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Vegan Dining!

Sun Café’s Patio Dining Area

Vegan Dining!

  • By Andrew Fish
  • Photo Courtesy of Suncafe

Suncafe Organic is a terrific vegan restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, with a menu that offers both familiarity and intriguing twists and turns. If you’re there for brunch, the Sun Florentine is an excellent choice, with tempeh bacon, spinach, tomatoes and hollandaise sauce atop whole-wheat bread. There’s also The Omelet, made with veggie-stuffed tofu “eggs” topped with avocado, cashew cheese and chives. The Buckwheat & Cornmeal Pancakes and cinnamon-apple French Toast are enticing options as well.

For lunch and dinner, start off with the Lettuce Leaf Tacos, BBQ Cauliflower, a heaping portion of Super Sun Nachos, or a Legendary Kale Colossus salad — then launch into an entree. They have a Tempeh Burger as well as a Raw Fiesta Burger, the latter featuring a raw patty made from Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and sun-dried tomato. Quinoa pasta and cashew cheese are key to their Mac & Cheese, which can be ordered with optional tempeh bacon or SunChorizo. The Orange Kissed Lo Mein is sautéed in sesame tamari and served with orange-glazed cauliflower.

Margherita and Perfecto Pesto pizzas are on the menu as well, along with desserts like Cookie Dough Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie, and shakes like Sweet Kale and Coffee Date. A vegan feast awaits at SunCafe Organic!

Suncafe is located 10820 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.

Bareburger in SM!

Bareburger in Santa Monica

Bareburger in SM!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

You must check out Bareburger on Main street in Santa Monica. It has now been open for two years on Main street. Founded on the east coast, Bareburger offers a healthy flare that fits right in with its menu options. The place is so cute and fun with its unique, clever decor. The main dining room features an eclectic array of hanging lamps and bulbs. Really a must-see!

The menu boasts organic, all natural, and sustainable ingredients. The restaurant uses only organic, pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, and grains. Not bad! They also offer quite an interesting line-up of protein-rich dishes. Along with beef, turkey, and chicken, they also offer bison, lamb, elk, and duck! Then there are veggie and falafel from which one can choose. We sampled the Falafel and Hummus served in lettuce cups, Cali Fresh salad with baby kale and quinoa, an American burger, Californian BLT with chicken, and seriously delicious onion rings and sweet potato fries. Yum! All were very tasty!

The restaurant has a cool and comfortable bar offering a large selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails. There’s a second dining room and also a secret outdoor patio out back. Both are great for private events. Bareburger also has a super busy schedule of weekly activities and events. I highly recommend following them on social media to keep up with all the fun.

Bareburger is located at 2732 Mains Street in Santa Monica.

Petrossian Weho!

Petrossian Cavier West Hollywood

Petrossian Weho!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of Petrossian Cavier

From the words of Robin Leach (English entertainment celebrity, best known for hosting his first show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous), “Champagne wishes and Caviar dreams!”  That is what you will experience while dining at Petrossian.

I’ve frequented Petrossian countless times now and I have to say, it’s always great!
I really like caviar and I love smoked salmon. The caviar and smoked fish here are consistently outstanding. There’s an amazing assortment of domestic and imported caviars and roes – and I’ve found through trial and error that sometimes expensive caviar doesn’t necessarily mean I like the taste better. Some of the very reasonably priced options are so delicious that one doesnt always have to splurge on more expensive items unless it’s for an impressive gift or special occasion!

I enjoy doing brunch here, and the royal eggs are  unbelievably delicious, very rich and decadent with your choice of a topping of caviar, or smoked fish. The Eggs Benedict with caviar is a must, a freshly baked English muffin, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce served with your choice of  prosciutto cotto , or smoked salmon, or smoked salmon & caviar! Lastly, this place is also a boutique market. They sell all sorts of pastries, macarons, croissants, smoked fishes etc. Petrossian is definitely the pioneer in sustainability of this delicate import loved by so many!!

Petrossian West Hollywood is located at 321 N. Robertson Boulevard.

El Cholo DTLA!

El Cholo Downtown L.A.

El Cholo DTLA!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of El Cholo

Going to a concert at Staples Center? Why not eat first? A must try is El Cholo, located conveniently across the street so it was perfect for pre-concert dining. We were approached and were seated immediately and served chips and salsa, and quickly ordered the made-by-tableside guacamole. Yum! The waitress was nice, quick and very attentive.

We started with Carmen’s Nachos, a couple El Cholo coconut Margaritas and an Elote (grilled corn cob). The food was savory, sloppy, lip smackingly good. The chips on the Nachos were crisp and not greasy. The cheese was properly sharp and there was a lot of it. Nothing is much better than the combo of a crisp corn chip, sharp cheddar and a hot pickled jalapeno.

El Cholo’s version of Elote totally surprised me: because there are so many versions around town. I was not convinced they would get it right here. They did, the corn was perfectly and freshly grilled and the crema and cotija cheese was the perfect amount. A surprise and a very good eat. I got the crab enchiladas, which was amazing. The sauce was rich and flavorful. I mentioned Coconut Margarita earlier. Wow! So Delicious! I highly recommend because of the toasted coconut.

My dining experience was amazing and the setting was beautiful, authentic and rustic. Go!

El Cholo DTLA is located at 1037 S Flower Street.

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