Congratulations to Tal Ronnen, who has turned the concept of earthy crunchy eating on its ear. The man who famously catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding serves up gourmet delicacies in his swanky new West Hollywood space that are so delectable you'll be hard-pressed to remember that you aren't eating meat. Try the pistachio kalamata tapenade and spicy roasted cauliflower flatbread and artichoke 'oysters' at this new celebrity hot spot and make sure to order one (or many) of the establishment's designer cocktails.
2 M Cafe de Chaya
For amazing contemporary macrobiotic cuisine in a haute European setting, head to M Cafe de Chaya in Beverly Hills. Fresh, healthy ingredients like tofu and tempeh have never tasted so good when paired with dressings of tahini-soy yogurt dressing and spicy yuzu mayo.
Head to M.A.K.E. for a real experience in raw-vegan-style dining. Chef Matthew Kenney has something for everyone at his open-air Santa Monica Place eatery: a communal omakase-style bar where guests will watch our chefs prepare a tasting menu, an elegant dining room and an outdoor patio. Dig in to delicacies like carrot gnocchi and zucchini lasagna and feel good about it -- you've avoided major carbs!
4 Mohawk Bend
All veggies and vegans who are sick of ordering from the same small selection will rejoice at Mohawk Bend. Meat-eaters are in the minority at this Echo Park establishment, whose menu is 20-percent red meat and poultry, 20-percent lacto/ovo vegetarian and 60-percent vegan. Regardless, everyone who dines there will be delighting in 100% California-grown ingredients. But it isn’t just the food that will have patrons giving Mohawk high praise, as it’s décor is just as unique as its menu. The Ramona Room, a fine-dining area, an atrium and a pub are all on the premises at this retrofitted Vaudeville theatre.
5 Seed Kitchen
Seed owner and chef Eric Lechasseur has created one of the City of Angels' vegetarian staples in Venice's Seed Kitchen. His macrobiotic vegan fare is presented beautifully and tastes as good as it looks. Standouts include seitan burgers and tempeh chorizo 'tacos'.