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If you’re anything like me, vacations equal opportunities to try new food. I get such a thrill on finding hidden gems, indulging in upscale restaurants, and exploring local markets. Thank goodness for resources like yelp, trip adviser, and blogs. Once I know we are heading out of town, I immediately begin researching, salivating, and making reservations.
We’ve got our system down; BL chooses the entertainment, I choose the restaurants. #madeforeachother
This past weekend, we decided last minute to hit the road and head down south. LA has always been a favorite summer destination for us, and one of my top food-envy cities (Portland & NYC still top that list).
For me, one of the hardest things when planning our eating adventures is figuring out which restaurants are veg friendly, offering something besides spaghetti with red sauce or roasted veggie sandwich. Spare me, I’d rather cook at home.
While LA is one of the more plant-friendly cities in the US, I still thought it would be fun to share with you our travels & menu choices.
What’s your go-to restaurant in LA?
First up: The Veggie Grill
A happy coincidence that we ended up eating here our first night, our place was a block away from the West Hollywood location. Twist my arm, right? I just love the concept: healthy, vegan fast food. Really hoping this catches on in other cities. We ordered the buffalo wings (a no brainer when BL is involved), BBQ sandwich & All-Hail Kale Salad. The wings and the salad were our favorites. Kale salad at a fast-food joint? I rest my case.
Ready to head to Real Food Daily? The problem with places like RFD is that I go in wanting to eat a large salad, fresh juice, or macro plate but then I get there and those thoughts go out the window!
It’s rare that I get an entire menu where I can order anything I want, and I tend to get a little crazy. Our waiter suggested the Caribbean Quesadillas, which we split with a fresh mango smoothie. I loved this dish, spiced lentils, tofu herb cream, pepper-jack, fried plantains, mango, and fresh guacamole. A Caribbean party.
Everything on the menu is delicious, vegan,locally sourced, and organic. You are only limited by how much you can eat!
I admit, I love my hippie places. While BL can hang for a little while, at some point he wants mood lighting, a robust cocktail list, and a place that takes reservations after 10PM. El Carmen, we’re coming for you. We started with fresh fruit margaritas; blackberries muddled with mint, agave, and tequila… this is definitely a Saturday night place. I recommend the guacamole, squash & potato tacos.
Honor Bar, inside of South Beverly Grill, offers some of the best sandwiches around. Sit outside, order a fresh mango iced tea and enjoy people watching in Beverly Hills. We ordered the vegetable burger and kale salad to split, my preferred way to order.
The burger was delicious! The patty was really flavorful, made with almonds and brown rice, and topped with onions, spinach, tomato, and avocado. The kale salad might have been one of the best things I tasted all weekend. Even BL, who much to my annoyance isn’t a huge fan of kale, loved the salad. You will be seeing this very soon as I am determined to recreate it.
Ok. So, LA isn’t all about food. Other things to put on your must-do list include a trip to Santa Monica, one of my favorite places on earth & early morning hikes in Runyon Canyon.
Until next summer, LA I’ll be seeing you.
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