Whether you’re a devoted vegan or just feel like giving a turkey a break this Thanksgiving, plenty of Los Angeles restaurants are preparing a compassionate, plant-based feast so delicious, there’s something for everyone to be thankful for.
9543 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
This downtown Culver City eatery located in the historic Hull Building is the perfect culinary destination for carnivores and herbivores alike. Chef Akasha Richmond has created an omnivore-friendly Thanksgiving menu with such dishes as peppercorn & hemp crusted tofu, chanterelle & hen of the woods mushrooms with mashed potatoes and chestnut stuffing taking center stage along with a choice of starters (roasted cauliflower bisque or persimmon & pomegranate salad), family-style sides and a host of delectable extras. All that and a generous pie buffet with vegan and gluten free options. That’s right — pie buffet.
Open Thanksgiving Day from noon to 7:00 PM. Price is $65.00 per person, $35.00 for children 12 and under. Their Thanksgiving To Go menu offers the same dishes with a la carte pricing. Make dining reservations online. Take-out orders must be made by 6:00 PM November 20th by calling 310–845-1700 or faxing 310–204-1771.
M Café de Chaya
7119 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
9433 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For those willing to get your Thanksgiving dinner to go, this popular contemporary macrobiotic (which basically means grain and veggie-centric unprocessed food) restaurant offers menu options for 2 or 4 people, featuring savory sliced seitan, herbed bread stuffing, pan gravy & cranberry relish, spiced butternut bisque, winter salad and a choice of two sides such as mashed pumpkin with couscous and raisins or maple-glazed acorn squash, brussel sprouts & chestnuts. The kitchen also turns out whole holiday pies and cheesecake as well as individual cranberry tartes. And with no refined sugars, eggs or dairy, you can convince yourself it’s good for you!
Orders must be placed by 5PM on Monday, November 21. $60 for 2, $110 for 4. Call Amy Harmon at 310.410.0381, ext.11 or e-mail email@example.com. They are closed Thanksgiving Day.
18621 Ventura Bl.
Tarzana, CA 91356
Many consider this to be the best vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles and perhaps the country thanks to the genius of Chef Dave Anderson who applies his mastery of animal-free cooking to a stunning organic vegan holiday meal that may make you go meatless for life. Herb-crusted seitan, coconut yams and sourdough-sage stuffing are pure vegan heaven.
Opening from 11:AM to 4:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day, the kitchen prepares a prix fixe menu choice of a Traditional Menu, a Chef’s Tasting Menu and a Children’s Menu. Four-course take-out is also available for $50 per person as well as a variety of a la carte options. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-758-6971 to book your table or place take-out orders before 10 PM on November 20th.
Stuff I Eat
114 N. Market Street
Inglewood, CA 90301
Vegan soul food? Oh yeah. This cozy, eco-friendly eatery draws raves from diners about food that is not just delicious vegetarian food, but simply delicious food with seasonings and textures to which most of us are accustomed. Open noon to 6:00 on Thanksgiving Day they’ll offer a strictly holiday menu for $40 a person featuring barbeque tofu, mashed potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese, cornbread stuffing, greens and and sweet potato pie. For devotedly healthy diners, they will also offer a raw dinner including stuffing, gravy, greens, plantains, corn salad and raw lemon or carrot pie. Meals can be prepared oil free or gluten free upon request for just $5 more. Take-out is available as well.
Cafe La Boheme
8400 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
This romantic Los Angeles classic is the perfect choice for those seeking a truly elegant but unfussy holiday dining experience that will satisfy turkey lovers and vegetarians alike. No turkey taste-alikes here – the veggie main course features luscious cauliflower gratin, faro pilaf, oven roasted root vegetables and sweet potato soufflé. A roasted pear salad starts you off and dessert-lovers will swoon for the pumpkin bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce or warm apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated within the menu and special pricing for kids makes it a perfect choice for families with children seeking that ‘special occasion’ restaurant.
Open 3:00 to 8:00 on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations required. $45 for adults, $20 for kids.
Noelle Wright is a Los Angeles-based writer and longtime vegetarian who is now completely confused as to where to eat Thanksgiving dinner.