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, here are 21 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 delivery.
They say don’t fix what’s not broken, but at Brandoni Pepperoni, the art of pizza making isn’t being fixed per se - it’s being completely reimagined. Like the name implies, chef Brandon Gray (whose resume includes stints at spots like Providence and Trois Mec) still does a pepperoni pizza, but he’s also created a host of unique, groundbreaking pies covered in heirloom tomatoes, baby king trumpets, maitake mushrooms, and stinging nettle pesto - many of which are sourced from local farms or markets. Available for takeout.
Ordering from this Southeast Asian pop-up might take a bit of calendar management (pick-ups are only held twice a month), but when you live in a city with so few Burmese options, some extra maneuvering might just be worth it. Everything here is sold by the kit, like tea leaf salads and party packs of vegan curry, which come with coconut rice, fried garlic, and parathas (flaky flatbread), and can feed as many as six people. Whether those are six different people, or just one person over the span of a single afternoon - that’s between you and your Outlook calendar. DM their Instagram account to pre-order.
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The Butcher's Daughter
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 cashew ricotta-stuffed ravioli to the basil BLT with adzuki bacon is full of flavor and tastes remarkably... not like cardboard. Available for takeout and delivery.
Once a week, Guyanese chef (and fellow vegan) Yonette Alleyne drops a new menu of home-cooked Caribbean fare on her Instagram. The dishes change slightly each week, but our past favorites include roti served with a side of channa masala, a simple, sweet pineapple tart, and her vegan magnum opus - a plant-based curry packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like red bell peppers, carrots, green peas, garlic, and onions. Plus, everything’s served in microwave-safe takeout containers and labeled with precise reheating instructions - cooking at home has never been so easy. Or delicious, for that matter.
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, salads, and starters like gluten-free zucchini blossoms. Available for takeout and delivery.
Doomie's Home Cookin'
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. 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.
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 the first time around, 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 also added added fantastic Japanese curry, coconut tacos, and some really good scallion pancakes to the menu. Available for takeout and delivery.
Mateo's Ice Cream & Fruit Bars
Mateo’s paleta case is like Meryl Streep’s IMDb page - if you can’t find something you like, the problem is probably you. Known for their excellent Oaxacan-style desserts, this small paleta shop is stocked with over 30 flavors, including fresa (strawberry), sandia (watermelon), and leche quemada - a creamy, smoked milk concoction that tastes exactly like someone kippered a gallon of dairy over an open flame. But if you’re searching for ultimate popsicle perfection, order the mango paleta - sweet, juicy, and made with zero artificial flavoring, this tropical pop is the perfect salve for a super-hot day, or whenever you remember the time your bank called you a “severe financial risk.”
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.
Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
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.
Bright orange daikon kimchi, perfectly rolled eggs stuffed with seaweed, and the prettiest box of seasoned rice we’ve ever seen - the menu at this Korean banchan pop-up is kind of like h the world’s most beautiful coffee table book. But Perilla’s about more than just looks - from ginger soy-braised yams to pickled shisito peppers doused in doenjang (soybean paste), each dish is crisp, refreshing, and complex. Pre-order online for pick-up.
Sage Organic Vegan Bistro
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 offering growlers of beer or kombucha, a full kid’s menu, and 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. Available for pick-up and delivery.
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.
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Today Starts Here
This new breakfast pop-up in Chinatown is a great way to start your day - and no, not just because of its name. Owned and operated by the team behind Joy in Highland Park, they serve all kinds of cozy, Taiwanese and Chinese dishes, like pan-fried daikon rice cakes, dan bing (crepes stuffed with scallions, eggs, cabbage, and corn), and house-made mantou, traditional steamed buns which can be ordered either steamed or griddled and served with a side of condensed milk. Can every day start like this? Maybe then we’d become morning people. Maybe. Available for takeout.