Not all plant-based foods are created equal. For example, even though pre-packaged spaghetti noodles and Absolut vodka are technically vegan, that still doesn’t mean you should be mixing them for dinner (although we wouldn’t judge you if you did). So whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, freegan, flexitarian, or just watched What The Health in quarantine, here are 16 (very good) vegetarian and vegan options for takeout and delivery.
From strip mall joints to Ryan Gosling’s favorite restaurant, it’s no secret - LA is home to some of the best Thai food in the country. And while there’s no shortage of incredible places throughout the city, there aren’t many that specialize in vegan fare. Well, not good vegan fare, that is. The clear winner here is Araya’s Place - from their vegetable rice cakes to tom yum soup made with tofu and an outstanding avocado curry, this all-vegan spot in Beverly Grove is a great choice for plant-eaters and omnivores alike. Available for takeout and delivery.
Between the wellness lattes, avocado toasts, and abundance of succulents, Butcher’s Daughter may be the quintessential Abbot Kinney spot, but in a Shyamalan-esque twist, their menu is way more than just Instagram fodder. Everything from the spaghetti squash carbonara to the basil BLT with adzuki bacon is full of flavor and tastes remarkably... not like cardboard. They also just launched Butcher’s Bodega, where you can buy a variety of groceries and sundries such as olive oil, pancake mix, frozen ravioli, and body wash. Available for takeout and delivery.
Ah, Crossroads. This upscale spot in West Hollywood is like the gateway drug of the vegan world - either you’ve taken your non-vegan friends here, or you were once brought here by a plant-based pal. It’s because Crossroads is an easy, non-controversial choice - the menu is solid (and more importantly, recognizable), featuring pizzas, pastas, and starters like “crab” cakes. And now, not only is that menu available to-go, but they’re also selling cook-at-home meal kits, which include DIY grilling kits, pizza kits, and strawberry shortcake. Available for takeout and delivery.
Despite what popular media would have you believe, eating vegan isn’t all baby carrots and heads of lettuce. In fact, plant-based food can be greasy, decadent, and rich - a sentiment clearly understood by the people at Doomie’s. This Hollywood spot has a variety of couch-approved foods, including vegan chili cheese fries, jalapeno bites, and mac and cheese, plus plenty of burgers for the carnivore in your life. Open 11am-midnight during the week (and 24 hours on weekends) for pick-up and delivery.
Double Zero breaks every single rule in the pizza handbook. Mozzarella is replaced by cashew-based cheese. There’s not a slice of real pepperoni in sight. And they dare to attempt the craft in a state other than New York (gasps). But who cares? Rules are meant to be broken. Our favorite pie here is the simple margherita, which comes with a great tomato sauce and some basil, but if you want something more exciting, the potato with roasted garlic is pretty good, too. They’ve also just started experimenting with deep-dish - the toppings change weekly, but some of the past ones include cacio e pepe, ricotta, and buffalo cauliflower. Available for delivery and takeout.
With locations in Atwater Village and DTLA, there’s a decent chance you’re not too far from Dune’s fantastic falafel sandwich, made on house-baked flatbread, or their hummus plate. So take full advantage. And if you’re ordering from there, why not throw in a mezze plate while you’re at it, and maybe a chicken shawarma, too? Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last few weeks, it’s that there’s no such thing as over-preparing. Available for takeout and delivery.
For more than a decade, this Echo Park restaurant has been churning out fantastic plant-based Mediterranean food, like whipped hummus, spicy baba ganoush, pulled jackfruit phyllo pie, and a tahini chocolate swirl cake. And now, all of it’s available to-go, as is their entire natural wine selection. Delivery and takeout available Wednesday-Sunday from 4-9pm.
Now that everyone from Del Taco to Burger King to White Castle to Cafe Gratitude have jumped into the faux-meat game, holding the title of “best plant-based burger” isn’t as easy as it was in, say, 2012. And although the playing field is more stacked than the cast of the Dune reboot, with their perfectly crispy Impossible-patties and excellent dairy-free chocolate milkshakes, Honeybee can sleep soundly at night, knowing they’re still the best of them all. Available for pick-up or delivery.
Ever since shelter-in-place went into effect, this Silver Lake restaurant has gone into overdrive with new, creative ways to serve their food. In addition to their usual lineup of vegan dishes like breakfast burritos and “Hot-ish” fried (soy) chicken sandwiches, they’ve added some new ones like Japanese curry. Plus, if you’re like us, and secretly harbor a fantasy of moving to a self-sustaining farm (but recognize that that time hasn’t come yet), Jewel has just introduced their Treasure Box, a medley of fresh fruits and vegetables from Tutti Frutti Farms. Available for takeout and delivery.
If you’re tired of trying to find ways to be creative with toast, then order from Mayura. This Culver City restaurant specializes in the regional cooking of Kerala, a state on the southern coast of India, and features dishes like uthappam (a thick dosa made with rice and lentils, and topped with cheese) and the ghee-roast dosa - a buttery, flaky, cone-shaped rice pancake that’s big enough to self-quarantine in. You can go back to avocado toast tomorrow. Available for takeout and delivery.
Eating at this family-run Ethiopian restaurant has always felt like a meal at home. And now, their entire menu is available to-go. This includes everything from sambusas (triangle-shaped pastries stuffed with lentils and herbs) to steamed collard greens, but if you’re serious about your fiber intake, get the Vegetarian’s Delight. It’s a massive combo of all the plant-based items on the menu, and exactly what you want after another long day of staring out the window. Available for takeout and delivery.
Both the Sherman Oaks and West Adams locations of Mizlala are available for delivery/takeout. The menus differ slightly - the West Adams outpost focuses on plates and proteins, while Sherman Oaks offers wraps and kebabs - but the through line here is an emphasis on well-made Mediterranean food. You can’t go wrong with anything involving their Moroccan chicken, and their hummus selection is one of the best in town.
Much like Lucy Liu in the early 2000’s, Sage seems to do everything right - not only is their entire menu available for takeout and delivery (that includes baked mac and cheese and excellent jackfruit carnitas), but they’re also selling produce boxes from Sow A Heart Farms, which are filled with everything from Persian cucumbers to oranges to Tuscan kale. If you’re not in the mood to cook, they also have individual meals like lasagna and yellow dal soup prepped and ready to go. And they’re offering batches of their classic house margarita to-go. Available for takeout and delivery.
Make no mistake - Shojin isn’t in the business of serving Impossible tuna sashimi. Instead, they’re taking all of the techniques of Japanese cooking, replacing fish with tofu, and stuffing zucchini blossoms with pumpkin, apricot, and tomato. And the end result is legitimately inventive vegan fare that everyone - from gold-star vegans to even the most carnivorous of us - should try. Their DTLA location is open from 4-8pm Tuesday-Friday (weekends 1-8pm) for pick-up and delivery. They also have DIY ramen kits, for either two or four people.
Nothing against Impossible or Beyond, but sometimes, you just want a really good veggie burger - and Spoke has one of the best in LA. Why? Because their patties are made with mushrooms and beets, which add a real element of smokiness, and they top them with arugula, caramelized onions, and garlic aioli for even more flavor. And in our book, that’s better than a plant-based burger that still somehow bleeds (admit it - it’s kind of weird). Available for takeout and delivery.
SunCafe doesn’t make things complicated: They serve simple, organic, vegan food, and they do it really, really well. Although they’re located in a particularly snoozy part of Studio City, they’ve developed quite a cult-like following with their exceptional spicy quesadillas, jackfruit tacos, and mint shamrock shakes. Available for takeout and delivery.