Holy Crap!! I just stumbled across Miki’s Guide to Vegan Dining in LA and this might be the most comprehensive list of vegan restaurants in LA (and surrounding areas). I’ve only even heard about about a 3rd of these places, but I can’t think of anything that isn’t on this list. Like, really, there’s almost 75 places listed here. Cripes! Time to start making the rounds…
Update: In the comments Frank points out livingvegan.org which has checked out some of these places and notes that not all are as vegan as they claim to be:
The “Vegan” chains we refer to are any restaurant in LA that have the word vegan in their title (e.g. Truly Vegan, Vegan Express, California Vegan). They are mostly all owned by one family and all have very similar, if not identical menus.
To the point: Vegan Express and Hollywood Vegan are serving food which IS NOT VEGAN and California Vegan would not reveal their ingredients and were extremely sketchy and even took a photo of the livingvegan.org members.
At each one of these restaurants the staff revealed ingredient lists which showed whey in several items, and California Vegan all but refused polite requests to know what was in the food they were serving. In response to being shown that they serve items with whey in them, Hollywood Vegan’s response was “it doesn’t matter it’s only a little bit of dairy.”
Update 2: I’m looking into this myself, updates here.