Budget friendly vegetarian restaurants are easy to find in Los Angeles, but which ones are ideal for a Valentine’s Day meal? Moreover, if your beloved is a vegan or vegetarian, would you know where to take the love of your life – especially if you are a dedicated carnivore? Read on and learn about some inexpensive Valentine’s Day restaurants for Los Angeles Vegetarians.
Breakfast at the Waffle
Who says that Valentine’s Day restaurants only serve dinner? This inexpensive eatery is located at 6255 West Sunset Boulevard – between Vine Street and Argyle Avenue — in Los Angeles, 90028. Some think of it as the trendy answer to Denny’s and many another customary breakfast spot, but those who want to get Valentine’s Day started early know that it can also be an intimate setting for a breakfast for two. Hours of operation are daily from 6:30 AM until 2:30 AM and on Fridays and Saturdays actually until 4:30 AM.
Citing truck stop fare as their culinary jumping off point, the Waffle’s menu is an eclectic mix of organic ingredients and local produce. For an eye-opening sugar bomb, opt for the Sticky Bun Waffle with brown sugar, cinnamon and maple brown sugar cinnamon glaze.
A three egg vegetarian scramble or omelet with onions, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and avocados is another great option. Mind you, this eatery does offer meat dishes for the carnivore of the couple, but when s/he sees you chowing down on a vegan chili scramble, the odds are good that s/he will convert.
Lunch at the Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
For a wonderful Valentine’s Day lunch, head on over to 9671 Wilshire Boulevard where you will find the Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Open Mondays through Fridays from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, this eatery combines inexpensive healthy food choices with uncompromising freshness.
Food choices include a cornucopia of salads and wraps as well as grilled veggies. For the fish eating vegetarian, the ahi tuna wrap is amazing but if you are strict, grilled tofu will round out your wrap nicely as well. Try the Zorra the Great salad with feta cheese and pita chips. It is served up on hummus…yummy!
You will be surprised to learn that this is one of the few healthy eateries that offer a suggested pairing of wine with your salad! Once again, meat is on the menu for the carnivore in your company.
Late Lunch/Early Dinner at the Leaf Cuisine
The Leaf Cuisine is situated at 11938 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM, this is the perfect place to take your vegan date for a late Valentine’s Day lunch or early Valentine’s Day dinner.
This place is so hot it’s cool, especially for Valentine’s Day. Try the Pad Thai for only $9.99 and enjoy the exotic taste of kelp and squash noodles served with red peppers and spiced up with a fiery peanut sauce. Complement it with a carrot & celery drink, or finish off your meal with a bit of perfect carrot cake that betrays a hint of dates, ginger and cashews, and is topped with walnut cream.
Dinner at the Cheng Du Restaurant
The Cheng Du is one of the budget friendly Valentine’s Day restaurants you might want to make your usual hangout. This inexpensive Chinese restaurant is located at 11538 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles. Dinner is actually served Sundays through Thursdays from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM and on Fridays and Saturdays for an extra half hour later.
This is a laid back restaurant that offers a variety of inexpensive dishes. Peruse the menu carefully and when you see the red hot chili pepper, take that notation seriously! Fortunately for the tender Western palate, the dishes may be made a bit milder and thus prevent the unsuspecting guest from hyperventilating.
Vegetarians should check out the Bear’s Paw which is little more than fried tofu and green onions sautéed in black bean sauce. Tofu was made to be paired with black bean sauce and this dish is wonderful!
Sources: http://www.thewaffle.us/; http://www.greenleafchopshop.com/; http://cheng-du-restaurant.com/; http://www.leafcuisine.com/