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Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

Step 1 Samosa House

Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

This southern Indian market and restaurant is a stellar choice for any veggie. Their jackfruit is superb! If you've never tried it, please do. It looks like pulled pork, tastes like a seitan or chicken and is a great natural alternative to meat. Lucky you, they just opened up a second location up the street in Culver City! Also the Bharat Bazaar is a great spot to pick up spices, ginger beer and anything you're missing as far as an Indian grocery goes!

Favorite Dish: Jackfruit

11510 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066

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Step 2 Real Food Daily

Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

RFD is located right off 3rd Street Promenade, so parking is definitely a reason I don't go here as much as I'd like. RFD has some awesome fake meat selections. They also deliver killer smoothies and in my opinion one of the best chopped salads around.

Favorite Dish: Chopped Salad

514 Santa Monica Boulevard 
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Step 3 Native Foods

Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

Native Foods has been my favorite restaurant for years. They make delicious vegan food. The thing about it is you don't feel like you are compromising and abstaining from meat. Rather you are INDULGING in some seriously sumptious meat-free delicacies.  I love the pizzas and burgers. They are a bit greasy, so don't fool yourself into thinking you're eating health food. Native fries are a must! They also convinced me to buy organic ketchup no matter what. It is so yummy compared to the factory-made Heinz.

Favorite Dish: Portobello Sausage Burger

Westwood Village
1110 1/2 Gayley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Step 4 California Vegan

Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

This is a Thai-influenced vegan restaurant hidden in a strip mall in West LA. It's got some of the best lunch specials and most convincing wheat gluten steak I've ever tasted. It's a great quick fix for any veggie. 

Favorite Dish: Cowboy Steak

2113 Santa Monica Blvd #207
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Step 5 Swingers

Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

Swingers in Santa Monica has the same menu as their spot in WeHo down the road, but for location sake we favor this spot. It's got great outdoor seating and the best soy shake I could dream of. 

If you are dining with veggies and meat eaters, this is a great spot as it caters to all diets. 

The menu has indicators for all items that are either vegan or vegetarian, so you can easily pick out stuff your diet befits. 

Favorite Dish: Vegan Cobb Salad

802 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Step 6 Seed

Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

Seed is a new spot right off Windward Circle in Venice. Seed is organic, vegan and macrobiotic. Seed boasts tons of vegan foods from paninis, curries, salads, soups, burgers and of course, cupcakes!

I love Seed for take-out after a long day or tough workout. Or you can always grab a meal and walk down to the Venice Boardwalk a couple blocks away.

Favorite Dish: Mango Tango Bowl

1604 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291 

Step 7 Mao's Kitchen

Top Vegetarian Spots near Santa Monica, CA

Mao's is another great meat and meat-free spot. They boast a ton of vegan and veggie dishes, all healthy variations on traditional Chinese cuisine. This spot is located across from Seed on Windward Circle, but it's character is clearly influenced by the Hostel across the street. 

One of the coolest things about Mao's is their BYOB rule. One of the few spots in town where you can (legally) show up with a six-pack and hang out all night. Mao's also has a sister spot on Melrose in Hollywood for you Eastsiders. 

Favorite Dish: Green Beans

1512 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

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Never have I been so happy and so full as the last time I went to Mao's.

The vegan banana pancakes at Swingers are to die for.

i think i need a dose of those this weekend! maybe with chocolate chips

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