Peony and I like vegan food for the taste and because we strive to be socially responsible and healthy. Ergo this thread.
Localita - “The Brekkie” with avocado. A personal favorite, though it tastes affirmatively healthy. The whole grain tortilla, black beans, and sprouted scrambled tofu provide an earthy core. Vegan chipotle cream, melted vegan cheese, and avocado add richness and flavor. The salsa is too sweet for me and tastes like it comes from a jar.
I also like vegan food, though I’m not a vegan (anymore – that was a long time ago).
With that in mind, I’ll toss out The Grain Cafe. I only recently went there because I was craving a vegan burger but not an Impossible or Beyond Burger. I wanted a “house made” vegan burger and so Grain Cafe. It’s on Venice in a little strip mall that also has a Thai place, Juquila (Oaxacan) and Emily’s somethingorother … which might be Vietnamese? Not sure. (The mall used to have a really popular Italian/pasta spot, but it’s gone now.)
I haven’t had the burrito, but I have had the breakfast, in addition to the black bean burger, which was exactly what I wanted. The chorizo scramble was damn good. They also have great tacos. Lots of vegan desserts, too. We had a piece of chocolate cake.
There is a Grain Cafe in Mid-City, probably related or otherwise a trademark violation. I’m sure I’ll formally review their vegan breakfast burrito one of these days, but from memory I would call it just “okay.” I don’t love their addition of roasted potatoes, and the burrito just doesn’t all come together for me.
Grain Cafe - breakfast burrito. Better than I remembered. Hash browns, not roasted potatoes, inside. Also scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, and what seems like seitan sausage. Spicy and flavorful. More immediately likable than Localita’s The Brekkie, which is more an acquired taste. I wish there was something to add a sense of creaminess. Decent quality.
Kitchen Mouse. Mostly vegan cafe in Highland Park. They do have some egg stuff on the menu, but no dairy. I would say it is the best restaurant in Highland Park after Hippo and Otoño.
A “make your own burrito” situation. I chose black beans, brown rice, tofu scramble, and homemade mushroom sausage with added avocado. Very good even though they forgot to include the chipotle cream sauce and salsa roja.
To the best of my knowledge, the rice and beans are regularly cooked rice and beans. I like raw food a lot, but I don’t think cafe gratitude has any focus on raw food. The raw food restaurant in DTLA is wild living foods. au lac in DTLA makes a great raw burrito that I’m sure we will review soon.
Here it is in all its glory: the Ito Burrito from Au Lac (pictured with suggested wine pairing: a 100% carignan-based Priorat with green, herbal flavors). Completely uncooked. Dehydrated green pea tortilla, cultured beans, macadamia nut cheese, and avocado with a spicy salsa verde on the side. Truly excellent, the best burrito in Los Angeles! The menu describes it as “living food,” which I think refers not to the bacteria that continue to process the beans but rather to a “qi”-like force, perhaps in a fifth dimension beyond spacetime (see Flatland by Edwin Abbott).