Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mian, cups of boba and glasses of booze. Read on.
Christine Chiao Meatloaf sandwich
For those who follow a specific dietary lifestyle like veganism, or maybe are in the midst of transitioning into it, the idea of not having your favorite comfort foods can be a bit daunting. Even as awareness of veganism has grown, there remains an underlying perception of it as being a particularly ascetic way of eating. For ominivores, self-professed carnivores and even vegetarians, it's tough to imagine avoiding large quantities of ingredients -- many of which compose at least a handful of favorite dishes.
In Los Angeles, veganism has often been a call for some restaurants to be creative, becoming even more so as of late (see: Crossroads and Kind Kreme). The list of choices is growing to the extent that you can find vegan by cuisine -- whether it's Japanese or Thai. And so it makes sense that you can find quite a few vegan or at least vegan-friendly restaurants with plant-based comfort dishes that recall the familiarity of favorites while remaining true to the dietary credo. Turn the page for some of the better vegan comfort dishes here in town.More »