There’s a lot more vegetarian dining than granola, tofu and wheat grass. Luckily, Los Angeles doesn’t want for delicious meat-free dishes. Let these 5 restaurants help you keep it heart (and soul) healthy, minus the crunch factor.
1 M Café
Madonna famously went macro years ago and after sampling the goods on M Café’s menu, I can understand why. The goods at M Café are fresh with a capital F and the sweet treats are so delish, they’ll make you swear off baking with butter forever. All of which is hardly surprising considering that Consulting Chef Lee Gross once did dinner duty in the kitchen of the Material Girl’s gal pal, Gwenyth Paltrow.
2 Elf Café
Expect to find an eclectic mix of hippies and hipsters at Elf Café which is not surprising considering that the owners of Elf are also members of indie-rock darlings, Viva K. Designed with a homey yet elegant vibe, Elf features an open kitchen so that guests can check out chefs creating Elf’s organic mediteranean meat-free fare. Locals swear by the spicy morrocan kale salad—bright, emerald green and dressed with charmoula and harissa, this is the veg version of chicken soup: sure to cure whatever ails you.
Meaning “country” in Japanese, Inaka fuses macrobiotic cuisine with Japanese country side cooking. Those looking for hearty fare can tuck into Inaka’s delectable hot pots, while those fiending for a snack attack should sample an order of two of fried mochi cakes and lotus root.
4 Real Food Daily
RFD has been leading the health food revolution since its inception in 1993. Models and would-be models make up a large percent of the resturants’ clientele, so be prepared sit amongst the pretty people. The menu features a sophisticates selection of global cuisine though the restaurant is famous for their vegan answer to glutinous nachos, piled high with fresh guacamole, taco-style tofu, black beans, salsa fresca and a spicy cashew “cheese”.
The author of “Love, Eric,”—considered the macro baking bible—Chef Lachasseur is practically sowing the seeds of love at his latest vegan Venice outpost, nestled next to hip surf shop Mollusk by the “Circle”, one block from Venice Beach and lucky for me, my house. My boyfriend and I often stop by Seed after surfing to scarf down Seed’s curry bowls though it must be said that the setian burger made us say “Sayonara!” to In-and-Out for good.