VegOut 2019 Best of LA Awards Winners

VegOut 2019 Best of LA Awards Winners

Jan 27, 2020 BY: Tammie Ortlieb

Every January, we pause to appreciate the businesses working to forward the vegan movement. With a combination of great customer service, plant-forward strategies, and menus that rock some crazy beautiful, delicious vegan food, these spots have become cult-like fan favorites.

The competition was fierce, and there were many amazing spots to choose from, but here’s who came out on top.

Best All-Vegan Restaurant

Little Pine

This all-vegan restaurant not only provides a community gathering spot to enjoy good food, but donates 100% of their profits to organizations that fight for animal rights. Owner, Moby, is dedicated to supporting animals on every platform possible, with Little Pine being just one among those.

Little Pine

Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant

Cafe Gratitude

We are thankful. We are ecstatic. We are enthusiastic about your choice of Cafe Gratitude as the Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant. With locations throughout LA, this spot serves vegan options with love, commitment to quality, and support for area farmers. Cafe Gratitude promotes sustainable, eco-conscious practices and regenerative farming.

Cafe Gratitude

Best Vegan-Friendly Fast Food

Chipotle

This fast food favorite takes plant-forward a step further with its new Plant-Powered Vegan Lifestyle Bowl. The bowl contains the chain’s signature Sofritas in addition to brown rice, black beans, lettuce, and salsa. Always vegan-friendly, this build-your-own spot makes plant-based dining affordable, quick, and available to vegans and omnis alike.

Chipotle

Best Dessert

Donut Friend

Donuts are so versatile, they count as breakfast AND dessert. Donut Friend is an LA staple and their donuts are a must-try!

Donut Friend

Best Ice Cream

Cocobella Creamery

Cocobella is the place where ice cream cravings meet plant-based design. This all-vegan spot dishes up double scoops and more in a variety of fun flavors, including Snickerdoodle, Cookie Monsta, Moose Tracks, and Strawberry Fields, among others.

Cocobella Creamery

Best Donuts

Donut Friend

Bringing in two awards this year, Donut Friend might just be the most iconic vegan donut shop in the country. With creative flavor combinations and names inspired by bands, you can't leave with ordering just one donut. Grab a group of friends, order a dozen, and sample #allthedonuts. Our favorites include the Strawberrylab and Angry Samoa!

Donut Friend

Best Pizza

Purgatory Pizza

A DTLA favorite, Purgatory offers house-made dough—with a deep-dish option!—as well as in-house sauces, with vegan pies such as the Valley Girl, Prince of Thieves, White Reaper, and Jersey Devil. Come for the pizza, stay for the garlic knots … or … vegan meatballs … or buffalo cauliflower.

Purgatory Pizza

Best Burger

Monty's Good Burger

With a mission to make veganism mainstream, Monty’s offers up traditional American favorites such as burgers, shakes, and fries with a plant-based twist. Appealing to omnis as well as vegans, this burger is definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Monty's Good Burger

Best Brunch

Little Pine

Moby does it again with brunch at Little Pine. Who can resist a pleasing meal that protects and serves the animals we love?

Little Pine

Best Fried Chicken

Lettuce Feast

This food truck knows vegan fried chicken! Whether in sandwich form (the Triple OG and the Nashville) or tenders, their chicken comes complete with flavors and dipping sauces. Be sure to pair it with Cajun fries or Tangy Apple Slaw.

Lettuce Feast

Best Mexican Food

Vegatinos

Vegatinos is your spot for authentic Latin cuisine, serving tacos, burritos, and more. With gluten-free and soy-free options, the pop-up caters to a variety of dietary needs.

Vegatinos

Best Upscale Restaurant

Crossroads Kitchen

One of the original plant-based restaurants in LA is also one of the fanciest. It's the perfect spot for the special occasion. You can't go wrong with Sunday brunch, dinner, or late night eats.

Crossroads Kitchen

Best New Restaurant

Nic's on Beverly

Nic Adler does it again with Nic’s on Beverly. Nic, the owner of Monty’s, created Nic’s, a 100% vegan restaurant, to pay tribute to Los Angeles. Menu items reflect the history of the city and showcase local California produce.

Nic's on Beverly

Best Bar / Brewery

Modern Times

This Downtown LA brewery not only features more than 30 beers on tap, but their food menu is entirely vegan. Make sure to get the Asada Fries (our favorite)!

Modern Times

Best Food Truck

Word of Mouth

This 100% plant-based food truck brings comfort food to the streets of Los Angeles! Founded in 2017 by Staci Stewart and Chris Chavez, Word of Mouth is a changemaker on wheels. Follow them on Insta at @wordofmouthtruck for the latest schedule.

Word of Mouth

Best Pop-Up

Vegatinos

Not only is Vegatinos the Best Mexican Food, but it’s the pop-up to watch! Follow this all-vegan business on Instagram at @vegatinos for locations and events.

Vegatinos

Best Mac & Cheese

Avocadamama

A vegan pop-up that’s all about that plant-based mac & cheese. Take your craving to the next level with Buffalo Cauliflower Mac, Taco Jalapeno Mac, Curry Mac, and more. Avocadamama features house-made cheese and gluten-free options.

Avocadamama

Best Sauce

Monty's Good Burger

What’s a Best Burger without the Best Sauce? Whether you enjoy it on their burgers, fries, tots, or the famous Dog Pile, you’ll be happy you did.

Monty's Good Burger

Best Late Night Eats

Monty's Good Burger

The perfect spot to go after a night out with friends, because “Best Burger,” “Best Sauce,” and Insta-worthy creations.

Monty's Good Burger

Best Vegan-Friendly Coffee Shop

Muddy Paw Coffee

A mission-driven coffee shop, Muddy Paw aims to curb the overpopulation of homeless cats and kittens through neuter/return programs and rescue efforts.

Muddy Paw Coffee

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