Veggie-Friendly Menus for dineL.A. Summer 2018

dineL.A. Summer Edition July 13-27, 2018
Vegan Welsh Rarebit | Photo courtesy of The Stalking Horse

Are you following a plant based diet or perhaps flirting with veganism? Taking place July 13-27, the summer edition of dineL.A. offers a taste of everything, so now you can indulge and get your veggies in, too. A few participating restaurants are featuring vegan lunch and dinner prix fixe menus. Dig deeper and you'll find vegetarian menu options as well. Remember, there are no tickets or passes required for dineL.A. Simply dine out at a participating restaurant, try a new dish or enjoy an old favorite. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

"Liberated" raw pesto kelp noodles at Cafe Gratitude | Instagram by @christinelu

Cafe Gratitude Arts District



The Arts District, Larchmont and Venice locations of Café Gratitude feature purely vegan menus all the time, but dineL.A. makes dinner a steal at $29 for a starter crudité or salad, one of four beloved standard menu entrees (raw pesto kelp noodles, eggplant caponata, enchiladas or bibimbap), topped off with key lime pie or house-made chocolates for dessert.

Cauliflower buffalo wings at Sage Vegan Bistro | Instagram by @thekindsage

Sage Plant Based Bistro



The Echo Park, Culver City, and new Pasadena locations all get in on the dineL.A. action this year. The $25 lunch offers one appetizer and an entrée, plus ‘extras’ where you choose between their signature buffalo cauliflower wings, a mini brownie sundae, a glass of house red or a margarita. The $39 dinner menu includes a choice of gazpacho, bisque or salads, three hearty appetizer options (sweet potato croquettes, carnitas jackfruit-stuffed avocados, baked-then-fried smothered potatoes), and an enticing trio of entrees: spicy primavera linguini, hummus and flatbread, or potato and broccoli pierogies.

Gracias Madre



A fully vegan menu to be grateful for, where a $25 lunch includes guacamole and chips for the table, and two choices from their dineL.A. menu (go for the potato-based gorditas and Mexican wedding cookies!) Dinner offers guac as pre-game, then a choice of starters, one of three imaginative entrees (sopes con mango, anyone?), plus dessert. Que rico!

"Elated" mole abuelita enchiladas at Gratitude Beverly Hills | Instagram by @foodsaplenty

Gratitude Kitchen & Bar - Beverly Hills



The newest extension of the Café Gratitude family offers a lunch of ‘small bites’ such as their ‘Inviting’ guacamole, entrees like their ‘Evolved’ bibimbap bowl or ‘Bountiful’ Sicilian eggplant caponata, and their signature ‘Awakening’ key lime pie or ‘Irresistable’ chocolate coconut cream pie as desserts. Dinner gives you three salad options to choose from (aptly named ‘Dazzling, Gracious and Pure,’ respectively) before entrees like the new tempeh and bean-filled mole abuelita enchiladas, plus dessert.

Vegan Welsh Rarebit | Photo courtesy of The Stalking Horse

The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse



Lots of vegan lunch options at this British pub with a new craft brewery. For a total of $15, choose their vegan Welsh Rarebit, home made dipping chips (thick potato fries), or garlicky root salad for the first course, followed by either a fully loaded double-pattied Impossible Burger, ale-battered “cod fish” sandwich, or house Caesar salad sprinkled with fried capers, grape tomatoes and croutons (may be made be made vegan or non).

Vegetarian Option: Cafe Birdie



First course salads are all vegetarian, while Malfatti ricotta dumplings topped by cherry tomatoes and basil are offered as one of the second course entrees. For $39 you get all of this, plus dessert and a glass of wine.

Vegetarian Option: Tsubaki



Try a fruit tomato kimchi for the first course, baby corn tempura for the second, and takana chahan (fried rice with pickled mustard greens) for the third - all for $39 with a choice of sake or beer, too.

Vegetarian Option: Tavern



Lunch showcases their signature seasonal American cuisine via sweet corn soup or little gem salad, and a falafel burger for the main course. The dinner menu boasts summer fruit, an eggplant and squash-based summer gratin and a warm stone fruit pie for dessert. The recommended Greenhound cocktail features vodka with grapefruit, lime and cucumber.

VEGETARIAN OPTION: BONE KETTLE



This Indonesian restaurant in the heart of Pasadena offers a vegetable-laden tofu tempeh salad as one of its dineL.A. first courses, crispy tempeh with vegan broth and noodles as a second, with a trio of seasonal sorbets as dessert.

VEGETARIAN OPTION: THE PENTHOUSE AT THE HUNTLEY



Enjoy coastal New American cuisine with baked feta drizzled in walnuts and honey as appetizers, followed by beet raviolini stuffed with cauliflower, mushrooms, fava beans, macadamia nuts and parmesan. Follow it all up with a caramel and whipped cream-topped frozen banana or a coconut cream tart.

Roasted Vegan "Duck" at OOAK Kitchen | Instagram by @ooakkitchen

Vegetarian Option: OOAK Kitchen



This new gourmet plant-based Chinese restaurant offers a $20 dim sum lunch. For appetizer, choose from an avocado roll, cucumber salad, or fried wontons, then try one of the vegan main “special dishes” – a mushroom-based rainbow salad or shuizhu hotpot featuring seasonal mushrooms and cauliflower. The $39 dinner includes an appetizer, special dish, noodles or rice, plus dessert. Menus clearly mark dishes as vegan, vegan-optional, spicy, or containing nuts.