Veggie-Friendly Menus for dineL.A. Summer 2018

dineL.A. Summer Edition July 13-27, 2018
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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.

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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!

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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.


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.


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.