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Vegan/Vegetarian and Vegetarian-Friendly
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in Los Angeles County

OCTOBER 2014


For the past few years we have felt a responsibility to call attention to the fact that some restaurants that have labeled themselves vegan may have items on their menus that are not vegan. We, ourselves, have been misled on occasion, and we apologize if we have passed on inaccuracies in our restaurant reviews.

Some of the imitation meat, chicken, and fish dishes featured in Asian vegetarian restaurants may contain whey, casein, egg, or refined sugar. Some of these products are made in Taiwan and carry no ingredient labels, making it difficult to know about the contents. Many vegetarian restaurants use soy cheeses that are not vegan, though they are vegetarian.

Often vegetarian restaurants hire serving attendants who are not knowledgeable about ingredients in their dishes. The ultimate responsibility lies with you, the customer, to ask and ask again about ingredients that concern you. We'll do our best to be as informative as possible.

For more information about vegetarian restaurants around the world, visit Happy Cow.


VEGETARIANS IN PARADISE WELCOMES THESE RESTAURANTS
TO THE LOS ANGELES SCENE:

    Gadarene Swine in Studio City
    Pho Saigon 1 in Chatsworth
    SunCafe in Studio City
    Satdha in Santa Monica
    The Rabbit Hole Café in Agoura Hills
    Ahimsa Vegan Kitchen in Long Beach
    LifeFood Organic in Hollywood
    Fresh Potato Factory in Northridge
    Chef Bird


    AGOURA HILLS

    Hugo's Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This popular, well-known, large restaurant is endowed with savvy owners and a team of talented chefs who turn out some of the tastiest and most creative vegan dishes that change with the seasons. Start the day with Go Green Frittata, Tofu Scramble, or El Desayuno Burrito Del La Casa for breakfast. Dinner and lunch entrees may feature Tika Masala Vegetable Patties, Green Tamale Plate, Hugo Burger, and Earth Stew, and many more, all imaginative, attractive, and delicious. Check for monthly specials. Many dishes can be made vegan and diners can even create their own plate from a generous selection of vegan and gluten-free items. Vegans can even chow down some tasty desserts like Pumpkin Pie, Mango Sundae, Chocolate Mousse, or New York Style Blueberry Cheesecake. Reasonable prices, good service.
    5046 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    At the Whizin Market Square
    Phone: 818-707-0300
    Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.hugosrestanrant.com

    Pizza Nosh (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Nestled in the cozy curve of the Reyes Adobe Plaza at the western edge of Los Angeles County is a gem of a strictly kosher pizza house with an eclectic menu that features a mean Four-Bean Chili, a daily soup special, a choir of salad choices, calzones, sandwiches, and the lightest, veggie-filled falafel that's snappy crisp on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth tender inside. Faux meatballs, mock chicken, and vegan cheese make it easy to enjoy tasty vegan versions of their menu offerings. Pasta choices include Veggie Lo Mein, Eggplant Rotini, and Pasta Primavera. Don't miss the BBQ Veggie Chicken and Margarita pizzas with their deliciously soft, ultra thin pizza crust. Lunch specials are a great value.
    30313 Canwood St., Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    Phone: 818-991-3000
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and some Jewish holidays
    Website: http://www.pizzanosh.com

    The Rabbit Hole Café (Vegan and Vegetarian)
    This charming, informal, vegetarian and vegan café has created a warm, cozy place to dine on tasty foods on a menu with something for everyone, even those following a gluten-free diet. Offerings feature sandwiches, salads, soups, casseroles, and specialty bowls, along with coffee, tea, and smoothies. Breakfast served all day, daily specials, and Sunday Brunch makes this an appealing hub for the locals. Recommended are the generous servings of Chickpea Toona Melt and Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich. Ingredients are locally sourced and are GMO and preservative-free.
    30651 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    Phone: 818-889-1554
    Hours: Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Monday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday Brunch 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.rabbitholefoods.com

    Soup Birds



    Bird Reading


    ALTADENA

    Oh Happy Days (Vegan)
    A natural foods store with a vegan restaurant inside.
    2283 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001
    Phone: 626-797-0383
    Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Bird Walking


    ARCADIA

    Bean Sprouts Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegan and Vegetarian)
    Unlike Chinese restaurants that feature Mandarin, Cantonese, and Szechwan cooking styles, this comfortable dining spot with its Asian modish ambience sets the scene for unique tasty Taiwanese-style cuisine. Recommended dishes include the Rainbow Roll and Pan-Fried Radish Patties for starters. Flavorful, novel entrees are The Sweet and Sour Soy Fish, Pan-Fried Udon, and Noodle with Curry Sauce.
    103 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006
    Phone: 626-254-8708
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday through Friday, Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Tuesday
    Click here for full review Burger Bird



    ARTESIA

    Bombay Sweets and Snacks (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    A mountain of sweet delicacies greets the eye upon entering this small, informal all-vegetarian restaurant that features North Indian style thali meals along with dosas and uttapam that are typical dishes of South India. Thali is the traditional metal tray divided into multiple sections, making it possible to serve an entire meal on one platter.
    18526 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-402-7179
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Jay Bharat Restaurant (Vegetarian)
    Located in "Little India," this eatery specializes in South Indian dishes like Dhosas, Uttappa, and Idli Sambhar as well as Gujarati foods served on a Thali (a complete meal on a tray). Explore unique items like Kathor, Farsan, Bajra Rotla, and Masala Khichadi at very reasonable prices.
    18701 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-924-3310
    FAX: 562--924-2911
    Website: http://www.jaybharat.com/restaurant.php

    Rajdhani (Vegetarian, Vegan Friendly)
    Spacious and attractive, this Indian restaurant specializes in Gujarati-style dishes that offer a delightful digression from the familiar northern Indian cuisine. Gujarati cuisine includes little touches of sweetening to savory dishes along with a unique blend of spices. Located on the second floor of a small shopping center, the restaurant offers terrace dining for those who enjoy a relaxed, outdoor experience. The pre-fixe meals vary daily and provide a wide variety of offerings served "buffet style," meaning they will bring you as much as you wish. If they offer Potato Wadas or green pea and lentil Kachori, you'll be requesting extra servings of these deep-fried, very tasty appetizer balls. The daily dal is delicious as are the vegetable dishes like okra curry or cabbage combined with tomatoes, mustard seeds, and a generous measure of chile.
    18525 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-402-9102
    Hours: Tuesday through Friday
    Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Closed Monday
    Click here for full review

    Rasraj (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Tucked in the midst of "Little India," this eatery offers an extensive all-vegetarian menu that features Gujarati, Chinese, and Punjabi style dishes along with an array of sweets and farsan (savory snacks). They will also provide a Jain menu upon request. Special dishes include Sweet Corn Curry, Dudhi Chana, Bengan Tuver, and Bindhi Masala.
    18511 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-809-3141
    FAX: 562-809-8283
    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.rasraj.com

    Sukhadia's Mithai & Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Located in the heart of Artesia's Little India, this small, friendly restaurant serves a wide variety of Punjabi and Gujarati thalis and combo meals and South Indian delicacies that can easily be made vegan. Finish the meal with some dairy-free desserts or purchase them to go. This is the first West Coast location of their famous East Coast restaurants.
    18413 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-402-1155
    Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Surati Farsan Mart (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    A bustling all-vegetarian Indian restaurant in the heart of "Little India." The menu consists of Gujarati style cuisine that features flavorful traditional dishes with a hint of sweetness typical of Western India. Also available are some South Indian dishes along with a banquet of sweets.
    11814 186th St., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-860-2310
    FAX: 562-809-3085
    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.suratifarsan.com

    Udupi Palace (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Specializing in South Indian cuisine, this all-vegetarian family restaurant in "Little India" has somewhat limited choices for vegans. Though all the curries have yogurt and many items have cream, vegans can enjoy a large selection of the giant lentil crepes called Dosas, and the tasty rice pancakes called Uttapam. The Vegetable Rice Puri was exceptionally tasty. The deep fried Pakoras were perfect starters, but don't dip them into the cream laced cilantro sauce. Ambience is very simple, prices very reasonable.
    18535 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-860-1950
    FAX: 562-860-6133
    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.udupipalace.net

    Woodlands Indian Cuisine (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    In an area that features many Indian restaurants, this eatery stands apart with its all-vegetarian menu of South Indian dishes. Try their traditional delicacies like Uppuma made from cream of wheat, or Masala Dosa, the largest crepe you've ever seen, or Iddly patties made from lentils and rice. The extensive menu also includes curries, soups, and vegetable dishes. The budget-conscious diner may want to take advantage of the combination Thali dinners.
    Artesia Center
    11833 Artesia Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701
    Phone: 562-860-6500
    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.woodlandsartesia.com/
    Fruit Bird






    AVALON

    Café Metropole (Vegan Friendly)
    Within Los Angeles County is a gem of a café on Catalina Island that features relaxed patio dining under the trees. The menu offers freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, and daily soup specials along with fresh fruit smoothies served in eco-friendly tableware. The Eggplant and Black Bean Soup is extraordinary. Recommended are the Falafel Plate, a sandwich stuffed with falafel, creamy tahini, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on Greek flatbread, and the Fresh Vegetable Sandwich on a multigrain roll stuffed with a host of colorful roasted veggies and fresh basil. Everything is made to order. Prices very reasonable.
    202 Crescent Ave., Avalon, CA 90704
    Phone: 310-510-9095
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily
    Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Website: http://www.cafemetropole.com Gothic Birds



    BEVERLY HILLS

    M Cafe de Chaya (Macrobiotic, Vegan Friendly)
    Macrobiotic foods spring to life with bright colors and flavors to match at this casual chic eatery that serves mostly vegan foods that are free of refined sugar, dairy, eggs, and meat products. A few items contain seafood. Soups are exceptionally tasty, salads crisp and refreshingly innovative, and the sandwiches and bowls are hearty. Desserts are irresistible and service is pleasant and informative.
    9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: (310) 858-8459
    Hours: Monday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Website: http://mcafedechaya.com/

    Nuda (Vegan) This savvy café offers organic raw, vegan specialties and fresh-pressed juices. The menu features breakfast offerings like granola, chia puddings, and breakfast bowls with a varieties of add-ins. Also offered are frozen fruit and veg smoothies, smoothie bowls, coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet treats like homemade energy bars and cookies.
    9158 Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310-880-9229
    Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.nudajuiceshop.com

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    435 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone: 310-858-0202
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com



    Parfait Bird

    BOYLE HEIGHTS

    Purgatory Pizza (Vegan friendly)
    Don't be put off by the bright, colorful graffiti on the building or by the psychedelic, hand-painted messages on the walls inside. The no-frills atmosphere of this funky pizza joint can be deceiving, but we discovered it's a great place to enjoy a delicious vegan pizza with a very generous sprinkle of toppings. The Daiya cheese, Gardein chicken, and Field Roast sausages make hearty additions to the pizza, vegan calzone, and vegan sandwiches. The large House Salad of romaine, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, and chopped green peppers is generous enough for two people to share.
    1326 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033
    Phone: 323-262-5310
    Hours: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.eatpurgatorypizza.com/



    Chef Bird

    BRENTWOOD

    A Votre Sante (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Natural food restaurant with vegan and vegetarian entrees though not a strictly vegetarian restaurant
    13016 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
    Phone: 310-451-1813
    Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m.to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m.to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 9:00 a.m.to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.avotresantela.com Pie Bird




    BURBANK

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    Burbank Empire Center
    1791 North Victory Place, Burbank, CA 91502
    Phone: 818-840-9080
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com

    Tomo Sushi (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Veg diners get the royal treatment by ultra-creative Chef-owner Tomo Zhang who treats his patrons like family and offers an infinite variety of veggie sushi. You can order some veg selections from the menu or allow Tomo to express his innovative skills with a surprising variety of sushi that never harmed a fish. The service is warm and efficient-the ambience features unique wall treatment. Prices moderate to expensive.
    144 N. San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
    Phone: 818-729-0808
    FAX: 818-729-0308
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Friday 11:00 a.m. to Midnight
    Saturday Noon to Midnight
    Sunday Noon to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://tomosushiburbank.com

    Tony's Darts Away (Vegan Friendly)
    Locavore and totally eco-conscious owner Tony Yanow serves up some mean vegan chili, sausages, tasty salads, homemade potato chips and fries, frizzled onions, and sweet potato fries zapped with chipotle in low-waste containers and pairs these tasty eats with more than 30 kinds of California hand-crafted vegan beers on tap. In an effort to leave a lighter footprint on the planet, Tony has raised the bar on the green scene and made his pub a totally bottle-free zone. Don't know one beer from another? Belly up to the bar and talk to Dave, the certified beer sommelier. It's a friendly place with a cool vibe.
    1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
    Phone: 818-253-1710
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
    Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
    Website: http://tonysda.com
    Click here for full review Tree Bird



    CALABASAS

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    Creekside Village Shopping Center
    27527 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91301
    Phone: 818-880-0885
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com
    Wine Bird





    CANOGA PARK

    Follow Your Heart (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Health store with a cafe that is totally vegetarian with many vegan options and generous portions. Every day their menu features 5 soups, all excellent. Daily specials an excellent choice. We love their Nutburger, the Zorro Burrito, and their creative selection of salad dressings.
    21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
    Phone: 818-348-3240
    Hours: Monday through Friday reakfast 8:00 a.m.to 11:30 a.m.
    Saturday and Sunday brunch 8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
    Daily lunch and dinner 10:30 a.m.to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.followyourheart.com
    Click here for full review

    Pho 21 Noodle, Grlll and Vegan House (Vegan Friendly)
    Vegans will be delighted to see 22 totally vegan items on the menu that features Vietnamese cuisine. Mama Tran studied vegan cooking at the Buddhist temples in her country and presents a sumptuous pho (soup) brimming with veggies and tofu, plump crepes filled with veggies and bean sprouts, and an array of veggie meat dishes deliciously seasoned with zesty flavors of Vietnam.
    21525 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
    Phone: 818-854-6622
    FAX: 818-610-3399
    Hours: Wednesday through Monday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Tuesday
    Website: http://www.pho21canoga.com
    Click here for full review

    Air Pilots

    CERRITOS

    Vegi Wokery (Vegan)
    A Chinese all vegetarian restaurant that advertises "Pure Chinese Vegetarian Food" without eggs or dairy products. Their offerings include 80 different selections and 9 different soups.
    11329 183rd St., Cerritos, CA 90703
    Phone: 562-809-3928
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
    Website: http://www.vegiwokery.com/
    Click here for full review
    Air Pilots


    CHATSWORTH

    My Thai (Vegan Friendly)
    A small, informal Thai restaurant that provides an extensive vegan menu of offerings without MSG. The tasty food and generous portions heaped with an array of vegetables are worth a visit.
    21714 Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA 91311
    Phone: 818-341-7002
    Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.mythai818.com

    Pho Saigon 1 (Vegan Friendly)
    A large, informal Vietnamese restaurant offering a vegetarian menu featuring two varieties of vegetable pho, spring rolls, several stir-fries, coconut crepes, spice rice dishes, sweet and sour dishes, pan-fried noodle dishes, and variations of steamed rice, tofu, and vegetables,
    21701 Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA 91311
    Phone: 818-709-2066
    Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Woodlands (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    The only restaurant in the San Fernando Valley that specializes in pure vegetarian South Indian cuisine. Dosas, the longest crepes you'll ever encounter, are made from rice and lentils that are stuffed and rolled. The Spring Dosa is exceptional. Savory Uthappam pancakes studded with various seasonings are a must. Foods are spicy, but you can specify mild seasonings.
    9840 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311
    Phone: 818-998-3031
    FAX: 818-718-2689
    Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Buffet lunch
    Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Champagne/Beer Brunch
    Dinner 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Monday
    Website: http://www.woodlandsinla.com
    Click here for full review
    Eat Bird

    COVINA

    Covina Tasty (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Housed in a former Tastee Freeze building, this all-vegetarian fast food stand turns out several tasty vegan items like Burgers, "Steak" Sandwiches, "Chicken" Nuggets, and "Fish" Sandwiches, along with French Fries, Onion Rings, and Salads. While none of their ice cream desserts are vegan, they do bring non-veg people to the stand and introduce them to vegetarian fast food prepared by owner Mark Tsai, a vegetarian for most of his life.
    1063 Citrus Ave., Covina, CA 91722
    Phone: 626-332-8816
    Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.covinatasty.com/
    Drink Bird



    CULVER CITY

    Annapurna Cuisine (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    An authentic Indian vegetarian restaurant with a warm ambience and a huge menu that offers both North and South Indian dishes. South Indian specialties include an impressive selection of Dosa, stuffed lentil crepes, and Uthappams, rice pancakes with various toppings. Northern Indian dishes include curries, soups, appetizers, tandoori dishes, and Indian breads. Check out unique specials like Bombay Pav Bhaji, a grilled bun served with spicy mixed vegetables bathed in tantalizing gravy.
    10200 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone 310-204-5500 FAX: 310-204-3366
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.annapurnacuisine.com/

    Bawarchi Indian Kitchen (Vegan and Vegetarian)
    With seasoned Owner/Chef Sabharwal in the kitchen, this cozy café at Venice and Motor dishes up an impressive array of well-seasoned Indian specialties to create combination plates the way you like them. Choose from a selection of more than 15 different appetizers and select your own choices of items for the special combination plate for lunch or dinner. Diners looking for a delicious kebab will enjoy the daily special. Unique dishes, desserts, and plenty of beverages make a meal at this informal eatery a pure delight.
    10408 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone: 310-836-8525
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.indianbawarchi.com
    Click here for full review

    Green Peas Casual Food (Vegan Friendly)
    An informal café offering a banquet of attractive and wholesome vegan salads served with pita bread and vegan soup of the day. The menu features sandwiches, paninis, and quesadillas that include a choice of soup or salad. Enjoy one of five homemade pizzas or create your own sandwich by selecting ingredients from an extensive listing of items. The newest addition to the menu is Daiya cheese in place of soy cheese. With its many vegan offerings, this dining spot provides the ideal opportunity to enjoy a breakfast, lunch, or dinner with both vegan and non-vegetarian friends. Recommended are the Teriyaki Tofu Quesadilla, Vegan Chicken Curry Salad, and Teriyaki Tofu Sticks Salad.
    4437 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
    Phone: 310-397-9815
    Hours: Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
    Website: http://www.greenpeasrestaurant.com

    Kay'n Dave's Fresh Mex Cantinas (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Several veggie offerings make this restaurant a fun dining experience. Dishes like Black Bean Tacos, Garden Burrito, and Veggie Burrito can be made vegan by leaving out the dairy items, while the Fresh Veggie Plate and the Tropical Enchiladas are totally vegan. The menu states "No Lard No Where." This location features a fireplace and pleasant surroundings.
    9341 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone: 310-558-8100
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.kayndaves.com

    Lyfe Kitchen (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Located in the heart of one of the trendiest locales of Los Angeles, this delightful, casual-chic new eatery offers diners an ultra-savvy menu of fresh and tasty bistro-style dishes with many choices for vegans. The staff is knowledgeable, service oriented, and aims to please. Enjoy outdoor dining year round or comfortable and varied seating inside the spacious restaurant. Recommended tasty entrees include Gardein Sausage and Mozzarella Ravioli or Tal's Ancient Grain Bowl. The Kale Caesar Salad is a winner. With its well-conceived menu of items containing less than 600 calories and less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving, this restaurant is a great choice for vegans dining with non-veg friends.
    9540 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone: 855-311-5933
    Hours: Monday and Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Wednesday throuagh Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.lyfekitchen.com
    Click here for full review

    Native Foods (Vegan)
    Vegan goes big time in this trendy restaurant where everyone can enjoy comfort foods cranked up a few notches and dine along restaurant row in the heart of cool Culver City. Daily soup specials, plump sandwiches, mountain high salads, veggie pizza, sweet potato fries, creative starters, and the best homemade seitan and tempeh you'll ever taste.
    9343 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone: 310-559-3601
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.nativefoods.com
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    Sage Bistro (Vegan)
    Located in the Culver Crossroads Shopping Center, this attractive, spacious vegan restaurant offers an extensive menu of tasty, wholesome vegan meals. Dine on the patio year round or enjoy a meal indoors in a warm woody environment. Whether you're in the mood for a light meal like a smoothie, soup, or salad, or heartier fare with sandwiches, burgers, wraps, or tacos, you'll find it here. There's even a separate menu offering complete dinners featuring tasty appetizers and entrees. Recommended are delicious dishes like Potato Broccoli Pierogis or Eggplant Arrabiatta. Don't miss the Fried Artichoke Hearts to start your dining experience. And enjoy a scoop or two of KindKreme for a great dessert finish. Even better, order the KindKreme over cake or pie!
    4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
    Phone: 424-228-5835
    Hours: Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Monday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Thursday and Friday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.sageveganbistro.com
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    Samosa House (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Not just another Indian restaurant, at this location you'll find food tables interspersed among boxes of fresh produce and shelves of canned and bottled foods imported from India. Among the familiar Punjabi style dishes are unique items like Curried Jackfruit and Dry Lentils seasoned to perfection with the experienced hand of Chef Sabarwal who was trained in a Delhi culinary school and rose to top positions before coming to the U.S.
    11510 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066
    Phone: 310-398-6766
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://samosahouse.net
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    Samosa House East (Vegan and Vegetarian)
    The well-loved Samosa House gave birth to this new dining spot located on the same street several blocks east of its parent. Serving outstanding Indian cuisine, SH East presents a buffet with several daily specials and generous portions. The Jackfruit Curry and Chana Masala are exceptional. The ambience is a bright, colorful, and ultra mod with the focus on natural wooden tables and chairs and a giant community table. Plastic-looking utensils are actually made of natural materials that are completely biodegradable.
    10700 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone: 310-559-6350
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://samosahouse.net

    Shojin Organic and Natural (Vegan)
    Offering a creatively conceived menu and warm, inviting ambience, this Japanese vegan and macrobiotic restaurant succeeds at giving the diner a cordial welcome and a delicious array of innovative foods. Enjoy the carnival of innovative sushi rolls, delightful salads, hearty entrees, and an array of awesome appetizers like Stuffec Shiitake Mushrooms and Spicy Shiso Tempura.
    12406 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066
    Phone: 3310-390-0033
    Hours: Tuesday through Friday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 10:00 p.m.
    Monday Closed
    Website: http://www.theshojin.com

    Tender Greens (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This hip restaurant features a unique menu that offers flexibility. Some entrees can be enjoyed as a sandwich, a hot plate, or a salad. Veggies are very fresh and are grown locally in Oxnard. Charming, mostly outdoor dining with heaters. One vegan soup daily, and a special dish called Happy Vegan make a "happy meal."
    9523 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
    Phone: 310-842-8300
    FAX: 310-842-8803
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
    Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.tendergreens.com/


    Eat Bird

    ECHO PARK


    Brite Spot Family Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Wind the clock back to 1949 when the restaurant opened to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Experience the 1950's diner ambience with dark wood paneling, red vinyl booths, a long counter with stools, menu blackboards on the walls, and typical diner-style meals that feature burgers, homemade soups, salads, and entrées. Vegans can order dishes with soy beef, tofu, and soy chicken featuring selections like veggie meatloaf with mushroom gravy, beef or chicken enchiladas, tofu and veggie sauté, tofu scramble, veggie wraps, sloppy tofu mess, and a number of salads. Friendly service and amazing hours.
    1918 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone 213-484-9800
    Hours: Daily 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

    Costa Alegre (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly) Tasty Mexican food, festive and colorful ambience, and a special vegan section on the menu--what more could any vegan ask! Dining on the patio is a delight, like being transported to a tiny Mexican village where diners can enjoy traditional music, the babbling of a fountain, and flavorful dishes like the spicy Tofu Enchilada or a muy gordo Wet Veggie Burrito. There's even a choice of white or brown rice. Good service, reasonable prices, and even a parking lot.
    1901 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone: 213-484-6121
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.costaalegrerestaurant.com
    Click here for full review.

    Elf Café (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Aptly named, this cozy elfin café treats its patrons to a unique menu of tasty Mediterranean delicacies one might describe as Lebanese Nouveau. Soup du Jour is always vegan. Don't miss the Organic Vegetable Tangine, a veggie lover's delight, and the Roasted Bell Pepper Tart, presented with an Epicurean touch on a bed of dressed baby greens. And finish with a Caramelized Pear Tartin or the spice-infused Orange Pudding. The exceptional wait-staff loves to pamper its customers.
    2135 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone: 213-484-6829
    Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://elfcafe.com/
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    Mohawk Bend (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Hip, hot, and buzzing 7 days a week, this humongous restaurant/bar, transformed from an old theater, offers a savvy menu of mostly vegan items served with panache. The highlight for many Los Angelenos is the gigantic selection of craft beers on tap along with a full bar of wines and spirits. Vegan and non-vegan foods are prepared in separate areas of the kitchen. The menu changes daily and is served by a well-trained, knowledgeable staff. Recommended items include Three Colored Cauliflower starter, The Flash Gordon salad, V is For Vegan burger, Crostata and Cast Iron Cookie for dessert.
    2141 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone: 213-483-2337
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Friday 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
    Saturday 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
    Sunday 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.mohawk.la
    Click here for full review

    Sage Organic Vegan Bistro and KindKreme (Vegan)
    An extensive menu, great service, and exceptional food are the outstanding qualities you'll find in this special dining spot in the Echo Park area. Innovative dishes presented with panache include deliciously seasoned items like French Grain Bowl, Vietnamese Seitan Salad, and Jamaican Jerk Burger. Chef's daily specials offer even greater variety. Desserts, ice cream, and beverage specialties are from the KindKreme Bar at the front of the restaurant. Enjoy impressive weekend brunch specialties like Spinach Avocado and Walnut Sausage Florentine or Date and Orange Buckwheat Pancakes.
    1700 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone: 213-989-1718
    FAX: 213-989-1516
    Hours: Lunch - Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Dinner - Monday through Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Brunch - Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Websites: http://www.sageveganbistro.com and http://www.kindkreme.com
    Click here for full review.


    Eat Bird



    El MONTE

    Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegan)
    Dine in this cozy family-owned and operated restaurant featuring Vietnamese cuisine. In this pleasant, homey ambience diners can enjoy a full menu of vegan faux meat items along with familiar dishes like spring rolls, Vietnamese Crepes, Pho choices, and an array of stir-fries. A limited number of items contain egg, but can easily be made vegan. Mom is the chef, while Dad and daughter Eva serve with a smile. Thien Tam means Kind or Good Heart. Following Buddhist tradition, none of the foods contain onions or garlic.
    10345 Garvey Ave., El Monte, CA 91733
    Phone: 626-579-1050
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Flying Carpet Birds

    EL SEGUNDO

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads, soups, and chili are creative and sumptuous. Features family-friendly kids menu. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service.
    Plaza El Segundo
    720 Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310-535-0025
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Web Site: http://www.VeggieGrill.com
    Click here for full review.



    Gothic Birds

    ENCINO

    Itzik Hagadol Grill (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    This spacious and welcoming Israeli restaurant knows just what vegans adore and has plenty to offer. Their salad explosion is something to experience. Go for the big salad meal with refills and you'll be in veggie heaven. The colorful, tasty spread consists of 20 different salads that cover the entire table. It's a joyful meal with plenty to eat. Order the Hummus with Mushrooms, too--it's a winner!
    17201 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316
    Phone: 818-784-4080
    FAX: 818-784-4550
    Hours: Daily 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.itzikhagadol.com
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    Streets of India Cafe (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Taking a refreshing, updated approach to traditional Indian cuisine, the Sood family that opened this informal cafe introduces a variety of soyfoods to give their tasty dishes hearty protein and familiar texture. The dishes are truly homemade with "Mom" in the kitchen preparing exceptional, well-seasoned sauces. Recommended are Chicken Masala, Beef Mihari, and the delicious Samosas, (all vegan, of course). Be sure to see what's on the daily special board for new items not on the menu. Combo meals are an excellent value.
    16260 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436
    Phone: 818-325-2500
    FAX: 818-583-1734
    Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    http://www.streetsofindiacafe.com/
    Click here for full review

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads are creative and sumptuous. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service.
    16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91435
    Phone: 818-788-2621
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m,
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m,
    Website: http://www.veggiegrill.com
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    Parfait Bird




    GRANADA HILLS

    Vegetable Delight (Vegan)
    Chinese vegan dining with many pseudo meat, fish and chicken dishes. Those who appreciate fresh basil will enjoy the Eggplant with Basil. The Broccoli Veggie Chicken had slices of deliciolus, tender, homemade seitan.
    17823 Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills, CA 91344
    Phone: 818-360-3997
    Hours: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m.to 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 4:00 p.m.to 9:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.vegetabledelight.com
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    Burger Bird


    HACIENDA HEIGHTS

    Garden Fresh Vegetarian Food (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    An all-vegetarian Asian restaurant featuring traditional Chinese dishes with meat substitutes. The menu features all the familiar delicious Chinese comfort food, but here they use faux meats made from soy, gluten, mushroom, and yam to emulate the texture and flavor of the real thing.
    16034 Gale Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
    Phone: 626-968-2279
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily
    Swimming Bird






    HERMOSA BEACH

    The Spot (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Home-style vegetarian and vegan food featuring delicious homemade bread. For lacto-ovo vegetarians the Mushroom Walnut Loaf is a specialty. Their heaping dinner salads offer an excellent variety of crisp vegetables with a selection of tasty dressings. The Mexarama features their famous Savory Sauce.
    110 Second St., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
    Phone: 310-376-2355
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m.to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.worldfamousspot.com
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    Film Bird

    HOLLYWOOD

    Cafe Muse in Hollywood has moved to Muse on 8th in Los Angeles

    Elderberries Green Cafe (Vegan)
    A casual cafe with a funky eco-recycled ambience, this informal dining spot offers a menu of vegan organic foods with a focus on cooked and raw, soy-free, and gluten-free items. Offered are salads, sandwiches, soups, smoothies, and breakfast items. For a tasty starter try the Veggie Pizzarella. Soup of the day is delicious. Try the San Joaquin for a unique and tasty sandwich. Prices are reasonable, and service is very friendly. No phone.
    7564 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046
    Phone: (323) 851-0700
    Hours: Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to Midnight
    Thursday through Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
    Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/elderberriesgreencafe
    Click here for full review

    LifeFood Organic (Vegan)
    A small café offering a variety of smoothies and shakes, juices, elixirs, nut milks, teas, and hot drinks including coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider. Raw and living food lovers will find a full menu of fresh offerings like salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups, sides, desserts, and even some hearty breakfast choices.
    1507 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-466-0927
    Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Locali Conscious Convenience (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    This organic combination of deli and natural foods market offers organic produce, spices, oils, and deli ingredients when possible. Diners will find an array of vegan and gluten-free options for soups, sandwiches, and salads, locally baked breads, breakfast specialties, and coffee specialties. Try the Vegan Breakfast Burrito along with your cup of joe.
    5835 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-466-1360
    Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Loteria! Grill (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Are you vegan? Are you vegetarian? No problem. This attractive and very savvy Mexican restaurant is staffed with knowledgeable servers and a kitchen of talented chefs who have crafted a special menu for vegans and another just for vegetarians in addition to a wide array of familiar Mexican dishes. Don't miss the Las Enfrijoladas, a delicious vegan enchilada stuffed with roasted fresh corn and veggies and topped with a tequila-infused sauce of "drunken beans." The guac is excellent and the salads are generous and innovative.
    6627 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-465-2500
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Friday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.loteriagrill.com

    Paru's (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Vegetarian Indian with many vegan choices. Warm, friendly atmosphere and the tastiest samosas we've ever eaten. We loved the Spicy Eggplant along with the Tanjore Double Dinner that featured cuisine of Southern India. Northern Indian dishes have a tasty, homemade quality. The paratha, a flatbread stuffed with vegetables, was another favorite.
    5140 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Phone: 323-661-7600
    Hours: Open Daily
    Lunch 12:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m.
    Dinner 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.parusrestaurant.com
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    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    1716 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-461-7881
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com

    Tender Greens (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This hip restaurant features a unique menu that offers flexibility. Some entrees can be enjoyed as a sandwich, a hot plate, or a salad. Veggies are very fresh and are grown locally in Oxnard. Charming, mostly outdoor dining with heaters. One vegan soup daily, and a special dish called Happy Vegan make a "happy meal."
    6290 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-382-0380
    Website: http://www.tendergreens.com/

    Truly A Vegan Restaurant (Vegan)
    A bright, pleasing atmosphere highlights this cozy little café that offers gracious service and wholesome vegan Thai foods with generous portions. Menu offers unique beverages like coconut palm juice, homemade almond milk, and fresh juices. Tofu scrambles and pancakes are available for the breakfast crowd, while soups, salads, veggie burgers, wraps, noodle dishes, curries, and veggie meat entrées provide diversity for the lunch and dinner crowd. The Seitan Plate is a particularly hearty meal of tasty Thai-seasoned seitan strips, steamed veggies, brown rice, and a flavorful tahini sauce.
    5907 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-466-7533
    FAX: 323-466-7958
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 1.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.trulyvegan.net

    Vegan House (Vegan)
    Bright green on the outside, cozy, charming ambience inside, this small Thai restaurant features a huge menu of traditional items like Pad Thai and Tom Yum Kai plus dishes that feature faux meat, chicken, and fish along with popular foods like burgers, wraps, and sushi. Unique is their Shabu Shabu counter where diners can cook their own dinners in a pot. Located in the heart of Hollywood one-half block north of Hollywood Blvd.
    1717 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-962-6195
    FAX: 323-962-6i196
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.myveganhouse.com

    The Vegan Joint (Vegan)
    A cozy Thai café that features attentive, friendly service along with an eclectic Thai-American-TexMex menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties. Breakfast is served all day and highlights wheat-free pancakes, burritos, and hash browns. Start your dinner with the Tofu Satay accompanied with a thick Spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping, or Vietnamese-style Fresh Spring Rolls with creamy Peanut Sauce. Don't miss the Seitan Dinner, a dish of flavor-infused strips of wheat meat, steamed veggies, and a choice of brown rice or deliciously thick slabs of grilled potatoes. Traditional Thai dishes include shiitake, red and yellow curries, shiitake soup with coconut milk, pad thai, spicy mint noodles and much more. Also on the menu are sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers.
    4718 Fountain Ave., Unit D, Los Angeles, CA 90029
    Phone: 323-667-9560
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
    http://www.theveganjoint.com

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads, soups, and chili are creative and sumptuous. Features family-friendly kids menu. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service.
    6374-A Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-962-3354
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veggiegrill.com/

    Veggie House (Vegan)
    A tiny, casual eatery where diners can enjoy tasty Thai cuisine with a touch of creativity. Recommended are the Fresh Rolls and the exceptional Thai Burritos topped with peanut sauce. Also receiving high marks are the Pad Thai and the Seitan Wrap. The staff is very friendly and the restaurant caters to all dietary needs.
    3217 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles, CA 90068
    Phone: 323-851-8837
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Couple Birds


    INGLEWOOD

    Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Diners can find exceptionally tasty Ethiopian cuisine beautifully presented in this small, unadorned café nestled in a strip mall on the corner of La Brea and Hyde Park Blvd.. Eager to please, owner Mesfin Aclog artfully infuses the dishes with traditional spices to flavor his delicious specialties. Try the Vegetarian Combination that features Mesir Wat, Gomen, and Kik Alicha. Customers will find dining here an exceptionally good value.
    630 N. La Brea Ave, #106, Inglewood, CA 90302
    Phone: 310-673-3392
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. except
    Tuesday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Stuff I Eat (Vegan)
    A spacious, downtown Inglewood eatery with a mod, upbeat casual ambience that makes one feel instantly at home. The restaurant serves a refreshing variety of organic foods with a creative edge, taking familiar foods like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas to new heights. The plating of each dish is conceptual and inventive and ablaze with a rainbow of colors. The flavors are mind-blowing. Recommenced are the quesadillas, especially the Kilimanjaro Quesadilla, the tacos, and the Tofu Chicken Salad Sandwich. Sample tacos are free to first-time customers and are instantly compelling. No credit cards. Cash only.
    114 N. Market St., Inglewood, CA 90301
    Phone: 310-671-0115
    Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Closed Monday
    Website: http://www.stuffieat.com
    Click here for full review.
    Swimming Bird




    LONG BEACH

    Ahimsa Vegan Kitchen (Vegan)
    Formerly Zephyr, this informal cafeacute; is in the heart of downtown Long Beach. They offer many of the same dishes that were patron favorites. Spruced up with a large, colorful, tree of life wall mural and colorful metal chairs, the café looks inviting. Orders are placed at the counter and delivered to the tables. Food is wholesome, simple, and freshly prepared. Recommended are the Samosa, Mediterranean Bowl, Fiesta Burrito, and Thai Temple Bowl.
    340 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802
    Phone: 562-435-7113
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.longbeachvegan.com

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    51 The Paseo, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Phone: 562-435-2700
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads, soups, and chili are creative and sumptuous. Features family-friendly kids menu. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service.
    6451 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803
    Phone: 562-430-4986
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veggiegrill.com/

    Gothic Birds



    LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN)

    Blossom Vietnamese Restaurant (Vegan Friendly)
    Several vegan dishes await hungry vegans hunting for a tasty meal in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Try the delicious Vegetarian Curry packed with tofu and veggies and served with steamed rice on the side. Other sumptuous options include the Vegetarian Crepes, Vegetarian Fritters, Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, Fried Rice, and a giant bowl of Vegetarian Pho brimming with tofu, veggies, and rice noodles in a tasty broth. Fast service and very reasonable prices.
    426 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
    Phone: 213-623-1973
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
    Website: http://www.blossomrestaurant.com

    Mama's Hot Tamales Café (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A unique, colorful Mexican restaurant offering a number of vegan items of homey, simply presented dishes representing several Latin American countries. They offer two vegan tamale choices daily. Don't miss the savory Spinach and Mushroom Tamale and enjoy a sweet finish with the Caramel Apple Tamale. The Torta with marinated tofu is fresh, abundant, and delicious. Admirable is their focus on being green with all take-out utensils made of plant-based ingredients and all kitchen waste composted. Very reasonable prices.
    2122 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
    Phone; 213-487-7474
    FAX: 213-487-8475
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Daily
    Website: http://www.mamashottamales.com
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    Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Taking its cue from the Northern California County of Mendocino, this cool eatery offers foods that support the Slow Food Movement and sustainable farming. These chefs know how to build a truly wholesome sandwich made from artisan whole grain breads and packed with fresh veggies and legumes. Also available is soup and fresh whole-grain salads, two or three of them vegan. The great-tasting Vegan Shawarma and V7 Whole Grain Vegan Burger are on the recommended list. Other vegan sandwiches include Vegan BBQ Torta and Vegan Banh Mi. No Styrofoam in sight--patrons walk out with their meal in an old-fashioned, eco-friendly paper bag.
    Citibank Building
    444 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone: 213-627-3262
    Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday Website: http://www.mendocinofarms.com/

    Shojin Organic and Natural (Vegan)
    The only vegan Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles, this upscale, charming eatery features contemporary, organic, fusion plant-based cuisine. Recommended dishes include the miso-seasoned Onion Soup, Shiitake Mushroom Genmai Sushi Roll, Cashew Cheese Wrap, Okara Crab Cakes, and the Chocolate Espresso Brownie.
    Located in unit 310 on the third floor of Little Tokyo Square.
    333 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
    Phone: 213-617-0305
    New late night hours Friday & Saturday
    Hours: Monday through Friday 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday Noon to 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday Noon to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.theshojin.com
    Click here for full review.

    Tierra Café (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Offering "healthy cuisine" using organic produce, this downtown casual dining spot serves organic breakfasts as well as lunches with soup, salads, sandwiches, and wraps along with a variety of teas, coffees and their special elixir tonics. Enjoy an amazing Fajita Burrito, a heaping Grilled Veggie Salad, or Ana Banana Waffles with soy sausage. Located one block and around the corner from the Metro Center subway stop on the Red Line.
    818 Wilshire Blvd., #D, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Phone: 213-629-1402
    Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday
    Click here for full review.

    Via Cafe Restaurant (Vegan and Vegeterian Friendly)
    Several vegan dishes await hungry vegans hunting for a tasty meal in the heart of Chinatown, Los Angeles. Though the menu varies slightly from its parent restaurant, Blossom Vietnamese Restaurant, it retains the welcome array of vegan offerings. Try the delicious Vegetarian Curry packed with tofu and veggies and served with steamed rice on the side. Other sumptuous options include the Vegetarian Crepes, Vegetarian Fritters, Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, Fried Rice, and a giant bowl of Vegetarian Pho brimming with tofu, veggies, and rice noodles in a tasty broth. Fast service and very reasonable prices.
    451 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    in Chinatown Central Plaza
    Phone: 213-617-1481
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday
    Website: http://viacafechinatown.com/

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    LOS ANGELES

    BabyCakes Bakery (Vegan)
    This unique bakery offers baked treats for everyone. Providing a host of tantalizing desserts for those with food allergies, this bakery knows how to deliver gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, and egg free sweets that look as luscious as they taste. Cupcakes are a specialty. Sweet dreams.
    236 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
    Phone: 855-462-2292
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.babycakesnyc.com/los-angeles-bakery.html

    Bodhi Vegetarian & Vegan Kitchen (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    This small café with its clean, streamlined, uncluttered look, features Thai cuisine with some innovative dishes along with the familiar items like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, and Yellow Curry. Creative additions on the menu include Mock Duck Roll-ups, Pumpkin Curry, Curried Salad, Seitan Katsu, and Sizzling Pra Ram. Burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and burritos with an international flair are also featured on the menu.
    9303 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
    Phone: 310-248-2777
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://bodhivegetarianla.com/
    Click here for full review.

    Buddha's Belly (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A lively knowledgeable staff, an ultra modern ambience, and an inviting Pan-Asian menu make this restaurant a fun experience. Tofu Lettuce Cups, Japanese Vegan Curry with Vegetables and Jasmine Rice, and Wok-Tossed Vegetables with Tofu are tasty dishes. Don't miss the Creamy Coconut Sorbet served in a half coconut shell.
    7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323-931-8588
    FAX: 323-931-8038
    Website: http://www.bbfood.com

    Bulan Thai (formerly Busaba Thai) Vegetarian Kitchen (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    An all-vegetarian restaurant owned and operated completely by very cordial women who greet guests with welcoming smiles. The menu stays true to traditional Thai cuisine rather than Americanized versions of the dishes. Most of the items are vegan while many vegetarian dishes can be prepared vegan. Recommended dishes are the Dumplings served steamed, Pad Kee Mao Drunken Noodles, Kang Kari Curry, and Busaba Pumpkin. Reasonable prices, pleasant ambience.
    7168 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-857-1882
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.bulanthai.com
    Click here for full review.

    Cafe Gratitude (Vegan Raw & Cooked)
    Diners can expect an enthusiastic welcome from the super-friendly staff and a menu of exceptionally well-prepared raw and cooked dishes. The feel-good menu whets the appetite and dishes up a banquet of positively validating affirmations. Each menu item is creatively conceived, attractively presented, and brimming with awesome flavor, while the restaurant gives patrons a comfortable, cool, and spacious place to gather. Recommended are I AM ELATED and I AM TRANSFORMED.
    639 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
    Phone: 323-580-6383
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.cafegratitudeLA.com
    Click here for full review

    Chao Krung (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A charming Thai restaurant with exceptional exotic ambience in its two large dining rooms and an extensive menu where both vegans and non-vegetarians can dine together. Must try vegan dishes are Thai Crepe, Spinach Tofu in Peanut Sauce, Mussaman Curry, and their exceptional Brown Rice Blend. Service is excellent.
    111 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323-939-8361
    FAX: 323-938-5381
    Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.chaokrung.com
    Click here for full review

    Crossroads (Vegan)
    Nationally known Chef Tal Ronnen lets his talents shine at this new elegant restaurant that gives Angelenos a place to celebrate special occasions, bring a special date, or just enjoy upscale vegan dining. Featured on the menu are a wild array of "little plates" that give people the opportunity to taste not just one entrée, but also a host of different dishes that offer thrilling tastes and textures. Full bar and valet service, too. Bring your adventurous palate and be prepared to splurge a little--price-wise, that is.
    8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-782-9245
    Hours: Monday through Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
    Thursday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
    Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.crossroadskitchen.com
    Click here for full review

    Grain Café Natural and Organic (Vegan)
    A small, casual eatery that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving a surprisingly diverse menu of flavorful foods. While their specialties feature Mexican dishes like burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, and rellenos, the restaurant also prepares items like Cobb Salads, Curry Wraps, and a Sautéed Kale Plate consisting of quinoa, brown rice, vegetables, and a choice of chicken, tempeh, or a burger patty. Followers of the macrobiotic diet can also enjoy a healthful meal at this café.
    4222 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Phone: 323-931-4034
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.graincafeonline.com
    Click here for full review.

    Inaka (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Veg diners can find abundant choices at this well-established macrobiotic restaurant featuring healthful foods traditionally prepared. While you won't find trendy foods here, you can count on tasty, nutritious dishes like the Japanese Hot Pots, soba salads, sea vegetable salads, combination vegetable plates, and vegetable stir fries, many that include tofu. Ambience is minimalist, yet pleasant and comfortable.
    131 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323-936-9353
    Hours: Tuesday through Friday Lunch Noon to 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner 6:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
    Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
    Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Monday
    Moderate prices
    http://inaka.weebly.com/
    Click here for full review.

    Loteria! Grill (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Are you vegan? Are you vegetarian? No problem. This attractive and very savvy Mexican restaurant is staffed with knowledgeable servers and a kitchen of talented chefs who have crafted a special menu for vegans and another just for vegetarians in addition to a wide array of familiar Mexican dishes. Don't miss the Las Enfrijoladas, a delicious vegan enchilada stuffed with roasted fresh corn and veggies and topped with a tequila-infused sauce of "drunken beans." The guac is excellent and the salads are generous and innovative.
    Farmers Market
    6333 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323-930-2211
    Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Website: http://www.loteriagrill.com

    M Café de Chaya (Macrobiotic and Vegan Friendly)
    Macrobiotic foods spring to life with bright colors and flavors to match at this casual chic eatery that serves mostly vegan foods that are free of refined sugar, dairy, eggs, and meat products. A few items contain seafood. Soups are exceptionally tasty, salads crisp and refreshingly innovative, and the sandwiches and bowls are hearty. Desserts are irresistible and service is pleasant and informative.
    7119 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-525-0588
    FAX: 323-535-0310
    Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://mcafedechaya.com/
    Click here for full review

    Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Taking its cue from the Northern California County of Mendocino, this cool eatery offers foods that support the Slow Food Movement and sustainable farming. These chefs know how to build a truly wholesome sandwich made from artisan whole grain breads and packed with fresh veggies and legumes. Also available is soup and fresh whole-grain salads, two or three of them vegan. The great-tasting Vegan Shawarma and V7 Whole Grain Vegan Burger are on the recommended list. Other vegan sandwiches include Vegan BBQ Torta and Vegan Banh Mi. No Styrofoam in sight--patrons walk out with their meal in an old-fashioned, eco-friendly paper bag.
    175 S. Fairfax Ave., Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323-934-4261
    Hours: Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.mendocinofarms.com/

    Merkato (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An Ethiopian restaurant that displays a good dose of atmosphere and offers a menu with a vegetarian section of well-seasoned traditional Ethiopian dishes. Though it is a little heavy on the oil, the Sambusa, a delicious dough-covered appetizer filled with spicy lentils was a tasty starter. The Vegetarian combination includes the exceptional Merkato Special Shiro, a creamy puree of ground peas cooked in a red pepper sauce with garlic, tomatoes, and complex spices.
    1036 1/2 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Phone: 323-935-1775
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily
    Website: http://ethiopianmerkato.com
    Click here for full review

    Messob (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Ethiopian cuisine with many vegetarian and vegan items. The teff injera is outstanding. Be sure to request it. If you order the Vegetarian's Delight, you'll love the Pumpkin Wot, a well-seasoned pumpkin stew, and Yemiser Wot, a wonderful full-flavored lentil stew.
    1041 S. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Phone: 323-938-8827
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m.to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.messob.com/
    Click here for full review.

    Mr. Wisdom Hari Krishna Restaurant and Specialty Health Food Store (Vegan)
    A unique all organic café and health food store in operation since 1988. The menu features a daily special bean dish served with brown rice and steamed vegetables. Specialties include veggie burgers, Sabzi, a vegetable dish with Indian seasonings, mung bean soup, tomato chutney, natural smoothies, nutmilk, and Rejuvelac. They grow their own organic wheat grass and barley grass.
    3526 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Phone: 323-295-1517
    Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.mrwisdomla.com/
    Click here for full review

    Muse on 8th (formerly Cafe Muse in Hollywood) (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Formerly Cafe Muse in Hollywood's theater district, Muse on 8th offers a place for food lovers to enjoy organic and free-trade coffees and teas, breakfast items like bagels burritos, and muffins, and hearty comfort foods like Homemade Southwest Vegetarian Chili, sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, and paninis for lunch and dinner. Free Wi-Fi, art gallery by local artists, nightime entertainment.
    759 S. La Brea., Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323-933-6873
    Hours: Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
    Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.Museon8th.com

    Rahel Veggie Cuisine (Vegan)
    The only vegan Ethiopian restaurant in America, this cozy eatery located along the "Little Ethiopia" strip offers a humongous array of delicious wots (stews) and is the only restaurant serving teff injera, the traditional bread of Ethiopia. Go for the unique experience to delight in the succulent dishes of East Africa.
    1047 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Phone: 323-937-8401
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.rahelveggiecuisine.com
    Click here for full review

    Real Raw Live (Raw Vegan)
    Stroll in for a refreshing, totally raw, organic smoothie, shake, or special blend from the organic juice bar. Chill out with some frozen yogurt or crank up with wellness shots. With only two tables outside, the focus is on take-out. Bring home some raw chocolate, food bars, and healthy snacks or check out the frozen deli case for prepared raw meals.
    5913 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Phone: 323-461-4545
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
    Website: http://realrawlive.com

    Rosalind's Ethiopian Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Located in a one block area known as Little Ethiopia, this atmospheric restaurant serves some of the best Ethiopian food in Los Angeles. Appetizers such as Sambussa and Yam Balls are exceptionally tasty. We recommend the Vegetarian Combination, a platter of deliciouly seasoned stews made from vegetables and legumes.
    1044 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Phone: 323-936-2486
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. daily
    Website: http://www.rosalindsrestaurant.com/
    Click here for full review

    Scoops (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Better than 31 Flavors, this tiny ice cream parlor, located down the street from Los Angeles City College, promises that one third of its18 ultra-creative flavors are deliciously vegan every day except Sunday. Culinary arts-trained owner Tai Kim scoops out innovative offerings like rich and creamy Banana Avocado, Chocolate Coconut, Jasmine Tea with Pine Nut, Peanut Butter Coffee, and Cinnamon Coffee. Tai even created a vegan Tomato Basil ice cream with heirloom tomatoes. The vegan Sorbets of the day might be Lingonberry Grapefruit, Lemon Ginger, or Pear Gingerale. Prices are reasonable. Other offerings include ice cream sandwiches, fruit shakes, ice cream croissants, and ice cream cakes.
    712 N. Heliotrope Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90029
    Phone: 323-906-2649
    Hours: Monday through Saturday Noon to 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday

    Toi on Sunset (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Rockin' Tai Food with an extensive menu serving both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian communities. The menu notes that any dish can be made vegetarian . Excellent vegan specialties like Pad Ciw Tofu, and Vegetarian Curry. Their brown rice is exceptional. Prices very reasonable. Open after hours and busy.
    7505 1/2 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-874-8062
    Hours: Open 7 days 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    Website: http://www.toirockinthaifood.com
    Click here for full review

    Vegan Express (Vegan)
    A tiny informal cafe where diners place their order at the blue tile counter. This eatery offers Thai and American all-vegan cuisine and specializes in fast food and catering. Their Shiitake Soup Bowl and Thai Yellow Curry are especially tasty and satisfying. Short on atmosphere but very popular for take-out.
    3217 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles, CA 90068
    Phone: 323-851-8837
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Click here for full review

    Vegan Glory (Vegan)
    An informal Thai café with a bright, pleasant ambience that serves very tasty dishes. A favorite menu item is the unique appetizer Crown of Glory, miniature kamut cups filled with tofu and veggies. Also enjoyable is their lightly spiced Cashew Nut Stir Fry. For an indulgent vegan treat try Banana Spring Rolls and Coconut Ice Cream with Palm Seed, both innovative and mouthwatering desserts. Also unique on a Thai menu is a selection of vegan Wraps and Burgers.
    8393 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: 323-653-4900
    FAX: 323-653-4901
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veganglory.com/
    Click here for full review

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads, soups, and chili are creative and sumptuous. Features family-friendly kids menu. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service.
    Farmer's Market 3rd and Fairfax, Next to the Grove
    110 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Phone: 323-933-3997
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Web Site: http://www.VeggieGrill.com
    Smart Bird



    LOS FELIZ

    Cruzer Pizza (Vegan)
    This tiny take-out location is the home of 100% animal-free vegan pizza with a choice of thick, thin, whole wheat, or regular dough pizza crust in three sizes. The menu features 11 pizza varieties, but other combinations can be assembled from their ample list of toppings. Both the Vegan Meat Pizza and the QuarryGirl.com Pizza are abundantly topped with delicious ingredients and speedily prepared within 10 minutes. Other offerings include pasta specialties like lasagna, spaghetti, and Parmigiana, salads, sandwiches, bread sticks, and cheese bread sticks. Both the thick and thin pizza crust are tasty, soft, and bread-like rather than firm and chewy.
    4449 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Phone: 323-666-0600
    Website: http://www.cruzerpizza.com

    Green Leaves Vegan (Vegan)
    Casual Thai café featuring breakfast specialties along with an extensive menu of traditional dishes like curries, noodle and vegetable combos, and rice entrees. Recommended dishes include Rock & Roll Noodles, Spicy Eggplant, and the Fajita Wrap. The menu also includes soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and burgers with veggie chicken, seitan, or soy steak pieces.
    1769 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Phone: 323-664-2345 and 323-668-2345
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.greenleavesvegan.com/
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    MALIBU/POINT DUME

    SunLife Organics (Vegan and Vegetarian)
    A casual café specializing in fresh fruit and vegetable juices, shots, smoothies, signature superfood shakes, and protein shakes with a host of add-ons like green powder and raw cacao. In addition they offer four hearty granola and fruit bowls, frozen yogurt, and raw take-out choices like wraps, burgers, and salads.
    29169 Heathercliff Rd., # 110, Malibu, CA 90265
    Phone: 310-457-6161
    Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    MARINA DEL REY

    Gaby's Mediterranean (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Informal Middle Eastern café with outdoor seating in a covered patio as well as indoors. Vegans can make a meal of their Mezza, Middle Eastern appetizers, that include Hummos, Baba Ghannouj, and Grape Leaves, along with Falafel, Fool Mudammas (seasoned fava beans), Moujadara (a lentil, rice, and onion dish, Loubieh (marinated green beans with tomatoes and onions), Moosakka (eggplant, garbanzos, and onion cooked in tomatoes and olive oil), Fatayer (spinach turnover with onions and pine nuts), and Tabbouli. Both their soups, Lentil and Hearty Vegetable, are vegan.
    20 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, CA 90292
    Phone: 310-821-9721 FAX: 310-821-6861
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.gabysexpress.com

    Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Taking its cue from the Northern California County of Mendocino, this cool eatery offers foods that support the Slow Food Movement and sustainable farming. These chefs know how to build a truly wholesome sandwich made from artisan whole grain breads and packed with fresh veggies and legumes. Also available is soup and fresh whole-grain salads, two or three of them vegan. The great-tasting Vegan Shawarma and V7 Whole Grain Vegan Burger are on the recommended list. Other vegan sandwiches include Vegan BBQ Torta and Vegan Banh Mi. No Styrofoam in sight--patrons walk out with their meal in an old-fashioned, eco-friendly paper bag.
    4724 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    Phone: 310-822-2300
    Hours: Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.mendocinofarms.com/

    Siamese Garden Cuisine of Thailand (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Romantic ambience makes this Thai restaurant an appealing spot for a special occasion or an enjoyable evening out. The food is well prepared with an emphasis on sweet dishes. Some innovative creations to consider include Roasted Chili Tofu and Portabella Special. When weather permits, enjoy dining outdoors on the lush patio garden overlooking the Venice Grand Canal.
    301 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    Phone: 310-821-0098 or 310-823-4947
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.siamesegarden.com

    Tender Greens (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This hip restaurant features a unique menu that offers flexibility. Some entrees can be enjoyed as a sandwich, a hot plate, or a salad. Veggies are very fresh and are grown locally in Oxnard. Charming, mostly outdoor dining with heaters. One vegan soup daily, and a special dish called Happy Vegan make a "happy meal."
    13455 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    Phone: 310-827-3777
    Website: http://www.tendergreens.com/


    Soup Birds



    MONTEREY PARK

    Happy Family Restaurant Vegetarian Food (Vegan)
    Authentic Chinese food in the grand vegetarian tradition, featuring a huge selection of flavorful dishes with veggie meats at very reasonable prices. Many vegan dishes. Although their menu is not very descriptive, the foods were tasty, creative, and plentiful. We adored the Chop Mustard Green with Bean Curd Sheet and the Smoked Bean Curd Skin which tasted far better than they sounded.
    500 N. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754
    Phone: 626-282-8986
    Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. lunch
    5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. dinner
    Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. lunch
    5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. dinner
    Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
    Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
    Click here for full review.

    Film Bird


    NORTH HOLLYWOOD

    Healthyca (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A bustling, hip, week-day, lunch and early dinner NoHo take-out kitchen focused on turning out generous portions of smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and hot dishes with an eye on well-prepared whole grains and healthy greens. Nutritious salads like the Healthyca and Tofancho come with a choice of 10 tasty dressings and sides like quinoa salad and wild rice salad. Sandwiches are just made for hearty eaters who might not want to miss the homemade Healthyca Sausage or the Almost Raw, both bountifully layered with freshly prepared ingredients and accompanied with a choice of well-seasoned sides. Seating consists of one inside table plus a few counter spots and two outside tables where diners can enjoy an abundance of well-priced offerings. Delivery services and catering available.
    4724 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602
    Phone: 818-505-1035
    FAX: 818-505-1037
    Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday
    Website: http://www.healthyca.us

    Leonor's Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegetarian)
    Mostly vegetarian items except for a few entrees for carnivores like chicken and carne asada. Features soy cheese pizzas, a variety of sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, burritos, salads, and "Forever-Young Dinners" with faux chicken and soy meat balls. Some dishes may be vegan, but it is impossible to receive accurate information about ingredients. The soy cheese is not vegan because it contains casein. Some of their faux chicken items are made with egg whites.
    11403 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606
    Phone: 818-980-9011
    Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.leonorsvegetarian.com
    Click here for full review.

    Lotus Vegan Restaurant (Vegan)
    Located along a tranquil section of North Hollywood, this small, relaxed cafe serves a varied menu of traditional Thai foods like Tom Kah Kai soup, Pad Thai, and Thai Red Curry along with faux meat entrees like Crispy Chicken and Pepper Steak. They also prepare an eclectic infusion of items like burgers, pancakes, tofu scramble, wraps, and lentil loaf. They use no MSG and no white sugar but do use organic ingredients.
    4715 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602
    Phone: 818-760-8088 or 818-505-8988
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.lotusvegan.com

    Motorcyle Birds



    NORTHRIDGE

    Cafe Graikos (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Greek and vegetarian cuisine with 28 different items for vegetarians to enjoy. Not exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, but half the menu is devoted to tasty Greek dishes that happen to be vegetarian. Their Lentil Soup is so tasty it always leaves us craving more. We especially enjoy the Vegetarian Combo Platter that features their Lentil Pilaf, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Stuffed Eggplant.
    19346 Rinaldi St., Northridge, CA 91326
    Phone: 818-831-1187
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m.to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.cafegraikos.com
    Click here for full review.

    Fresh Potato Factory (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    This cool little no-frills eatery offers a savvy menu of golden or sweet potatoes served many which ways: baked potatoes, baked giant fries, and paninis and sandwiches with a banquet of delicious toppings and innovative sauces to enhance your choices. They also offer tasty salads, a variety of chili choices, daily soup specials, and hash browns--all at very reasonable prices. The restaurant specializes in fast service with a smile, ideal for take-out, but has a few tables for dining in.
    9420 Reseda Blvd., #6, Northridge, CA 91324
    Phone: 818-886-8156
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
    Website: http://www.freshpotatofactory.com

    Lum-Ka-Naad (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Located near Cal State University Northridge, this attractive, intimate Thai restaurant features rarely encountered dishes from Northern and Central Thailand as well as the familiar Southern style cuisine. Alex and Ooi Sonbalee are exceptional vegan savvy chef/owners who prepare unique dishes like South Sea Spice Dried Curry. The Tum Kanoon made from jackfruit and exotic spices, and the Tum Makua, a well-seasoned eggplant salad, are both served with a bountiful array of fresh herbs and vegetables. Authentic Thai cuisine is traditionally very spicy, so be sure to request mild if you are a spice wimp. The multitude of vegan selections are clearly marked with a V.
    8910 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324
    Phone: 818-882-3028
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.lumkanaad.com
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    PACIFIC PALISADES

    Kay'n Dave's Fresh Mex Cantinas (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Several veggie offerings make this restaurant a fun dining experience. Dishes like Black Bean Tacos, Garden Burrito, and Veggie Burrito can be made vegan by leaving out the dairy items, while the Fresh Veggie Plate and the Tropical Enchiladas are totally vegan. The menu states "No Lard No Where."
    15246 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
    Phone: 310-459-8118
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.kayndaves.com
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    PALMDALE

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    39532 10th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551
    Phone: 661-273-4713
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com
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    PASADENA

    Father Nature (Vegan Friendly)
    A no-frills, informal cafe in Old Town Pasadena that knows how to please the vegan crowd with a selection of mouth-watering lavash wraps filled with tasty Middle Eastern favorites like falafel, humous, eggplant, grilled veggies, and bulgar pilaf with tahini sauce on the side. Vegan salad offerings include Falafel Salad, Vegetarian Combo, and Fatoush Salad, while sides feature Lentil Soup, Baba Ghanouj, Black Bean Hummus, Eggplant Wedges, Taboule, and more. Prices are very reasonable and diners can even order a half wrap for those with smaller appetites. If the few tables are full, no worry. There's plenty of seating upstairs.
    17 N. DeLacey, Pasadena, CA 91103
    Phone: 626-568-9811
    FAX: 626-568-9812
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.fathernatureonline.com

    Green Earth Vegan Cuisine (Vegan)
    A charming all vegan restaurant in the heart of Pasadena that features a menu of innovative Vietnamese fusion dishes, this dining house is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The Quinoa Sushi is a must for starters. A few entrée recommendations include Spicy Indian Curry you can enjoy with Tofu or tender chunks of Chick-un. Thinking Italian or Hawaiian? Order chick-un Parmigiana or Island BBQ. While the influence of Vietnamese cooking is foremost on the menu, other cuisines like Chinese, Thai, Italian, French, Indian, and American lend flavors that make the restaurant uniquely different.
    37 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: 626-584-0268
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Click here for full review.
    Website: http://www.greenearthveggie.com/about-pasadena.html

    KindKreme (Raw Vegan Ice Cream)
    This specialty ice cream shop makes hand crafted vegan ice cream and desserts prepared in small batches using organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. In addition to their icekreme and toppings, they offer a banquet of shakes, smoothies, daily specials of soup, sandwich, salad. Also on the menu are hummus plate, nacho plate, and raw cheese plate in addition to teas and coffees.
    319 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: 877-985-5463
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.kindkreme.com/Pasadena.html
    Kind Kreme is also available at Sage in Echo Park and Sage Bistro in Culver City

    My Vegan Restaurant (Vegan)
    Cheerful, all vegan Thai restaurant with a wide selection of offerings including appetizers, soups, salads, rice dishes, pasta, noodle dishes, Thai specialties, and curries in addition to burgers, wraps, desserts, and breakfast pancakes.
    633 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: 626-578-9017
    FAX: 626-578-9071
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://my-vegan.com

    Orean, The Health Express (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    A vegetarian fast food take-out that holds it own nestled among an array of fast food joints within a two-block area on Lake Avenue. Soy is popular here as a filling for their many tasty burgers, burritos, pizzas, chili dogs, and tacos, and they use crisp and fresh clover sprouts in their sandwiches. There are four tables outdoors for your quick meal that can be topped off with one of their popular shakes. They even serve a breakfast burrito to start your day. Vegans will want to pass on the soy cheese that contains casein.
    817 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104
    Phone: 626-794-0861
    Hours: Open 7 days 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.oreanshealthexpress.com
    Click here for full review.

    Pita! Pita! Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Lebanese Mediterranean cuisine in a colorful, bustling atmosphere. Several vegetarian dishes to choose from including the Royal Vegetarian Feast which includes numerous selections.
    927 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
    Phone: 626-356-0106
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    Real Food Daily (Vegan)
    In a spacious setting of natural wood walls and tables, RFD serves tasty gourmet organic vegan cuisine catering to all diets. Three appetizers we highly recommend include Nori Maki (vegan sushi), Lentil Walnut Pate, and Nachos with Cashew Cheese and Tofu Sour Cream. Ask for the daily soup special and don't miss the homemade breads. Sandwich favorites include Total Reuben and Grilled Veggie Wrap. Sunday Brunch is a blast. Metered parking with first 2 hours free available on Shoppers Lane one street east of S. Lake Avenue.
    899 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
    Phone: 626-844-8900
    FAX: 626-844-8907
    Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday Brunch 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Click here for full review
    Website: http://www.realfood.com

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    841 Cordova St., Pasadena, CA 91101
    Phone: 626-568-3500
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com

    Tender Greens (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This hip restaurant features a unique menu that offers flexibility. Some entrees can be enjoyed as a sandwich, a hot plate, or a salad. Veggies are very fresh and are grown locally in Oxnard. Charming, mostly outdoor dining with heaters. One vegan soup daily, and a special dish called
    Happy Vegan make a "happy meal."
    621 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
    Phone: 626-405-1511
    Website: http://www.tendergreens.com/

    Tibet Nepal House (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    In an ambience of charming Buddhist tranquility, diners can enjoy tasty Himalayan cuisine. Steamed vegetable Momo dumplings and fried Phalay patties make enjoyable starters. Sagpat, the Vegetarian Nepali Dishes offer numerous choices. Recommended are the succulent Chana, garbanzos cooked in an exceptional tomato, onion, and ajwain gravy, and Tare Ko Ramtori, stir-fried okra in a tomato and fennel seed sauce.
    36 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103
    Phone: 626-585-9955
    Hours: Monday through Saturday, Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner served daily 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.tibetnepalhouse.com
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    REDONDO BEACH

    The Green Temple, A Veggie Place (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    The owners are former employees of the now defunct Greens at the Beach. For those who fondly remember the food at Greens, this menu has many similarities. Very vegan friendly. Funky decor. They boast their herb garden and purified water. Menu includes complete savory meals with lots of veggies, salads, sandwiches, creative burritos, and fresh squeezed juices. Order any dish that features their outstanding Savory Sauce such as the Savory Steamer. The Three Bean Soup is a winner. Finish up with one of their Dragon Shots, herbal tonics uniquely served.
    1700 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Phone: 310-944-4525
    Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m..
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays
    Website: http://www.greentemple.net/
    Click here for full review.

    Happy Veggie (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Enjoy a large selection of tasty, traditional Chinese, mostly vegan dishes in a pleasant and comfortable café-style atmosphere. Don't miss the Mongolian Beef, Orange Chicken, and the Kung Pao Shrimp. Exceptionally friendly service makes the dining experience exceptional.
    709 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Phone: 310-379-5035
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Sundays
    Website: http://happyveggie.com
    Click here for full review.
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    RESEDA

    Brami's Kosher Pizza (Mostly Vegetarian and Vegan)
    An informal kosher family restaurant that's a haven for the orthodox Jewish community, this eatery offers simple, wholesome standards like pizza, calzones, pastas, lasagna, falafel, burritos, quesadillas, salads and sandwiches. While many foods center on cheese and three dishes include fish, vegans can find a wide array of items like falafel, calzones, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and Mexican specialties.
    17736 1/2 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335
    Phone: 818-342-0611
    Hours: Sunday and Monday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 30 minutes after sunset to 1:00 a.m.
    Website: http://www.bramispizza.com
    Click here for full review.

    Garden Wok (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    A new Chinese restaurant with an extensive menu of all veggie foods that include creative uses of veggie meat substitutes such as Lemon Veggie Chicken, Hot Braised Veggie Fish, and Asparagus with Veggie Ham. Pleasant ambience.
    6117 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335
    Phone: 818-881-8886
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Click here for full review.

    Vinh Loi Tofu (Vegan)
    Along with cooking scrumptious, Vietnamese vegan dishes, this restaurant is home to the valley's only tofu factory. They lovingly make three kinds of tofu plus soymilk from scratch with a labor-intensive traditional Japanese method. Try the hearty bowl of spicy #1 Bun Bo Hue, an exceptional noodle and vegetable soup that requires 18 hours of cooking to create the richly flavored broth. Also recommended is the #5 Bun Bi Cha Thit Nu'ong, a cold medley that includes rice noodles, fried tofu, veggie beef, eggless egg roll, and a variety of veggies. They continue to add new dishes like #2 Cari Chay, a delicious, full-bodied curry broth loaded with soy chicken. Another delight is #7 Udon, a vegetable broth with udon noodles, soy seafood, and shiitake mushrooms. Each dish is hearty enough to serve two.
    18625 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335
    Phone: 818-996-9779
    Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.vinhloitofu.com/
    Click here for full review.
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    ROSEMEAD

    New Happy Family Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Chinese food featuring a huge selection of flavorful dishes with veggie meats at very reasonable prices. Many vegan dishes. Includes all-you-can-eat menu Monday through Friday.
    8632 E. Valley Blvd., #E, Rosemead, CA 91770
    Phone: 626-288-5786
    Hours: Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. lunch
    5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. dinner
    Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:20 p.m.
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    ROWLAND HEIGHTS

    Happy Family Restaurant Vegetarian Food (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Authentic Chinese food in the grand vegan tradition, featuring a huge selection of flavorful dishes with veggie meats at very reasonable prices. Many vegan dishes.
    18425 Colima Rd., #2F, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
    Phone: 626-965-9923
    Hours: Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. lunch
    5:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. dinner
    Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.

    Happy Veggie Garden (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Located inside the 99 Ranch Market Plaza, this gem is the lone Chinese vegetarian dining spot among a bevy of restaurants. No Americanized offerings on this authentic Chinese menu with an enormous array of delectable dishes. Try the Eggplant and Tofu Hot Pot and the Sauteed Turnip Patties, then slowly peruse the menu for other delights. Ambience takes on traditional sleek Asian simplicity, service pleasant and efficient.
    1015 S. Nogales St., #127A, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
    Phone: 626-810-2298
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:20 p.m.
    Closed 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    Click here for full review.
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    SAN DIMAS

    Veggie & Tea House (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    A large Chinese all-vegetarian restaurant with attractive décor, attentive service, and a large selection of menu items attractively presented. A glass case displays many of the dishes offered. The beautifully garnished Cashew Vegetables and Kung Pao Vegetables were outstanding. A unique presentation, their rice is served in a balsa wood box. Many of the vegetables served are organically grown on their 400-acre farm in El Centro, California.
    641 W. Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773
    Phone: 909-592-6323
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veggieandteahouse.com
    Click here for full review.
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    SAN FERNANDO

    Courthouse Sushi (Vegan Friendly)
    Some of the best sushi in the Valley appears in this unlikely locale. Standing behind the counter, Chef Marco Dural prepares a stunning platter of vegan sushi. Wish we had brought our camera! Vegans can also order items like freshly steamed edamame, steamed vegetables, potstickers, tempura, tofu salad, sunomono salad, brown rice, and vegetarian teriyaki. Ambience is unadorned but the prices are exceptionally reasonable.
    137 N. Maclay Ave., San Fernando, CA 91340
    Phone: 818-838-6861
    Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 a..m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
    Website: http://www.courthousesushi.com
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    SAN GABRIEL

    Fine Garden Vegetarian Cuisine (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    An exceptional, all-vegetarian Chinese restaurant serving traditional dishes along with innovative creations like Chili Eight Treasure and Steamed Cucumber Stuffed with Vege Scallop on Green Vegetables. Ambience features an inviting, brightly lit room enhanced with orchids, anthuriums, and air plants. An outdoor patio has a fountain, bookshelves containing free books mostly in Chinese, and lots of greenery. Excellent service, generous portions, and reasonable prices.
    841 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776
    Phone: 626-282-2282
    FAX: 626-282-8206
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.finegardenveggie.com
    Click here for full review.
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    SANTA CLARITA

    JamWest Caribbean Foods (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Irresistible aromas and soft strains of reggae music drift into the cozy waiting room of this primarily wholesale food company that offers Caribbean specialties for take-out customers. Sham and Sarah Ramrattan and Chef Patrick create tasty traditional dishes from the West Indies like Ital Stew, Vegan Curry Chicken, Vegan Mango Beef, and Vegan Jerk Stir Fry Chicken all served with rice and beans, sautéed veggies Guyana style, and plantains. Call ahead to order the irresistible Vegetable Turnovers.
    26470 Ruether Ave., #107, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
    Phone: 661-250-4743
    Hours: Monday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.jamwestfoods.com
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    SANTA MONICA

    Chandni (Vegan and Vegetarian)
    North Indian vegetarian with many vegan items
    1909 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
    Phone: 310-828-7060
    Hours: Daily
    Lunch 11:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner 5:00 p.m.to 10:00 p.m.
    Click here for full review.

    Golden Mean Vegan Cafe (Vegan)
    Tasty California bistro dining in an ambience of streamlined simplicity, this small cafe offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps with a homemade touch--everything is made from scratch and served on chic bamboo plates designed with an Asian flair. Recommended are the Middle East Wrap with housemade baked falafel balls and the Vegan Chicken Pesto Panini oozing with delicious pesto. Their original burgers made with beans, grains, and veggies are a vegan delight. Sandwiches and Wraps come with chips or one of their attractive specialty salads. Plump chocolate chip cookies and colorful fruit tarts, along with cakes, muffins, and cupcakes displayed in the deli case are all made at the restaurant.
    1028 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Phone: 310-393-6500
    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Mondays
    Website: http://www.goldenmeancafe.com
    Click here for full review

    Kay'n Dave's Fresh Mex Cantinas (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Several veggie offerings make this restaurant a fun dining experience. Dishes like Black Bean Tacos, Garden Burrito, and Veggie Burrito can be made vegan by leaving out the dairy items, while the Fresh Veggie Plate and the Tropical Enchiladas are totally vegan. The menu states "No Lard No Where."
    262 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402
    Phone: 310-260-1355
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.kayndaves.com

    Loteria! Grill (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Are you vegan? Are you vegetarian? No problem. This attractive and very savvy Mexican restaurant is staffed with knowledgeable servers and a kitchen of talented chefs who have crafted a special menu for vegans and another just for vegetarians in addition to a wide array of familiar Mexican dishes. Don't miss the Las Enfrijoladas, a delicious vegan enchilada stuffed with roasted fresh corn and veggies and topped with a tequila-infused sauce of "drunken beans." The guac is excellent and the salads are generous and innovative.
    1251 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Phone: 310-393-2700
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 12 midnight
    Website: http://www.loteriagrill.com

    M.A.K.E. (Raw Vegan)
    Located in the back of the The Market on the 3rd floor of Santa Monica Place, this upscale all-raw restaurant is the exceptional creation of Matthew Kenney, restaurateur, cooking instructor, and cookbook author. Kenney's innovative food presentations arrive at the table with stunning artisinal design and vibrant colors. The dishes are ultra inviting with flavors that zing with zest. The restaurant is pricey but ideal for a special occasion celebration.
    395 Santa Monica Place, Ste, 333, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Phone: 310-394-7046
    Hours: Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.matthewkenneycuisinek.com
    Click here for full review

    Native Foods (Vegan)
    Vegan goes big time in this trendy restaurant where everyone can enjoy comfort foods cranked up a few notches. Daily soup specials, plump sandwiches, mountain high salads, veggie pizza, sweet potato fries, creative starters, and the best homemade seitan and tempeh you'll ever taste. Free parking on site.
    2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90505
    Phone: 310-450-3666
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.nativefoods.com

    RAWvolution (formerly Euphoria loves RAWvolution) (Raw Vegan)
    In February 2006, Euphoria, a raw food emporium, joined hands with RAWvolution, a raw food home delivery service, to open a store and informal café that delectable organic entrees, salads, soups, beverages, and fresh durian. In addition to offering great tasting foods, the owners are ecology conscious by using plates, cups, utensils, and straws made from biodegradable vegetable matter like corn silk, potato starch, and sugar cane.
    2301 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Phone 310-392-9501
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.rawvolution.com
    Click here for full review.

    Real Food Daily (Vegan Kosher Organic Macrobiotic)
    Gourmet organic vegan cuisine catering to all diets. Three outstanding appetizers we recommend are the Nori Maki (vegan sushi), Lentil Walnut Pate, and Nachos with cashew cheese and tofu sour cream.The Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy are great! The Reuben Sandwich is a highlight as well.
    514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Phone: 310-451-7544
    Hours: 11:30 a.m.to 10:00 p.m. daily
    Website: http://www.realfood.com
    Click here for full review

    Satdha (Vegan)
    A vegan Thai restaurant with understated elegance and a menu so creative and exceptional, you will want to return multiple times to sample everything the innovative chef prepares. Highly recommended are starters Meang Kham, Mung Bean Croquette, and Endive Cups. Don't miss Catfish Eggplant, a unique and irresistible main dish and Beet Dyed Noodles, a flavorful rice vermicelli dish. Prices are very reasonable and service is outstanding.
    2218 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Phone: 310-450-6999
    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
    Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Closed Monday
    Click here for full review

    Thai Vegan (Vegan)
    Located on busy Main Street in the heart of Santa Monica, this small and cozy restaurant with unique indoor and outdoor seating is complete with surrounding lush green foliage. This informal eatery dishes up a healthy variety of traditional Thai delights. Try the Thai Spicy Wrap or Papaya Salad for starters. Recommended main dish is the spicy Green Tofu Vegetable Curry made with coconut milk and a bowlful of veggies. If you have room, enjoy a sweet finish with Sweet rice with Mango.
    2400 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Phone: 310-581-4255
    Hours: Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 12 midnight
    Website: http://www.thaivegansm.com

    Tender Greens (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This hip restaurant features a unique menu that offers flexibility. Some entrees can be enjoyed as a sandwich, a hot plate, or a salad. Veggies are very fresh and are grown locally in Oxnard. Charming, mostly outdoor dining with heaters. One vegan soup daily, and a special dish called
    Happy Vegan make a "happy meal."
    201 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Phone: 310-587-2777
    Website: http://www.tendergreens.com/

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads, soups, and chili are creative and sumptuous. Features family-friendly kids menu. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service.
    2025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    Phone: 310-829-1155
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily
    Website: http://www.veggiegrill.com/ Smart Bird

    SHERMAN OAKS

    Grandma's Thai Kitchen (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Dine in an informal Thai-Chinese café that offers 12 entrée dishes plus one soup on their vegetarian menu. Enjoy traditional specialties like Pad Thai Noodles, Pad See-ew, Spicy Green Beans with Tofu, and Yellow, Green, and Red Curries. Soup lovers can spoon up the Coconut Mushroom Soup made with coconut milk, mushrooms, tofu, chili, and lemon. Dishes on their veg menu are free of dairy and fish sauce.
    13230 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
    Phone: 818-785-9036
    Hours: Daily Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.thaicuisine.com/r/2296.html

    Kung Pao Bistro (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A Chinese restaurant serving exceptional food now has a special all-vegetarian menu consisting of appetizers and entrees that incorporate soy based meat analogues. Entrees include Veggie Tea Smoked Duck, Orange Flavored Chicken, and Kung Pao Beef.
    15025 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    Phone: 818-788-1689
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.kpchinabistro.com

    Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Taking its cue from the Northern California County of Mendocino, this cool eatery offers foods that support the Slow Food Movement and sustainable farming. These chefs know how to build a truly wholesome sandwich made from artisan whole grain breads and packed with fresh veggies and legumes. Also available is soup and fresh whole-grain salads, two or three of them vegan. The great-tasting Vegan Shawarma and V7 Whole Grain Vegan Burger are on the recommended list. Other vegan sandwiches include Vegan BBQ Torta and Vegan Banh Mi. No Styrofoam in sight--patrons walk out with their meal in an old-fashioned, eco-friendly paper bag.
    14141 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks,CA 91423
    Phone: 818-205-9744
    Hours: Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.mendocinofarms.com/

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    13238 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
    Phone: 818-785-2533
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com

    veSTATION Urban Organic Kitchen (Vegan)
    Enjoy dining at this peaceful oasis and find the refreshingly unique Thai menu pure delight. Tum, the chef-owner, aims to bring delicious, exotic flavors and good health together in one pleasurable experience. Recommended are the Japanese Gyoza, Pad Thai, Veggie Curry Spice, and Eggplant Lover, all served attractively and well seasoned. The feel-good ambience invites diners to enjoy a relaxed meal and return often.
    14435 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
    Phone: 818-784-8388
    In the Sherman Oaks Town Center
    Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday Noon to 9:30 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
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    Website: http://www.vestation.com
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    SILVER LAKE

    Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen (Vegan and Vegetarian)
    This is a second location for Bulan, giving diners in the Silver Lake area an opportunity to partake of outstanding innovative Thai foods created by the three Thai owners-all female and dedicated to good food and good service. Enjoy exceptional dishes like Crisp Fish with Green Apple, Busaba Pumpkin, and Steamed Dumplings.
    4114 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
    Phone: 323-913-1488
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.bulanthai.com

    Flore Vegan Cuisine (Vegan)
    This small urban-hip cafe in the heart of Silver Lake's funky chic shops and restaurants offers appealing weekend brunches along with hearty lunches and dinner items throughout the week. Share the giant Breakfast Burrito and Tomato Basil Omelet for brunch or dig into a mountain of organic salads, sandwiches, wraps, entrees, and even pizza for lunch or dinner. The Tempeh Tu-No Melt is a tasty choice. Many gluten-free offerings.
    3818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone: 323-953-0611
    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Brunch Saturday and Sunday until 1:00 p.m.
    Closed Monday
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    Website: http://florevegan.com

    Gingergrass Fresh Vietnamese Cuisine (Vegan Friendly)
    A striking industrial ambience is the backdrop for this restaurant's fresh Vietnamese cuisine featuring traditional dishes turned vegan like tofu Pho, vegetable and noodle-filled spring rolls, and claypot curry vegetables in addition to seasonal specials. Several vegan choices and indoor and outdoor seating make this an ideal dining spot for dishes like the Gingergrass Tofu lunch special. They also offer catering.
    2396 Glendale Blvd, Silver Lake, CA 90039
    Phone: 323-644-1600
    FAX: 323-644-1625
    Hours: Thursday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday through Wednesday 11:30 to 10 p.m.
    Website: http://www.gingergrass.com

    Mae Ploy (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Vegans can enjoy the extensive vegetarian menu offerings at this friendly Thai restaurant in the Silverlake area. The vegetarian selections are flavorful and uniquely different. We recommend the Larb Tofu, the Eggplant Salad, and the Spicy Mushroom Soup for their exceptional seasoning blends. For informal dining enjoy the lunch buffet or choose the large dining room with excellent service.
    2606 and 2608 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone: 213-353-9635
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily

    Vegan House on Sunset (Vegan)
    Included in the family of vegan Thai restaurants making its splash throughout Los Angeles, this eatery shares a similar menu with its restaurant cousins. Offerings include a full range of appetizers, soups, salads, curries, noodle dishes, rice dishes and a la carte choices like Spicy Eggplant and Black Bean or Kung Pao with either soy chicken, fish, pepper steak, or tofu. Also on the menu are pancakes, burgers, wraps, sushi, and desserts. The restaurant is sizeable with a comfortable, cheery ambience.
    2703 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone: 213-483-2105
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://veganhouseonsunset.com
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    SOUTH EL MONTE

    Veggie Life Restaurant (Vegan)
    Vietnamese vegan food served in an informal cafe-style restaurant in a strip mall on the southwest corner of East Garvey and Rosemead Blvd. Foods are tasty, wholesome, and nicely presented. We particularly enjoyed the Rice Rolls that were filled with minced water chestnuts, mushrooms and veggie ham and tucked inside a Vietnamese rice wrapper. These were served hot and made an excellent starter. The menu is extensive and is updated from time to time. Their foods contain no MSG and are free of all animal products.
    9324 E. Garvey Ave, #8, South El Monte, CA 91733
    Phone: 626-443-8687
    Hours: Open 6 days a week 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Closed Monday
    Click here for full review
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    SOUTH PASADENA

    Grassroots Natural Market and Kitchen (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A small café inside a natural food market with an impressive menu of wholesome foods for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Though the cafe is not solely vegetarian, they feature a wide variety of fresh vegetarian and vegan daily specials, salads, soups, tofu and tempeh combo plates, and comfort foods like chili, tacos, veggie burgers, and quesadillas on whole wheat tortillas. Take-out orders welcome.
    1119 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030
    Phone: 626-799-0156
    Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.grassrootsnaturalmarket.net
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    STUDIO CITY

    The Gadarene Swine (Vegan)
    This attractive, upscale vegan restaurant bears an unlikely name that teases the mind with a fallacy. With the exception of one dish that contains honey, the entire menu is vegan. Chef Phillip is in love with vegetables and offers a intriguing menu composed of vegetables that are nurtured into a host of flavor-infused small plates. Recommended are Blackened Cauliflower, Crisp Yucca, and Vegetables in a Box.
    11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: 818-580-5500
    Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.thegadareneswine.com

    Hugo's (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This popular, well-known, large restaurant is endowed with savvy owners and a team of talented chefs who turn out some of the tastiest and most creative vegan dishes that change with the seasons. Start the day with Go Green Frittata, Tofu Scramble, or El Desayuno Burrito Del La Casa for breakfast. Dinner and lunch entrees may feature Tika Masala Vegetable Patties, Green Tamale Plate, Hugo Burger, and Earth Stew, and many more, all imaginative, attractive, and delicious. Check for monthly specials. Many dishes can be made vegan and diners can even create their own plate from a generous selection of vegan and gluten-free items. Vegans can even chow down some tasty desserts like Pumpkin Pie, Mango Sundae, Chocolate Mousse, or New York Style Blueberry Cheesecake. Reasonable prices, good service.
    12851 Riverside Drive, Studio City, CA 91607
    Phone: 818-761-8985
    Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://hugosrestaurant.com/
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    Kung Pao Bistro (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A Chinese restaurant serving exceptional food now has a special all-vegetarian menu consisting of appetizers and entrees that incorporate soy based meat analogues. Entrees include Veggie Tea Smoked Duck, Orange Flavored Chicken, and Kung Pao Beef.
    11838 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: 818-766-8686
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.kpbistro.com/home.html

    Leonor's Mexican and Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegetarian)
    An all vegetarian menu of fresh, homemade foods offering a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, pizza, and complete dinner entrees featuring soy cheese and soy chicken that may not be vegan. Servers may give you incorrect information on whether an item is vegan.
    12445 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: 818-762-0660
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
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    Loteria! Grill (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Are you vegan? Are you vegetarian? No problem. This attractive and very savvy Mexican restaurant is staffed with knowledgeable servers and a kitchen of talented chefs who have crafted a special menu for vegans and another just for vegetarians in addition to a wide array of familiar Mexican dishes. Don't miss the Las Enfrijoladas, a delicious vegan enchilada stuffed with roasted fresh corn and veggies and topped with a tequila-infused sauce of "drunken beans." The guac is excellent and the salads are generous and innovative.
    12050 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: 818-508-5300
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Website: http://www.loteriagrill.com

    SunCafé Organic Cuisine (Vegan Raw & Cooked)
    A charming restaurant that offers a wide variety of attractively presented, exceptional foods including both raw and cooked specialties. Dine indoors or enjoy a meal on the two-tier outdoor patio. Recommended are the The Colossus Kale Salad and Mushroom & Spinach Quinoa Risotto. Don't pass on dessert--so good you'll want seconds! Craft beer, wine, and cocktails available.
    10820 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: 818-927-4100
    Hours: Monday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Thursday and Friday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.suncafe.com

    Vegan Plate (Vegan)
    A comfortable, all-vegan café specializing in tasty Thai dishes like P.E.T. (pumpkin, eggplant, and tofu in garlic sauce), and Chu Chee, a veggie shrimp creation bathed in a coconut sauce and laced with kaffir lime leaves. Thai dishes served with an exceptional, nutty flavored brown rice. The menu also offers wraps and burgers made with homemade wheat meat. Valet parking in strip mall lot or park on side streets.
    11943 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: 818-506-9015
    FAX: 818-506-9016
    Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veganplate.com
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    Vegan World (Vegan)
    A tiny café with a cozy feel, this eatery features organic vegan Thai food with a choice of curries, soups, noodle or rice and vegetable dishes, and dinner specialties built around soy chicken, soy beef, soy fish as the centerpiece. The restaurant also serves breakfast dishes like burritos, pancakes, and hash browns. Lunch choices include American style veggie burgers, wraps, and salads along with the Thai dishes.
    11044 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone: 818-985-9544
    FAX: 818-985-9584
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veganworldstudiocity.com
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    TARZANA

    Darband Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Traditional Persian cuisine with elegant ambience. The menu offers seven entrees that are deliciously vegan. An ideal place to dine with non-veg friends or family where both can enjoy tasty foods like the outstanding Fesenjon, a rice dish with a thick, sweet, walnut and pomegranate sauce. Live music nightly except Wednesday. Belly dancer on Tuesday. Reservations a must.
    19337 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
    Phone: 818-654-9918
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Sunday 12:00 noon to 10 p.m.
    Website: http://www.darbandcuisine.com/
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    Lyfe Kitchen (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this restaurant offers a delightful dining experience delving into casual food with a delicious, fresh, and healthy approach. Savvy chefs, Tal Ronin, Art Smith, and Jeremy Bringardner offer selections for all preferences including vegan and gluten-free choices. The menu changes with the seasons and almost everything can be made vegan.
    18700 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
    Phone: 310-5078-7841
    Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.lyfekitchen.com

    Sasoon Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Tucked into the corner of a strip mall, this small, informal eatery serves an abundant array of delicious, homemade Armenian and Middle Eastern foods. A specialty for vegans to enjoy is the Mezze with 10, 15, or 25 different appetizers that make a hearty and sumptuous meal. Friendly service and very reasonable prices.
    18970 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
    Phone: 818-708-8986
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday
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    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    5511 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
    Phone: 818-881-8760
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com

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    TOLUCA LAKE

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    10119 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA 91602
    Phone: 818-508-1900
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com
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    TORRANCE

    All Indian Sweets and Snacks (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Traditional Punjab and South Indian foods with a homemade quality served in a tiny restaurant with only 4 tables flanked by shelves of Indian spices and canned and packaged foods. The #2 plate offers great value and a tasty meal with dal, rice, puri or chapati, pickle, 2 vegetable dishes, samosa, and pakora papar. The sweets menu features 25 varieties, while the South Indian dishes include dosas, idli, and uttapam.
    20916 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503
    Phone: 310-370-5156
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads, soups, and chili are creative and sumptuous. Features family-friendly kids menu. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service. Located in Rolling Hills Plaza near the AMC Movie Theatre.
    2533 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505
    Phone: 310-325-6689
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veggiegrill.com Soup Birds

    UPLAND

    Loving Hut Upland (Vegan)
    Formerly Veggie Panda Wok, this all-meatless Chinese-style Asian restaurant is owned and operated by friendly family members who serve delicious foods with respect for all life. Many dishes reflect their Indonesian roots and include a very tasty Curry Potato Soup and spicy Indonesian Fried Rice. Exceptional desserts feature Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Truffle Pie, and Chocolate and Vanilla Cake.
    903 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA 91786
    Phone: 909-982-3882
    Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Closed Monday
    Website: http://lovinghut.us/upland
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    VALENCIA

    Tomato Joe's Pizza Bakery (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Vegans will find plenty of well-prepared options at this friendly take-out pizza bakery in the Santa Clarita Valley conveniently located in the Northpark Village Center, McBean and Decoro. Choose from four different crusts, four sauces, a host of make it yourself toppings, and three of the specialty combos. Recommend is the thick, light, and tender Beer Batter Crust with the Garden Combo toppings and vegan cheese. Thin crust fans might give the Gluten-Free Crust a try along with the California Dreamin' toppings and Zesty Chipotle Sauce. Vegan chicken, pepperoni, and Italian sausage are also available. Outdoor seating only at six comfortable wrought iron tables and chairs.
    22732 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91354
    Phone: 661-263-8646
    Hours: Sunday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.tomatojoespizza.com
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    VENICE

    Cafe Gratitude (Vegan Raw & Cooked)
    Diners can expect an enthusiastic welcome from the super-friendly staff and a menu of exceptionally well-prepared raw and cooked dishes. The feel-good menu whets the appetite and dishes up a banquet of positively validating affirmations. Each menu item is creatively conceived, attractively presented, and brimming with awesome flavor, while the restaurant gives patrons a comfortable, cool, and spacious place to gather. Recommended are I AM ELATED and I AM TRANSFORMED.
    512 Rose Ave., Venice CA 90291
    Phone: 424-231-8000
    Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://cafegratitudevenice.com/

    China Beach Vietnamese Bistro (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Located one block from the beach, this tiny Vietnamese café caters to the veg community with a whole page of mostly vegan offerings. Enjoy tasty homestyle cooking in a relaxed beach-casual setting. Try the unique La Lot Chay and Goi Ga Chay for starters and then dip your spoon into the #29 pho, a delicious sweet and sour soup to keep you warm.
    2024 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291
    Phone: 310-823-4646
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
    Website: http://www.chinabeachbistro.com/
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    Locali Conscious Convenience (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    This organic combination of deli and natural foods market offers organic produce, spices, oils, and deli ingredients when possible. Diners will find an array of vegan and gluten-free options for soups, sandwiches, and salads, locally baked breads, breakfast specialties, and coffee specialties. Wi-fi offers a great place to study, hold work meetings, or playdates and enjoy the espresso bar. Try the Vegan Breakfast Burrito along with your cup of joe.
    701 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291
    Phone: 310-399-2254
    Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Seed (Vegan, Macrobiotic)
    Located in the heart of Venice just a block away from the hubbub of the Venice Boardwalk, this small, airy cafe is an oasis for vegans seeking tasty, fresh, locally grown organic foods prepared according to macrobiotic principles. Don't miss the exceptional Seitan Pepper Steak smothered in a captivating sauce made from a wine reduction and peppercorns. The cafe features appealing salads, soups, one-dish grain bowls, panini, curry bowls, burgers, and desserts. Ecological informality is evident with foods served in recyclable or biodegradable containers and paper products. Reclaimed wood furniture, energy efficient lighting, and earth friendly cooking utensils play an important role in this cafe dedicated to sustainable, responsible business practices.
    1604 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
    Phone: 310-396-1604
    Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.seedkitchen.com
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    WEST COVINA

    One World Vegetarian Cuisine (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    Experience an exceptional restaurant that prides itself on excellent food, outstanding service, and a pleasant dining environment. The menu features eclectic variety with an Asian fusion style. Exceptional dishes include the tantalizing Stuffed Tomatoes, Sautéed Garlic Veggie Beef Balls, and the Grilled Veggie Beef Teriyaki, all at very reasonable prices. Attractive plate presentations along with numerous special touches make this restaurant an outstanding restaurant.
    178 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina, CA 91790
    Phone: 626-917-2727
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.oneworldveggie.com/
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    WEST HOLLYWOOD

    The Flowering Tree (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This tiny café with a bright, yet simple ambience serves natural foods and sugarless desserts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though the menu is not all vegetarian, both vegetarians and vegans will find many wholesome choices such as the Baked Sesame Tofu Plate in addition to vegan daily specials. Most of the 7 daily homemade soup specials are vegan.
    8253 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-654-4332
    Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.thefloweringtree.org

    Fresheast (Vegan friendly)
    Ultra mod and quick with food delivery, this Pan-Asian cafe offers delicious diversity with savvy and practical eco-friendly paper goods and utensils. Most of the menu items can be made vegan with a choice of white or brown rice and are inspired by the cuisines of China, India, Thailand, Japan, and Korea. Recommended are Spicy Garlic Noodles, Yakitori Bowl, and the Tiger Bowl. An exceptional beverage, Fresheast Juice is a must. Convenient parking in Pavilions center.
    8951 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Phone: 310-859-9989
    Hours; Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.fresheast.com

    Gracias Madre (Vegan)
    This is an exceptional restaurant in every way. Patrons will find delicious and innovative totally vegan Mexican dishes attractively presented. Service is excellent and the ambience, both inside and outside is inviting, spacious, and comfortable, especially with many upholstered couches available. Charming patio dining sitting under two giant olive trees offers plenty of heaters for year-round comfort.
    8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Phone: 323-978-2170
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.graciasmadreweho.com

    Hugo's (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This popular, well-known, large restaurant is endowed with savvy owners and a team of talented chefs who turn out some of the tastiest and most creative vegan dishes that change with the seasons. Start the day with Go Green Frittata, Tofu Scramble, or El Desayuno Burrito Del La Casa for breakfast. Dinner and lunch entrees may feature Tika Masala Vegetable Patties, Green Tamale Plate, Hugo Burger, and Earth Stew, and many more, all imaginative, attractive, and delicious. Check for monthly specials. Many dishes can be made vegan and diners can even create their own plate from a generous selection of vegan and gluten-free items. Vegans can even chow down some tasty desserts like Pumpkin Pie, Mango Sundae, Chocolate Mousse, or New York Style Blueberry Cheesecake. Reasonable prices, good service.
    8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Phone: 323-764-3993
    Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://hugosrestaurant.com/

    Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    Taking its cue from the Northern California County of Mendocino, this cool eatery offers foods that support the Slow Food Movement and sustainable farming. These chefs know how to build a truly wholesome sandwich made from artisan whole grain breads and packed with fresh veggies and legumes. Also available is soup and fresh whole-grain salads, two or three of them vegan. The great-tasting Vegan Shawarma and V7 Whole Grain Vegan Burger are on the recommended list. Other vegan sandwiches include Vegan BBQ Torta and Vegan Banh Mi. No Styrofoam in sight--patrons walk out with their meal in an old-fashioned, eco-friendly paper bag.
    7100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 195, West Hollywood, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-512-2700
    Hours: Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.mendocinofarms.com/

    Kung Pao Bistro (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A Chinese restaurant serving exceptional food now has a special all-vegetarian menu consisting of appetizers and entrees that incorporate soy based meat analogues. Entrees include Veggie Tea Smoked Duck, Orange Flavored Chicken, and Kung Pao Beef.
    7853 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-848-9888
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.kpbistro.com/home.html

    Planet Raw (Vegan)
    Raw Chef Juliano prepares a wide array gorgeous dishes that seem to burst into blossom on the plate. All are 100% raw, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegetarian, using only fruits, roots, greens, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, raw cheese and honey. The menu includes bowls, pancakes and burritos for breakfast, decadent "guilt-free" desserts, unique appetizers like Buffalo Wings, and Jalapeno Poppers, soups, wild salads, creative sushi, sandwiches and burgers, pasta, and entrees. Recommended are Meet & Potatoes, Chile Relleno, and Lasagna. For a unique raw experience, try the Tasting Menu.
    8951 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Phone: 310-288-0989
    Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. to Midnight
    Website: http://www.planetraw.com

    Real Food Daily (Vegan Kosher Organic Macrobiotic)
    Gourmet organic vegan cuisine catering to all diets. Three outstanding appetizers we recommend are the Nori Maki (vegan sushi), Lentil Walnut Pate, and Nachos with cashew cheese and tofu sour cream.The Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy are great! The Reuben Sandwich is a highlight as well.
    414 N. La Cienega, West Hollywood, CA 90048
    Phone: 310-289-9910
    Hours: 11:30 a.m.to 11:00 p.m. daily
    Website: http://www.realfood.com
    Click here for full review

    Tender Greens (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This hip restaurant features a unique menu that offers flexibility. Some entrees can be enjoyed as a sandwich, a hot plate, or a salad. Veggies are very fresh and are grown locally in Oxnard. Charming, mostly outdoor dining with heaters. One vegan soup daily, and a special dish called
    Happy Vegan make a "happy meal."
    8759 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Phone: 310-358-1919
    Website: http://www.tendergreens.com/

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads are creative and sumptuous. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service. Located in the building on the SW corner of Sunset and Laurel. Enter the underground parking lot on Laurel, take the elevator to the first floor, and ravish the perfect indulgence!
    8000 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: 323-822-7575
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Web Site: http://www.VeggieGrill.com


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    WEST LOS ANGELES

    Bodhi Vegetarian and Vegan Kitchen (Vegan, Vegetarian, and Kosher)
    The go-to place for vegans looking for Kosher Thai food, this cozy eatery serves up some very tasty, well-conceived dishes like Spicy Green Bean with Tofu. Pumpkin Curry, bathed in a delicious, creamy coconut curry sauce, is irresistible with its generous mound of Japanese pumpkin, bell peppers, and choice of tofu or veggie meats. Diners will find plenty of variety on this menu including veggie burgers, wraps, and burritos at reasonable prices. Service is excellent, but the bonus for neighborhood residents is the restaurant's kosher certification.
    9303 W. Pico, Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
    Phone: 310-248-2777
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Website: http://bodhivegetariania.com

    Gaby's Mediterranean (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Informal Middle Eastern café with outdoor seating in a covered patio as well as indoors. Vegans can make a meal of their Mezza, Middle Eastern appetizers, that include Hummos, Baba Ghannouj, and Grape Leaves, along with Falafel, Fool Mudammas (seasoned fava beans), Moujadara (a lentil, rice, and onion dish, Loubieh (marinated green beans with tomatoes and onions), Moosakka (eggplant, garbanzos, and onion cooked in tomatoes and olive oil), Fatayer (spinach turnover with onions and pine nuts), and Tabbouli. Both their soups, Lentil and Hearty Vegetable, are vegan.
    10445 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Phone: 310-559-1808
    FAX: 310-559-4848
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Website: http://www.gabysexpress.com

    Go Veggie (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    A popular tiny café that offers a buffet of mostly vegetarian items. Many dishes are vegan, but items are not labeled, and it may be challenging to ask about ingredients during the busy lunch and dinner rush. Some hot dishes, hot soups, and an array of attractive and tasty salads.
    5462 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066
    Phone: 310-577-0167
    Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m,
    Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Govinda's (Vegetarian and Vegan)
    A vegetarian, vegan friendly cafeteria operated by the Hari Krishna Temple offering an excellent salad bar and wholesome Indian style hot dishes in a very informal setting adjoining their temple. Inexpensively priced, you can pay by the pound or go for the all-you-can-eat deal.
    3764 Watseka Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Located off Venice Blvd. between Hughes and Bagley
    Phone: 310-836-1269
    Hours: Monday through Saturday11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Website: http://lalive.info/govindas
    Click here for full review.

    LA Vegan (Vegan)
    A pixie-size cafe featuring totally vegan Thai specialties like Pepper Steak, Chu Chee Salmon, which is a mock salmon dish topped with red curry cream sauce, and Pra Ram, a fresh vegetable dish with cashews, and tofu smothered in creamy peanut sauce. Also available are pancakes, burgers, wraps and a large selection of traditional Thai items.
    4507 S. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066
    Phone: 310-574-9888
    Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.laveganthai.com

    Melanee Thai Restaurant (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    This family owned and operated Thai restaurant is very vegetarian and vegan savvy. The menu has only a small section of vegetables and tofu dishes, but the chefs are very willing to make any dish totally vegetarian and even cook the veg dishes in a separate wok. A few of their tasty tofu dishes include Orange Tofu, Praram Tofu, Cashew Nut Tofu, Sweet & Sour Tofu, Kung Pao Tofu, Teriyaki Tofu, while the presentations are especially appealing. Pleasant ambience.
    9572 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
    Phone: 310-273-4066
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.thaifoodla.com

    Tara's Himalayan Cuisine (Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly)
    A charming restaurant along a strip of Venice Blvd. with a menu that features a selection of traditional Indian vegetarian dishes like Okra Curry and Aloo Gobi. Several of the Himalayan dishes include Vegetable Momo, a Tibetan dumpling that can be made vegan. Eager to please, the restaurant will make vegan versions of some of the Tibetan specialties.
    10855 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Phone: 310-836-9696
    Hours: Open daily
    Lunch -- 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Dinner -- 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Open till 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
    Website: http://www.tarashimalayancuisine.com

    The Vegan Joint (Vegan)
    A cozy Thai café that features attentive, friendly service along with an eclectic Thai-American-TexMex menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties. Breakfast is served all day and highlights wheat-free pancakes, burritos, and hash browns. Start your dinner with the Tofu Satay accompanied with a thick Spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping, or Vietnamese-style Fresh Spring Rolls with creamy Peanut Sauce. Don't miss the Seitan Dinner, a dish of flavor-infused strips of wheat meat, steamed veggies, and a choice of brown rice or deliciously thick slabs of grilled potatoes. Traditional Thai dishes include shiitake, red and yellow curries, shiitake soup with coconut milk, pad thai, spicy mint noodles and much more. Also on the menu are sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers.
    10438 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Phone: 310-559-1357
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    http://www.theveganjoint.com

    Burger Bird



    WESTWOOD VILLAGE

    Native Foods (Vegan)
    A bustling, all vegan restaurant with the same high quality foods as their Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Costa Mesa locations. Focused on convenient, healthy take-out and fast food. Many selections, each creative in ingredients, flavor, and presentation. Our favorite appetizer is the Tempeh Chips with an Asian dipping sauce. The Bongo Congo was great and as was the Rockin' Moroccan, both generous entrees.
    1110 1/2 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: 310-209-1055
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday
    Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.nativefoods.com
    Click here for full review.

    Veggie Grill (Vegan)
    A restaurant that's easy to fall in love with, this innovative eatery knows how to present plant-based fast food with panache. Sandwiches and burgers are delicious, voluptuous, and attractively presented. Salads, soups, and chili are creative and sumptuous. Features family-friendly kids menu. The sleek mod ambience is bright, large, and airy and the staff is very attentive, well trained, and totally into customer service.
    10916 Lindbrook Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: 310-209-6070
    Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.veggiegrill.com/



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    WOODLAND HILLS


    Juicy Ladies (Vegan)
    Serving a hearty variety of organic foods that include sandwiches, salads, smoothies, fruit and veg juices, and a daily soup special, this small cafe in the West Valley has a bright, upbeat ambience. Limited indoor seating with only a few stools at the counter along the window but plenty of seating on the front patio complete with bright yellow shade umbrellas. Sandwiches include choices of breads, add-ons, and side orders. Recommended is the Quinoa Veggie Burger, a unique sandwich generously heaped with wonderful ingredients featuring quinoa, brown onions, beets, carrots, zucchini, garbanzo bean flour, tomato, pickle and lettuce all tastefully seasoned and served on an Ezekiel bun. Ample raw offerings are found on the salad menu along with a variety of fresh juices and smoothies. Some smoothies contain honey but can be made vegan. Catering and delivery are available. Check out their Juicy Kids Program for schools.
    22423 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
    Phone: 818-716-0800
    Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.juicyladies.com

    Lotus Inn China Bistro (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    Authentic Chinese gourmet cuisine attractively presented in an elegant full-service restaurant with an abundance of atmosphere. Their vegetarian specialties are many, some vegan. The succulent Veggie Steam Dumplings served from the bamboo steamer are a must. Specialties include Veggie Smoked Duck and Veggie Kung Pao Beef along with several veggie faux meat dishes. The service is exceptional.
    21733 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
    Phone: 818-888-0878
    Hours: Open 7 days from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.lotusinnchinabistro.net
    Click here for full review

    No Udder Desserts (Vegan)
    Anyone craving a vegan sweet and a cup of java, can settle in for a pleasure break while enjoying an array of treats like cheezecake, frosted cakes, cupcakes, or bar and regular cookies. For special occasions like birthdays, holidays and weddings, place orders in advance. Baker Trisha Lobefaro services several vegan restaurants: Vegan Joint, Lotus Vegan, LA Vegan, Vinh Loi Tofu, and Vegan House.
    20839 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
    Phone: 818-340-4194
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.noudderdesserts.com

    Original Pizza Cookery (Vegan friendly, Certified Gluten-free)
    Opened in 1975, this Italian restaurant is the epitome of a fun and festive ambience with a warm, retro vibe. This friendly restaurant dishes up vegan and certified gluten-free pizza, pasta, breadsticks, and croutons for the salads. Vegan specialties include pizza with an array of toppings and Follow Your Heart or Daiya cheese, pasta topped with a thick, richly flavored marinara sauce, Caesar or House Salads, and sandwiches like the Vegan Philly. New items coming soon include vegan and gluten-free lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, and a selection of sandwiches.
    6209 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
    Phone: 818-887-4770
    Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Sunday 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.
    Website: http://www.pizzacookery.com
    Click here for full review

    Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill (Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly)
    An informal fast food eatery that makes their Mexican specialties fresh to order in an open kitchen knows how to spread the welcome mat to vegans. They use 100% organic black beans, pinto beans, and long-grain rice and put the nix on msg, lard, and the use of microwaves. Of their 8 voluptuous burrito varieties, 5 can be made deliciously vegan with generous amounts of well-seasoned tofu. The California Taco is vegan and the Taco Combo Plate can easily accommodate vegans. Highly recommended is the vegan Fajita bowl that's exceptionally tasty with its portion large enough for two.
    6219 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
    818-887-6963
    Website: http://www.sharkys.com

    Vegan Joint (Vegan)
    This new Valley location features a diverse menu of gorgeous Thai food bursting with color and flavor. Try one of the sumptuous salads or a bowl of Spicy Veggie Soup for a starter and feast on Spicy Green beans or Spicy Mint Noodles for a hearty meal. Burgers, appetizers, salads, soups, veggie meat dinners, rice dishes, noodle dishes, breakfast burritos, desserts, and more!
    20855 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
    Phone: 818-884-6383
    Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m,
    Closed on Sunday
    Website: http://www.theveganjoint.com
    Click here for full review





    Editors' Note: Vegetarians in Paradise is delighted to add Vegan Friendly Food Trucks to our list of restaurants in Los Angeles County. We invite our readers to send us any additions and corrections so that we can keep this list current.

    Don Chow Tacos
    Presents Chinese-Mexican Fusion Cuisine with vegan options using Soy Ginger Tofu in tacos, burritos, tortas, Don Chow Bowls (burrito in a bowl), and Don Chow Fun (noodle stir fry).
    Website:
    http://www.donchowtacos.com/

    Dosa Truck
    Features South Indian street food like dosas (crepes made from rice and lentils), samosas, masala fries, sweet potato fries, and drinks. Vegan dosas available upon request.
    Website: http://dosatruck.com

    The Frankenstand
    Totally vegan Franken's Gourmet Franks in three varieties: The Creature (classic frank), The Witch (brat made with microbrewed Full Sail Ale), and The Franken (sausage with sun-dried tomatoes and basil).
    Website: http://thefrankenstand.com/

    Fresh Fries
    An all-vegetarian food truck that sells natural-cut and curly seasoned potato fries as well as sweet potato fries with numerous dipping sauces in addition to ketchup and Vegenaise.
    Website: http://www.freshfriestruck.com/

    Gourmet Genie
    A la carte favorites include many vegan choices like Five-Star Eggplant Caviar, Falafel, Homemade Cabbage Salad, Warm Couscous with Magic Spices, and Homemade Hummus. Homemade Hummus and Falafel are served in Traditional Pita Wraps.
    Website: http://www.gourmetgenietogo.com

    India Jones Chow Truck Indian food with vegan options includes lentil bean curry du jour, aloo and gobhi parathas, vegetable curries du jour, samosas, and varieties of nan.
    Website: http://indiajoneschowtruck.blogspot.com

    Mandoline Grill
    Traditional and vegan-friendly Gourmet Vietnamese food truck serving the streets of Los Angeles! Offers 12-inch Banh Mi Sandwiches, Bun (rice vermicelli noodles with vegetables, peanuts and vegan sauce), Tacos, and Vietnamese Vegan Nachos. All vegan items made with lemongrass tofu.
    Website: http://www.mandolinegrill.com/

    Organic Oasis
    Specializes in organic juices and vegan smoothies in more than a dozen flavors. Smoothies have a coconut water base and are gluten and dairy-free and contain no water, ice, or processed sugar. Also offers Vegan Melt, Raw Jungle Nori Rolls and Avo Bowls (Raw avocado and kale chips).
    Website: http://myorganicoasis.com/

    Yalla Falafel Truck
    Brings a twist to traditional Mediterranean falafels with dishes like Southwest falafel sandwiches dressed with chipotle sauce, or the "O.G." falafel, featuring tahini and pickled turnips. All dishes are vegetarian or vegan.
    Website: https://twitter.com/YallaTruck


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