The Culinary Guide to Your Allergy Needs
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Thanks to a current trend in today’s culture, people are becoming a bit obsessed with eating at vegan and gluten-free restaurants. This makes it better for those of us who have allergies to foods containing ingredients such as dairy, eggs, soy, nuts….and the list goes on! Restaurants accommodating these conditions are popping up left and right these days. I narrowed down some of the best allergy- friendly restaurants in Los Angeles. Of course, to be safe you should always tell your server about any food allergies before ordering. Once you read this list, go out and try these tasty new places!
The 100% plant-based, vegan cuisine restaurant opened its doors this year in Silverlake next to the new 365 Whole Foods store. It's their first West Coast location. While grocery shopping, customers can take a break and eat at this trendy new spot. Their go-to item is their Classic Burger and Sweet Potato Fries. For those who are gluten-free, request the gluten free bun! And to those who have a soy allergy, do not worry because more than half of the items on the menu do not contain any soy!
NO: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy
2520 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039 and other locations on the East Coast.
Trying to find a delicious pizza while having food allergies is pretty tough. Fortunately, there is a pizza place across from the Third Street Promenade that is what celiac dreams are made of. Their gluten-free crust is rolled to perfection and their vegan cheese melts in your mouth. Warning: If you are allergic to dairy, do not try the pesto sauce! It still contains cheese!
NO: Gluten, Dairy
120 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 and five other locations in Los Angeles
Cafe Gratitude is an organic vegan restaurant specializing in gourmet raw and cooked cuisine. They strive to create a menu that supports sustainability for the community and the planet. Be sure to order the yummy gluten-free pancakes or any of their bowls!
NO: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs
512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291 and other locations in Southern California
SAGE VEGAN BISTRO:
Sage Vegan Bistro is a proud partner of local farmers and is part of the farm-to- table movement in California. Sage continues to challenge people on their perception of food—where it comes from, and how what they eat impacts the world. Try their delicious Orange “chicken,” made out of cauliflower. You won't be able to put it down!
NO: Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Nuts
4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230 plus two other locations and a food truck
This eco-friendly restaurant allows vegan foodies, meat lovers, and gluten-free people to feast together. The Orlando family started Evo Kitchen to please all of their relatives’ finicky palates. Since their opening the restaurant has been praised as one of the best organic restaurants in LA by CBS Local and has been recognized on other "Best Of" lists! Try either their well-known pizza or another one of their hits—the Salmon Filet.
NO: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs
7950 Sunset Blvd., Suite 104, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Since 2013 this quirky donut shop has become a hit with LA and especially its music community. Mark Trombino, a former record producer for Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, and many other bands opened Donut Friend in the up-and-coming town of Eagle Rock. Donut Friend specializes in gourmet and made-to-order donuts. Be sure to look at the donuts names, as they are all punned references to famous artists and bands!
NO: Dairy, Eggs
5107 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN:
True Food Kitchen aims to provide diners with food and beverages containing organic whole foods from sustainable resources. To those who have multiple allergies, you will finally find a place to eat without worry! Try one of their most popular dishes, the Spaghetti Squash Casserole—it is great for those who are vegan and gluten-free.
NO: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite172, Santa Monica, CA 90401 plus four other Southern California locations and 16 locations nationwide
At the corner of Melrose and Sweetzer in West Hollywood is Crossroads. Their Mediterranean-inspired small plates menu allows guests to order much more and get a taste of everything on the menu. Currently, Crossroads is in the press because of the Impossible Burger that frequently is sold-out. The Impossible Burger is meat-free and tastes, smells, and even bleeds like a real burger. Make sure to get there early to try it.
NO: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs
8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
With 29 restaurants and counting on the West Coast, Veggie Grill is a popular spot for those with food allergies. This fast-casual restaurant is all about nutritious food that is convenient and affordable, made 100% from plants. Even though Veggie Grill has a regular menu be sure to check out their seasonal menus.
NO: Gluten, Soy, Nuts
2025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 and other locations
THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER:
Since their inception on Abbot Kinney this past year, this 100% vegetarian and non-dairy restaurant known as the Butcher’s Daughter has been receiving a great amount of praise. Their daily-changing menu and refreshing juices are heaven to those searching for a new brunch spot. Order from the window or go in and try the whole menu.
NO: Soy, Eggs, Dairy
1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291