Los Angeles is known for a lot of things, including Hollywood, smog, and sunshine—but did you know that it’s also a vegan’s dream city? You really can’t go more than a couple of blocks before running into plant-based deliciousness, from authentic Mexican food to inventive fusion cuisine. L.A. truly is vegan heaven. Here are some must-see stops for Angelenos (or anyone who’s lucky enough to visit!)
This all-vegan Ethiopian joint serves up traditional dishes with injera or rice, plus various desserts like vegan cupcakes. Every single menu item packs a flavorful punch that’s good for the soul.
This In-N-Out Burger–style eatery located in Chinatown has one of the best veggie burgers we’ve ever tasted. The vegan patty is made fresh in-house daily and is topped with vegan cheese and Thousand Island dressing. Pro tip: Ask for the fries to be made “vegan-animal style.”
A New York City original that popped up in Silver Lake, “by CHLOE.” is the brainchild of Chef Chloe Coscarelli. It offers vegan versions of all the fast- and comfort-food staples like burgers, mac and cheese, and meatball sandwiches—with none of the cruelty.
Café Gratitude dishes up seasonal, organic meals, including several raw dishes if you wanna be ultra-healthy. We love its I Am Fortified bowl, which comes with steamed veggies and kale, brown rice, and a yummy garlic-tahini sauce. The eatery also offers enchiladas, veggie burgers with coconut bacon, tamales, fresh juices, and tasty desserts.
OK, this one is fancy—and pricey—but it’s a must-try. The highlight is Chef Tal Ronnen’s Kite Hill vegan cheese, which comes on a fancy-schmancy “cheese” plate, stuffed in delicious vegan ravioli, and more. The menu also features vegan lasagne, “crab” cakes, and delish desserts. Crossroads also sells the very exclusive Impossible Burger!
All-vegan pizzeria—yup, L.A.’s got one.
Vegan doughnuts. That’s all we need to say. Oh, and we’ll just leave this picture here. … Yep, that’s a doughnut FILLED WITH VEGAN MARSHMALLOWS. Contain your screams.
Doomie’s is legendary for its ridiculously “meaty” menu. This place has mastered mac and “cheese,” and it has the most realistic fried “chicken” sandwich around. The desserts, such as dairy-free brownies and vegan crème brûlée, are killer (without killing anyone!).
OK, OK, you can’t always eat doughnuts for lunch. If you’re looking for something healthier, Fala Bar is the spot. This new vegan joint offers up four different types of falafel, including spicy and crunchy, and its wraps are out of this world. It even has cute little to-go cups with falafel, tabbouleh, and Israeli salad. Yumminess.
Flore may be tiny, but its menu packs a big punch. The eatery offers up vegan versions of comfort food faves such as club sandwiches stacked with avocado, taco salads topped with spicy seitan and cilantro sauce, and a wide array of vegan cheesecakes, cupcakes, and more. The real reason we’re obsessed with this place, though, is its brunch, which features a vegan version of eggs Benedict made from tofu, cranberry-walnut French toast, and even a vegan omelet. Oh, and did we mention that it has a massive breakfast burrito that’s packed with tofu, kale, potatoes, tomatoes, and everything else that’s magical in this world?
Gracias Madre is the sister restaurant of Café Gratitude, so expect healthy dishes packed full of flavor, such as butternut squash quesadillas, vegan taquitos, and more. The El Plato, made with seasoned beans, mole potatoes, seasoned veggies, rice, pesto, and guacamole, is a must-try. Gracias Madre also has locations in the Bay Area.
People from all over the L.A. area flock to this place, which specializes in sweets and organic coffee from Mexico and South America. Located in Paramount, Horchateria Rio Luna offers freshly fried vegan churros—and vegan horchata, of course! Most of its coffee drinks, like the horchata iced latte, can be made vegan. Be prepared to stand in line—it’s worth the wait, though. 🙂
Vegan tamales and taquitos, soy chorizo burritos stuffed with Daiya vegan cheese, nondairy ice cream—you name it, this little taco stand has it.
This new spot is one of our faves, largely because it opens early. Get your breakfast on with the Avocado TLT (pro tip: add the dill-cashew sauce), vegan pancakes, Moros Cakes, or one of its other many delish dishes. Oh, and the vegan whipped cream is housemade (heaven!).
Opened by long-time PETA supporter and master musician Moby, Little Pine offers gourmet Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and part of the proceeds go to support PETA’s work.
Locali got us with its vegan reuben, but The Baaadasss Breakfast Sandwich is famous around these parts. It features vegan sausage, dairy-free cheese, chipotle sauce, and maple syrup on an English muffin—pure deliciousness. If you’re looking for something healthier, the eatery also offers salads and smoothies as well as unique vegan products in the grocery section.
Need a sweet treat after a long day of exploring L.A.? Magpies always has a few delicious dairy-free ice cream flavors—and its toppings are everything. It even has a vegan chocolate hard shell and fudge topping.
Mohawk Bend’s menu is the opposite of most restaurants’—it indicates if a dish isn’t vegan, because so many of the menu items are animal-free. From chili “cheese” fries to Buffalo cauliflower to barbecue tofu pizzas, this spot will satisfy all your cravings.
An all-vegan Thai place? Yes, please! My Vegan Gold is one of many delish vegetarian and vegan Thai restaurants in L.A. (others include Bulan, The Vegan House, and The Vegan Joint, to name a few). My Vegan Gold offers a plethora of yummy dishes, including red, yellow, and green curries with tofu or vegan chicken, beef, or shrimp; spicy tofu and rice; healthy spring rolls; and way, way more.
Native Foods Café is another must if you’re looking for “meaty” comfort food—it’s also a great place to take your meat-eating parents, friends, or enemies. Our go-to is the Greek Gyro Earth Bowl (the lemon-garlic sauce—mmm!) or the nachos, but people also love the vegan Native Oklahoma Classic and Native Chicken Run Ranch burgers.
Organix is an all-vegetarian grocery store. That’s pretty awesome in and of itself, but to top it off, it has a vegan deli! You can get burritos, tacos, burgers, and more—even a fried “chicken” and mashed potato burger (OMG). If that’s not enough to send you running to Organix, the store also partnered with Plant Food for People to offer the food truck’s jackfruit tacos—a match made in heaven. ♥
This two person–run food truck offers $3 tacos—including jackfruit, potato, and bean tacos. All come with your choice of two yummy toppings, which include Pico de Gallo, Chipotle Mayo (vegan, of course!), Tomatillo Salsa, NELA Coleslaw, and New Mexico Hot Chile. These guys are little, but that just means that you can eat more of them. Hands down the best vegan tacos in L.A.!
Vegan hot dogs with all the fixin’s. Need I say more?
Oh, Ramen Hood, could you be any more perfect? This 100 percent vegan ramen joint located in Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. has ramen so tasty that you’ll be craving it for days. The broth is unlike any other we’ve tried, and the king oyster mushrooms are for sure one of the best things ever. Our fave dish here is the spicy ramen topped with a vegan egg and a side of banh mi poutine.
This is the restaurant for vegan comfort food—think vegan versions of Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, nachos, and much, much more. Oh, and it has a vegan “Faux-Stess” cupcake. Mmm.
Want a vegan fried mac-and-cheese ball covered with Buffalo sauce? The gluten-free Bowl of Soul is just one option on a whole menu of freaking awesome food choices. Our favorite? The Jackfruit Nachos or the Raw Bowl, which comes with vegan Alfredo sauce and homemade cashew-dill cheese. Be still, my heart.
Scoops is an ice cream joint that rotates its flavors every day. Several of them are vegan, and they aren’t your plain ol’ chocolate and vanilla, folks. We’re talking maple Oreo, salted caramel, burnt sugar, and waaaaaaay more.
Shojin has the most delicious sushi on the planet. That’s a big statement, but its Pirates of the Crunchy 2.1 roll backs it up. The menu is 100 percent vegan and 100 percent scrumptious.
Reading the descriptions of chef Babette Davis’ menu items is like being transported to vegan heaven. Think black-eyed peas, collard greens, cornbread, fried green tomatoes, grits, mac ‘n’ cheese, and fried “chicken”—for starters. Is your mouth watering yet?
Suncafe has twice been named 1 of the 10 Best Restaurants in LA and both owners are long time, bad-ass vegan activists. Folks have said time and time again that Sun Cafe has the best vegan mac and cheese around and we fully agree with that statement! If you’re a gluten-free vegan, you definitely don’t want to skip this spot! Most of the menu can easily be made sans gluten.
If you’re a sucker for good Middle Eastern food, this is the place for you. Sunnin has vegan spinach pies (or fatayer), drool-worthy fattoush (a Lebanese salad tossed with lemon dressing and pita chips), falafel, spicy potatoes, and more.
Danny Trejo’s new restaurant, Trejo’s Tacos, features a juicy, delicious vegan taco with a huge selection of toppings like street corn (cooked with housemade dairy-free butter), pinto and black beans, the most flavorful guacamole you’ve ever had, Spanish rice, Danny’s Rice, escabèche, and a wide variety of salsas. Don’t forget to try the vegan horchata!
With multiple locations around the city that are open late (’til 2 a.m. on weekends!), Two Boots is great for all the night owls who need to grab a quick slice of ‘za. Our fave is the V for Vegan.
No L.A. vegan-food list would be complete without the almighty Veggie Grill. This place is a faux-meat lover’s dream, offering up fried “chicken” sandwiches, vegan BLTs, Buffalo “chicken” wings, vegan cheeseburgers (get ’em “El Dorado style”), bangin’ salads such as the All Hail Kale™, and more.