Photo Credit: Little Pine Check out our haute picks for the five best vegan restaurants in the City of Angels.
1 Crossroads Kitchen
Chef Tal Ronnen's stunning West Hollywood eatery is easily the most glamorous vegan eatery in Tinseltown. Whether you're enjoying Ronnen's elegant, exquisitely prepared fare in the central dining room or from the stylish 11-seat bar or the Wine Room, a stunning space which features a retractable roof for open-air dining and a herringbone-patterned wine wall or from the Private Dining Room for Ten, which features an antique glass wall and original Toulouse-Lautrec print, you'll be dining happy. Make sure to order the "crab cakes" made of granny smith apples, hearts of palm, heirloom beets and horseradish aioli and which taste like the real deal. Crossroads is open for lunch and dinner.
8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles (323) 782-9245
2 Gracias Madre
Gracias Madre is another chic option for a vegan dining experience, serving up plant-based Mexican food in a stylish setting, tucked away on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. The restaurant, whose name and concept was inspired by some of the recipes from the families of its employees and the love of their mothers, Gracias Madre, prides itself on serving organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food. We were definitely impressed by items like the Ensalada Asada, grilled summer vegetables with cacahautes sauce, pumpkin seeds and cilantro, as well a the butternut squash and caramelized onion quesadilla. Yum.
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood (323) 978-2170
3 Plant Food & Wine
Chef Matthew Kenney is serving up brunch, lunch and dinner at this sweet spot on Abbot Kinney. Whether you're taking in a meal in the bright California sunshine or underneath twinkly nights, this spot is magic. Expect to find an ever-evolving menu of locally-sourced ingredients from Chef Scott Wineguard. You’ll find a veggie-heavy menu accompanied by a vast array of seeds, grains, legumes, and house-made cheeses with ingredients predominantly grown in the on-site garden.
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice (310) 450-1009
4 Little Pine
Little Pine is a new Silverlake based eatery from Moby, musician extraordinaire, and tops our list for being the coolest new vegan eatery in town. The Silver Lake-based restaurant officially opened its doors in November to much fanfare, in part due to its owner, and in part because of its menu: a 100 percent vegan, Mediterranean-influenced bill of fare that can best be described as approachable, yet sophisticated. Guests will discover a clean, mid-century modern design as conceived by Tatum Kendrick of Studio Hus with a mountain lodge vibe peppered with color accents of forest green and citrus. Sustainability is a theme here, naturally (pardon the pun); raw materials such as plywood, concrete, and ceramic tile are used for the countertop and tables. A pergola-sheltered patio accommodates the quintessential SoCal experience of alfresco dining, while a small retail space offering eco-sustainable housewares and gifts from Moby’s favorite artisans, artists and authors can be found at the front of the restaurant. It's a must for the vegan community.
2870 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles (323) 741-8148
5 Cafe Gratitude
How are you feeling today? Whatever your mood, Cafe Gratitude has a solution. Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic vegan restaurants that first opened in the Bay Area; its menu of healthy and sustainable cuisine landed in uber-cool Venice in 2012 and, more recently, opened a second outpost downtown. You'll find everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner, smoothies and desserts on the vast menu; standouts include the "Liberated" - marinated kelp noodles, heirloom cherry tomatoes, local black and green olives, wild arugula, basil hempseed pesto, cashew ricotta, Brazil nut and parmesan, and the "Fabulous" raw lasagna - squash blossoms, heirloom tomatoes, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, fresh corn, summer squash noodles, cashew queso fresco, salsa verde and raw cacao. Best of all the eatery doesn't just offer juices and cleanses - it also offers wine, which should be called "Lucky" - don't you think?
512 Rose Ave, Venice (424) 231-8000