“The place is filled with vegans, vegetarians and carnivores,” said L.A. resident and former restaurant critic Matt Yglesias, who writes for The Atlantic and Slate.
“It’s the sort of place where you could walk in and have a nice vegan meal and get a few shots of wine.”
That was a big selling point for some of the food, which came from local farms.
The menu included lamb chops with avocado, pork belly, and cucumber.
But a few vegan staples were a bit off-putting to some, especially when they included things like veggie burgers, veggie lasagna, and vegan “snacks.”
But for the most part, the veggie bar was a welcome addition, said Yelena D’Alessandro, a vegan chef at the Green Street Kitchen, which also offers salads and wraps.
“This was the first time that I was able to get vegan food and really feel like I was eating at home,” D’Alonsio said.
“The staff is super nice, and the atmosphere is really good.”
While many vegan options have popped up across Southern California over the past few years, this one is the first to be serving vegetarian options, and it was created in response to a restaurant ban on vegan foods, which lasted from July 1, 2016, to March 30, 2017.
(In 2018, the California Legislature passed a bill banning the sale of veggie products, including tofu and soy.)
That law had some unintended consequences, like the restaurant’s closure, D’Angelo said.
But since then, she and her team have been slowly reintroducing veggie options.
In September, the restaurant announced a “Veggie Menu” featuring vegan burgers and wraps, which included some vegan cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
And in February, they announced that they would be opening a new vegan-friendly restaurant in Venice.
While this may seem like a relatively small effort, there’s plenty of room for growth.
D’Anonsio has a few other vegan restaurants in her area, and she’s not alone in seeing a big demand for vegan options.
At the time of our visit, the GreenStreet Kitchen was in a transition phase, but was looking for an open space and space to grow, she said.
This is something that the community is going to want to see grow as well.
The Vegan Grill, a popular vegan eatery in Los Angeles, recently launched a vegan menu.
The space has a vegan patio, and its vegan- and vegetarian-friendly food is also on the menu.
It’s currently located at 1455 Vine Street.