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Between Alma, Bestia, Providence & Hinoki and the Bird, which would blow a vegetarian foodie's socks off...

Great suggestions; thank you! I was at Le Comptoir when it was downtown and it was delicious, although a little bit simplistic in places (is he still doing the intimidating massive spear of grilled ... is it leek?). Thanks for the Rustic Canyon suggestion. I hadn't realized that there was a new menu/chef. It's a terrific tip!

Upscale - Vegetarian + Delicious Only

I think I just phrased my question / request terribly. I just tried it again and wrote it differently. Thanks for the Crossroads recommendation -- it's good to hear that people are enjoying it ... I've been burned on several upscale vegetarian restaurants in the past, but I will definitely keep my ear to the ground and probably try it out!

Between Alma, Bestia, Providence & Hinoki and the Bird, which would blow a vegetarian foodie's socks off...

from pure deliciousness (even if it's only one entree, one app, one dessert, but they're just so insanely yummy!). Looking for "quality" ... that "omg-that-is-one-of the-most-frickin'-amazing-things-I've-ever-tasted" rather than "quantity," like "hey, there's a lot of pretty good things you can eat here!"

Open to other places too that have the "Holy-F-- ... what was that?" factor in any of their vegetarian menu items.

TIA veggie or veggie-friendly hounds (or just that have gone back again and again and ordered everything on the menu -- I've got love for you too!)

Upscale - Vegetarian + Delicious Only

Thanks so much! The menu reminds me of Millennium in San Francisco back in the day. I could never bring myself to love that place. I'm looking here for astoundingly yummy vegetarian, more than vegan, and hoping for one of the places above, or similar .... I would love to hear from vegetarians (or omnivores who have eaten vegetarian dishes there) who have been to most/many of the above! :-)

Upscale - Vegetarian + Delicious Only

Between Alma, Bestia, Providence (vegetarian-by-request prixe-fixe) and maybe throw in Cube (?) and Hinoki and the Bird, where is the most delicious bang for the bucket -- focusing exclusively on food + desert (as opposed to, say, ambiance + wine), for a vegetarian?

DONUT FRIEND

I really wanted to like Donut Friend! And I hate to hit a place while they're soft ... but I have to be honest. I was so excited about the concept, but the execution is poor. Once we tasted, it was clear what the problem is: The donuts themselves are not amazing. They're not even meh. When I thought about a custom, made-to-order donut, my taste buds naturally went to the donut itself being made fresh. But they're not. They're on trays, waiting for these millions of craaaazy toppings. And then a "glaze" is weirdly drizzled on (drizzled randomly does not actually glaze a donut) and there are no glazes that really make sense with some of the savory ingredients. And the ingredients were not super yum. The folks there seem really nice. I hope they do well. I have no idea how they could totally re-do their idea, but they should. Maybe way fewer ingredients and some way to make the donuts fresh? Maybe a pastry bag and pipe the custom mixture (and far less of it; and everything chopped finely) inside the donut (instead of an awkward sticky sandwich)? Donut Man in Glendora only does the strawberry and the peach, but quality-wise, it just tastes much better. Endless variety on something not delicious doesn't up its deliciousness. Good luck, Donut Friend ... I hope you can find your way!

99 for Vegetarians

I'm also extremely underwhelmed by Akasha. Yummyness factor -- at least for a vegetarian -- is just too low.

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Akasha
9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

99 for Vegetarians

Wow, great suggestions. There isn't a way to see a Le Comptoir menu online, is there? Are they vegetarian, or just veggie-centric? Do they throw a bit of bone marrow here, and a touch of goose fat there, into many dishes?

99 for Vegetarians

Which restaurant's on Gold's 99 Essential (L.A. Weekly) list, or from your own "99" list have something absolutely delicious for a vegetarian to eat? Which would be worth the effort of a trip for your vegetarian friends (or self)?

By vegetarian, we mean no meat, chicken, or fish. Eggs and dairy are okay.

For the sake of this thread, let's avoid any overtly vegetarian restaurants, unless you think they belong on a carnivore's top ten list too. Cheers!

8a.m. Saturday Morning Downtown L.A. (Super Yum + Highchair + New +Not-Meat-Meat-Meaty)

Hi folks! So we went to Nickel Diner.
Baby had scrambled eggs and was very happy.
We had: Tofu scramble ... very good, not amazing; and...
Scramble with leeks, roasted tomato and cheese with potatoes and toast and jam...
All impressively surprisingly yummy. Not worth a drive amazing, but very solid and a good choice if I were near there. The toast and jam was the highlight (again, not drive-from-far-away highlight), but the highlight of the meal. Very solid. Thanks so much for the rec; it was really fun to try someplace new in my hometown!
Oh! I almost forgot, we stopped by Cafe Dulce first and got a mocha and walked around. Yum!! Really good coffee and very mellow on an early Saturday morning.
Thanks again, all!

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Nickel Diner
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Best CCC in L.A.? That's chocolate chip cookies to those of you whose teenagers don't text them abbreviations all the time ...

I think you have to qualify this by a very important distinction: Chewy or crispy. There are definitely two types of CCC lovers in the world and what would be a favorite of one would not necessarily be of the other. I LOVE Proof but think their CCC are just okay. I think DR's are atrocious. I'll qualify by saying I haven't had all the cookies on that list, but thus far I don't have any favorites in L.A. BUT, I am also a crispy cookie lover. Sometimes Le Pain Quotidian has amazing crisp CCC, but they seem to go stale incredibly quickly and I just as often get a terrible one as a wonderful one. Cheers!

8a.m. Saturday Morning Downtown L.A. (Super Yum + Highchair + New +Not-Meat-Meat-Meaty)

Y'all are hilarious but I do have to say that "I love the Nickel Diner's bbq pork hash and their house made jams are addictive and I get a box of maple bacon doughnuts" is actually making my case for I love this place because of the various and delicious way they prepare pig. Have you noticed that pig preparation is the new coffee? If a place does it well, it's an instant breakfast sensation. Unfortunately as a non-eater of the pig, I have to judge on other dishes (say, great egg dishes, great coffee, yummy bread for toast, good fruit, interesting, innovative or delicious pancakes/waffles ,etc. and so on). Now not totally sure Nickel's our best bet, but Saturday is soon! :)

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Nickel Diner
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

8a.m. Saturday Morning Downtown L.A. (Super Yum + Highchair + New +Not-Meat-Meat-Meaty)

Thanks for the Nickel Diner suggestion! I've heard of it, but as you rightly assumed, have not been. I slightly assumed that it was popular either for its hipster cred or its bacon-ness, and not for its generalized (and non-bacon) yumminess. But so happy to try it! (Btw, I've been to the other places). While we're at it, any other new-in-the-past-few-years early-morning breakfast places you love (let's say east of Highland, but no more east than downtown-ish, south of Mulholland, north of Olympic)?

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Nickel Diner
524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

8a.m. Saturday Morning Downtown L.A. (Super Yum + Highchair + New +Not-Meat-Meat-Meaty)

Hi all! I'm an L.A. native so I've been (a million, zillion times perhaps) to all of the old school places downtown (Pacific Dining Car, Pantry, etc. etc.) including many which no longer exists. What I have not been to, since having my child, is any of the new places that have opened in the last few years, but about which I've heard lots of hype.

My little one is doing really well in restaurants these days, especially for breakfast. We usually eat at Little Dom's, Village Bakery, or Square One (which has gone downhill, folks!). We're going to be downtown this Saturday, and I would love to try someplace new. Help a mom out :). Here are some parameters:

-MUST open at 8 a.m. or earlier (non-negotiable as she won't eat later than that and then it doesn't work).
-Please be new-ish; I'd like to try someplace I haven't been
-We are very adventurous VEGETARIAN eaters and MOST of our favorite restaurants are not overly veggie, but they all have solid (and super yummy) veggie options (so, for example, we're never going to find ourselves over at Animal, but we did find ourselves (pre-baby) over at The Bazaar. So, if what you love there is the meaty-meat-meat, or the potatoes fried in the meaty-meat-meat-grease, not a good rec for us).
-Can be anything from order at the counter to ultra-fancy (was thinking of Bottega Louie if they opened an hour earlier).

Thanks all!

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Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The Village Bakery & Cafe
3119 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Your Favorite Tofu

So helpful, wii47! You're right, it was a general question, and I was imagining a much more general answer ... this kind of place generally has this, this kind of place that. Instead, a wonderful compendium! Thank you!

Quick - Sunday Afternoon (tomorrow!) Birthday Advice Needed

They're not doing Harvest Call anymore. Do they serve food during those hours though? I think they're closed ... does anyone know?

Quick - Sunday Afternoon (tomorrow!) Birthday Advice Needed

We're trying to have a special birthday outing for five adults and a baby, centered around the baby's nap time. When she wakes up from her afternoon nap (around 3), we'll rush off to "linner" (lunch/dinner) before her 6 p.m. bedtime (mom is birthday girl). Looking for someplace a little bit special, very vegetarian friendly (birthday girl is vegetarian), and generally eastside (Hollywood, Los Feliz, Glendale, Silverlake, Eagle Rock, Echo Park).

So again, the parameters are:
1. Open between lunch and dinner.
2. Great veggie food (and a little bit special)
3. Big enough to be able to get a table without a reservation and not too much wait.
4. Baby friendly enough to not freak anyone out.
5. Generally eastside.

Great places that would meet #2-#5 are, in order of preference: Fatty's; Street; Little Dom's. Alas, they are not open between lunch and dinner.

A place like Home would meet #1, #3 and #4 and #5, but the food is not so amazing and it's not a little bit special.

Maybe there are some new places that have opened up in the past year that I'm not thinking of.

Help please :).

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Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Your Favorite Tofu

Okay, so this is maybe a super dumb question, but how to figure out which of these splendid dishes are vegetarian and which are not?

Best (super high quality) Hot Fudge Sundae?

I would, I would, but then I wind up making hot fudge sundaes for a week ... you see the problem ;).

Best (super high quality) Hot Fudge Sundae?

Will try Ivy's. *Very* underwhelmed by Glacier in MB and pretty underwhelmed by Milk -- in both cases ice cream quality / yummyness isue. At Glacier, hot fudge was good but not amazing. Will try Fosselman's (have been meaning to), but have been worried it will be just be more of the same.

Scared of the word "messy" vis a vis an amazing quality hot fudge sundae, but you never know. Liked Ghiradelli's as a kid, but since growing up have found it only so-so. Thanks for the replies so far!

Your Favorite Tofu

Rice Cakes with Crispy Scallion Tofu at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park

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Good Girl Dinette
110 North Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Best (super high quality) Hot Fudge Sundae?

I've been cutting back on sweets lately, but have been nursing a mad craving for a hot fudge sundae. I know it's all about the sauce (and yes, I know the Lawry's chain has the CC Brown's sauce, etc. etc.), but I actually think it's kind of all about the ice cream too. And, really, all about the whipped cream. Good quality, freshly whipped cream ... oh, my.

I recently had a really good sundae at Little Dom's, but there were two problems: A. It was gelato and not ice cream. I prefer ice cream in a sundae. And B. The sundae is topped with the dreaded hazelnut (I'm not a fan) and they are a NO SUBSTITUTION kitchen.

I guess I'm looking for someplace that serves Carmella's quality/level of ice cream (burnt caramel - yum!), with great fudge, freshly whipped cream (no cans, a pox on whipped cream from the can, please don't even suggest a canned whipped cream "ice cream parlor" for their sundaes), and some peanuts on top. Is that too much to ask, chowsers? Anyplace that really and truly has the whole package -- the nirvana of sundaes?

You don't know how grateful me and my sundae-seeking sweet tooth would be!

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Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

BESTS

Best Tofu Dish - Rice Cakes with Crispy Scallion Tofu at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park

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Good Girl Dinette
110 North Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

High Quality Inexpesive Organic Produce?

Hi! Is there any market that has really good produce (i..e.not the stuff at Trader Joe's which, whenever I buy it, suddenly I've become a bad cook) which is organic and lower cost? For Bay Area transplants, think Berkeley Bowl. For anyone who has not had a Berkeley Bowl in their lives, shame, as it's produce nirvana. I'm sick of spending a hundred dollars every time I go into Whole Foods. CSA delivery won't work for me, because it does actually matter what I get each week, and I can't always make it to the farmer's markets. Anyone have a hidden gem of a grocery store or produce market for organic goodies? Extra points for east side of town (i.e. proximity to Silverlake)!

organic food co-op/ delivery

What a great reply post! Thank you SO much for the thoughtfulness and detail. The specificity about why what works does for you is incredibly useful! Bravo!

BESTS

Good one! How is it sweetened?

BESTS

Best Grilled Artichoke - Little Dom's - Los Feliz

BESTS

Best Chocolate Brownie (high quality, rich) - Sweets for the Soul - Atwater

BESTS

Okay, here are the rules :)

1. It has to be a particular food item -- no "best Mexican restaurant." But instead, Best Chille Relleno.
2. Be specific. Super specific. If you like fake-y nachos with fake-y cheese sauce, yay for you. But write that. Like this: Best Fake-y Nachos with Fake-y Cheese Sauce - ___. Especially be specific about controversial foods, i.e. pizza.
3. Limit yourself. You don't have to be an expert on everything. This should be a food you love, that you have eaten all over town, that you have searched high and low for the very best. One great post is so much better than twenty posts about "bests" that are only just "most popular," or bests that are only the best you've had because you haven't had many.
4. Anywhere in LA County.
4. It has to be not only the best in L.A., but amongst the best anywhere. So, for example, if I were posting in San Francisco, I might write: "Best Movie Theater Popcorn: Red Vic's." But that's because it's fresh and fantastic, served in a big wooden bowl, with real-real butter (not "real" butter-sauce) and nutritional yeast and is super yum. Whereas in L.A. I've never had movie theater popcorn that was amazing. Thus "Best Movie Theater Popcorn" is simply not a category for me in L.A. (feel free to disagree!). Again, only post if it's not only the best in L.A., but would stand up pretty much anywhere.
5. Only one food item per post.

I'll do the first two to get us started. Let the posts begin!

Vegetarian Delish Picnic for Shakespeare in the Park

Oh, wonderful New Yorkers, it's that time again! I don't get to New York often in the summer (I'm more of a Manhattan in the springtime girl), but when I do, I relish Shakespeare in the park. It's been years since I've had the chance to go, and I want to do it up right with some amazing eating. I know I can gather some goods from Zabar's, and that's great, but if you had to go to one place to pack a picnic of pure deliciousness, of serious foody bliss, to go with the theater bliss, where would you stop to forage? Oh, and for the purposes of this post, although the place doesn't have to be vegetarian, the amazing yuminess should be vegetarian-able (i.e., no "Here you can get the best pulled pork sandwich and a divine brownie", more like, "Here you can get the best burrata sandwich and a divine brownie, or or here you can get the best dainty perfectly flavored variety of prepared foods, each of which is more delicoius than the next). You get the idea! I'll travel from downtown to uptown in search of the absolutely tastiest food for the park that this city has to offer. Cheers, fellow chowhounds!

May 26, 2008
veggietraveler in Manhattan