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Soul food and vegan fare don’t often commingle, but they’re in a full-on happy marriage at this vegan-soul food restaurant that started as a pop-up at Yamashiro and went full-on brick and mortar earlier this year. Celeb chef Velvet has created plays on classics with country fried chick’n, jambalaya, meatless loaf, and sides like collard greens, potato salad, black-eyed peas, and mac and cheese, along with originals like house-made black bean burgers, po’boy sandwiches, and buffalo mushroom bites. Don’t sleep on the formidable dessert list that includes red velvet cupcakes, lemon pound cupcakes, and chocolate chip cookies.
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After a successful pop-up series at Yamashiro, VTree moved into a brick-and-mortar location along the busy Sunset Blvd thoroughfare earlier this year. Helmed by celebrity chef Velvet, VTree is a plant-based soul food restaurant with a rotating menu that features plenty of gluten-free and soy-free options, plus unexpected entrees like a fettuccine with house-made alfredo sauce and garlic bread and an eggplant and collard green parmesan. If you’re sick of manufactured plant-based meats, try building a burger with their house-made black bean patty or try their fried chic’n sandwich with house-made chic’n. The Krab cakes (either as an appetizer with cornbread or on a sandwich) that are hand-formed with zucchini and chickpeas are also a solid choice.