Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants to Support in Los Angeles

Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants to Support in Los Angeles

Jun 4, 2020 BY: Allie Mitchell

Whether you’re craving vegan burgers, buffalo cauliflower, or apple cobbler, stop by one of these Black-owned vegan restaurants to get your fix!

 

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Stuff I Eat

Inglewood

Since 2008, Chef Babette Davis has been spreading her positive energy and knowledge of health in the form of vegan food at her restaurant, Stuff I Eat. The menu is designed to help those seeking to transition from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet. How? By making it delicious! Stuff I Eat’s all-vegan and primarily organic dishes are full of nutrients and satisfying seasonings. From Tofu Tacos and Lava Burritos to Soul Food Platters and Nachos, there’s bound to be a dish that’ll suit your fancy!

Stuff I Eat

Lettuce Feast

Food Truck

Did you know that Lettuce Feast started as a food blog? When Eva Cannon and Willie Perrymon went vegan, they created a food blog to share their amazing recipes with the world. After that, they made a cookbook titled, Lettuce Feast. And in 2016, the duo decided to serve their most popular dishes from a food truck. This all-vegan food truck serves Southern and Creole-inspired food. Lettuce Feast is known for their Nashville Sando and Chik’n Tenders, but you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu!

Lettuce Feast

T&T Lifestyle

West LA

Do you like Jackfruit Tacos, Cinnamon Rolls, or Injera? If you answered yes to any of those dishes, then you’ll love T&T Lifestyle! Tete Alemayehu shared, “as you probably are aware, vegans have the availability of ethnic eats (Indian, Chinese, Japanese, etc.) in abundance, but not from the African cuisines.” Her goal with T&T Lifestyle is to offer healthy African (specifically Ethiopian) eats with a Western twist. So she started popping up with her vegan Ethiopian food at events such as Smorgasburg and Long Beach Meatless Mondays. After T&T Lifestyle gained more popularity, they made the move to a brick-and-mortar at The Colony!

T&T Lifestyle

Photo credit: @vegana.ventures on Instagram

Happy Ice

Food Truck (Melrose location opening soon!)

With LA’s hot summer days in your near future, you’ll want to know where to get a refreshing frozen treat, right? If that’s the case, check out Happy Ice! This black-owned sweet stop has perfected a treat that’s a hybrid between smooth, creamy ice cream and light, refreshing shaved ice! Their scoops are nut-free, fat-free, vegan-friendly––and so bright, you can’t help but crack a smile!

Happy Ice

Compton Vegan

West LA & Delivery

Compton native Lemel Durrah saw a need for accessible plant-based foods in inner-city neighborhoods, so he started Compton Vegan. The kitchen is based out of The Colony in West LA, but Durrah continues to offer delivery and pick up in the Compton area. These 100% vegan comfort food dishes are so delicious, they’ll blow your mind! BBQ Wingz, Fried Chik’n, Ribz, and Shrimp & Grits are just a few examples of what you can find on the menu!

Compton Vegan

Photo credit: @vegangstarr on Instagram

Earle’s on Crenshaw

Leimert Park

Brothers Duane, Cary, and Earle are the owners of this vegan-friendly restaurant in the heart of Crenshaw. Their vast menu was created to ensure there is something for everyone––vegans and non-vegans alike! The items that can be made vegan at Earle’s On Crenshaw include the Dog and Link (with Field Roast frankfurters), Beyond Meat Hamburger, Chili Cheese Fries, Chili Cheese Fritos, Chili Bowl, Broccoli Salad, and Vegan Cake (chocolate, yellow, and lemon).

Earle's on Crenshaw

Photo credit: @forkmeetsfood on Instagram

Kick Ass Vegan

Pop-up

You may have had plenty of vegan burgers in your lifetime, but what about Shrimp Pineapple Bowls, Vegan Shrimp & Crab Alfredo Pasta, or a Bacon Cheeseburgers on Texas Toast? Those are just a handful of mouth-watering meals to order from this all-vegan pop-up!

Kick Ass Vegan

Vurger Guyz

Food Truck

Vurger Guyz was started in 2018 by four former NCAA athletes. After the four opened their eyes to the possibilities of plant-based eating, they immediately began grilling up Beyond Meat patties to show the world you don’t have to give up the tastes you love! Just imagine biting into a vegan burger jam-packed with a Beyond Meat patty, American cheese, fresh guacamole, black bean puree sauce, pico de gallo, lettuce, and pickles. Now quit imagining and track down this plant-powered food truck!

Vurger Guyz

Jackfruit Cafe

West LA

There’s nothing vegans love more than buffalo cauliflower! When you ask for the Cauliflower Wings from Jackfruit Cafe, battered and deep-fried cauliflower will be coated in Golden BBQ, Buffalo, or Mango Habanero sauce. But that’s not all! Your meal will come with a side of fries, too! And you can’t take a trip to a spot named after jackfruit without ordering it, so go ahead and add a BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich, Jackfruit Bowl, or Jackfruit Smoothie to your order!

Jackfruit Cafe

Photo credit: @foodaddictla on Instagram

Lotus Vegan

North Hollywood

If you’re craving Thai food, Lotus Vegan is the place to go! From breakfast to dinner, their menu has a wide variety of dishes that’ll please your taste buds. Chicken Satay, Tom Yum Soup, Pad See Ew, Fried Banana Rolls––you name it, they’ve got it! Oh, and to make things even better, this spot is family-owned and has a wonderful staff!

Lotus Vegan

Photo credit: @alyssachews on Instagram

Azla Vegan

Leimert Park

When Azla’s six children transitioned to plant-based eating, she began modifying traditional Ethiopian recipes for them to enjoy. In 2013, Azla and her youngest daughter, Nesanet, opened the first Ethiopian restaurant in South Los Angeles. Since then, they’ve been feeding their nourishing and palate-pleasing recipes to the LA community. Fill up your plate with items like Kik Wot (curry split peas), Dinich Wot (spicy potato and cabbage), Shimbra Salad (kale, curry chickpeas, dates, and pickled onions), and Injera (flatbread) or Rooz (brown rice).

Azla Vegan

The VTree

Hollywood

Hollywood’s newest vegan destination is led by the renowned vegan chef, Velvet Jacobs. Her plant-based soul food is so good that after Nick Cannon paid a visit to her restaurant in Charlotte, he partnered with her to open up a restaurant in Los Angeles. At The VTree, you can dine on Cajun Shrimp, Fried Drumsticks, Chic’n & Waffles, African Peanut Stew, and other groundbreaking grub!

The VTree Hollywood

Photo credit: @icantbelieveimvegan on Instagram

Munchies Diner

Santa Ana

Where can you order vegan breakfast all day, Chicken Bacon Ranch Crunchwraps, and a tower of nachos? Munchies Diner! Now you may be familiar with their trendy diner and vast menu, but did you know that Chef Skyler Tanksley and his crew began their venture by selling vegan breakfast sandwiches out of their own home? Look at them now!

Munchies Diner

Café Ruisseau

Playa Vista

The next time you need your daily dose of caffeine, consider paying a visit to Café Ruisseau! Not only does this drink destination use locally roasted organic coffee, but they’ll let you swap out regular milk for plant-based milk at no additional cost! Almond, oat, soy, or coconut? Your choice!

Café Ruisseau

Voodoo Vegan

Pop-up

Did you know there’s a way to get vegan Seafood Gumbo, Crab Cakes, and Shrimp Po’ Boys in LA? Yep! All you have to do is locate Voodoo Vegan’s next pop-up and place your order! Voodoo Vegan brings the flavors of Creole and Cajun food from Louisiana with a plant-based twist! Their meals are magical!

Voodoo Vegan

Photo credit: @saucyandsweetvegan on Instagram

Baby Love Sweetery

Pop-up

Are you in need of a dessert that’s vegan, organic, soy-free, and gluten-free? Seems almost impossible, right? Wrong! Krysten Littles of Baby Loves Sweetery bakes the most stellar treats for all dietary sensitivities. And we’re not just talking about vanilla and chocolate-flavored cupcakes! Some of the rockin’ flavors at Baby Loves Sweetery include Rocky Road, Dulce de Leche, and Lemon Blueberry. Custom cakes? They’ve got that too!

Baby Love Sweetery

Baba’s Vegan Cafe

Pop-up

You may have tasted the amazing Vegan Veggie Patties from Baba’s Vegan Cafe, but do you know the story behind their business? Wo'se Kofi (Afi-Shabaka) created this pop-up after realizing how limited healthy and affordable food is in South LA. Baba’s Vegan Cafe primarily serves in Leimert Park, a.k.a. the African Diasporic culture hub of the Crenshaw District. Wo’se Kofi hopes to open a brick-and-mortar in 2021 to raise the health consciousness in the community by offering a space for healthy food, yoga, and meditation.

Baba's Vegan Cafe

Photo credit: @thatschelsea on Instagram

Simply Wholesome

Windsor Hills

What’s one of the best ways to start your day? With a Supreme Croissant Sandwich from this vegan-friendly spot! When ordered vegan, the breakfast handheld contains layers of scrambled tofu, soy cheese, eggless mayo, avocado, green pepper, tomatoes, onions, and meatless bacon. A large selection of the products sold at Simply Wholesome are made in America by small, Black-owned independent manufacturers. They also offer on-site nutritional counseling and information.

Simply Wholesome

Photo credit: @phillyfoodladies on Instagram

Cobblermania

Pop-up

Shae Seward from Cobblermania is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet––and she makes some of the best vegan cobblers on the planet! Her handmade pies come in many different variations––Peach, Apple, 4-Berry, and Sweet Potato, to name a few! They’re cleanly and safely packaged for pickup at farmers markets across LA and taste amazing with a scoop of vegan ice cream on top!

Cobblermania

Photo credit: @foodzooka on Instagram

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