The Vegan Joint - Palms

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10438 National Blvd (at Palms area), Los Angeles, California, USA, 90034

Flagship location of this casual neighborhood vegan cafe, est. since 2007. Features an extensive menu of Thai favorites as well casual American classics. Find dishes like breakfast pancakes and omlettes; lunch/dinner items like Thai curries, noodles, rice plates with seitan or soy meat; plus casual fare like nachos and lentil burger with fries. For dessert there are cakes and cookies. Park on street in front or around the side. Open Mon-Thu 9:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm, Sun 9:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Thai, Fast food, Juice bar, Delivery, Take-out, Catering

Reviews (61)

First Review by think4leafclover

Great casual dining - Edit

The entire menu is vegan and perfect for a comfortable, casual meal. It's not super fancy, but it's tasty, there's lots to choose from, and the staff is lovely!

Pros: All Vegan Options!

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filling - Edit

This place is good for a fairly inexpensive vegan meal. It's not a particularly inspired menu but it will fill you up.

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Bland food - Edit

I'm sorry to say this but I found the food bland. We ordered Pad Thai, fried spring rolls and Shiitake soup. Pad Thai tasted like dish sponge, spring rolls were ok but nothing special and the soup was sour full of lemongrass sticks that you had to look out for. We ate there once so it might have just been a bad day for them.
Service was great and the food came out quickly.
Parking hard to find. Imam center nearby offers parking at $10 flat rate. We found street parking after doing a few rounds.

Pros: 100%vegan

Cons: parking hard to find

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Best Pancakes Ever - Edit

This place has literally, the best pancakes I have ever had! The Pad Thai is also super yummy. But the pancakes are beyond words, so so delicious. They are perfectly sweet and soft and fluffy. Will continue to come back here, forever.

Pros: Pancakes, Pad Thai , Cute Space

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disappointed - Edit

The only good thing we had was the garlic fries, which didn't have much garlic anyways. The hash brown is bland and mushy. The pancakes are bland and mushy. The chocolate chip cookies have little flavor. The breakfast burritos needed a bunch of ketchup added to it to even give it a little flavor, the "eggs" were flavorless, tortilla was dry. That's all we tried but based on this we won't be back

Pros: it was all vegan

Cons: everything (except the fries)

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one of my favorite restaurants - Edit

I've only eaten their Thai food and it is consistently good. I've had their eggplant, lettuce wraps, yellow curry and pad Thai.

Pros: fresh, fast

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Yummy and Fast - Edit

I've eaten at The Vegan Joint countless times over the years since it first opened its doors, and I like the improvements I've seen over the years, including the interior/exterior upgrades and the quality of the food and taste. Was just here again in January 2017 and had a super yummy meal - yet again - just the way I like. Here's my Vegan Joint review update.

The service is always friendly and fast. The owner, Hnoi, is warm and gregarious. She likes to chat with her guests.

Dishes I especially like: spicy noodle soup (highly addictive), tofu scramble burger (ask for it, it's gone off-menu), red curry, mushroom soup, Chinese soup, batter-fried veg chicken sandwich, tofu scramble with hash browns, the spring rolls, pancakes, and the vegan cakes!

The vibe is relaxed and easy. The prices are fair. I'm a happy customer.

Pros: fast, tasty, fair prices

Cons: street parking only

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eric 29 Jun 2017 - Thanks for your review. Helped a lot!  


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a great vegan restaurant - Edit

It was my favorite restaurant since I was two. I like the spicy noodle soup, fresh spring rolls, and tofu scrambled burger.

Pros: kind people work there, great food

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Disappointed - Edit

After reading the glowing reviews, I expected that the food would be very tasty. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for the dish I ordered -- the spicy eggplant with soy chicken. It was bland and didn't taste fresh. A friend had the taco dish, which was also bland. Another had a side order of seitan, which was too salty. Overall, not a good experience. I doubt that I'd go back a second time.

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MUST for chicken and pancakes - Edit

There are not enough words to describe how amazing the chickin' is here. The batter is light, airy, and crispy making it the perfect combination. My second go about to this restaurant I ordered some spring rolls as an appetizer and they were so fresh— highly recommend this place!

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Good Place - Edit

Awesome food in a all vegan restaurant. Everything I ordered was really good and I always ordered something new each time. I was usually there after the lunch but the food was fresh and promptly served. The Hostess was nice and not pushy about time. I also enjoyed the fresh juiced drinks. Both the red and the green are very good and give you energy. Sorry I don't remember the names of the drinks, but they are in the refrigerate.

Pros: Good food , clean area, good variety on the menu.

Cons: Kinda of far away. Wouldn't go for a pick up unles

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:)) - Edit

awsum! garlic fries were the best. the wonton soup was good.

Pros: service, variety, patio

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The Joint for HappyCow Regulars - Edit

We've been coming here for many years and love Hnoi and the Vegan Joint. Since they remodeled and expanded, it's also been a great place to hold meetups, and meet with larger groups. The food has always been decent, and the prices very reasonable. In fact, I don't believe they've raised their prices in many years, and the current menu prices are still lower than nearly all the other Thai places. I usually order a lentil or black bean burger (only $5.95 and comes with a choice of regular or sweet potato fries), though their Thai dishes are also alright. Food isn't gourmet, nor will it likely blow you away, but it's consistently good, and the vibe is great. They bring in desserts from No Udder and a bunch of others, so your sweet tooth will always be taken care of as well. For what it's made to be, this place is awesome in my view.
It's also a very convenient location, just a minute off the 10 freeway at Overland.

Pros: Great vibe, Reasonable prices, Location

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Not what we expected - Edit

We ordered our food and first of all I have to say the ordering page is very nice. But it did take really long until the food finally came. For us, the food was too sweet and tasted not much like anything else. It is really great that they deliver but the food was just not for us.

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4+ happy cows! - Edit

Really, really, really good. Fast, comfy, tasty. Spring rolls, potato salad, curry, dumplings. Yum. Definitely 4+, 5-. Only complaint, and a minor one is spring rolls were pre-made... I think I'm getting spoiled.

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Try the Tropical Pancakes - Edit

This is a great place for a Sunday brunch. The tropical pancakes are awesome. A quaint casual atmosphere of Asian-Americano diner. The menu is EXTENSIVE! The food is a mixture of Asian curries and noodles and American burgers and sandwiches. I've tried their omelettes twice now and think they should melt their cheese but other than that I'm anxious to get back and try their curries!

Pros: Huge Menu, Pancakes, Clean

Cons: Omelettes

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Great food, Super Service! - Edit

I had a Seiten-menu with rice and vegetables, to it a herbal green tea. It has been my first time that i tried Seiten and i have to admit that it was very delicious! The menu came very quickly and the waitress was so endless kind and courteous! I really want to recommend this eatery.

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Great vegan fast food - Edit

Friendly, clean and excellent food. I don't do fake meats so I can't comment on that, but anything else I've had from the menu has been great. Give it a try if you're in the area.

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not what i expected. - Edit

We went here for dinner and I was in the mood for Asian food! We got the crispy spring rolls & orange fried tofu. The orange tofu was more like tofu smothered in syrup, which I know they use for pancakes but it didn't taste very orangey at all. The spring rolls were great! I got a spicy noodle soup I asked to be spicier like a 10 and the waitress said, "It already is spicey, but I'll bring you some spice on the side." That didn't come out nearly til I asked for a box to go. The Thai tea with boba was good, kinda pricey though. The black bean burger was mushy and bland. I would never order the american food again. It was plain, 1$ extra for a slice of tofutti cheese that wasn't melted or anything. I would advise this place to someone in the mood for Asian cuisine! (Unless you want orange faux meat.)

Pros: all vegan, lots of seating, large menu

Cons: no parking

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The Vegan Joint -Culver City - Edit

The food is pretty "American" its a vegan version of Dennys' Diner. The prices are good. If you miss Diner food this is the place to go. The restaurant is soy dependent, almost everything down to the faux cheese and vegan mayo is soy. There are a lot of themes going on in the business that can be a bit much. Christmas + Buddha+ other pagan shrines.

Pros: cheap, simple recipes

Cons: parking

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Nice - Edit

Many, many options. My burger was excellent. However, I didn't care for the red velvet cake. It was a bit dry. The fried tofu appetizer was good and I could've used more seasoning/marinating.

Pros: good variety

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Good - Edit

Faux bacon whatever was strange for me, rest was good.

Pros: vegan, variety

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good food - Edit

We had chicken nuggets, potato fries, and fish sandwich and left satisfied with the quality of food and service. Everything was served fast and fresh. French fries were perfect, nuggets yummy, and fish sandwich was tasty. Our waiter was friendly and attentive We'll go again when in the area.

Pros: good food, friendly staff, big portions

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Quick, friendly, tasty, cheap - Edit

My two girlfriends and I meet here regularly for lunch, and we love it here. The staff is courteous and quick on their feet. We usually sit outside and chat the day away. The food is always reliably tasty, and the prices are super cheap for vegan food in LA. Don't expect fancy food--what you'll get is flavorful, simple meals.

Pros: fast service, yummy food, comfortable space

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Nice place - Edit

We generally only make it here if we are in the neighborhood for something else to begin with, but everything we've had is good. My boyfriend especially likes the pancakes and chicken. The staff and owner are very friendly. It was a small space, but the expansion into the next door area was definitely an improvement.

Pros: breakfast foods, expanded space, nice staff/owner

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All Vegan But... - Edit

I ordered pancakes and hash browns. The pancakes were good, but the hash browns were bland and not crispy at all. They had no seasoning and were served in a block of undercooked potato. I really did not like the adult contemporary (?) music playing in the restaurant.

Pros: all vegan

Cons: music

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Tasty - Edit

I drive by this place often when I go see my friend who lives down the street and finally decided to try it. First time was for a Happy Cow meet up and a few other times after. The food was delicious. I am not vegetarian but prefer to eat healthy and light and this place was super tasty. My friend and I tried the red curry with soy chicken and the spicy noodle soup. The egg rolls are good too! This place has non asian things such as sandwiches and wraps as well. Since I live nearby I'll be coming back more.

Pros: good flavors, inexpensive, outdoor seating

Cons: parking

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