brunch insanity at mohawk bend in echo park with my girls. starting to the left and going up clockwise, you’re looking at: hearts of palm “crab cakes” with hollandaise sauce, bottomless sangria, a pizza bagel with vegan cheese and seitan sausage, a “banh mi pizza” (marinated tofu, pickled carrots & daikon, jalapenos, herb salad, sriracha aioli), an asparagus potato pizza with leek puree and nutritional yeast, and a ballast point yellowtail beer. yes, this place rules.
this weekend we made a quick getaway to long beach and hit up some of the beach communities on the way, which of course meant lunch at one of our favorite healthy haunts: the spot. located just steps from the ocean in hermosa beach, the spot has been around for decades and serves a menu consisting of basic yet delicious meatless fare. in fact, they claim to be the oldest vegetarian restaurant in LA (how hermosa beach counts as LA, i dunno!), and they even have a genuine paul mccartney autograph/endorsement on the wall.
i’ve sampled the burritos and various plates at the spot in the past (all awesome!), but this time i opted for the “savory spud”: a baked potato topped with an assortment of steamed vegetables and sauce. i asked for red sauce instead of savory because that stuff is super decadent, and it was an excellent meal. fucking expensive (a baked potato and vegetables is $12?! this is a hippy restaurant, not a steakhouse!), but delicious all the same.
despite the gouging prices, i’ll always love the great healthy food at the spot.
fucking insane baked potato from golden road brewing: half a russet topped with spicy vegan cheese, bell peppers, and fried onions. it looks so good, right?!
sadly, i couldn’t eat any of this because i HATE BELL PEPPERS and they can’t do it w/out. wah wah.
anyways, my dad ate this when we went to lunch and he loved it. he loved it so much, he ordered ANOTHER ONE. how often does that happen in real life. double meal. yes!
spud buds at stone world bistro & gardens in escondido: stone ipa organic garlicky mashed potatoes, balled up and deep fried in arrogant bastard ale batter. served with a side of stone smoked porter bbq sauce for dipping. all vegan!
dude, if you haven’t been to stone brewery yet, stop reading this and GO! it’s an incredible brewery with a super classy vegan-friendly restaurant attached to it. there are a few hotels within walking distance, and i highly recommend a food field trip just to eat and drink there. i’ve done it many times!
paradox cafe in portland
every vegan needs to visit portland before they die. the city is overflowing with amazing restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops—-almost all of which offer a plethora of animal-free dishes. i’ve heard it referred to as “the vegan capital of america”, and that sounds about right.
one of our favorite morning spots in portland is paradox cafe. the menu is mostly vegetarian, and almost anything can be made vegan. they open early everyday, and the breakfast rocks.
i highly recommend the biscuits and gravy…
as well as the smothered taters with almond gravy.
notice i recommended two gravy-heavy dishes. yeah, the gravy at paradox is ridiculously good. get over there next time you’re in pdx.