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Celebrate Meatless Mondays At These Local Veggie-Friendly Eateries

Don't worry, it's completely optional to observe Los Angeles City Council's newest approved resolution.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution to observe "Meatless Mondays," making L.A. the largest city to declare their support for the movement.

The resolution was introduced by Councilmembers Jan Perry and Ed Reyes as a way to "support comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals."

But no need to worry - observing the weekly "holiday" is entirely optional for Angelenos. What's more, November is World Vegan Month. If you're looking to celebrate Meatless Mondays (or Veganovember), here are some local restaurants that are vegetarian- or vegan-friendly.

Lotus Vegan, 4715 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood.

This entirely vegan restaurant serves tasty Thai and Chinese food. It recently moved from Vineland Boulevard to a bigger space off Lankershim Boulevard. Business hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

HealthyCA, 4724 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood.

The take-out and catering eatery uses vegan mayonnaise and offers a variety of delicious salads and sandwiches for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Business hours are Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Leonor's Vegetarian Restaurant, 11403 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood.

The Mexican restaurant's menu is entirely vegetarian and includes pizza, burritos, salads and more. Business hours are Mondays through Thursdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

EAT, 11108 Magnolia Boulevard, NoHo Arts District.

Though EAT does serve meat, they have plenty of vegetarian breakfast and lunch options. Don't forget to order Ned's shreds (shredded zucchini) with your breakfast - it's a healthy substitute to hash browns. Business hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Harvest Moon Kitchen & Marketplace, 12454 Magnolia Boulevard, Valley Village.

The newly-opened Valley Village eatery specializes in fresh and healthy dishes. Business hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Steampunk Coffee Bar & Kitchen, 12526 Burbank Boulevard, Valley Village.

Another new addition to the area, Steampunk offers many vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast and lunch. Business hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Republic of Pie, 11118 Magnolia Boulevard, NoHo Arts District.

This local pie and coffee shop serves several vegetarian pot pies and plenty of meat-free sweet pies. Business hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hayat's Kitchen, 11009 Burbank Boulevard. North Hollywood.

This L.A. Times-recognized Lebanese spot serves delicious garlic fries, a Patch favorite. While it does serve meat, its stuffed grape leaves, falafel, tabbouleh and hummus dishes are among many of its vegetarian-friendly options. Business hours are Mondays through Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Al-Amir Lebanese Cuisine, 5217 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Valley Village.

Another local Lebanese restaurant, Al-Amir also offers many vegetarian-friendly dishes in addition to meals for meat-lovers. Business hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Christopher Thom November 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Vegan food isn't all tofu, seeds and raw asparagus paste. When properly prepared it is far from the stereotypical bland boringness most would expect. Even if you are a meat-eater there are super yummy vegan dishes out there for you. My fav place from this article is Lotus Vegan. Everything there is REALLY good. I take my meat eating friends there because the menu has a lot of familiar favorites. Vegan food doesn't necessarily mean eating unfamiliar ingredients, most of the time it's made with the same ingredients that are in an average diet (soy, wheat, veg, mushrooms) minus meat, eggs, and dairy. They're always surprised by the intense flavors. I'm not out to convert people, just expose them to yummy (mostly)healthy options in addition to their usual choices.
David Rivers November 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Lotus Vegan and Healthy CA are very tasty. The lentil wrap at Hayat's kitchen is really good. I'm not vegan myself, but agree that I should reduce my meat intake. I'm trying to cut back to 4 times a week. There are so many options now available that taste like meat, it's incredible.
Danielle Directo-Meston November 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I agree! vegan food is very tasty and flavorful, contrary to what many may believe. We have so many great options in Los Angeles! Another place I love is Vegan Express just off Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, but Lotus Vegan is much closer to me now.
Joanne Pham November 20, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Just an FYI: You can't celebrate "Meatless Mondays" at Harvest Moon Kitchen & Marketplace. They are CLOSED on Mondays! I found out the hard way today. Looking forward to trying them soon though!
Danielle Directo-Meston November 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Oh no! Thank you for the heads-up, Joanne!

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