Gracias Madre West Hollywood
You’ll say gracias to this madre of a vegan restaurant when you taste chilaquiles, enchiladas, pozole, and other Mexican-inspired dishes made with organic, plant-based ingredients. No matter how much you live and die for carne asada, you'll find Gracias Madre's meat-free creations (coconut bacon, flash-fried cauliflower) beyond satisfying. Plus, no outdoor space in WeHo feels so quintessentially Californian.
Plant-based eaters like to party too, as the eternally lively scene at WeHo’s Gracias Madre proves. You can always get a pitcher of their excellent margaritas, and considering their careful agave sourcing it may be worth an upgrade to a mezcal margarita. And at brunch, they also do bottomless mimosas, which are basically large-format cocktails for one, made with sparkling chenin blanc and fresh-squeezed orange juice; you can upgrade with a house-made infusion of hibiscus, lavender, or raspberry for a few dollars more.
How to book: Reservations available through their website, and you can also order ahead online.
Housed in a former antique emporium, this plant-based powerhouse feels as if it were especially designed to handle large parties. Even its crowd-pleasing menu—starring traditional Mexican fare made from scratch with local, organic ingredients—is perfectly suited for groups with different dietary preferences. Non-vegans will appreciate Gracias Madres’s crave-worthy dishes that never skimp on flavor, like Mushroom Fajitas, Cauliflower Mole, and Jackfruit Carnitas Burritos. Enjoy your meal in the capacious interior dining room or shaded outdoor patio; for special events, book the patio (which comes with a fully equipped bar and built-in heaters), semi-private dining room, or the whole restaurant for 30-200 seated guests.
How to book: Inquire about a large party or event.
Here’s the best idea ever: this year, swap the turkey for tamales and tequila. The stylish vegan restaurant is offering tamales by the dozen, a variety of sides, and batched cocktails, all available for takeout the day before Turkey Day. For the tamales, options include Red Smoked Jackfruit Birria and Green Roasted Butternut Squash with Chipotle Kale, plus you can order up salsa, guac, chips, and more holiday-esque plant-based sides like Roasted Yams and Mushroom Gravy, Maple-Glazed Carrots, and Pesto Brussels Sprouts. Don’t forget to throw in a few cocktails, which come by the four-pack. Choose from tequila margaritas, mezcal margaritas, and Palomas—or get ‘em all.
Cost: Tamales by the dozen $54; Sides $5-$30; Cocktail packs $48-$80.
How to order: Pre-order online by November 21 for pickup on November 23 from 1–9 pm.