Ready to pop your vegan cherry? Let's do it because eating vegan food in Los Angeles gets easier every day it seems. There are so many vegan restaurants here now and I'm convinced you can have pretty much anything you want and still keep a vegan diet. *Grateful*
From Mexican food to comfort food, these top 5 vegan restaurants in Los Angeles will get you feeling the vegan vibe faster then you can say... cow?
Health Nut: Café Gratitude (Various Locations)
Not only is everything 100% organic and vegan but Café Gratitude focuses on elevating the vibration of the entire restaurant with what they call "sacred commerce." They encourage an appreciation for everything and full body awareness as part of the dinning experience. Menu items are all labelled as positive affirmations and it is encouraged to order using the prefix "I am." The 'I am' Whole bowl is one of my favorite go-to dinner options and of course I don't miss an opportunity to be 'Immortal', which is one of their divine hot reishi tonics. "I am love!"
I Am Whole
Comfort Food: Veggie Grill (Various Locations)
While it does have a plethora of healthy options, if you've got a hankering for something a little heavier, Veggie Grill has you covered. From buffalo bombers and buffalo chicken strips to delicious curry bowls you won't even know it's vegan. (Shhh..!) Make sure you save room for desert because the carrot cake is out of this world and the pudding parfait will literally blow your mind!
Buffalo Bomber & Pudding Parfait
Sushi: Shojin - (DTLA & Culver City)
Sure an avocado roll or a veggie tempura roll will sometimes do but if you're looking for the real deal sushi without 'dead things' then this is really where it's at. The sushi rolls at Shojin are meticulously put together with all the same textures and flavors as your regular favorite sushi roll. They have two locations, one DTLA and one in Culver City. What's more? You'll get to listen to some really great J Pop and let's face it, who doesn't love J pop?
To Infinity and Beyond Roll
Green Dynamite Roll
Mexican: Gracias Madre (WeHo)
One word. BOMB! The drinks are inspired and very well crafted and the food is just....
be - yond. Gracias Madre's menu incorporates all the guilty pleasures of traditional Mexican food without all that hidden lard. From Enchiladas Con Mole to Coconut Ceviche Tostadas all, your mexican food wet dreams will be taken care of here. Not to mention, they have a great outdoor patio for chill sessions.
Brunch: Sun Café (Studio City)
This spot is dope and great for that Sunday morning post-hike-brunch-life. It's tucked away on Ventura Blvd. and you would never even know you're on a super busy street, very quiet and quaint. Their fresh pressed juices are made to order, they've got cold kombucha on tap and all of your favorite must-have brunch items from sweet to savory of course, vegan style! One could definitely satiate any appetite you've got going after your morning hike at Runyon at Sun Café.
Buckwheat & Cornmeal Pancakes
Are you ready for that #veganlife now? How could you not be with all of this amazing goodness. Oh, and if you check any of these places out be sure to comment below and let me know what other dishes I should try. Peace!