My 5 Vegan Must-Eats in Los Angeles
I’m really lucky to be vegan in Los Angeles. There are SO MANY GOOD EATS that it’s mind-blowing. Plus, we’re soon getting a vegan cheese shop. It’s crazy.
I wanted to do a roundup of some of my fave eats for any visitors to LA who want to try some of the best vegan food we have. Of course, there’s way more than this list, but these are my die-hard favorites that I love so very much.
1. Viva La Vegan grocery store
As you know, I rarely visit the west side of LA, but when I do, I love the Viva La Vegan grocery store in Santa Monica. The store is chock-full of goodies that I dream about like Phoney Baloney’s coconut bacon—it’s crazy good!—and VegeUSA’s vegan tuna roll. It’s basically paradise. I just wish it wasn’t so far from where I live. (They also have a second location in Rancho Cucamonga, which is also not close to me.)
Having lived in NYC for 10 years, I am a picky bastard when it comes to pizza. Pizzanista in downtown LA has the only pie that worth’s calling pizza here. PLUS, they have hella vegan eats like this Seitan Meats Jesus pie with tomato sauce, Daiya vegan cheese, vegan pepperoni, vegan sausage & vegan bacon. We asked for spinach too, and they gave us a ton of spinach! They also serve Clara’s Cupcakes, which are also vegan.
3. Gracias Madre
Gracias Madre is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco so I freaked the F out when the restaurant opened a second location in West Hollywood. With fancy cocktails and an expanded dessert menu (because that’s all I really care about), the LA iteration of my fave vegan Mexican eatery is just as amazing as the original.
4. Frozato at Hugo’s Tacos
Pre-vegan, I loved me some frozen yogurt. Hugo’s Tacos is a small taco stand that offers a ton of vegan options (you must try the soy chorizo tacos), but my favorite thing is the Frozato, which comes in chocolate, vanilla, or swirl. It’s kinda the best thing ever.
5. The Whole Bowl at Cafe Gratitude
I know some people find the hippie-dippy/Question of the Day at Cafe Gratitude a bit too much for them. I LIKE IT. I used to eat at the Berkeley location regularly, but now I frequent the Larchmont Village Cafe Gratitude, which is colorful, pretty, and usually has one celebrity sighting. For me, the Whole Bowl has everything I need in life in one delicious meal—braised Garnet yams, adzuki beans, sautéed kale, housemade kim chee, sea palm, black sesame seed gomasio, teriyaki almonds, garlic tahini sauce, and a mix of brown rice and quinoa. I love this bowl so much. Let’s get married Whole Bowl!
What are some of your must-eats in Los Angeles?