If you know me, you know I love me some plant based junk food. I’ve always heard Los Angeles is the hub for vegan heaven, and I had to try it out myself. Here are a few places that I managed to remember taking a picture of my meals, and some worth mentioning.
Kitchen24 didn’t have many vegan options, but I did enjoy this Vegan chili ( sub the sour cream and cheese for avocado.)
It wasn’t AMAZING, but it was really good, even though soy makes me feel some type of way.
CAFE GRATITUDE. THIS PLACE. Is awesome. First off, when you order from the menu, you have to tell your waiter “I am…” and each plate or appetizer is named something like “Dazzling, Amazing” etc. so you’d end up saying “Hello, I am Dazzling.” but you’re really just ordering a kale Caesar salad. I love it, I mean how adorable is that? Affirmations while you feed your body nutritionally dense and Whole Foods.
I 10/10 HAVE to recommend you the vegan nachos (and add the mushroom carnitas). Trust me, if you love Mexican food or miss your classic loaded nachos, THIS IS THE PLATE FOR YOU. My friend Chelsea and I completely devoured it.
The kale caesar and pulled mushroom bbq sandwich were really good as well, and another day I came back and got their matcha tea. This place is a bit on the pricey side but worth coming to at least once on your trip!
Okay….. I need a moment of silence for these photos. Look at it, admire it, love it.
If you decide to go literally anywhere in LA and are willing to splurge a bit money wise on vegan food… SAGE VEGAN BISTRO IS A MUST.
When I tell you I can’t stop thinking about this place……. I’m not lying. Their cauliflower wings are to die for; I still dream about them very often. They have perfected the crunch and perfect amount of sauce for these. My boyfriend Steven and I got the 3 wing platter and contemplated on ordering an entire second platter but realized we should probably try something else (not that a cauliflower wing pizza is much different hahaha). We decided to get their buffalo cauliflower wing pizza with pesto sauce and this was also far from disappointing. Not only is the savory food amazing, but man, you need to try their house-made ice cream. Soooooo good.
Next is Doomie’s. There are two different style restaurants, Doomie’s Home Cookin & Doomie’s NextMex. Pictured below is the fried chicken combo from Doomie’s Home Cooking, as it was my first stop before trying the Mexican place next door. To be quite honest, this was fairly disappointing. Not only was the Mac + cheese that came as a side pretty flavorless, but the chicken itself was a HUGE let down. I had been craving fried chicken so bad for months, and couldn’t wait to eat it here once I had gotten to LA. They nailed the outside, it was perfect crunchy “skin” but once you got into the middle, it was a chemical-tasting soy patty surrounding a wooden stick (probably to get the shape). That patty in the middle was so gross tasting I didn’t even finish my food, and ended up making me feel a bit queasy. This was the only dish I tried, so I hope their other foods on the menu are good.
Doomie’s NextMex on the other hand, was far from a let down! I wish I had photos of my food but my phone died and I didn’t bring my vlogging camera. This place was phenomenal. Steven went with me, and him being half Mexican himself, I knew he was expecting to be sort of let down at this place. To both of our surprise, it was insanely good. I got a taquito platter and he got Mole Relleno. BOTH WERE SO GOOD. I really need them to open this up in Houston… Steven and I would be frequent customers.
Unfortunately, I have no further photos of the rest of my suggestions, but please, just trust me, you need to keep reading.
Van. Leeuwen. Ice cream.
When I’m telling you that you will not try better ice cream in your life….. I mean it.
This place is gourmet ice cream at its finest, and it not only serves dairy eaters, but plant based as well. It was amazing how many vegan options they had, as some ice cream places’ only vegan options are sorbets or one vegan flavor. After visiting once, Steven practically begged me to go every day for the rest of our trip, but I can’t blame him. This place can’t be beat.
There is also another awesome ice cream place that is completely plant based called Cocobella next to Doomie’s kitchen. I fell in love with their matcha and strawberry cheesecake flavors!
I’m going back to Los Angeles this coming June and July, and I can NOT wait to try more vegan places. I know there is much more for me to experience and what better experience than satisfying my taste buds?
Thank you for reading!