A Vegetarian’s Guide to LA (and you can bring your carnivorous friends too!)

I was a pescatarian living in LA for years and years (and years) until very recently, so although it was a bit easier to cater to my diet, I still ended up going full-veggie much of the time. Here are a few of my favorite places:

Bulan Thai

They have delicious veggie chicken and beef, and deliver to my place in 20 minutes or less. I recommend the Vegetable Tom Yum Soup, Yellow Curry, Pad Thai and Orange “Chicken.” My brother went here and loved it and he is a meat lover.

Real Food Daily

I eat, breathe, and sleep the TV Dinner. Tempeh vegetable loaf, mashed potatoes, golden gravy, vegetables. Holy crap this meal is good. I also recommend the Salisbury Seitan and the Real Food Meal. For lunch I always get the Caesar Wrap.

M Cafe de Chaya

M Cafe is Macrobiotic, meaning they prepare using fresh ingredients without any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry. I recommend the Macro Burger for Veggies and Meat Eaters alike. Their seasonal Kabocha Squash with Quinoa is mouthwatering. When they don’t have that I love the Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce.

Gingergrass

Also not a vegetarian restaurant, but Fresh Vietnamese Cuisine, as they call it. I only ever order their Vegetarian Pho because it is THAT good. Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Carrots, Ginger and Baked Tofu in a vegan broth infused with traditional Pho spices over rice noodles.

California Vegan

An oldie but a goodie, I used to live around the corner from a CV. Their food is Thai based and absolutely everything I have ever had is tasteful and delicious. The curries and orange chicken are my favorites.

The Veggie Grill

A newer Veggie chain in LA, The Veggie Grill has really blown up since it’s opening. The Mac N Cheese and Grillin’ Chikn’ are my personal faves.

HealthyCA

Not a vegetarian restaurant but obviously caters to healthy people, lots of them being veggies. Almost Raw, Real McCoy and Cast Iron Burger (veggie) Sandwiches. Actually, just get anything with a side of quinoa salad. Get anything with a side of quinoa salad. Get anything with a side of quinoa salad. Get anything with a side of quinoa salad. Did I mention the quinoa salad?

Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery

I would like to take the opportunity to dub Mrs. Winston’s the best salad bar on earth. There is really nothing like it. It’s by weight so calm down on those hearts of palm or your salad will cost $20! They have all kinds of vegan macaroni salads, vegan chicken salads, every kind of green or vegetable you can think of and their dressings are a-mazing. I heart you, Mrs. Winston.

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