Living in Los Angeles is expensive. Eating out should not have to be. This guide explores three vegan restaurants that are a cheapskate’s delight — all the while serving some amazing food! Who says that you have to sacrifice quality and quantity when you want to save money?
8000 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90046
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Veggie Grill in West Hollywood is actually part of a chain that has taken the Southland by storm. Order your food online, ask for delivery or pick gluten-free or soy-free alternatives from a sizable menu that is big on mini wraps, burgers and taco plates.
The Mondo Nachos are wonderful; as is the carrot cake. These folks have found great meat substitutes by mixing soybeans, peas and wheat into a protein “steak” that reminds of chicken. By the way, the kid’s menu is great, too. There are Chickin’ nuggets – the vegan kind, of course – as well as vegan Mac-n-Cheese and burgers.
Sage Vegan Bistro
1700 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90026
The Sage Bistro is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays while staying open an hour later on Fridays. On Saturdays, the restaurant opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. If you like to eat at a place that is “happening,” head for the Echo Park eatery on Thursdays and Sundays when live bands are playing.
A bit more upscale in presentation, the food is still very reasonably priced. If you are a Sunday brunch lover in particular, then this is the restaurant to choose. Select the fried avocado salad and follow it with the raw taco. Yum! (Another favorite is the sweet potato enchilada.)
The Vegan Joint
10438 National Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90034
This restaurant opens Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Vegan Joint opens from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. This West L.A. location is a favorite among the hungry folks who are looking for a vegan meal without the pretense.
Of course, the fact that this locale has some of the best curry in town does not hurt. Check out the red curry, which features eggplants and bamboo shoots. When curry is not to your taste, you cannot go wrong with a wrap. The pepper steak wrap features soy meat, avocados and alfalfa sprouts.
There you have it. Three excellent vegan restaurants that are cheap and have different settings so as to satisfy your leisurely brunch cravings, happy hour entertainment needs, children’s menu requirement and no-nonsense meal during the lunch hour. At least eating in Los Angeles does not have to be overly expensive.