Food & Drink

Best Places for Vegetarian Food in West Hollywood


Is there anywhere better than California if you are a vegan? It’s hard to say definitively, but West Hollywood has some of the most delicious vegan options anywhere in LA. In fact, if cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption is an idea you’re loving for 2020, then this is absolutely the place to start experimenting with making vegan options a part of your healthy diet.

From a crave-able vegan sausage breakfast sandwich to a creative, hearty Carbonara with “avocado egg,” you’ll be back to these dishes time-and-time again.

Pura Vita

A great place for both gluten-free pastas and vegan options, Pura Vita combines creative culinary replacements for meat and wheat with an atmosphere reminiscent of a Manhattan wine bar. It was the very first, 100-percent plant-based Italian restaurant in the entire country, and today, Chef/Owner Tara Punzone (a vegan herself) plates up traditional Italian favorites, like a fantastic Carbonara. It’s a spaghetti noodle with a macadamia-nut-based romano cheese, shitake mushroom bacon and an “avocado egg,” to keep that same delicious, gooey texture.

8274 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046
323-688-2303, PURAVITALOSANGELES.COM

Olivetta

Olivetta is perfect for a mixed group of both meat-eaters and vegans, particularly if your group is celebrating or looking for fine dining. Old world ingredients meet a Mediterranean design and the wine list is a standout in the neighborhood. Their menu has plenty of vegetarian options, as well as clearly listed vegan choices. Check out the Roasted Delicata Squash, with toasted pumpkin seeds, and a Kombucha puree. Or, the Romanesco & Cauliflower with the house lemon-herb pesto.

9010 MELROSE AVENUE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
310-307-3932, OLIVETTA.LA

Locali

Locali locations dot the landscape of Los Angeles, and at the WeHo location, we advise ordering the Baaadasss Breakfast Sandwich. A sprouted grain English Muffin is toasted lightly and hit with maple syrup. It bookends grilled, vegan sausage, covered in melted, soy-free vegan cheddar and an animal-free chipotle sauce. It’s only one of a slew of vegan sandwich options, and it gives you all that caloric, salty, filling goodness, without the guilt.

8730 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
424-302-0464, LOCALIYOURS.COM

Fresh West Hollywood

Quinoa Onion Rings! They are something you have to try in life. Using only plant oils, these thick-cut onion slices are dipped in a batter made from puffed quinoa and breadcrumbs, hit with fragrant spices and deep fried to golden perfection. They go wonderfully along other sides and entrees, like the Nachos with cashew queso and artichoke chorizo or the crispy cauliflower tacos, with napa cabbage, beet sauce, and jicama. The West Hollywood location of Fresh is all-new and a welcome, vegan-loving addition to the neighborhood.

8768 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
310-432-5199, FRESHPLANTPOWERED.COM/FRESH-LA

Gracias Madre

White, exposed brick walls, iron and wood furnishings and iron chandeliers give this space a blend of California chic and old Mexico tavern, and the food is consistently lauded by food critics, with good reason. Try the Jackfruit Tacos. Prepared “carnitas” style as a vegan option. They come with cashew crema in place of queso, bright acid from pickled cabbage, crispy onions, and black beans. The margaritas are cruelty free too.

8905 MELROSE AVENUE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
323-978-2170, GRACIAMADRE.CO

Tocaya Organica

On a sunny day, the patio seating here is divine. Inside is lovely too. The interior design focuses around alternating herringbone patterns and gleaming, white subway tiles, with brass lighting accents. You won’t leave hungry. The menu includes more than a dozen vegan options, including huge, shareable burritos. Try the “Mexicano,” if you love smoke and spice. It comes with an arbol salsa, over black beans and cilantro lime rice, with diced red onion.

8720 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
424-288-4871, TOCAYAORGANICA.COM

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