Back in the day, the pioneers for vegetarianism fought an up-hill battle. A commitment to not eating animals condemned people to a life of boring food, lots of salads when dining out and let’s not forget about the horrific cardboard-infused ‘veggie’ patties in the frozen food aisle that looked more like something your garbage disposal coughed up. These days, vegetarianism is not only easier but it’s much tastier, too. Thanks to gourmet chefs, the classic veggie burger is just one the many meatless items that received a much-needed makeover. Save a cow and sink your teeth into a delicious veggie burger at any of these five locations.
214 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
With several locations around Los Angeles, Cabbage Patch serves up a farm fresh vegetarian burger option with only the best ingredients. This mouth watering burger comes on a delicious brioche bun and has gruyere cheese, organic arugula, hass avocados, and plum tomatoes inside. Choice of sides includes their signature slaw or french fries with their homemade aioli which is something you can’t miss.
The veggie burger has received a major overhaul thanks to gastropubs like Umami Burger. The Earth burger is a hand-formed patty made of mushrooms and edamame that’s topped with white soy aioli, truffled ricotta, cipollini onions, lettuce and slow-roasted tomato. And it’s not just vegetarians that are in love with it. Throw a side of smushed potatoes, sweet potato fries, tempura onion rings, truffled beat salad or a pickle plate next to it and you’ve got the best veggie meal ever.
110 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Voted one of LA’s “can’t miss” cheap eats by Los Angeles Magazine, the Veggie Grill is the place to go whether you’re a vegetarian or not. Enticing descriptions will lure in any carnivore into indulging in any of the many healthy sides, starters, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. One of meat-free customers’ favorites include the Papa’s Portobello (grilled mushroom, chopped tomato, basil and garlic pomodoro with caramelized onions, pesto, lettuce, red onion and chipotle ranch).
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1400 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Sometimes a classic veggie burger is all a vegetarian is looking for; no fuss, no muss just a delicious no-meat patty on a bun with all the proper accessories. And that’s exactly what The Park offers. Simply titled ‘The Park’ (which also comes in a carnivore version) is a homemade veggie patty with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle and choice of fries or mixed greens. You can substitute a Caesar or wild arugula salad for $2 if you want to be just a little fancy. Wednesday night is $5 burger night and that includes a side. No reservations are taken on Wednesday nights so be prepared to wait.
The Addiction Bistro
408 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
LA Weekly named The Addiction Bistro on its top 10 veggie burgers in Los Angeles list. The Addiction Bistro has a complete menu dedicated to vegan and vegetarian appetizers, chili, hotdogs and, of course, burgers for you to choose from. Boasting of “the most realistic vegan burger you’ll ever have,” your choices include THE Burger (chili, homemade sauerkraut, peppers ‘n onions, caramelized onions), the Italian Burger (homemade marinara sauce and sauteed peppers ‘n onions) and the Chili Size (vegan burger patty heaped with any chili of your choice). The vegan menu is available by request only.
The Magnolia Grille
10530 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
The Magnolia Grille, located near the corner of Magnolia and Cahuenga, is a quaint local diner with good food and friendly service. The menu offers something for everyone, but vegetarians can delight in a Planet Burger made from zucchini, onion, mushrooms, carrots and herbs and spices. Choice of sides include fresh fruit, salad or fries, garlic fries, curly fries or curly garlic fries. An off-menu item that’s a definite must try is the veggie wrap with mixed grilled veggies, avocado, lettuce, cheese and almonds.
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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.