Los Angeles is a great city for vegans. Vegans tend to get stuck having to pack their own snacks and not being able to stop for a quick bite on the go, but thanks to the vegan chains, including some vegan fast food restaurants that are peppered throughout the city, vegans can find something to eat in any neighborhood—from the east side to the west side of the city, without forcing down another dressing-free salad. Eating possibilities aren’t limited to the fast experience either: Vegan restaurants in LA include fine dining and ethnic options, as well.
Real Food Daily
Real Food Daily has three locations: Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Pasadena, so vegans can stop by anytime for a casual meal. RFD has a modern open floor plan that is great for dining in, with an open view of the kitchen. You can also order takeout from their range of menu options, which includes everything from Benedicts to healthy bowls. You can even get those seasonal sweets that many vegans often miss out on, like apple pie, chocolate pudding, and cupcakes. Settle into the industrial rustic space and prepare to dig into vegan dishes that are both familiar and unique, all lovingly crafted to meet your dietary needs without the raised eyebrows that can come with eating veggies in an unenlightened restaurant.
Native Foods Cafe
Native Foods Cafe is a nationwide vegan fast food chain with multiple locations in the LA area. The quick counter-style service makes it the perfect place to pop in for a snack, like Native nachos or chili cheese fries. They also offer burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and other vegan fast food versions of classic fast foods—all made with house-made proteins, like tempehs and seitans. Despite being vegan fast food, Native Foods has a seasonal menu, making it feel like you’re eating something special, even in a bustling environment of plastic trays and numbers.
Crossroads Kitchen is a favorite date night spot for vegan celebrities and their significant others. The vegan restaurant has drawn plenty of fans thanks to the chef’s fine dining spin on veggies. Each plate looks as stunning as a gourmet cookbook picture, and the soft lighting and warm atmosphere (courtesy of chandeliers and wood floors) can make even hardcore meat-eaters forget that Crossroads is actually among the city’s best vegan restaurants. The elegant ambiance and glamorous display of produce makes it a rare vegan special occasion spot.
SunCafe in the Valley is a quiet sanctuary, thanks to a patio set back from the chaos of Ventura Boulevard. The small spot has a huge menu of vegan spins on traditional dishes—like tacos, nachos, BLT sandwiches, and pizza—with “cheeses” and nut butters they make from scratch. These items pair well the cafe’s large list of organic wines and beer. A one-stop shop for healthy eaters, Sun Cafe is a full-service vegan eatery with juices, meal plans, delivery services, and more—all in an adorable little shop decked out with sunny lights, warm wood floors, and mismatched chairs that will delight everyone from your hipster bestie to your visiting grandma. Enjoy the homey atmosphere while you sip on a fruity beverage, or enjoy the rare treat of free parking for to-go orders and head home with a snack.
Gracias Madre is a Mexican vegan restaurant that borders on the cusp of trendy. From the founders of Café Gratitude, another popular spot in LA’s healthy dining scene, Gracias Madre incorporates traditional Mexican flavors using only plant-based ingredients, so you never have to fear whether or not your meat-free order secretly contains lard. Open for brunch through dinner, Gracias Madre has traditional Mexican dishes, like tortas, tacos, and burritos, with fillings like squash and tempeh. Grab a table and relax as you enjoy freshly made cocktails, beers, and wines on the tiled patio, which is filled with umbrellas and table sets that would be comfortable in a well-appointed backyard.