Review: Los Angeles Vegan Eats [Part 1]

I recently went on a trip to Los Angeles with some friends to celebrate a birthday. Anytime I’m in a different city, I like to find local vegan eats that I can’t get at home. My first stop was Mendocino Farms. I had done some research and was interested in trying one of their sandwiches from the “Vegan For All” menu. I decided to go with the BBQ Tempeh Picnic Sandwich that I paired with sweet potato chips. It’s described on the menu as being spicy, sticky, maple-glazed organic tempeh bacon, mustard pickle slaw, tomatoes, pickled red onions, vegenaise on toasted ciabatta. Is your mouth watering yet?!

The sandwich was amazing. I was really impressed with how flavorful it was. My only complaint was the bread, as it was a little harder than I would have liked it to be, but if I’d asked, I’m sure they could have substituted it with another. Though I really enjoyed this sandwich (and it was quite filling as well), I thought it was a little overpriced. $10.25 for only a sandwich? No sides included?! Maybe I’m just cheap, but they could have at least thrown in the chips for free (sold for about $1.50).

I would rate this place a 9 out of 10. The sandwich was great and I really appreciated them having more than one option to choose from. Excited to try the others upon my return!

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 Mendocino Farms

Next Stop: Sprinkles

I was in town to celebrate a birthday, so it’s only right that there be cake involved, right?! Sprinkles is in the same shopping center as Mendocino Farms so it was really easy for me to head upstairs and right into cupcake heaven. I had done some research and learned that they keep a Vegan red velvet cupcake on the menu so I decided to go with one of those and a few others for my friends.

I must say, I’m not typically a fan of red velvet cake, but I wanted to try it anyway. I’ve been swayed in the past and I figured it was worth a shot. So how was it you ask? Well the cake portion was really good. In regard to the icing…meh. I’m not a huge coconut fan and it was clear that the icing was coconut based. Would I order it again? I’d rather wait for them to come up with more vegan options.

I would rate Sprinkles an 8 out of 10. As I said, the cake portion was good, but they could certainly ditch the coconut frosting!

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Next Stop: Press Brothers Juicery

Los Angeles vegan options near downtown were surprisingly a little hard to find (unless you were interested in eating the same thing everyday). On this day, I decided to keep it simple and go with a smoothie. Press Brothers Juicery is a simple juice shop located inside the Grand Central Market in downtown LA. The name of the smoothie I chose was “Thrive”, which was made up of some of your basic fruits like strawberries, bananas, apples and pineapples. It had the perfect consistency and tasted really fresh. Again, maybe I’m just cheap but $8 for a smoothie?!? I’m used to a price point somewhere around $5-$6.

I would rate Press Brothers Juicery a 9 out of 10. Great service, great smoothie, but could be cheaper!

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Press Brothers Juicery

Stay tuned for part two coming next week!

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