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15 Dope Places to Eat in LA (Especially If You’re Meat-Free!)

Places to Eat in La: Vegetarian/Vegan/Pescatarian-Friendly

The glorious melting pot of the culturally diverse Los Angeles brings a ton of incredible food choices with it. While writing my last LA post, Why I Miss Los Angeles (Because It’s F***ing Awesome), and reminiscing through my ancient Los Angeles Instagram posts, I began to remember this incredible magnitude of dope places to eat in LA. Sure, the kale-and-quinoa plate story is a tale told all across the metropolis, but it’s hardly the sole culinary infatuation your stomach can enjoy in this multi-cultural city. And let me clarify—this isn’t a “best restaurants in Los Angeles, Michelin star edition” post. We’re talking good-for-the-soul, flavorful and full of zest foods from places to eat in LA (from the Valley to the Westside) to carry you through those aimless, windows-wide, music-flying car drives down Topanga Canyon, those hangover-plagued days that may or may not be worth it, those early mornings, those late nights, or whatever other variety of venture Los Angeles has in for you. And if you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or whatever else, LA’s got something for you. So read on, plan what delectable treat you’ll bestow upon your lucky tummy today, and remember—for the sake of your Instagram—to charge your damn phone.

*Note: I was a vegetarian for 10 years, and am a recent convert to pescatarianism, so most of these eateries will have vegetarian-friendly options, and all will have pescatarian options!


Places to Eat in LA: Quick-Jump Guide

WEST LA

VENICE BEACH

SANTA MONICA

WESTWOOD

VALLEY

EVERYWHERE


 

WEST LA

 

Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

  • Cuisine: Ethiopian
  • ‘Hood: West LA (Little Ethiopia)
  • Pictured: Veggie Combo
  • Menu

Ethiopian food is by far my favorite #havingwithdrawalsalready #littleethiopia @justerben

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Simpang Asia

  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • ‘Hood: West LA
  • Pictured: Mie Tek Tek
  • Menu

Indonesian indolovin

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VENICE BEACH

 

Bombay Indian Cuisine

Live and die by these samosas

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Figtree’s Cafe

  • Cuisine: ‘Murican
  • ‘Hood: Venice Beach
  • Pictured: Smoked Salmon Plate on La Brea Bagel
  • Menu

We doin' this

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SANTA MONICA

 

DK Donuts

  • Cuisine: DONUTS
  • ‘Hood: Santa Monica
  • Pictured: HEAVEN
  • Menu

All the envy in the world wouldn't cover it @riosplopuko @marcellaemma

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WESTWOOD

 

Fat Sal’s Deli

  • Cuisine: Sandwiches
  • ‘Hood: Westwood
  • Pictured: French-fry Stuffed Veggie Wrap
  • Menu

Bombest veggie wrap @fatsalsdeli @justerben #westwood #ucla #fatsals #curbside #vegetarian #sriracha #delish

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Native Foods

  • Cuisine: Vegan/Vegetarian
  • ‘Hood: Westwood
  • Pictured: Ensalada Azteca
  • Menu

Ensalada azteca at Native Foods and infrared jade sauna in weho really hittin' the spot right now 😍

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VALLEY

 

Krua Thai

  • Cuisine: Thai
  • ‘Hood: North Hollywood
  • Pictured: Pad Kee Mao
  • Menu

Pad kee mao for days with @justerben #drunkennoodles #thai #foodie #yum

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Curious about the authentic Thailand food experience? Check out our food guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand!


Pho 21

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • ‘Hood: Canoga Park
  • Pictured: Vegetarian Pho
  • Menu

#Pho weather on the real

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Want to know what to order at a Vietnamese restaurant? Check out 11 Vietnamese Food Dishes to Fall in Love With (Beyond Pho!)


Nipa Hut

  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • ‘Hood: Canoga Park
  • Pictured: Halo-halo
  • Menu

Halo-halo cure

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India Sweets & Spices

  • Cuisine: Indian/Vegetarian
  • ‘Hood: Canoga Park
  • Pictured: Lunch Special #2
  • Menu

$6 Indian heaven for 2 with the squeeze @justerben

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Shik Do Rak

  • Cuisine: Korean
  • ‘Hood: Northridge
  • Pictured: Kimchi Hot Pot
  • Menu

All hail the late night kimchi tofu hot pot #KoreanPrepWork

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Fish in the Village

  • Cuisine: Seafood/Kosher
  • ‘Hood: Valley Village
  • Pictured: Grilled Ahi Tuna Sandwich
  • Menu

Seared ahi tuna sandwich…YES YES A MILLION TIMES YES

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Are you a fish-lover? We’re obsessed with these Willala Fish & Chips!


 

EVERYWHERE

 

Jogasaki Sushi Burrito Food Truck

  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
  • ‘Hood: Check their twitter
  • Pictured: Jogasaki 2A
  • Menu

 

 

And Mexican food literally everywhere

Munchies got me like

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A list of the best places to eat in LA (from Valley to Westside), full of flavor and vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian options for your Los Angeles trip!

 


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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Jay Johnson
    August 23, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Tempting reviews

  • Reply
    Jessica S
    September 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I admit, I only clicked on this post because of the doughnut pictures, but I am vegetarian, so this actually is a really useful list if I ever find myself in LA. Though my first stop would obviously be to get ALL those doughnuts!

    • Reply
      Lauren West
      September 14, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Yeah I mean we can survive on doughnuts all day errday, right?!?! 🙂

  • Reply
    Soraya
    October 2, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I wish I had this list when I was in LA in June!!!! I’ve tried DK Donuts, which is oh my goodness so good!

    • Reply
      Lauren West
      October 2, 2016 at 11:58 am

      They’re absolutely addicting! When I go back to LA next year I’m going to stuff my face all day every day!

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    October 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

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    Kate
    November 7, 2016 at 3:53 am

    DK Donuts are the best. I stop in every summer.

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    Television of Nomads
    March 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    […] 15 Dope Places to Eat in LA (Especially If You’re Meat-Free!) […]

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    Sima
    August 2, 2017 at 2:41 am

    I live in the Valley and I’ve only been to one of these places!!! Thank you for adding to my must explore list!

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