UCLA is well known for its diverse menu options within its dining halls, hence the title “#1 best college food in America.” While the menu includes a variety of vegan options for students, once in a while, students may still choose to wander out into Westwood for a change of pace. Whether you are a committed vegan or just curious about other restaurants near you, this guide aims to introduce you to five of the best vegan restaurants around UCLA. As winter quarter starts, maybe you just might find your next go-to spot.
Lazy Daisy Cafe
Location: 1101 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 7:30 a.m. — 3 p.m. (weekdays), 8 a.m. — 3 p.m. (weekends)
You cannot talk about Los Angeles without mentioning the amazing brunch places we have around the city. Lucky for us, the Lazy Daisy is right here, nestled in the bustling heart of Westwood. For many of their brunch menu items, you can substitute their protein option for vegan sausage. They also offer a vegan plate that contains plant-based eggs, meatless sausage, sliced avocado and tomatoes. With its diverse menu and vegan-friendly options, the Lazy Daisy truly caters to all brunch enthusiasts, making it a must-visit destination in the Westwood area.
Location: 1049 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 7:30 a.m. — 3:15 p.m.
Egg Tuck is a go-to for UCLA students at all times of the year due to its hearty and simple options. Their sandwiches and burritos have big portions that are super filling, and they are known for having very soft and fluffy bread. As you enter the store, the aroma of eggs, bacon and toasted bread wafts through the air. Egg Tuck promises a menu that caters to all tastes and preferences. They offer a vegan menu item: their Just Burrito that includes vegan scrambled eggs, tater tots and house sriracha aioli. Whether you are a busy student wanting to grab a meal on the go or a foodie wishing to try out new places around campus, Egg Tuck is the way to go.
Fat Sal’s Deli
Location: 972 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 11 a.m. — 2 a.m. (Sundays-Wednesdays), 11 a.m. — 3 a.m. (Thursdays-Saturdays)
Although it may look intimidating at first, especially for vegan foodies, Fat Sal’s menu is one that offers the most vegan options on this list. Fat Sal’s is a legendary establishment that has garnered a cult-like following over the years due to its oversized and indulgent sandwiches. From their mouthwatering “Fat Sandwiches” to their salads and loaded wraps, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Their vegan options include the vegan fat falafel, the vegan buffalo chicken cheese fries, the vegan Impossible cheeseburger and their vegan vanilla ice cream shake. Fat Sal’s is a must-visit for students wanting to experience Los Angeles’ culinary creativity.
Location: 970 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 11:30 a.m. — 2 a.m. (Sundays-Wednesdays), 11:30 a.m. — 3 a.m. (Thursdays-Saturdays)
Hangry Moon’s is a local small family business that opened back in 2018. Like its famous neighbor Fat Sal’s, they made a name for itself with its generous portions and innovative menu. For vegan diners, Hangry Moon’s has mouthwatering offerings like the organic sesame tofu Hangry wrap and organic sesame tofu bowl. They also welcome substitutions such as substituting their meat option for organic tofu. Their options allow you to savor their fantastic flavors while adhering to your dietary preferences. It’s more than just a food stop; it’s a destination that caters to every hungry soul, day or night.
Location: 1073 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 10:45 a.m. — 10 p.m.
CAVA truly took the dining world by storm and made Mediterranean cuisine more accessible to the public. At CAVA, the fast-casual dining experience makes it easy for consumers to customize their bowls and various menu items, layering ingredients like savory grains, fresh vegetables, tender proteins and an array of mouthwatering sauces and spreads. Beyond the customizable options, they also offer vegan options such as the lentil avocado bowl and the crispy falafel pita. CAVA stands as a prime example of seamlessly uniting accessibility and culinary innovation, ensuring a delightful array of flavors for everyone to savor.
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