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18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, USA

High end vegan dining

21 Jul 2010

I see a lot of complaints about the price, and yet it seems comparably priced to non-veg bistro dining, if not cheaper, so I don't see what the fuss is about. It's worth every penny for a special dining experience. It's not a corner joint you go to once a week (well, not on my salary). But if I want to impress someone, this is the place. A friend brought me here once for a birthday dinner, and it was me and five 20-something omnivore guys. They were all apprehensive about a vegan place and yet all walked away satisfied. The fried chicken is a crowd pleaser. I have had amazing breakfasts here as well as dinners, and I recommend Madeleine highly for a hot date, or brunch the morning after. ;)

707 N Heliotrope St, Los Angeles, USA

Amazing what you can do with a jackfruit

21 Jul 2010

I love love love the jackfruit "pulled pork" and "carnitas"! Might not be a high protein meat substitute but it's delicious. Also, sweet potato fries! The chickpea salad, akin to a chicken or tuna salad, is also magnificent. Also, gets extra points for being across from an ice cream shop with vegan ice cream (Scoops)!

5907 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, USA

Good vegan

21 Jul 2010

Upon my first glance at their menu, I pegged Truly as yet another clone of the vegan Thai joints that LA is peppered with. However, they actually have the most original menu out of all of them, and although Thai seems to be their "base" cuisine they really bust the mold. They even have sushi, although I haven't yet tried it. Next time. So far, everything I've had here was good.

19 Wicklow Street, Dublin, Ireland

Great vegetarian in Dublin

22 Jul 2009

I dined here at lunchtime while visiting Dublin, and found a small, bustling restaurant. I don't recall exactly what I had but I remember it was all excellent and priced reasonably enough, and that many of the main dishes and salads offered were vegan. Would go back next time I'm in Dublin.

21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, USA

Very good Vegetarian diner and health food store

21 Jul 2010

Great restaurant, and particularly vegan-friendly for being a lacto-veg place. Then again, these are the people who gave us Vegenaise, so why should we be surprised? I think the food is a little pricey for what it is, but it is very good so perhaps I'm being overly critical. The nutburger is delicious, and perhaps the best use of FYH vegan cheese in the world, but for the best value go for Lorenzo's breakfast sandwich - their version of an egg mcmuffin which is mysteriously listed as a starter, and yet comes with fries (unlike the burgers) and easily makes a complete meal.

Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

Vegan hot dog cart!

01 Dec 2011

I love everything about Franken's. Great vegan sausages served from a classic cart with a huge condiment selection. I like to get the "Franken" (Italian sausage) and the "Wolf" (chipotle frank) if I'm having a meal.

EDIT: Franken's no longer has "The Wolf" as his supplier has discontinued them. Instead he has what I think is called "The Vamp" which is a regular hot-dog-style vegan frank. Still pretty good. Last time I hit up Franken's I got one of each and was very happy. Make sure you take advantage of the home-made cole slaw!

Note that you must track the cart down, and he doesn't operate on any consistent schedule. Franken's updates on Facebook (under the name "Frank Enstand") and Twitter (@TheFrankenStand) so you can track him down.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 21, 2010

6117 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana, USA

Good vegan Chinese

21 Jul 2010

Although not 100% vegan, I believe most of their offerings are so and those that aren't are noted clearly. It's nice to be able to have Chinese food since mainstream Chinese cuisine is a risky proposition for vegans and even vegetarians. This is a Buddhist-run place with lots of free reading material on Buddhism to keep you entertained while you wait for your food, which doesn't take long. Everything I've had here has been good. They also have a dim sum menu, which I am excited to try one of these days. It's been a while since I have been able to have dim sum.

83 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland

Lots of food cheap

22 Jul 2009

My friend took me here while I was visiting Dublin recently. I have generally had good experiences at Hare Krishna restaurants. This was no exception. You got a lot of food, for relatively little money (eating out in Dublin is generally a pricy affair). The food was generally Indian-themed, but everything was spiced relatively mild, and nothing seemed particularly authentic. Sort of westernized dishes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, they had the worst samosa I have ever eaten. I think mainly that was because it was in a whole wheat dough that was baked rather than fried, so I can't fault them too much for not being able to compete with what is normally an oily mess in an Indian restaurant. Overal, I would go back. Note that they do have vegan options, but they were limited.

Ivar Ave and Selma Ave, Hollywood, USA

Great farmer's market

21 Jul 2010

A great place to get farm-fresh produce, as well as many other staples of a vegan diet. Yes, there are eggs and dairy vendors, and even a fish seller but this is a part of the society we live in. As mentioned, A Taste of Life sells their amazing vegan soul food here, including their fantastic breakfast sandwiches. There are also several other vendors with vegan food, although most are not strictly vegan so make sure you talk to them.

12851 Riverside Dr, Studio City, USA

Super vegan friendly and delicious!

01 Dec 2011

Hugo's has been one of my favorite restaurants since before I went veg. And still it remains. Although an omnivorous restaurant, they are super vegan-friendly and seemingly getting more so all the time. Of course, you want to be explicit about being vegan, but all the wait staff is well-trained on what vegan means and most of the dishes are veganizable if not already totally vegan. I have never had a bad meal at Hugo's, both brunch and dinner. I would give five stars if Happy Cow would let me. **begin diatribe** Frankly, as a vegan, I see no reason why we punish vegan-friendly restaurants that also serve meat when ovo-lacto places can be rated as highly as vegan joints when many of them are not remotely vegan-friendly -- seem arbitrary when you know the realities of the egg and dairy industries). **end diatribe**

Anyway, Hugo's is fantastic and I recommend it highly.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 21, 2010

5825 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, USA

Vegan friendly convenience store with sandwiches

20 Sep 2010

Locali is to Whole Foods as 7-11 is to, say, Vons. As a convenience store, it is even pricier than its grocery store counterpart, so be prepared. There are a lot of great vegan and "natural" foods and vegan prepared foods from A Taste of Life, Rahel's Ethiopian, and several others. But the real gem of Locali is their deli, preparing many amazing vegan sandwiches. Yes, it's an omnivore deli counter, but they are super-vegan-friendly, with I think more vegan sandwiches than meat sandwiches. Their tempeh BLT is like the real thing. I don't know how they do it. It is amazing! I have never had a sandwich that wasn't good here. Also, while the groceries are overpriced, I think the sandwich pricing is actually pretty reasonable for what you get.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 21, 2010

7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, USA


21 Jul 2010

Had a good experience here. Food isn't super cheap but isn't super expensive either. And the quality is high. The "big macro" burger is excellent, and a lot of great sides. As a macrobiotic place, as long as you don't order fish everything is vegan. No hidden animal products. Worth trying.

5140 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, USA

Great atmosphere, great staff, great food

21 Jul 2010

I brought my mom here after a movie at the Arclight after hearing about this place for a long time. I think I've been recommended this place by more omnivores than veg*ns and yet knew they catered to vegans so I was intrigued. Everything I was told was true. It really is like you walk into another world when you enter off a fairly seedy part of Sunset into an Indian paradise.

It was a fairly cold night but the inside dining required a wait so we opted for the "patio" dining (completely enclosed, but open air). Unfortunately, it proved colder than we thought, and when staff noticed us shivering they brought out a couple old space heaters to make us comfortable.

At first we felt ignored by the staff, but I think they were just very busy. Once we got served the person who took our orders was very helpful and knowledgeable about what was vegan (the majority of the menu, actually). He recommended two dinners to give us a broad overview of their cuisine; the Tanjore Double, and I forget which the other one was. In any case, it was all fantastic! The only thing that wasn't vegan was the raitha, which was kept separate and my mom was happy to eat.

Throughout the rest of the time, our waiter (who I suspect is the owner or part of the family which owns it) kept checking on us about the temperature and the food, but not in an annoying way or anything. All in all, we were extremely satisfied with the food and will definitely do it again.

1047 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, USA

Vegan Ethiopian!

21 Jul 2010

For the uninitiated, I would say Indian food is the closest thing to Ethiopian, in that it consists largely of spicy stews eaten with flatbread. I have been here several times and I love it. I recommend getting one of the dinner combos where you get several items all on one plate so you don't have to choose one thing. However, you will get a lot of food, but that's not a problem for me.

712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, USA

Great dessert after Pure Luck or any time

21 Jul 2010

Scoops is known as an "experimental" ice cream shop, frequently trying many strange ingredients in its ice cream. In line with being open-minded, they always have a few non-dairy flavors, and every time I've been it's been excellent.

333 S Alameda St Unit 310, Los Angeles, USA

Gourmet Japanese Vegan

21 Jul 2010

Very good food. That's all I can say. Haute cuisine, Japanese style. Everything I've had here has been delicious. Because it's gourmet food, expect to pay for it.

10820 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, USA

Surprisingly good

21 Jul 2010

Having had a very bad experience with Leaf, I was apprehensive about trying another raw joint, but SunPower came highly recommended and now I know why. I have eaten there twice now, and the food is excellent. The sandwiches are fantastic, as is the kale salad. I need to go back there so I then have an excuse to go to Kind Kreme for dessert! ;)

Fritjof Nansens Plass 2, Oslo, Norway

Nice cafe outside city hall

22 Jul 2009

I ate here twice while visiting Oslo recently. I had a very good veggie and cheese baguette sandwich the first time, and a delicious Indian vegan lentil soup the second. They also offered a curry dish, which might have been vegan, a couple different quiches (obviously not vegan) and several sandwiches, one of which might have been vegan but most had cheese or egg on. The two soups were both vegan. Be prepared that the fresh-squeezed lemonade is hardly sweetened at all. Also, I ordered the soup with bread, and they only had a single piece of stale bread left. Bummer. Other than that, the coffee was good and I liked the ambiance.

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