Los Angeles has been the center of the plant-based restaurant world and, just these past few decades, the city has seen a massive growth of purely plant-based restaurants along with those offering plant-based menus (alongside their regular menus). From casual restaurants to fine-dining establishments to burger joints, here are eight of the best dishes at some of Los Angeles’ best vegan restaurants.
Chef Tara Punzone brings her passion for healthy southern Italian food and 30 years of vegan cooking experience to the first 100 percent plant-based Italian restaurant and wine var in the United States. Her Black Magic Lasagna is definitely the star of the show, made with fluffy cashew ricotta; spinach and mushrooms inside; and topped with besciamella, black truffle cream and pesto.
When craving some good ol’ home cooking, there isn’t a better spot in Los Angeles than Doomie’s for some hearty junk food. Chef Doomie and Sarah’s top seller is their handmade fried chicken with a juicy fatty layer of schmaltz in between the skin (the only one out there with a layer of ‘skin’) and the meat, served with your choice of two sides. If you have some room, try one of their super-thick, hand-scooped milkshakes, too.
Serving brunch daily and a happy hour Monday–Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., Mango’s boasts local favorites like jumbo French toast sticks. Made with brioche, it is then soaked in homemade custard (vegan cream, vegan eggs, sugar and vanilla) and topped with a fruit medley of blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas and a heaping serving of maple syrup, cinnamon and sugar.
Crossroads has been a staple of Los Angeles vegan fine dining since 2013 and has since opened a restaurant in Calabasas and Vegas. One of Chef Tal Ronnen’s new fall dishes is the lion’s mane short rib ravioli, made with homemade pasta, lion’s mane mushrooms and topped with a Madeira glaze, Parmesan cheese and chives.
Matthew Kenney’s renowned vegan restaurant moved to the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, where guests can dine alfresco with views of Los Angeles. Alongside the hotel’s pool, take a bite out of the chipotle-glazed maitake mushroom, served over a sesame mole and charred sweet corn.
New to Culver City from the Spork Food sisters Heather Golden Ray and Jenny Engel, Hey, Sunshine Kitchen offers deliciously vibrant and healthy meals. Healthy, flavorful and colorful, its Mediterranean chickpea bowl has either a Sunshine rice, brown rice or fresh salad greens base topped with a griddled house-made chickpea patty, massaged kale, house pickles and more, all topped with lemon herb aioli.
Craig’s has been a mainstay on Los Angeles’ famed Melrose Ave, serving American cuisine since 2011 steadily adding more vegan items to its menu. Whether indoors or on the back patio, take a bite of its large vegan chicken Parmigiana made from Gardein “chicken,” homemade marinara sauce and vegan cheese.
Presenting a unique take on rustic world cuisine, this Studio City restaurant makes its dishes from scratch using fresh organic ingredients. For a hearty meal, stop by for its mushroom Bordelaise, set on top of truffled mashed potatoes and candied carrots, sautéed green beans and a savory au jus sauce.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
This spring/summer, Music City welcomes The Printing House, a new hotel celebrating the city’s rich legacy as a hub for creativity. Located at the intersection of Third Avenue and Peabody Street, The Printing House pays homage to the printing press’s influence in and dispersion of music in Nashville’s legacy, from printed sheet music to concert posters to songbooks.
If you think you’ve been to the must-see destinations in Japan, but your explorations haven’t really taken you past the major travel hubs, consider Setouchi. Or maybe you’ve never visited Japan before, but want somewhere off the beaten path, Setouchi fits the bill. A small region in the southern half of the country, the destination offers plenty to see and do, regardless of its size.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Chautauqua Institution is a unique destination in western New York, which, every summer, hosts thousands of visitors who flock to the expansive grounds to attend a variety of programming all designed with “self and community betterment” in mind. Chautauqua Institution is nothing new; it was founded in the 1870s to provide wealthy Americans a more constructive and educational way to use their leisure time, and, this year, it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary, making it the perfect time to visit.