The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Los Angeles
This Bay Area chain quickly expanded down the coast and even to Las Vegas thanks to comforting, Louisiana-style soul food staples translated for a plant-based diet. Start with hearty zucchini and hearts of palm croquettes served with a creamy and zesty dipping sauce, or “Deez Ain’t Gator” bites with diced hot links and mushrooms battered in a Creole spice mix, before moving onto mains like New Orleans okra gumbo, skillet mac and cheese, and crispy house-madwe seitan served with waffles. You’ll also want to tack on side orders of Southern-fried tofu, cinnamon-brown sugar yams, and sweet potato biscuits. The good news? Souley is takeout and delivery only, so you’re free to go wild and stock up on leftovers for later.
23 Essential Black-Owned Restaurants You Should Know in LA
Souley Vegan chef/owner Tamearra Dyson has been vegan since she was 18 and is on a mission to prove that you can have plant-based soul food without sacrificing the soul, with an extensive menu of authentic Louisiana Creole dishes that are prepared in-house, from scratch. Following the success of her original outpost in Downtown Oakland, Dyson expanded Souley Vegan to San Francisco’s Lower Mission and then to virtual kitchens in LA and Las Vegas during the pandemic. The Ain’t Gator Po’ Boy that subs alligator (yes, gator-filled po’ boys are a thing down south) with house-made seitan and battered mushrooms, plus all of the fixins then tops it off with their savory “swamp sauce” is a favorite, but make sure you add a couple of sides to your order, like the Creole Mac with glazed semolina noodles and house-made cheeze that’s garnished with a zesty gremolata mixture.