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Soup's on, folks! I'm Tina M. Courtney, aka PoetKitty -- a Los Angeles based food writer audacious enough to think I can critique all manner of eateries. It's a labor of love, and I'm honored to welcome you. Grab a fork and let's get this party started.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

California Vegan - At Least No One Had to Die

California Vegan
7300 Sunset Blvd. Unit A
Los Angeles, CA
11.7.06 - Thursday, 12:30 PM
Me, myself, I, and our imaginary friends


Ambiance - D-
Service - D+
Food (Taste) - D
Food (Presentation) - D
Wine/Drinks - N/A (just had non-alchies)
Value - B-
Vibe/Energy/Scene - D

Overall Experience - D+

I had an actual paid assignment to rush out and sample some vegetarian restaurants *hand on forehead*, and having hit up California Vegan previously, I decided to give it a gander again. My first two trips went well-ish, but I keep having the same experience here: great menu, nice web site . . .blah food. Would the third trip serve me well?

California Vegan is a strip mall hideway, which as we LA-ers know, can actually be the mark of greatness. It's a truly vegan restaurant - no meat goods to be found. There are lost of substitutes, however - they don't just limit you to good old tofu. Service is slow and disinterested, and the decor sucks. It actually feels dirty in there, which makes me a tad fearful for the food. The kitchen is open, and that's a saving grace, but I hate the feeling that grime is lurking, well, everywhere.

I'll admit that this time, I ordered wrong. Let it be known that previously, I did a better job. The raw wrap I had months ago was actually damn awesome. The stir fry is - eh - healthy, but bland. But oy vey did I hit a strikeout on swing three.


Water. Though they have smoothies and the like, so in retrospect . . .


Lentil Burger
-- With lettuce, onion, tomato
Um, where to begin. First, it looked atrocious, but lentils aren't pretty, so whatever. The burger was MASSIVE - the bun had a thickness that could double as armor, and the burger itself was the size of a flying saucer. But it lacked density, so trying to pick this sucker up was a losing battle. Then, there's this pesky little "taste" issue. The texture was mushy and gross, and the lentil mixture damn near flavorless. Well, pooey.


Vegan French Fries
I'm not sure why I thought vegan fries would be healthy. Perhaps I am just missing the air fries at Nature's Pantry in the valley - sooooo fantastic. These were so crazy greasy, I'll admit the girl who misses fast food, who I taunt and yell out occassionally, found a little glee. But they had zero seasoning and were just too fatty to really enjoy. Vegan or no, I just couldn't go there.

Damage for 1 soda, 1 burger, and a side of fries: $11 before tip. At least the price was right. Too bad it wasn't edible.

Parking: Easy schmeezy - little lot, and loads of street options.
Attire: Super casual
Pros: Cheap, 100% vegan
Cons: Not exactly flavorful, awful decor, slow service

Final word - for a vegetarian fast food experience, this will do.

Come Over


  • At Wed Nov 29, 08:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    eww eww eww eww eww... if you're gonna use vegetables to re-create meat, at least do it right like the Quorn or Gardenburger folks (though some may argue that's marginal.) --

    but maybe the idea is to give shaky, questioning vegans a preview of what "meat" tastes like, and I'd bet I would hold steadfast to eating rabbit food too.

  • At Wed Nov 29, 10:35:00 PM, Blogger PoetKitty said…

    Oh good lawd, if this IS what meat tasted like, I would still be a vegan :)

  • At Sat Dec 02, 06:18:00 PM, Blogger adrian said…

    is that a poop burger?

  • At Mon Dec 04, 02:43:00 PM, Blogger PoetKitty said…

    Bingo. They misnamed the bugger on the menu.
    See? This is why I eat meat now. Oy.

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