1110 1/2 Gayley Avenue
Westwood, CA 90025
On an everyday basis, when I'm just looking to grab a quick bite to eat, I would call this my favourite place to eat in all of Los Angeles. Its where I go when I look to get my grub on, not dine. Native Foods is completely vegan and relatively healthy (some items are fried), and offered at an affordable price. I recommend their grilled tempeh burgers ordered with optional caramelized onions, and a side order of chili cheese fries. Yes, you heard me right...chili cheese fries! The vegan cheese (made with rainforest cashews and sunflower seeds) is more of a spread than traditional fromage, but it tastes divine and the chili is almost as good as any meaty counterpart. My other favourite item is the Philly Peppersteak Sandwich (sliced and seared peppered seitan, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, bell peppers and Native Cheese on a French roll). This is basically the vegan restaurant you take newbies who've never tried non-meat dining to, as the dishes are vegan versions of diner/fast food favourites. More health-conscious dishes like their assorted veggie and tofu bowls allow for guilt free dining with culinary satisfaction. As a meat loving omnivore, I surprisingly leave each time completely satisfied despite the absence of dairy or meat items on the menu. So skip the hipster diners and give this non-hippie vegan destination a taste.