Long gone are the days when “vegan” meant some sad-looking vegetables or overcooked pasta thrown together as an afterthought. This is LA, a city where you can find drool-worthy vegan sushi, vegan quesadillas, and even vegan mac n cheese. And even though we both love a good cheeseburger every now and then, we’ll happily go plant-based for a meal at The Gadarene Swine or Kitchen Mouse (two rotating regulars on our list of favorites!) So whether you’ve sworn off animal products or you’re just looking for a new spot for #meatlessmonday, here are some of our LA best.

Make Out

Matthew Kenney, the owner and chef at MAKE OUT, is a big deal in the raw food world (he also owns PLANT in nearby Venice). This fast-casual offering is bright and modern, and offers some seriously good juices and smoothies. They offer a variety of wraps and snack-like foods (like baba ganoush with  za’atar crackers,) and we’re big fans of their pastries.

(9426 W Washington Boulevard, Culver City)

SunCafe Organic

Our brunch at SunCafe was the stuff of Sunday dreams. We planted ourselves on the sunny patio, and quickly ordered the kombucha on tap (hi, we live in LA) and the cinnamon apple french toast. We followed with the house raw cereal, avocado toast, and a savory crepe. The bread – made at a local farm which grows the wheat, mills it and then bakes it – served to remind us that everything we’re buying at the grocery store is junk. That is how bread is supposed to taste, by god.

Insider’s tip: we didn’t have room after stuffing ourselves, but SunCafe is known for their shakes.

(10820 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City)

The Springs

The Springs calls itself an “Urban Oasis” and you can definitely see why. This vegan restaurant, juice bar and healing center (complete with infrared saunas, yoga and jade-stone therapy) is an impressively beautiful (and big!) place. The people here are also beautiful (and wouldn’t you be if you were eating vegan food and practicing yoga?) and the meals are really delicious. We ordered the Forbidden Fried Rice (with black rice and house-made kimchi, scallions and kale) and the Moon Berry Oats Breakfast Bowl (with goji, mulberries and almond milk). The whole place is SO LA, but in the best way possible – we are a city that takes our health and wellness seriously, but you’re surely not going to find some tasteless quinoa and a few veggies around this joint.

(608 Mateo Street, Los Angeles)

Gracias Madre

Everything about this restaurant screams California, from the decor to the host with a glob-sized crystal pendant around his neck. We kept finding ourselves exclaiming, “I want my house to look like this!” We had the purista margarita (their house drink, add $1 to make it spicy – yum!) We dined on Flautas de Camote (filled with sweet potatoes and topped with guacamole and cashew nacho cheese) and Madre’s Chopped Salad (summer squash, chickpeas, avocado). Deeeeelicious!

(8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood)

Sage Organic Bistro

After 4 years in the neighborhood, Sage feels like a locals’ staple. The organic beer garden is fantastic, and the menu includes comfort food favorites like burgers, bowls, and even hot wings! The ingredients are from local organic farms, and the leafy outdoor patio is the coziest spot for dinner.

(4130 Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles)

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