I’m not a vegan or even vegetarian however I really enjoy well made vegan food. A few years ago a girlfriend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in a very long time, introduced me to her vegan lifestyle. Since then I’ve been dabbled in vegan and vegetarian recipes, tried vegan restaurants and often substitute various products such as almond milk and meat substitutes into my diet.
LA is certainly the place to be if you want a variety of vegan options. With the help of some locals and vego friends I’ve tried a number of them however I cannot rave enough about vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre. Located on Melrose Ave and set in what I can only describe as the ideal Spanish styled villa with exposed brick, wood and tile, earthy notes, serape accents, Patron Saints and a magical al fresco full of dancing fairy lights. Even before trying the food, I’m happy to just sit and decipher the detail it’s taken to put this space together.
Inspired by traditional organic Mexican food, the menu has a wide range of specialised plates aimed to maximise flavours and leave you merrily full. Further to the stylised menu there is a array of organic Mexican cocktails, beers, wines, juices, teas and coffees catering to all occasions as well as an extensive collection of boutique Tequilas.
If you are travelling to Los Angeles anytime soon, this should be a must do on your gastronomic list whether you are vegan/vego or just a plain eat-everything-in-sight kinda person like me.
I would suggest just about anything on the menu however I do have a couple favourties:
To check out the full menu and inspirations online head here, otherwise you can experience my yet to top favourite restaurant at:
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood CA
Ph: +1 323 978 2170
Imagery: Official images from graciasmadreweho.com and personal images courtesy of Unscrippted