Eater LA just published a piece titled Essential Los Angeles Vegetarian Restaurants. As a vegetarian I read it with interest but was left a bit unsatisfied. I’ve eaten at seven of the seventeen restaurants on Eater’s list and have enjoyed the dining experience at each, but I do have a few quibbles:
- Mohawk Bend isn’t a vegetarian restaurant. They do have vegetarian options, as does every local restaurant that I’ve ever been to — with the exception of Saigon Flavor in the San Gabriel Valley.
- Speaking of the San Gabriel Valley, not a single of Eater’s picks is from that region, even though every Angeleno whose ever dined out knows that region as the place with all of the best restaurants.
By shunning the SGV, the good listiclers at Eater have served up a list which will no doubt please members of the KKKK (the Kale Kinwa Kombucha Klan), which is fine for folks who choose vegetarianism out of health concerns or because they can’t get enough of those ancient grains, raw greens, and beverages which taste like they were filtered through unwashed yoga pants. On the other hand, there’s almost nothing for vegetarians whose health concerns are more for the animals and planet, rather than themselves… vegetarians, say, who love battered, greasy, fried, chunks of salt-and-MSG-seasoned gluten, chemically flavored to taste like chicken.
I made this map for those people (and myself), and because it’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month (and because it’s what I want to eat 88% of the time) it’s specifically a map of vegetarian Asian restaurants.
食福 いただきます कृपया भोजन का आनंद लीजिये Selamat makan 맛있게 드세요 Kainan na ทานให้อร่อย 食飯 राम्ररी खानु होला تامىغىڭىز ياخشى بولسۇن ཞལ་ལག་ཉེས་པོ་གནང་རོགས། Chúc ngon miệng
MY TOP 10
SAMOSA HOUSE (Indian — Culver City and Silver Lake)
VINH LOI (Vietnamese — Reseda)
MORE ON VEGETARIAN ASIAN RESTAURANTS
For further reading about Asian vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles, see Kristie Hang’s 10 Vegetarian Restaurants You Need To Try In The San Gabriel Valley and Clarissa Wei’s Four great vegetarian Chinese restaurants and Where to Eat Vegetarian Chinese Food in Los Angeles. Also check out Green Menu, an Alhambra-based non-profit which promotes plant-based diets and offers members all sorts of exclusive offers at vegan, vegetarian, and vegetarian-friendly restaurants of all sorts of cuisine.
Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in Amoeblog, diaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, Boom: A Journal of California, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Form Follows Function, Los Angeles County Store, Skid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, LAist, Eastsider LA, Boing Boing, Los Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Click here to offer financial support and thank you!