Discovering delicious food has to be one of the greatest joys in life. It’s a common misconception that vegans mustn’t like eating, or that we don’t care if the food tastes good ….. WRONG. I care. I love food, I love the act of eating and I love exploring restaurants and eateries. My favourite time to do it is while travelling, so you can imagine what was high on my priority list during a recent visit to West Hollywood, USA.
Los Angeles is one of the world’s holy lands for vegans, and West Hollywood (the cool kids call it WeHo) is even more so a mecca. Any food you can imagine is available vegan in WeHo. There are so many great eateries dedicated to vegetarian and vegan food but you’d never know it just by looking at them. They aren’t in your face and they barely mention the word “vegan” (if at all). Other eateries are still super-vegan-friendly and have something fantastic on the menu.
Today I’m sharing with you the places that kept me full during my stay. Bookmark this list so if you find yourself in Los Angeles you know where to find some great eats.
Holy mother of mercy. I would start and finish with that but I’m afraid it won’t make a very interesting blog post. But seriously, the first words out of my mouth when I walked into the WeHo location of VeggieGrill was a slightly dirtier version of those words.
I’ve never been to anything like it so I apologise for my inability to explain exactly what this place is. Let’s call it fast food, but healthy. It’s good for you, but delicious. It’s 100% plant-based, but you would never ever know.
- Onion Rings with creamy ranch dressing, $3.00
- Southwestern Chilli with Soyrizo, $3.25 – Red and white beans, soy cream, chopped green and red onion
- Grillin’ Chickin’ wrap, $8.95 – Grilled Chickin’, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cilantro pesto, chipotle ranch
Situated on the ground floor of The Mondrian hotel, Herringbone is a fine dining restaurant specializing in ocean-to-table fare. Dinner is definitely the time to enjoy this establishment – you can dine alfresco style while overlooking the Los Angeles skyline and a wicked cocktail (or 3) in hand.
If dining on sea creatures isn’t your style the chef can veganise a number of dishes on the menu. They offer a selection of artistically prepared salads and side vegetable dishes, but the standout for me was the Steak of Cauliflower, served with golden raisin couscous, vadouvan yogurt (I opted out of this accompaniment), bordeaux spinach and caper vinaigrette -$22.
Mexican food is my weakness but good mexican food is quite rare in Australia. We have the stereotypical commercial mexican food in every shopping centre but the clean, fresh, feisty flavours are hard to come by. Gracias Madre is one of WeHo’s newest hotspots and I’m pretty sure the majority of people who eat there don’t even know it’s vegan.
The Californian-cool vibe hits you as soon as you walk through the doors. The open, spacious floor plan is intimate enough for a date or casual enough for drinks and a bite with friends. The food is all organic, vegan and GMO-free but they don’t carry on about it and you would never know based on the extensive alcohol menu. My recommendations for this menu is EAT ALL THE THINGS. Seriously, it’s amazing.
image source: Eric Wolfinger
Have you dined somewhere delicious in West Hollywood? Would you try any of these establishments? Let me know by commenting below!