Delicious vegan lasagna from Sun Cafe in Studio City. My favorite by far.
Oneof the best things about a major lifestyle change, especially in food, is exploring all the wonderful dishes they have to offer. I live in the San Fernando Valley, and unfortunately there aren't many options, bleh, but it just gave me another reason to leave the house and eat. Since committing to a full vegan lifestyle I also got to meet some amazing people in my industry and mostly all of them are vegan so it was a win win. Through exploring new places just about every weekend and eating out with my new vegan friends, I finally got to compile a list of my top 10 favorite vegan eateries, for now at least.
So my first experience at Cafe Gratitude this past June for my graduation dinner. My ceremony was at the Opheum Theatre in DTLA, in the midst of all things chaotic but I couldn't wait to eat. My first choice was actually Shojin, a Japanese vegan restaurant but they weren't open until 5pm. It's another place on my list. My family and I arrived at the Arts District and it was already inviting with its minimal aesthetic and greenery. This organic plant-based chain focuses on local farmers, sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly products for an exciting and healthy food experience. They also have location on Larchmont, San Diego, Venice, Newport Beach, and Beverly Hills. Now go!
In the corner of a shopping complex, this upscale raw vegan establishment offers a chic environment for a night out. This was actually one of the first few spots I went to on a date with my partner, perfect for date night with a few cocktails. Also, around the corner of The Broad, Walt Disney Concert Hall and more. The only things is just about everything is made raw but with the upmost fresh ingredients, presentation, and super nice servers. Started by Mai Nguyen who suffered a serious illness and changing her diet to plant-based. So you definitely know every dish is made with compassion and your health. They have 2 locations, the first one being started in Fountain Valley and the second location in Downtown LA by Mai's daughter in 2015.