Moros, Platanos, Fritos Y Ensalada Verde @ Versailles
It seems like no matter where I live (whether in the valley or the city), I always find myself pretty dang close to the Cuban restaurant Versailles. Now that I’ve moved to the city, I’m literally within walking distance of this place which offers (to me) amazing comfort food at a great price and great taste.
As a vegetarian, you’ve got two entrees to choose from - located conveniently in its own “Vegetarian” section on the menu. I always order the fried sweet plantains and cooked rice and black beans with a salad, because I tend to mix the black beans with the rice when I eat it anyway :)
Another vegetarian-friendly menu item that I highly recommend are the spinach empanadas. Crisp, flavorful, and the perfect start to your vegetarian Cuban cuisine, these empanadas will surely get your taste buds going!
1415 S. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Vegan Duck Curry and Vegan Beef Vermicelli @ Vinh Loi Tofu
Here’s another post about food I ate at a non-NON-vegetarian place aka the best vegan restaurant in the valley!
Now that I live on the other side of the hill, any chance I get when I do head north of the 101 freeway I make CERTAIN I hit up Vinh Loi Tofu for some vegan nomming. This small restaurant is located on the outermost corner of a Reseda plaza on Sherman Way and there’s no missing the bright, bold green interior walls that practically scream at you from a distance.
Upon entering Vinh Loi Tofu, you’re instantly hit with a ceiling to floor wall full of framed photos of dishes the place has to offer. Everything from “abalone” rice porridge to a curry “meatball chicken” sub sandwich is pictured on the wall and waiting to be ordered and devoured by hardcore vegans and curious meat-eaters alike.
On most days you’ll be greeted by the owner Kevin who most definitely adds to the great experience of dining out at Vinh Loi Tofu. If you’re bombarded by the many choices of tofu and “meat” dishes and aren’t sure of what to order, Kevin will be there to help aid in your decision making. Still not sure whether to get the “ham” or the “duck”? Kevin will modify any of his meals to fit to what you want…or aren’t sure that you want.
See, from the many times I’ve been to Vinh Loi Tofu, I wholeheartedly believe that Kevin is one of those vegans who really just cares about his lifestyle and wants people to see the awesomeness of it. He wouldn’t be one to preach or make meat-eaters feel bad - he’d rather just give those people a piece of vegan ham and watch them chew and swallow in utter amazement and surprise.
The dish I absolutely recommend anyone to get is the vegan ham spring rolls with peanut sauce. These fresh spring rolls are ready to be taken and eaten and can be found wrapped up by the cash register. It’s the perfect quick lunch or snack if you’re on the go, since you don’t have to sit and order it. These rolls will change your LIFE. The rice skin is fresh, the veggies are crisp, the peanut sauce is perfection, and the vegan ham puts pigs all over the world to shame.
If food can taste this good and still be healthy and save animals, then why isn’t everyone a vegan?
Note to Kevin if you’re reading this: OPEN A VINH LOI IN THE CITY! I’ll most definitely be your number one customer :)
18625 Sherman Way #101 Reseda, CA 91335
Large Cheese Pizza @ Little Caesars Pizza
Not gonna lie, I can totally down this whole thing in one sitting. But I don’t anymore because of….health reasons…yeah, health reasons.
This is by far my favorite pizza place. They’re simple, cheap, and delish. The large cheese pizza (for only 5 buckaroos) definitely hits the spot if you’re craving some pizza. Too bad pizza is like “unhealthy” or whatever….but hey! it’s vegetarian :P
And it doesn’t help that there’s one on the way home from my job :0
5943 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035
Vegetarian Pho @ iPho Restaurant
As a vegetarian, I’ve found that some of the worst places to dine at are pho restaurants. (For those who don’t know, pho is a beef noodle soup popularized by the Vietnamese.) One place I definitely DO NOT recommend to all you veggies out there is Pho So 1 in Reseda. The few times I’ve been there as a vegetarian have been disappointing. Whereas most places will accomodate vegetarians, this place is set on making vegetarians endure an awkward (and unsatisfied) night (unless of course you ENJOY eating a bowl of plain white rice).
So last week I’m way out in Anaheim (for work) and my coworkers and I decide to hit up a place called iPho Restaurant. I always get slightly nervous about going to any new restaurant (since the last thing I want is to find out there’s nothing for me to eat thus making the evening slightly awkward), but I was particularly anxious since it’s a pho place. We sit down and I am relieved to find a section in the menu that says VEGETARIAN.
I decide to order the vegetarian pho since, well…WHEN DO I EVER GET TO EAT THAT? It’s pretty much exactly like a normal bowl of pho but instead of beef broth, it’s a vegetable broth, and instead of meat, it’s tofu. It may not have been super authentic, but all I know is that it definitely hit the spot. Oh, and the garlic fries weren’t half bad either :P
So if you ever find yourself in that area of the world and are hankering for some vegetarian Asian cuisine, head on over to iPho. Be sure to use your iPho-ne if you get lost har har har O___O
16086 Harbor Blvd. Fountain Valley, CA 92708
BEST. VEGETARIAN. ROLL. EVER.
(But fair warning, don’t overdose on it. This is a roll you want to enjoy every now and then, trust me on this…)
The first bite of this vegetarian roll was completely orgasmic. It’s the perfect level of spiciness by itself, but if you like a little more heat, the roll comes with a chili sauce that provides that extra kick. And if you’re wondering what’s coated all around the rice…oh, that’s just tempura crumbs (nom).
When they brought out this roll I had to ask the waiter if they made a mistake…it looked like a crab roll! Pretty sneaky of the sushi chefs crumbling silken tofu to make it look like seafood :P
Now I’ve been to many sushi places in my time, and as a vegetarian I can always rely on the vegetable tempura roll (or at least an avocado roll with a lot of spicy mayo on the side). But at Kaya Sushi in Marina del Rey, where this spicy tofu roll is birthed, they’ve got an entire SECTION on the menu of specialty vegetarian rolls.
This place is hands down the most vegetarian-friendly sushi place I’ve encountered so far.
It’s a good thing my sushi-loving boyfriend loves it, because that means I get to go all the time :P
Definitely recommended! 13400 Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Even though this blog is really focused on what vegetarians can eat at non-vegetarian friendly places, I just have to share my new favorite vegan place: Native Foods!
Here’s a snapshot of a hearty vegan meal I shared with my boyfriend and his parents. Don’t be fooled by the awesomeness and delish-ness of the meals…it’s ALL vegan….no animals were harmed in the making of this meal :)
Chili Cheese Fries
Sweet Potato Fries (with a bomb seasoning)
Butternut Squash Soup
Rockin’ Moroccan Bowl
Ensalada Azteca Salad
Mama Mia Pizza
9343 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232