After a hard work week or late night of fun, break bread in one of LA’s herbivore-friendly establishments. Sunday is brunch day, as they say—but sometimes Saturday, too.
Count on this Downtown LA vegan pub for some hair-of-the dog along with a breakfast burrito bursting with soyrizo, tater tots, smoked tofu, pinto beans, avocado-lime salsa, and gochujang crema.
Cafecito Organico is a beloved coffee shop whose Silver Lake location partners with D LA Tostada on weekends and special occasions to offer fresh breakfast burritos, tacos and bowls, most of which can be made vegan. Look for the Roasted Poblano and Corn Tacos La Crème or nibble on the popular salted vegan chocolate chip cookie (which you would never know is gluten-free).
Flore Vegan Cuisine
Available at the Flores weekend brunch, the Biscuits & Gravy with greens and potatoes may be the only meal you’ll need all day. Along with the weekend-only Country Breakfast, enjoy standards like breakfast burritos, tofu scrambles, French toasts, pancakes and waffles, with an extensive juice and smoothie selection to boot. The seating is limited at this Silver Lake institution, so get there early.
Weekend brunch at Gracias Madre is a fine dining experience in a beautiful WeHo location that boasts one of LA's best patios. Purista Margaritas by the pitcher pair nicely with Potato Pimento Flautas, soy chorizo Oaxaca Bowl, or a trio of Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos.
The Gray Zebra
In March 2022, Nabiha Basathia opened The Gray Zebra in the former Gegen space. With acclaimed chef Alison Cruddas at the helm, this cute neighborhood joint offers Saturday morning options like the Ultimate Breakfast Burrito - Just Egg, tempeh bacon, house potatoes, cheddar, avocado, chipotle mayo - perfect to enjoy at nearby Barnsdall Art Park before a visit to the famed Hollyhock House.
Co-founded by Philippine-native Sharky McGee in 2018, Jewel is a Silver Lake gem that features a menu that caters to plant-based and macrobiotic diets with fresh seasonal foods seasoned with a California Asian flair.
Enjoy an elegant avocado toast and the bento-inspired Jewel Box on their side patio, or sip a golden milk and the jarring kombucha at the bar. Tempeh bacon, veggie sausage, garlicky greens and house-made hot sauce and kimchi make great add-ons to any dish. Pro tip: get there early for fresh donuts!
Just What I Kneaded
It's all-vegan all the time with sweet and savory mouthfeels at Just What I Kneaded in Frogtown. The outdoor patio fills up quickly for good reason - Just What I Kneaded takes the cake when it comes to breakfast sandwiches on homemade bagels (The Joe Cool is the most popular), plus "pop-tarts," quiche, biscuits, burritos and bowls.
In a recent interview with Alternative Press, owner Justine Hernandez said that they're opening a beer and wine bar behind the bakery called Night Bread. She also said a second Just What I Kneaded will be opening in Los Feliz.
This Highland Park gluten-free and dairy-free diner is always busy—for good reason. Jackfruit crab cakes benedict? Snickerdoodle pancakes? Full English Breakfast? Yes, please!
Brunch happens every day at Locali locations in Hollywood and DTLA (aka Localita) thanks to The Baaadasss Breakfast Sandwich made with vegan sausage patty, vegan soy-free cheddar, vegan chipotle sauce and maple syrup on a sprouted grain English muffin.
The Sir Nasty version is perfect for spice lovers; the Daddy Mac loads it up with Russian dressing, lettuce and tomato; and The Cadillac styles it with tempeh bacon, avocado and salsa. Bagels, avocado toast and home made moon pies are worth sampling, too.
The Echo Park restaurant known for their craft beer selection also serves all of the vegan brunch standards, plus cinnamon rolls, a yogurt parfait, and their signature sandwiches and pizzas.
Real Food Daily
All three locations of Real Food Daily offer an extensive weekend brunch menu with Breakfast Pizza, Sea Cake Benedict, butterscotch pancakes, waffles and scrambles. The Weekender is a belly-busting fan favorite served with two pieces of French toast or pancakes, cheesy tofu scramble, choice of tempeh bacon or chipotle sausage, and a choice of hash browns or fruit.
Stamp Proper Foods
Located in Los Feliz, Stamp Proper Foods serves breakfast all day, every day. Vegan banana buckwheat pancakes and vegan chilaquiles are both faves, as are the cashew-based vanilla and chocolate shakes. The restaurant is all gluten-free but not 100% vegan, so ask the friendly staff and read the menu carefully.
Stuff I Eat
Superstar Chef Babette reps so much good in Inglewood! After serving healthy mostly organic soul food all week, on the weekends Stuff I Eat offers a Breakfast Plate loaded with grits (yellow polenta), cottage-fried potatoes, tempeh sausage, tofu scramble and Ezekiel toast. There's also a hearty breakfast burrito topped with carrot mango salsa - both items are guaranteed to fill your belly and your heart. Don't miss the rotating selection of desserts to sample every day.
Everything’s good at SunCafe (voted one of the Best Vegetarian Restaurants in LA by OpenTable), but weekend brunch is extra special. Come hungry for the Sausage Potato Skillet (Beyond sausage, rosemary potatoes, green & red bell pepper, onion, spinach) and "Crowd Favorites" like Baked Lasagna and Mung Bean Dal Omelette. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Belgian waffles and cashew-based Mint Shamrock Shake. Outdoor seating makes this Studio City spot perfect for a weekend meet-up.
Un Solo Sol
Un Solo Sol recently went all-vegan and decided to focus on whole, unprocessed foods, making this beloved Boyle Heights eatery's pupusas, taquitos, homemade salsas, champurado, and pozoles even better. Explore the traditional Latin American menu with a few Mediterranean twists while absorbing work by local artists on the walls.
Can’t decide what you want for brunch? Try a little of everything at the weekly Vegan Exchange, happening on Sundays in North Hollywood from 11am to 5pm. Follow @veganexchangela on Instagram for the latest updates on food trucks and vendors.