in the middle of the day. They also have great little snacks like energy balls and bars for when you’re on the go.

  • Matcha green tea latte

Erewhon: This super market is like whole foods on crack. It also costs a pretty penny no matter what you get. Let’s just say I went here every day I was in town to grab lunch from their to-go counter. The amount of vegan options will blow your mind! Also, please excuse my picture – this was my second go round one day..

  • Green coconut rice
  • Eggplant parm
  • Buffalo cauliflower
  • Kale salad
  • Vegan caesar salad
  • Raw pizza
  • Rice balls

Craig’s: The best of the best. Call way in advance for a reservation..and order the chicken parm. Oh and ice cream.

  • Green goddess salad w/ vinaigrette dressing
  • Vegan chicken parm w/ spaghetti and red sauce
  • Vegan sausage pizza
  • Grilled artichoke
  • Vegan strawberry ice-cream

Other:

  • Vegan cheeseburger
  • Vegan chicken marsala
  • Vegan puttanesca alla vodka
  • Vegan spaghetti bolognese

Alfred’s Coffee/Moon Juice: I took a stroll over to Melrose Place one morning to get my favorite iced tea and raw donuts – a killer combo.

  • White coconut iced tea
  • Chocolate donuts

Other: (from moon juice)

  • Carrot, lime, coconut juice
  • Silver strawberry milk
  • Chia pudding
  • Mulberry overnight oats

Cafe Gratitude

  • Colorful fruit salad
  • Peaceful avocado toast
  • Opened hearted buckwheat flax pancakes
  • Celebrating gratuite benedict
  • Patient turmeric chia overnight oats
  • Nachos
  • Buffalo cauliflower
  • Dazzling kale caesar
  • Liberated pesto kelp noodles
  • Awesome eggplant parmesan panini
  • Mucho medican bowl
  • Whole macrobiotic bowl

Gracias Madre (really anything here though because it’s all vegan)

  • Guacamole con tortillas
  • Totopos con chile
  • Aged truffle cheese plate
  • Street corn
  • Sautéed greens
  • Madre’s chopped salad
  • Ensalada de caesar
  • Black bean burger
  • Flautas de camote
  • Churros…duh!

Joan’s on Third

  • Farro & vegetable soul
  • Brown rice salad w/ crunchy vegetables
  • Butternut squash w/ pecans, currants and cili flakes
  • Curried chickpeas
  • Roasted asparagus w cremini mushrooms and summer squash
  • Garden vegetable sandwich (no herbed cream cheese)

The Highlight Room

  • Oatmeal
  • Acai bowl w/ almond milk
  • Avocado toast (no egg)
  • Wood oven cauliflower (no yogurt)
  • Sweet potato fries
  • English pea hummus
  • Market pasta (no ricotta)
  • Thai mixed greens salad

Zinc

  • Healthy bowl
  • Avocado toast (olive oil on toast, no butter)
  • Seasonal fruit or mixed berries
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Zinc fries
  • Sprouted hummus plate
  • Lunch burrito (no cheese or sour cream)
  • Guacamole and chips
  • Salad bar
  • Vegetarian chili w/ no sour cream
  • Thai salad

Katsuya

  • Edamame
  • Mixed green salad
  • Classic miso soup
  • Mushroom salad
  • Tofu salad
  • Sautéed shishito peppers
  • Sides: eggplant, artichoke, maitake mushroom
  • Avocado rolls

Jon & Vinnys

  • Heirloom tomato, basil brushetta
  • Avocado, olive oil, lemon and crushed red chili bruschetta
  • Arugula, lemon, olive oil salad
  • “Jersey marinara” pizza
  • Spaghetti, heirloom tomato, basil, olive oil (no parmesan)

Beauty and Essex

  • Avocado toast
  • Smoked eggplant sliders
  • Soyrizo tacos
  • Grilled asparagus or brocolini
  • BBQ fries
  • Roasted Rainbow carrots

Luchino Pizzeria

  • Avocado crostini
  • Farmers market salad
  • Summer salad
  • Dr.Mona pizza

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