I've been going to Claro's in San Gabriel for years, but they recently changed their Vegetarian Combo sub. It had too much cheese, which is something that I never thought I'd ever write. Also, it now has diced red peppers, but was missing the oil and vinegar dressing. It was better when I doctored it up at home, but let's say I won't be craving cheese for a while.
Claro's Italian Market
1003 Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
I finally went to Stuff I Eat, a vegan soul food restaurant in Inglewood. I ordered the Soul Food Platter, which had yams, macaroni and cheese, BBQ tofu, stewed kale, black eyed peas, a cornbread muffin, potato salad, and coleslaw. The yams and the tofu were on the sweet side, but I still enjoyed them. The kale and the black eyed peas were my favorite, as they were nicely savory. The vegan mac 'n cheese doesn't taste like its vegetarian cousin, but I haven't encountered a vegan version that's comparable. The beet lemonade was too sweet for me, but thankfully it was offset by the tartness of the lemons and the earthiness of the beets. And although $15 is a bit pricey for this platter, I was able to stretch it out into three meals - granted I'm kind of petite. Also, the menu is largely organic. Items that aren't organic are clearly marked.
Stuff I Eat
114 N Market St.
Inglewood, CA 90301
Metered parking, only takes quarters!