Los Angeles is a leader in hip vegan and vegetarian spaces – some quite pricey. However, what we looked for when including eateries on this list were spaces that had a great ambiance, served a variety of vegetarian and vegan food as well as providing reasonable prices and included some items popular with kids on their menus. There is basic vegetarian temple type food – the Asians have perfected combining taste and plant based food for thousands of years. There is hipster type vegan cuisine where chefs are taking food in new directions unheard of years ago – no more soggy lettuce leaves and bowls of plain lentils. And there are takes on Mediterranean and Mexican that will have you wondering why people want to eat meat when there is so much variety and so many taste sensations in plant-based cuisine.
This vegetarian/vegan café and market has plenty of health-conscious foods that will appeal to those who are non-vegetarian and just feel like a meal without meat plus those who are strictly vegetarian/vegan. The eatery is at the back and you pay up at the front after your meal. They do have a long day and close at 9:00 pm so make sure you get your orders in well before closing time and let them know early if you will be ordering dessert. The food choices are wide. Try the grilled vegetable quesadilla at $10.25, fresh grilled veggies, Jack and cheddar cheese, your choice of whole-wheat or stone ground corn tortilla, served with fresh salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. There are a number of vegan options as well as gluten-free meals. Try the strawberry, fresh banana, choc mint or fresh date shakes. They can be made non-dairy too. The place definitely has a Zen-like feel with the Himalayan Salt Lamps glowing softly and various nuances of fragrance emanating from the market – leave time to shop before or after your meal!
When: Open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.