The Best of Los Angeles: Vegan Mexican Restaurants

When it comes to vegan restaurants, Los Angeles is hard to beat. With such an abundance of diverse, flavorful offerings you can easily find almost any type of cuisine, and yet Mexican food continues to be a local favorite – and with good reason.

Just 137 miles north of the Mexican border, Los Angeles takes this already plant based cuisine (guacamole, rice and beans, tortilla chips!) to a new level offering a variety of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants throughout the city to please any palate and budget.

GRACIAS MADRE

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Nestled on the edge of West Hollywood, Gracias Madre is entirely vegan, locally sourced, and organic. This plant-based restaurant and bar is a favorite among vegans and non-vegans alike with a relaxed, bright, minimalist design and a brunch that will leave you counting the days until the next weekend. Reservations are recommended.

RECOMMENDATION: Weekday Happy Hour, 3pm – 6pm for discounted appetizers and organic cocktails

ADDRESS: 8905 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

PLANT FOOD FOR PEOPLE

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The local vegan food truck, Plant Food For People can be found parked outside Johnny’s bar, at the farmer’s market, or roaming around the festival circuit. With a simple but flavorful menu at affordable prices, there’s always a crowd waiting for their signature jackfruit tacos or hearty tortas. They also offer breakfast on Tuesday mornings.

RECOMMENDATION: Jackfruit Nachos

ADDRESS: Follow them on Instagram to find out where they’ll be next

MALO

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For hip Mexican dining in Silverlake, you can’t go wrong with Malo. With a small but mighty list of both vegan and friend-friendly options including Vegan Menudo and Sugar Pumpkin Flower Soft Tacos (just hold the cheese), their organic margaritas and flavorful menu are bound to please just about anyone.

RECOMMENDATION: Made-To-Order Guacamole, and request the off-the-menu Chewy Chips

ADDRESS: 4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

TREJOS TACOS

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For a more “Hollywood” experience, there’s actor Danny Trejo’s organic eatery Trejos Tacos. The menu is simple but very vegan and vegetarian friendly and carefully marked as such. While there’s usually a line – and plenty of tourists – it offers a casual outdoor setting, communal tables, and affordable prices.

RECOMMENDATION: Organic Street Corn

ADDRESS: 1048 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

DISHONORABLE MENTION

Los Angeles is full of Mexican restaurants and many are able to easily veganise their menus, but just make sure to double-check if their beans use lard, their rice uses chicken stock, and that the term “non-dairy” means it is free of both cheese and butter.

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Sica Schmitz

Sica Schmitz is the founder and curator of Bead & Reel, the online ethical boutique for eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free fashion, and the winner of the 2017 Sustainable Business Council's Sustainable Business Award. With a background in costume design and sustainable styling, she is active in fair trade and vegan fashion both locally and globally as a Fair Trade LA board member, the Fashion Editor of Vilda Magazine, and the founder and host of the annual Fair Trade Fashion Show Fundraiser in Los Angeles. A frequent speaker and writer, she has been featured in dozens of publications including Bustle, Origin Magazine, The Good Trade, and Vegan Life Magazine.

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