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).
For a classy brunch and celeb spotting, Crossroads Kitchen is the place to be. Chef Tal Ronnen (whom Oprah called “the best vegan chef in America”) opened the original Crossroads on Melrose in March 2013. A second location debuted in The Commons at Calabasas in October 2022.
Wet your whistle with a bottomless Mimosa or housemade Sangria, then tuck into the Bagel Tower with Yeastie Boys mini-bagels, kelp caviar, smoked carrot lox, smoked "whitefish" salad (made from fresh hearts of palm) and more. Brunch plates include the Crossroads Benedict with potato rosti and seasonal fruit; Stuffed French Toast with house breakfast sausages; and deep dish Sicilian pizzas (GFO). Save room for the Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Tart with crunchy puffed rice, popcorn crémeux and vanilla chantilly.
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 February 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.
Sip a fresh organic Mimosa and enjoy an al fresco brunch with favorites like Avocado Toast and "Chicken" + Waffles - gluten-free waffle with crispy oyster mushrooms, savory onion gravy, maple butter and maple syrup.
The bento-inspired Jewel Box includes Japanese sweet potato, avocado, black beans, garlicky greens, turmeric tofu, ume kraut, amaranth-pumpkin crunch, and miso-ginger drizzle. Tempeh bacon, veggie sausage and garlicky greens 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.
Open daily from 8am to 4pm, Kitchen Mouse is a bustling Highland Park favorite serving up a gluten-free and dairy-free menu with vegan options.
Huevos Rancheros offers a choice of tofu scramble, potato tofu chorizo or eggs covered in housemade enchilada sauce, cashew cheese, cilantro cream, black beans, slaw, pepitas, and green onion with Kernel of Truth corn tortillas.
The Psychedelic Daalipop features red lentil daal topped with cucumber mint salad, mint chutney, tikka roasted mushrooms and cauliflower, served with coconut brown rice and garlic herb chapati.
A favorite from the OG Kitchen Mouse menu, Moros Cakes includes flavorful black bean and brown rice patties with tangy cilantro ginger chutney, a dash of chipotle cream, and serrano slaw.
The Kid's Menu includes a gluten- and nut-free Silver Dollar Pancake Special; and Grilled Cheese with Follow Your Heart provolone cheese on buttery millet toast.
Brunch happens every day at Locali thanks to The Baaadasss Breakfast Sandwich made with vegan sausage patty, vegan soy-free cheddar, vegan chipotle sauce and maple syrup on a multigrain English muffin.
The Sir Nasty version is perfect for spice lovers; the Daddy Mack (aka the Locali Burger) loads it up with Russian dressing, lettuce, tomato, red onion and relish; and The Cadillac styles it with coconut bacon, avocado and salsa.
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. Faves include the Vegan Chilaquiles, Vegan Waffles (Classic, Banana Strawberry, Choco Banana) and cashew-based Vanilla and Chocolate Shakes. The Vegan Breakfast Special features the Vegan Breakfast Burrito and a choice of drip organic coffee or tea.
NOTE: 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.
Voted one of the Best Vegetarian Restaurants in LA by OpenTable, SunCafe serves organic brunch favorites like Baked Lasagna and Mung Bean Dal Omelette. Come hungry for the filling Sausage Potato Skillet with Beyond Meat Sausage, rosemary potatoes, green & red bell pepper, onion, spinach and red tomato sauce. The Sun Florentine features an open-faced Dave's Killer Bread English Muffin or gluten-free ciabatta topped with tempeh bacon, spinach, tomatoes, Hollandaise sauce and chives. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Belgian Waffle 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. Hours vary by season, follow @veganexchangela on Instagram for the latest updates on food trucks and vendors.