Small family-run soul food restaurant in the Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, fully vegan as of Dec 2020. Offers the Beyond patty with vegan cheese in a few varieties (truffle soul, double double, smoked cajun creole); vegan shrimp po' boy as a sandwich or platter; vegan chick'n in sandwiches (truffle, Hawaiian bbq, spicy, jerk, Miami mango bbq); and additional options like cajun hot link po boy, chili with Parmesan corn cake, vegan shrimp & sausage gumbo, smoked cajun asada fries, fried chick'n plate, crystal soul tacos, and many more. Food is cooked from scratch so can take up to one hour to make - phone and online orders are highly recommended to minimize wait times. Accepts Zelle, Cashapp, Venmo, or cash. Black owned. Open Wed-Thu 4:00pm-10:00pm, Fri 3:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 6:00pm-10:00pm. Hours change frequently.

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6 Reviews

First Review by RomeoDeAngeloPierso


Points +48

16 Sep 2023

Food delicious, homeless not

The Cajun quesadilla my absolute favorite, but because of the busy location eating outside we had 3 homeless ask for money & while leaving 1 hit my shoulder me. Won't return due to the neighborhood sadly.

Pros: Cajun quesadilla

Cons: Aggressive homeless



Points +45

03 Feb 2023

Unassuming building but wow on the inside

Plants on plants on plants. Huge portions great variety and food that reminds you of the south.

Pros: 100% vegan, Fun atomosphere, Great selection


Points +233

17 Oct 2022

Absolutely amazing

Definitely order ahead of time. Our food was so good- the jambalaya is spicy and delicious, bbq soul plate, collard greens, black eyed peas, corn cake… heaven. The catfish oyster mushrooms are the best I’ve had, hands down. Unique atmosphere full of plants- so glad we stopped by.

Pros: Vegan soul food, Beautiful plants, Parking in the back

Cons: Food takes a long time but prepared fresh


Points +44

06 Aug 2022

Best Vegan Restaurant in California!

I love everything about this place, so grateful they exist.

Pros: friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere , divinely flavorful food


05 Oct 2022

Oh amazing! I thought it might be closed permanently. This is the first review I’ve seen in a while, but I live really close!


Points +30

07 Dec 2021

5 Stars Point Blank!

If I could highjack the night sky and deliver every Star in existence I would do so for this place. Stellar to say the least. The flavor they put into their food is miraculous. That gumbo especially. The vibe of the establishment is drippin with exotic plants and glistening Crystals. Their tip jar is a singing bowl which is a little extra but hey so is giving a tip. The soul plates are my favorite and I wish I knew how they make that corncake so damn bomb. The burgers make me forget about In n Out and that coconut shrimp Po Boy made me feel like I had a Creole girlfriend from Miami for a few bites. If you're ever in the L.A area and interested in Vegan I highly suggest you stop by and see if I'm trippin. Bring a non vegan friend if you must, they have something for everybody. Oh and their fresh juices! Garden picked passion fruits and herbs. This place deserves an award

Updated from previous review on 2021-01-20

Pros: Tremendous Flavor, Excellent staff and environment, Great desserts

Cons: Gets busy at times


Points +27

17 Oct 2021

OMFG!!!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽... 😋😋😋

If you want EXTREMELY flavorful southern-style food, and don't mind being served by a couple who look like the DeBarge family crossed with Prince, COME HERE TO EAT! YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSS!!!

Updated from previous review on 2021-10-16

Pros: Shrimp Po'boy sandwich is freakin' SIN!!, Truffle fries taste like CRISPIFIED HEAVEN!, Juice drinks taste like HEALTH, vs. sugar and 💦

Cons: Wait time (order ahead)., Menu needs paring down; it's all over the place.

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