From impressively beautiful sushi to deviously delicious fried “chicken”, vegan restaurants have seriously upped their game. Here are some of the best plant-based eateries the City of Angels has to offer.
1. Nic’s on Beverly
This plant-based heaven serves up some of California’s most beloved vegan cuisine. From mouth-watering pizzas oozing with completely nut-based cheese to classic American burgers piled high with succulent meat-substitutes, this giant in the world of vegan restaurants has made its mark. Offering up a fun and casual setting, take your pick of seating in either the modern, airy dining room or indulge in their cosy, secret style garden area.
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2. Equelecua Cuban Cafe
This all-vegan, all-Cuban cafe prides itself on being the only one on the planet. Set up by owners Caroline and Liliana Lafaurie, the pair had no restaurant-based experience between them. With the input of their massively talented, Cuban born chef Juito Ortega-Gazo, they were able to cook up their brand new culinary masterpiece and bring to LA some of the best Cuban food, without any animal produce.
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3. The V Tree, Hollywood
Owned by world-renowned celebrity chef Chef Velvet, Hollywood’s The V Tree serves up completely plant-based options of classic southern food. Boasting a menu that changes on a daily basis, this restaurant promises to give you more with every bite and claims to be a treat for your mind, body and soul.
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4. Monty’s Good Burger
If you want to enjoy a completely guilt-free burger, then Monty’s is the place for you. Founded in 2018 in sunny Southern California, Monty’s burgers are loved by many with a whopping 2 million of them being served up since their humble beginning. Featuring artisanal burgers sourced from 100% local produce, dressed with house-sauce and grilled onions, not forgetting the most important ingredient – the completely plant-based Impossible™ 2.0 Patty, Monty’s really is an indulgent treat for the senses.
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Twice named one of the ten best restaurants in Los Angeles, SunCafe’s unique take on vegan cuisine is certainly a palette cleanser. Offering up a wide range of rustic, world-wide food in a fun yet health conscious setting, SunCafe prides itself on making all of its ingredients from scratch, even down to their temptingly tasty meatless chorizo.
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6. Crossroads Kitchen
A more upscale option, Crossroads Kitchen was set up in 2013 hoping to provide its customers with good quality vegan cuisine, minus the labels. This restaurant has a hope at its core – that people who share different beliefs and values when it comes to food can still come together and appreciate a delicious meal in the surroundings of a fantastic atmosphere. With a fully kitted out bar and a specially crafted cocktail menu, Crossroads Kitchen seems to have something for everyone.
7. Souley Vegan
Set up by Head Chef and owner Tamearra Dyson, cruelty-free eating is at the heart of this establishment. From humble beginnings starting up in Oakland, Souley Vegan serves up some soul food staples including irresistible dishes like chicken and waffles and gumbo.
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This eccentric Japanese style vegan eatery has some pretty specific rules that need to be adhered to when eating on their premises, including handbags needing to be placed in a basket next to your seat. Their food, however, is of the highest standard. Using tofu and tempeh to beautifully craft completely vegan sushi that is served like a work of art.
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