40 Things I Desperately Want to Eat at Los Angeles’ Hottest Vegan Festival

My tupperware’s set, I’ve only eaten kale the past four days, and I’m ready for Eat Drink Vegan.

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When I first accepted an internship at VegNews in 2015, back when I was a fresh-out-of-college San Francisco transplant, I was beaming. I’d get to put my writing to the test for a national magazine. I’d be able to work for an all-vegan company working to mainstream plant-based living to the masses. But above all, I’d get to eat.

Fast-forward to 2018 and the VegNews editorial offices have moved to my native Los Angeles, where my passion for vegan food will be put to the ultimate test this weekend at Eat Drink Vegan. We’re the official magazine and media partner of the massive festival featuring more than 100 restaurants and food vendors, including big-time vegan names (like Minneapolis-based artisan meat and cheese-makers The Herbivorous Butcher; legendary Austin comfort-food cult-favorite Arlo’s; and all the way from London: Temple of Seitan—the masters of vegan fried chicken), local LA hot spots (such as makers of my favorite torta Vegatinos; vegan egg wizards Ramen Hood; and nacho boat-slinging rising stars Cena Vegan), as well as the one company for which I’m a certified groupie … Kelly’s Croutons.

But of course, it’s not just about my taste buds. I’m going to Eat Drink Vegan with a mission: to show off how mouthwatering, mesmerizing, satisfying, fun, and inventive vegan food is. You can follow the VegNews team’s coverage on Instagram, and if you want to send positive thoughts and energy to my waistline, I’ll take that, too. Here are 40 of the things I’m hoping to snag this year.

Charly's Vegan Tacos

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1. 12-hour-crafted vegan street tacos from Charly’s Vegan Tacos, of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula

 

The Herbivorous Butcher

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2. The Country Fried Steak Doubles Down, with country-fried Ribeye Steak “buns” hickory bacon, eggy tofu, and sausage gravy, from The Herbivorous Butcher of Minneapolis

 

Cycle Dogs

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3. Elote Dog, featuring a vegan frankfurter, grilled street corn, mayonnaise, cayenne, green onion, and lime, from Seattle’s Cycle Dogs

 

Shake Shack

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4. Black bean vegan veggie burger from NYC mainstay Shake Shack

 

Temple of Seitan

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5. Popcorn chicken from London’s Temple of Seitan

 

Yoga-Urt

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6. Organic almond-cashew soft-serve from Glendale’s Yoga-Urt

 

Donna Jean

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7. Hot sauce-doused Nashville Hot Shrooms from San Diego’s Donna Jean

 

No Bones Beach Club

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8. Mac Balls from the Pacific Northwest’s favorite vegan bar No Bones Beach Club

 

Virtuous Pie

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9. Stranger Wings pizza from Portland’s Virtuous Pie, the 2017 VegNews Veggie Award winner for Restaurant of the Year

 

Compton Vegan

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10. Jackfruit rib plate from LA-based catering service Compton Vegan

 

Afters Ice Cream

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11. Choco Monster Milky Bun with chocolate ice cream, housemade vegan chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, and chocolate fudge from SoCal ice cream shop Afters Ice Cream

 

Arlo's

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12. Mac and Cheeze Burger from Austin food truck Arlo’s

 

Jayce Labs

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13. Toasted Ravioli from Orange County makers of “experimental plant-based dishes” Jayce Lab

 

Jake's Vegan Steaks

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14. Cheese whiz-loaded vegan cheeseteaks from London’s Jake’s Vegan Steaks

 

Mandoline Grill

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15. Saigon Fries from LA-Orange County food truck Mandoline Grill

 

Chickpea and Olive

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16. Nashville Hot ChK’N Fried Tofu from Chickpea and Olive in New York City

 

Sizzle Pie

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17. Thin-crust vegan pizza from the Pacific Northwest’s Sizzle Pie

 

Club Mexicana

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18. Deep Fried Cheeze Fries from London’s Club Mexicana

 

Sumo Dog

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19. Miso Katsu Vegan Dog from LA’s Sumo Dog

 

Shojin

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20. Vegan sushi from Shojin in LA

 

Clara Cakes

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21. Chocolate chip cannoli from California-based baker Clara Cakes

 

Nada Moo

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22. Coconut milk ice cream from Austin ice cream company Nada Moo

 

Seabirds Kitchen

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23. Vegan brunch and breakfast sandwiches from Orange County-based restaurant Seabirds Kitchen

 

Donut Friend

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24. Glazed doughnut ice cream sandwiches from Donut Friend in LA’s Highland Park

 

Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice

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25. Roaster butternut, ginger carrot, and avocado veggie bowls from Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice

 

Monty's Good Burger

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26. Double Impossible Burgers from Riverside, CA’s Monty’s Good Burger

 

Pizzanista

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27. Sriracha-jalapeno-topped macaroni and cheese pizza from Long Beach’s Pizzanista

 

Vegatinos

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28. CBD-infused flan from LA-based pop-up Vegatinos

 

Little Pine

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29. Sausage breakfast sliders on za’atar pretzel buns from Little Pine in LA’s Silver Lake

 

Van Leeuwen

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30. Honeycomb-black ash Dark Matter ice cream from New York-based creamery Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

 

Señoreata

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31. Plantain Picadillo Nachos from LA’s vegan Cuban eatery Señoreata 

 

Pomodoro E Basillico

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32. The Brit, featuring kombuca and beer-battered fried tofu, “guaca-peas,” and tartar sauce from London’s Pomodoro E Basillico

 

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

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33. Jackfruit and fried avocado tacos from LA’s Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

 

The Vurger Co

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34. Chloe’s Truffle CheeseVurger, with truffle cheese, smashed avocado, and caramelized onions from London’s The Vurger Co. and Chef Chloe Coscarelli

 

Cocobella Creamery 

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35. Coconut ice cream from Hollywood ice cream shop Cocobella Creamery

 

Sgaia's Vegan Meats

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36. Breakfast brioche with vegan bacon, panko-crusted egg, haggis, hollandaise, and watercress from Sgaia’s Vegan Meats in Scotland

 

Ramen Hood

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37. Garlic ramen from LA’s all-vegan ramen shop Ramen Hood

 

Word of Mouth

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38. Mac and Cheese Bites from LA vegan food truck Word of Mouth

 

Charlie's Brownies

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39. Gourmet vegan brownie sundaes from Charlie’s Brownies in Los Angeles

 

Cena Vegan

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40. Fully loaded Nacho Boats from LA’s Cena Vegan

Richie Bowie is VegNews’ Associate Editor whose first three stops at Eat Drink Vegan will be Cycle Dogs, The Vurger Co., and Virtuous Pie.

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