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Anandamide Psychedelicatessen in Los Angeles, California
Aug 22 13

rating star

If you love dark chocolate, I've found your heaven.

Like the chocolates they serve, the establishment is small, but concentrated. Opened just this year, everything is beautifully presented, inviting, and "nice and new". The cashier was cute, enthusiastically helpful, and made us feel like we were going on a chocolate adventure with a new friend. My new cashier friend guided my college friend of fifteen years and I through eight different offerings and liked them all and what I wasn't in love with, she was in love with, and vice versa. However, neither of us cared much for the "white" chocolate which was neither white nor chocolate nor reminiscent of my childhood white chocolate.

It's not on the menu of the website, but the Chocolate Shot is a warm shot glass of melted chocolate that you eat with a spoon and is sweetened with tropical fruit (banana, mango, and guava) as opposed to processed refined sugar. IT IS THE MOST INTENSE CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EVER HAVE. We both wished that they served it with some vegan ice cream like a hot fudge sundae. My friend described it as "Death by Chocolate". In my opinion, in comparison to other "Deaths by Chocolate"s, this Chocolate Shot shoots you in the face making all others seem like drowning in chocolate.

Other choices of note were the Super Greens Energy Cake and the Nut Butter Fudge Brownie. For my vegan friends, be aware that the Super Greens Energy Cake is made with honey. It's a new experience of green superfoods, soft granola bar, and topped with intense chocolate. Following the recommendation of a customer that came in after us, we tried the Nut Butter Fudge Brownie. She comes in everyday to get her daily fix and her to methods of ingestion are the Nut Butter Fudge Brownie because it reminds her of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or the S'mores Bar (which we would've tried too if we hadn't been on chocolate overdose mode already).

If chocolate is your drug of choice, try out Anandamide Psychedelicatessen.

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Cinnamon Vegetarian in Los Angeles, California
Jul 25 13

rating star

Sadly, the food looks better than it tastes. It's a little wooden and bland. The staff are very sweet and the venue is clean and spacious, which in in-congruent with the outside which is more like the rest of the neighborhood - faded, rusty, and depressing.

However, I do see potential in this establishment, but it will need to re-evaluate their spices or lack thereof and invest in making the outside presentation new and inviting.

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Covina Tasty in Los Angeles, California
Apr 28 15

rating star

"The Very First Vegetarian Fast Food In America"
This place has a cool vegetarian rebel history. Established in 1960 as a Tastee Freez, then bought by current owner Mark Tsai in 1984 who didn't get approval from Tastee Freez to turn the menu vegetarian, but he did it anyway. After four years, Tastee Freez found out and suspended his franchise name, so he turned it to Covina Tasty.

I got the Chicken Sandwich Meal. The deep fried chicken patty is the best I've ever had with a good vegan bun which was unusually soft for a vegan bread, but the white "American" soy cheese became gooey with moisture of the lettuce, so I became suspicious it was mayo. Mr. Tsai assured me it wasn't.
My friend got the burger combo and said it was good. He probably would've enjoyed it more if he hadn't had his heart set on a mushroom burger. Keep in mind: There's "No Substitutions" for the combos...sigh...I wanted onion rings.

Although he deceivingly has many Tastee Freez marketing up from the 1980's that has expectedly faded from its original vibrant colors, it gives a Vintage/Retro/"Last Picture Show" feel to the establishment. Mr. Tsai is also an award winning painter, so there's a mini gallery you can see from the Tastee Freez- esque side and all the exterior artwork was done by him. "When you're a business owner, you have to do everything yourself." The whole place reminds me of the old burger stands at the beach when I was a kid.

While we were there, seven people came to the ice cream side, one of which had been coming for 22 years because it was so good. I'm not sure if she knew that it wasn't actual Tastee Freez product she was getting, but the laminated "No Beef Here" LA Times article (04/17/88) on the window states it isn't. If she enjoys it that much for that long, it may even be better than Tastee Freez.

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Exotic House of Jerky in Los Angeles, California
Aug 22 13

rating star

Following a tip from Vegguide.org, I decided to check out House of Jerky in Long Beach. Although they have the largest selection of vegetarian jerkies ever. There were five brands of vegetarian jerkies and each brand had two to five flavors. The most unusual jerkies were mushroom, cactus, and pineapple jerky. Our favorite was the cactus jerky.

I still had a hard time being around so much meat, the strangest of which was the Zoo Pack that had eight different exotic zoo animals like kangaroo, crocodile, and ostrich. If you're not phased by that, you should visit.

I, also, had a really hard time finding this place as well. I called the place twice trying to figure it out. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, but we still ended up getting lost.

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Fenix 5-4 in Los Angeles, California
Aug 3 13

rating star

Located in Old Town Whittier, the building you enter almost feels like the first floor of Superman's work "the Daily Planet Newspaper", but you enter into this darkly lit place and after your eyes adjust to the light, your eyes have to adjust to the decor. "Where are we?!" I think to myself. It looks like a live band bar and someone snuck in a cafe/ juice bar into the corner which is not too far off since they do have a tall fridges full of beers and even Sandwich and a Beer Specials.

"Was this a bar before?" I ask.
"Nah...it was a Quizno's" the manager says flatly. (wait for it...wait for it)...oh, he wasn't kidding.

So the vibe and energy is purely from the owner/ interior designers. One of the designers it seems is the owner's daughters who went to UCLA film school. It can explain the edgy college garage band look of the place. They do have an open mic night and bands that play there on a fairly regular basis, so the initial feel or a rock 'n' roll venue is not too far off.

(SNL's Stefon voice) This place has everything: Terrariums and "chicken coops" of old toys and mannequins, Psychedelic neon towels and Tour T-shirts of Rock 'n' Roll Bands pinned to the ceiling by the entrance, and pop art (something a modern day Andy Warhol would do) is on plywood cut outs which are on the walls and the ceilings everywhere else, and of course there is angry post adolescent photography up.

There's a theme of anti-establishment fast food with a paper mache Colonel Sanders wearing a rice patty hat (which I still don't quite get), and four fast food mascots beheaded above the beers. There's also a unique and creepy theme of pre- WWII Kewpie dolls that is everywhere in their marketing. I guess it symbolizes classic American innocence as a lost societal ideal that may have never existed, but wanted to sell. The film school daughter also did a stop motion animation film with the Kewpie dolls, which sounds like it was eerily creepy, too. There are also recycled pop culture junk that hides in plain view until you really concentrate on it like the clown head from a carnival water gun race wearing a fuzzy hat, clown shoes dangling over a pipe up above as a symbol of clown gang warfare dominance, a hanging Cowboy boot, and (what looks like) a rake used by Native Americans prior to American imperialism.

I'm I reading too much into the symbolism of decor? Maybe.

There's a help wanted sign on the door for a new cook, and you can feel the staff feeling understaffed. Frustrated amongst each other and compounded by the distraction of loud eclectic rock music, they try to not take it out on customers and callers.

I get the Veggie Beef Tacos which are great and has a cute little dish of cantaloupe on the side. It's flavorful and filling, but is in a pita as opposed to a hard shell or soft tortilla which I miss terribly especially when the pita starts to fall apart.
As for my friend's Veggie Beef Gyro, he describes it as "Perfect... Excellent... I love it!" I had a bite and it was very similar to mine, but the pita bread is expected and appreciated in a gyro.

Oh, and the name comes from the four Phoenixes that are crowning the building and the last two digits of the cafe. Not as mysterious and exciting as I had hoped.

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Flore Vegan Cuisine in Los Angeles, California
Aug 19 13

rating star

Following a recommendation of a friend of mine, I decided to try out this restaurant, but had a hard time finding it. It's in one of my favorite parts of Los Angeles, Silver Lake, but the color theme of the businesses in Silver Lake and Sunset Junction is collectively a chocolate brown which makes everything blend together. I actually couldn't the restaurant in my car. I had to park and then go looking for the address on foot. When I arrived I realized why I had missed it. Not only did they have a chocolate brown awning, but it was faded and it's lettering is small. I mention this because I'd hate for you to become frustrated and give up looking for this treasure of a restaurant.

There was a line when I got to the door. A line at a vegetarian restaurant is always a good sign that the food is going to be that good that people are willing to wait for it. As you wait, you'll notice a large deli case that's almost seems suspiciously turned away from you, mason jar lights, milk bottles of water at each table to serve yourself with, eight differing style paintings (some landscape, some portrait, but all seem to come from or be inspired by the turn of the century) , and in between the paintings are mirrors of differing sizes and styles. True to hipster form, you're not sure if the decorations are playfully ironic, happenstance, or sarcastic.

Now you're seated and while you wait for your food, you realize that the booths are an earthy brown leather and you can't help but think, "is this real leather at a vegan eatery?" But then you hear the cool 80's music and you fight the urge to sing along.

Now onto the food which is all deli style. I get the meatloaf sandwich on a soft focascia bread. My first vegan focascia and it was nice and soft with a fresh baked taste). The obedient veggies let the barbeque sauced meatloaf misbehave. The 'meat' of the meatloaf didn't have much seasoning in and of itself, but tangy sweet barbeque sauce was a welcome balance to it. I realized that I haven't eaten anything with barbeque sauce on anything for years and how you miss it. The salad was a nice blend of familiar goodness and new proportions of those salad items.

Now the grand finale, and you realize why the deli case is turned away from you. So you won't order dessert first! The best chocolate peanut butter cupcake I have ever had! Moist chocolate cake, creamy peanut butter frosting and a bittersweet chocolate syrup drizzled over it. Amazing!

As I was leaving, a couple was waiting for my table and told me that they were addicted to this place and have come three to four times a week since they discovered it a month and a half ago. As we parted they insisted I come back and try the BLT, the Buckwheat pancakes, and the grilled caprese sandwich.
I'll definitely be going back!

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Green Earth Vegan Cuisine in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

This place almost feels like a spa with Bamboo woven place mats, serene muted beige and green paint and linens, small orchids in the window, and multi-directional/ multi-colored would paneled floors.

I gotta tell you that the Spring Rolls were perfect. Not too chewy or dried out, pleasant notes of mint that weren't not over powering served with a perky peanut sauce that seemed like it was made mere moments before. The Vegetable Teriyaki was The Best Vegan Teriyaki Broccoli Beef I've had. It was so fresh, perfectly cooked, King Oyster mushrooms add a heartier layer with whole brown rice. My friend ordered the Eggplant medley who loved it, but seemed a little too soggy to me with smokey overtones made it seem artificial.

Drum roll please, the Vegan chocolate Almond cake was delicious with the sliced almonds that surprise your mouth, but so rich that it could've used the ice cream to balance it out. To be fair, the waitress recommended to eat it with ice cream, but I turned it down, maybe I should've taken her advice.

We plan to go again soon. In the meantime, enjoy!

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Green Leaves in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

With a subtle red sign that you might hit another car while you're looking for it at 11 at night (don't worry, I braked in time), Green Leaves is a nice break from all the other Thai vegan restaurants with its seven guitars, Fender speakers, keyboard, drum sets, big flat screens, strobe lights, and Guitar Hero in the waiting area. There's also some Christmas light icicles and tinsel up which seems to be have lazily left up one year, but kept up ironically ever since.
And ya gotta love dishes with names like Jazz Noodles, Pho Funky, and C-Minor Chicken. My friend and I opt for the Cha Cha Pumpkin (with Soy Beef) and the Signature Rock & Roll Noodle (with Soy Chicken).
The signature Rock & Roll Noodles were a comforting by being spicy but not too spicy and having a generous amount of sprouts and bell peppers. The tofu in it was perfectly cooked. However, even though the soy chicken tasted rockin', it wasn't a very attractive. Beware, this dish is a little greasy...but I was in the mood for it, so it was welcomed.
The bigger surprise was the creative Cha Cha Pumpkin. Weird to think that pumpkin could be so good in a stir fry. My friend felt that the dish was a little overly soft in texture and could use more crunchy accents such as more cashews and maybe some of the bean sprouts that were snapping in my mouth from the Rock & Roll Noodles. He did love the Wild Rice as he loves being able to eat rice without soy sauce.
This place has been given ‘$$’ which is unfair, because only one of the dishes is $10.95 and everything else is under $10. I almost didn't go because I was afraid I was going to see $18 menu items, so don't let that stop you from checking this neat little place out.

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The Green Temple, A Veggie Place in Los Angeles, California
Sep 4 13

rating star

This beautiful, eclectic, and peaceful place is enchanting. Although it was a little hard to find even with google maps and then two different smart phones using their navigation. I recommend sitting next to the fountain as we did. It was one of those dining experiences that makes you feel centered after visiting. Along with the relaxing fountain with live gold fish, there is assorted meditating Budhas, South Asian style embroidered pillows, burnt orange sponge painted walls, mosaic tile bistro tables, wooden peacocks three dimensionally carved partition screens, and Sedona mixed chairs and benches.

We order the Veggie Quesodilla as an appetizer. At first we missed the cheese, but then enjoyed the balanced flavors of stewed vegetables in a grilled hearty tortilla. I had mentioned to them that it was a little more accurately a grilled veggie wrap. After which I ordered the White Lasagna and my fried got the Babamut. At first, was disappointed that there was no pasta in the lasagna, but I quickly began to appreciate that the lasagna was more like a souffle or quiche covered with an Alfredo sauce. Unfortunately, unlike other dishes on the menu, this selection is not available in a "junior size" as the Babamut is. A little under seasoned, The Babamut's redeeming quality is its sweet corn.

If you're in the Redondo Beach area, this is definitely worth visiting.

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Hard Times Pizza in Los Angeles, California
Aug 20 13

rating star

This is my favorite pizza place in the world! They fly in their dough from Brooklyn and I am not know why, but it makes the pizza takes so different than other pizzas in Los Angeles. I'm told it's the water.

India Fresh in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

Winner for Veggie Army's Best So Far List for Best Garlic Naan. They say that their secret (which isn't one anymore) is that they use a real tandoori oven in the back.

If you can't find it. .. You're probably too South in West Covina... Keep going north and you'll find it. Although it doesn't look like it from the store front, there is a small cafe inside. Unlike other Indian store/cafes I've been to, this establishment is clean, spacious, and well lit.
Now, the veg dishes are in a warming tray, but they make the naan and the samosas fresh to order which I highly recommend you order both. After I said that we were new to the store and to Indian food, our wonderfully hospitable server/ host/ cashier was nice enough to let us try each of the veg dishes before we decided. There are enchanting paintings on different types of fabric on the walls and lively Indian music which made our experience an all together pleasant one.

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Kung Pao Bistro - West Hollywood in Los Angeles, California
Aug 19 13

rating star

Under the recommendation of a friend I'm met with, I arrive to one of the worst parking lots (*see Note) as it competes with the Whole Foods Market, but hey, if you do get a parking spot, you can shop after you eat. As I wait for my lunch companion to arrive, I notice the "communist" gray with ironic red trim that reminds me of the lucky red envelops you receive on lunar new year. I couldn't help but think of a rich culture escaping and rising above an oppressive and depressing mindset.

Once my friend arrives we order Vegan Orange Chicken Lunch Special and the Vegan Beef with Broccoli. This establishment carries a large vegan menu which also sensitive to food allergies and gluten free diets. As we wait for the food, we discuss the interior design and to my relief he says "oh, yea...this is totally communist gray...and it's totally ironic". Also, check out the bathroom, it reminds me of the Tim Burton movie "Beetlejuice". Let me know if you think so, too.

The food arrives and to my delight the lunch special is served on a sectional red and "communist" gray tray that's about as big as an old school laptop with a huge scoop of rice, egg drop soup, salad, condiments, and a tasty egg roll. A good egg roll makes everything better. My Orange Chicken's crunchy edges balances textures and flavors. The ginger zings in the salad dressing. We agree the egg drop soup is authentically slimy, but its unusual vegetable overload redeems it. "I usually don't get the veggie beef, but this is really good," my sleepy friend seems woken up by the surprise enjoyment. I sample a fork full to whole-heartedly concur.

I wish I knew about this place when I worked in West Hollywood.

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*Note to West Hollywood: you've known that you're one of the hottest most fashionable areas in Southern California for decades now...get some affordable parking structures.

Lifefood Organic in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

This cute modern place is happy, brightly lit, and well organized. Situated next to the Sweat Shop LA ( which I accidentally entered into I'll try to get into Life Food Organic), Is mainly is juice bar with a refrigerator case full of gluten free foods with the exception of two items that have goat cheese.
I end up getting the large custom smoothie. I decide to go tropical And get a coconut water base with coconut meat, papaya, and mango. This smoothie delivers a new satisfying combined taste of refreshingly familiar flavors.
The helpful staff seemed genuinely excited about me trying out this smoothies for the first time and walked me through the process with zeal.

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M Cafe de Chaya in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

Warning: This place serves REAL fish. Real (out-of-the-sea-had-a-pulse-and-a-central-nervous-­system) fish, but everything else is vegetarian.

Brought here by my BF/F for a post Pedro Almodovar movie meal. "I'm So Excited" to have eaten here at this European Cafe style Chaya Restaurant. According to the M Cafe website, Chaya is basically a Japanese style of macrobiotic eating focusing on taste. The European style cafe is too big to be a cafe, so there's some possibly playful ironic tones of cafeteria of large white tile and big chalk boards. I must say I love the accents of lemon plants adding a homey fresh kitchen atmosphere to the dining areas with woven chairs. This place has very friendly and welcoming staff willing to guide us through the M Cafe experience.

After some discussion we decided on the Big Micro Burger for my BF/F and, the manager's favorite, the Thai Curry Bowl. I recommend getting a "Green Arny" for your beverage. It's like an Arnold Palmer, but instead of black iced tea, they add iced mint green tea to your lemonade. The Big Macro wasn't a heavy "Big Mac" type of burger we were half expecting, but a light and, dare I say fluffy, whole grain brown rice patty with a generous amount of alfalfa sprouts and soy mozzarella. You get your choice of side and we highly recommend the Kale in a Spicy Peanut Dressing, so scrumptious, that BF/F gobbled it up almost immediately. If you're not on a gluten free diet, I recommend getting the Crispy Seitan for the Thai Curry Bowl. They lay the Seitan on top of the bowl so that it doesn't become prematurely soggy and lose its crispy appeal. The mouth feel of the Seitan had the right amount of crispiness, internal chewiness, and hearty flavoring throughout.

As for desert, BF/F and I shared and enjoyed two. The tiramisu balanced with delicate overtones of fresh coffee. So many tiramisus use an old stale mocha which drowns the dessert, but M Cafe somehow knows how to keep the coffee taste fresh. Kudos. Although, I enjoyed the Tiramisu, but I have to say that the Strawberry Shortcake was the best I've ever had and I'm a man who enjoys his strawberry shortcake since childhood. When I visit again, I plan to go after that dark chocolate pudding that was also calling our names.

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Maddy's in Los Angeles, California
Sep 13 13

rating star

Named after Dave Andersen's daughter, Madeline, this is a new venture for this chef and entrepreneur. Even though his previous establishment, Madeline's Bistro, was one of the nation's top ten vegetarian restaurants, it just wasn't handy to the clientele who were traveling from LA to the valley to enjoy its delicacies. The co-owner, Dave Jerret, described their current state as a soft launch as they experiment with the menu and ideas on of which is the sign for outside which is currently a rectangular tarp. The tarp belies the interior that is beautifully and subtly themed with wooden bases, green forestry, darker green canopies, and a sky blue ceiling. Charming Lacquered wood paneling of different sizes, unframed oil landscape paintings of green hillsides by the sea, and aged metal upside down buckets as light fixtures, and metal European countryside café chairs visually make the place relaxing, even if the gelato case was way too noisy.

I had the Portophilly panini which was on an artisan ciabatta sandwich roll rather than sliced bread. This would've been a wonderful new take on the classic panini, but the thick dome of bread with the hard outer shell made it difficult for the panini press to penetrate to the center thereby not melting the cheese. Gotta have melted cheese in a panini...it's the law.

Onto the gelatos, they're all very good and reasonably priced. I wound up getting the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and the Chocolate Cream Cheese Walnut. Individually these were indulgent, but together they were amazing. The new gelato machine they have resolves the age old issue of vegan ice creams not being "creamy".

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Oh Happy Days' in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

When I came to this establishment a couple weeks ago at 10:30, I had a hard time finding the place. The small sign out front was partially covered by a tree, so finding the place was pretty difficult. I had to get out of my car and walk with the address in hand. And after all that effort, they didn't open until 11:00, so I tried my luck elsewhere, vowing to return to give the store and its cafe a fair shot.

This place has seen better days. I would've loved to experience it when it started twenty two years ago. As I ate there, I imagined it being vibrant, hopeful, and ahead of its time. However, I believe that with a little love, organization, and bringing things up to date, this little place could potentially put the other vegetarian friendly markets to shame.

Oh Happy Days has an Old school Mom & Pop shop feel if the Mom & Pop had a long wall of supplements, wooden nautical fridges for organic produce, an organic seed selection to grow your own vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers with hard to find seeds like St. John's Wart, Stevia, and Anise, and a jars of different loose herbs that reminded me of Wiccan stores I've been to. The ceiling was painted as the sky with a sun centerpieces inconspicuously over the entire inside dining area. There were three unattractive makeshift tables and chairs outside which does not reflect the dining room wooden tables and chairs inside which seem like they were picked up at a Sears showroom twenty years ago and have with stood the test of time. The store is much deeper than you would think from your cursory view from the outside or even from the door.

I ordered the Tofu Stir Fry with a Salad which was served out from a food warming tray on the side. Considering the price of $6.50, this was A LOT of food. I had images of being at a potluck. The tofu and the rice was good, but I think the over cooked collard greens are what brought the dish down. I have a feeling if they had been steamed and not boiled, sliced thinly and used a little more sparingly, the dish would've shown an uncommonly comforting side. The salad seemed like it came from a friend's garden - fresh, colorful, and lush - and the yellow curry dressing (is what I think it was) evoked a raw foods theme.

For the record, I was going to try the "Yummy Yams" as the COK directory suggests, but reconsidered when John said that they're covered in the soup of the day - Split Pea.
Most unfortunate of all, I was pestered by a fly the entire time I was eating.

If you're a vegetarian in the Alta Dena area, I definitely do recommend checking this place out with an open mind.

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One Veg World in Los Angeles, California
Aug 3 13

rating star

How did I live in the San Gabriel Valley for five years and not know about this place? In 2009, a vegetarian co-worker recommended this place and I have been going on a regular basis ever since...especially for the lunch specials. As you might know, being a vegetarian can get expensive, but this place has a full meal for $5.95 (soup and beverage included and it comes with free refills). I mean, the beverage is how they get ya at other places, but not here.

Not only is the food fusion, but the decor is as well. Olympian Greek waterfalls mixed with tropical Nipa and Tiki hut mixed with coffee house mixed with subtle vegetarian activism sounds like it wouldn't work but it definitely does, so you have to visit this place.

Note: If you ever eat with me at a vegetarian restaurant, please know that I'm inclined to ask "can I have a bite to try?" and you have a right to say 'no'.
However, it's with this method that I've tried almost everything on the menu, so I won't go over every detail of every menu item, but my favorites are:

The BBQ Drumsticks with a sugar cane 'bone' are amazing, seriously amazing...like seriously...like no joke, amazing.
Crispy Golden Rolls - my favorite food in the world is my Dad's vegetarian lumpia, so you know if I like this, it's gotta be good. One of my downfalls as a vegetarian is deep fried food.
Yellow Curry is my go to on the lunch special menu. Not too spicy, not too overcooked, just right!
Make sure you try the Thai Banana Rolls for dessert where tropical bananas meets deep fried meets chocolate. Fusion at its finest.

This place is a little confusing about its name as it's called One World on some sites and even on one of the signs and on the hard copy menu, but it's called One Veg World on the website and the take out menus and on another sign, as if they were making a transition and lost momentum. Fortunately, they're not in competition with either name in the area, so it's not too confusing. This gem is tucked away from site by the Edward's Theater, so you may need to drive around a bit to find it, but it's definitely worth it and it's right by the West Covina Mall, so there's stuff to do before and after.

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Sage in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

When you find out about its cool "Farm to Table" philosophy the decor starts to make sense with water served in milk bottles, mason jar lights, wood plank tables, and white wash just about everywhere else. With such misleading simplicity, it becomes clear that it is paradox for the complexity of the food and the unique menu selections.
If you go, please try the Quinoa Corn Cakes that have a fan of avocado and spicy cream cheese dressing. Their exploration has a great payoff.
My entree was the Root Vegetable Tacos with a hard shell. Messy, but well worth it.
My friend's Heart of Palm Salad makes you realize that this restaurant strives for dishes that you can't quite find anywhere else and the $$ prices become well worth it. Our neighboring patron was a good looking actor in between Javert roles. Fortunately for us, he was waiting on a friend that never arrived and we got to know him and his take on the Les Miz movie (he hated it) and on the restaurant. He let us try his fried artichokes which were simple and fun "why has no thought of this before?" appetizers.
Each dish had good to great presentation that invites.
The staff all wears ironic second hand black casual clothes from their own closets giving a more hipster synergy vibe rather than dress code.
I'm looking forward to coming back again and trying some new dishes and a desert from Kind Kreme which is a conjoined vegan ice cream business in the restaurant.

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Scoops in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

rating star

When I arrived at this strip of stores behind LA City College, its seems like that the stores had been up since before the college was put in place. They almost feel like they were once the set of an old western. The doorway to the outside is small and concave into an even smaller door framed with white icicle Christmas lights and small terra cotta pots of aloe vera. The windows and the door are dark, so you can't see what you're about to enter. There's a little bit of an odd Willy Wonka feel. What am I going to see when I enter?

The simple store is dark, quiet, and not air conditioned which feels like it’s from a post adolescent idealistic environmentalism standpoint - thank you college students. Once your eyes adjust, you see an awesome spoon mobile like you're in your baby crib again looking up. A large chalkboard hangs high above the ice cream counter. The walls are bubble gum pink, mint green, and pistachio green and you realize, "oh these are ice cream flavor colors. Adorable framed children’s crayon art hangs on the walls, dark leather bench seating makes you give a double take as it seems out of place. It’s not noticeable as you enter, but the dark windows are actually faux stain glass windows of the colorful spoons used to eat with, We were the only ones in the store and with such high ceilings and small benches tightly spaced to the opposing wall, the business seems a little under-furnished, but then the store got busy and that space suddenly seemed necessary.

In my experience of being a vegetarian over the decades, is soy milk ice cream, though tasty can be chalky, so understandably, I was skeptical when visiting this establishment. "So what's vegan?"
"These four right here are and these two here are made with sugar in case your worried about the process of how the sugar is made." I then had to explain to my friend about the charred cow bone method filtering refined sugar. It's a practice that is used less and less, but some will not take the risk.

My friend ordered the Banana Oreo which was delicious and but you mostly taste Oreo and then you get the aftertaste of banana. Aftertaste usually has a negative connotation, so let's say "banana afterglow".

Now, since they give you two scoops with the ordering one (yea, I don't get it either), I got the Chocolate Walnut and Peanut Butter Molasses. Now, I don't know how he does it better than any other soy ice cream maker, but this soy ice cream is CREAMY! Congratulations Scoops owner and ice cream maker, Tai Kim, for making the best soy ice cream you can get!!!

The walnuts in the Chocolate Walnut are finely ground, so it doesn't strike you the way a normal Chocolate Walnut will, but it creates a more even flavor and if you like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, have it like I did with the Peanut Butter Molasses, but be sure to eat both flavors in each bit. Imagine the peanut butter cups with walnuts and molasses...no don't imagine it, go and try it...(provided they have those flavors since they change every day).

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The Smell in Los Angeles, California
Nov 18 13

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Although this seems like a great place to check out up and coming rock bands, they only have a snack bar which is a little showcase and a fridge which is all pre-packaged commercial foods. I would definitely eat before showing up to the shows.

Note: The entrance is on the flip side of the building in the alley, which seems is where they got the establishment's name. Wear close toed shoes.

Something Healthy in Los Angeles, California
Aug 19 13

rating star

Tried out the Compassion Club (which 10% benefits Compassion Over Killing animal rights organization) which was light and refreshing. Savory vegan pesto sauce (vegan pesto because there's no Parmesan), vegan chicken has a good texture, but the sourdough bread was a little dry.
Oriental salad has a lot more spring mix than your usual salad and the larger sprigs are always more fun to eat. The Asian fusion dressing has a nice sweet and sour kick.

Following the favorite of the cashier, I tried out the Caribbean Jerk Panini which was surprisingly good with a spicy, but not too spicy, sauce accompanied by my first time trying mango salsa. The chicken again was carefully prepared and not too salty or tough as many imitation chickens can be.
My friend ordered Tomato Basil Soup which was a little bland and runny, but improved with croutons.
With no item over $8.15, everything is a great value.

The Decor feels reminiscent of a upscale hotel lounge with sexy chandeliers, subtle black marble tables, ivy embossed moldings, flex plastic green chairs with ivy stamped out, and velveteen fleur-de-lis textured wallpaper.

Notes: It's landmark is 24 hour fitness, off of Huntington Drive, but must go on Shamrock to enter their driveway or you'll be doing circles figuring out how to get in.

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The Spot in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

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Groupon is for Dine In Only... ouch...even if you drove an hour an a half to get to them and are late to your next appearance. We had to come back at 9:30 to have dinner. Although our server and support staff was cool, friendly, and attentive, the front desk staff was cold and had defensive body language, but suspiciously nice to other customers and even had two seemingly regular customers come in and talk at length about the weather, health, and yoga positions which they semi demonstrated to each other.

I think I believe the rumor that the food is just Amy's frozen food microwaved.

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SunCafe in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

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At SunCafe in Studio City...BEST BEETS EVER! -- at SunCafe
I don't normally like beets, but theses were fresh and pickled just right so that they maintained their crispity crunchiness and didn't have that gooey aluminum aftertaste.

I'm noticing a theme of me being the happiest in my pictures if they're taken during dessert. Hmmmm. This is the raw Almond Butter Cheesecake at SunCafe in Studio City. It doesn't taste like or like cake,and Pastor didn't much care for it since he was expecting a creamy tart custardy type thing, but I loved it because it tasted like a Almond Macaroon on top of fluffy raw chocolate.

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Swingers in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

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It's 1:00 AM. You're talking to your vegan friend on facebook who is a fellow night owl and say, "Since we're both going to be up even later than this and we're already talking, why don't we go to Swingers". After Suri guided us wrong and Galaxy guided us right, we get there and park in their precarious lot across the street that makes us simultaneously worried about being locked in the gate, being trapped between cars, the car being hit by a car trying to park while we're in the restaurant, and the car being stolen, but there was no street parking available.

As we're walking in, we encounter two pretty thin blonde actresses who say, "this is your first time, you'll absolutely love it!" I hold the door for her as I stare at the stars and stripes peace since decal on the window. Now it's 2:00 AM and this place is packed, but luckily a booth had just become available in the back corner.

As the name implies, it makes you think of Swingers - a term coined during the sexual revolution of the 1960's for people into casual sex especially with other peoples significant others. I couldn't help thinking of Hugh Hefner a few times. The smooth and shiny blonde wood ceilings and walls seem like they were taken off the deck of a yacht. "There's plastic on the furniture to keep it neat and clean". Green plaid bar chairs and red plaid booths accompany crimson tables that remind me of Tomorrowland. The framed photography is of abstract race cars and race car drivers and a picture of a Mad Men lap in a Navy Blue suit holding a empty Collins glass. The menu has sexy black and white pictures of hot people in various stages of nudity and there's even a naked woman riding a bike on the table to remind all of us to get the Vegan Cheesecake. What I am most impressed by of all is the half inch by half inch glass finish tile mosaics The outside reads Hippy 60's, but the inside reads "We now have the Pill and a cure for most VD's" Sexual Revolution 60's.

Now, for a veteran party boy like myself, this place reminds me of the Yukon Mining Company that has since closed. I make this reference for an "Oh, yea" for those who remember. Crazy, loud, obnoxious, crude, sexually explicit talking, party/bar/ club people who don't want a DUI so they come here to wind down. Love it! It's like improv dinner theater. However, my late night supper companion is definitely not used to it and is visibly anxious by their behavior. Note: I'm sure this is post midnight behavior, so hopefully it won't prevent you daywalkers from visiting this cool place.

With so many vegan and vegetarian options clearly marked, it makes it hard to decide. But we get the Vegan Nachos with blue corn chips, soyrizo, soy cheese, homemade guacamole, black beans, green onions, and salsa. I love them, but the ingredients were not evenly spread and the soy cheese looks like it came to them in slices not shredded. The blue corn chips are more purple than blue in this dim lighting, but after getting a little of all the ingredients on a still crisp chip, I have to say it's the best veggie Nachos I've ever had. The kicker is the soyrizo.

My friend orders a Veggie Joe (a vegan version of a Sloppy Joe) and I get the Vegan Burrito so he can try a bit of it out, too. He tries to order Sweet Potato Fries, but is warned that the batter on them is not Vegan. Vegetarian, but not Vegan, so he gets the fries. Our food comes and he graciously cuts off a trial size of his sandwich and so I do the same with my burrito. Since I'm not a chef, my basic reference point is my own version of the food that I make at home, so I get disappointed with the Vegan Joe. Not better than my non-professional cooking, not good enough. The "Sloppy" is not a vegan version of "Sloppy", but just their vegan chili spooned out between two slightly wooden, but fluffy buns and the fries are acceptable, but a little soggy.

We both love my Vegan Burrito. (Wait...that sounds wrong). I guess the inappropriate behavior of the other customers was a bad influence on me. Anyway, this burrito is a unique melange of flavors that throw your taste buds for a loop. The Vegan Burrito is not on the online menu, but I think the key ingredients that make it special are soyrizo, tofu, and surprise smattering of spinach. We both recommend it.

Now, most cheesecakes are generally a New York Style cheesecake with a topping, but this cheesecake is chocolate throughout and the top is encrusted with chocolate chips! It is the best vegan cheesecake I've ever had.

Like most controversial art, there's mixed reviews, and so it goes with the Yelp reviews for this restaurant. I encourage you to go experience the art and make your own judgments.

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Vegan Glory in Los Angeles, California
May 19 15

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When you first arrive, the sign looks like the 'V' and the 'O' fell off, but later you realize that the 'V' is two wheat strands and the 'O' is a tomato. The relatively small, but modern space is welcoming and comfortable with toasty brown paint, faux muslin shades, and a mint green accent wall. The bar (turned service counter top) in front of the kitchen is situated in such a way that when I entered I thought that they would take my order first and then sit down. So, if you go, sit down, they'll come to you.

Following one friend's recommendation, I ordered the Basil Leaves Lunch Special with Soy Pepper Steak, but they offer eight different types of "protein" that you can switch out, so you can have the same lunch combination 8 different ways. This wide of a range of meat substitutes is the most expansive I think I've ever seen at a vegan place. This friend was actually already eating this dish when we arrived, so I knew it had to be good since he comes at least once a week to this restaurant.

The Lunch Specials came with Tom Yum Soup, spring roll, salad, and steamed brown rice. This item is marked spicy and they mean it. Basil leaves is a misnomer for how hot and spicy it was. Also, they list it as a "spring roll", but I consider them egg rolls since they're deep fried, which is what I prefer. My other friend ordered the Pad Thai Lunch Special with Soy Chicken which was good, but a little dry.

I enjoyed this place and will probably visit again the next time I'm at the Beverly Center.

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Vegan Plate in Los Angeles, California
Apr 21 16

rating star

Vegan Plate is now called H.O.P.E. - Healthy Organic Positive Eating. Thought you should know in case you're looking for the sign that says "Vegan Plate".

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The Donuttery in Orange County, California
May 19 15

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You walk in and the store is brightly lit, clean, organized, and spacious. Like all good doughnut places, they're 24 hours and we arrived at 3 AM, so the wafting aroma of freshly made doughnuts always makes for almost a sensual experience.

I have to say I was a little disappointed that it wasn't all vegan as I thought it was, but nine options is a good start even if they're on the bottom. Be forewarned that they are all cake donuts and not glazed or something more exotic, but wouldn't you know the bacon topped maple eclairs are on the top shelf. Hierarchy.

I have never had vegan doughnuts before and I have to say they are a little denser than regular cake donuts, but many vegan versions of deserts are. Reasonably priced at $7.89 a baker's dozen, they are definitely worth a try. The vegan doughnuts have a butteriness that's not like regular doughnuts, but it suits it as well as the smooth frosting, yummy chopped peanuts, or crunchy coconut. "It's an authentic comfort donut" as my friend says.

I have to admit I did try a non-vegan doughnut that I highly recommend. The strawberry doughnut! So good! I want another one right now just thinking about it! They have other cool flavors like red velvet, carrot cake, pecan queen, and cronuttery, but unfortunately, those flavors are non-vegan options.

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Secret Spot in Orange County, California
May 20 15

rating star

After my sister and niece and I finished kayaking, we hopped on over to this yelp recommendation. Originally a juice bar for many years, the current owner purchased it and made it a small restaurant. Too small actually, because it's so well frequented by it's clientele, we had to wait in line outside the door. But we were fortunate to snag a table.

My sis got the Grilled Cheese Sandwich which had Perfect Toast, great chips, very smooth cheese. My niece loved her Shrimp Tacos saying they were a good combination of flavors. I got the HB Surround Sound Burrito with grilled tofu– good BBQ Sauce, but becomes overwhelming by the end of the burrito and the Ginger Lemonade which was on special with a little too much ginger.

There's cool paintings, sketches, and photography for sell on the walls ranging from $20 to $100 with an overall surfer theme.

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The Stand Natural Foods in Orange County, California
Apr 28 15

rating star

Open for 40 years, this totally vegan place has both a progressive and nostalgic ambiance. With surprisingly large portions at pleasantly low pricing and a stone's throw from the beach, we felt refreshed and satisfied.

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Oasis Vegetarian Cafe in Riverside County, California
May 19 15

rating star

I come here every time I'm in the Riverside area. This cafe is handy because it's located within a vegetarian grocery store. The owners are from a Guatemalan/ Argentinian Seventh Day Adventist family, so what I thought of as "Mexican food' has a Central and South American flair and has been perfected over generations.

I recommend anything with their Portobello mushrooms in them. They seem to prepare them in smokey way that is unlike anywhere else I've tried. The menu is one that's very portable, so stop on by if you're on the go.

The vegan desserts are not made there. They're bought frozen from another company and thawed out for customers. I'm not sure what the brand is, but everything I've tried from that company has been grainy, with a chalky after taste.

Bottom line, eat here, but get dessert elsewhere.

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El Zarape in San Diego County, California
Aug 29 14

rating star

Let me start off by saying, this restaurant is not a vegetarian restaurant, but has some great vegetarian options.

I was lead to this restaurant by a drunken friend. He knows who he is. Getting in line at the door of this Mexican adobe and ceramic tile place, you wouldn't expect to find vegetarian options let alone a section of the menu that says "Vegetarian" or the cashier to say "Do you want the Vegetarian Combo?" But you are pleasantly surprised at the sensitivity and it becomes clear how "hipster" University Heights is.

With the long line to get to the register, you could expect to have a long wait to actually get your food, so I couldn't get too upset. We get the food to go and I open the taco to find it it mostly squash and zucchini and it was good, but then I open the burrito with its black beans, rice, cheese, and mixed grilled veggies and I was in heaven.

I haven't had everything on the vegetarian menu, but what I did have, was great. I will say that, even with two cashiers and two cooks, they are understaffed for a shift that seems like their busiest.

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