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Vegan’s The Reason

At these Los Angeles hotspots, “vegan” is no longer a dirty word.

The refined surrounds at Culina up the culinary ante with delightful vegan dishes.

1. Acabar
Acabar’s vegan dishes might just be the most creative in the city. Steamed buns with foraged mushrooms are extravagantly delicious, the 22-oz. cauliflower steak is full of flavor and chef Octavio Becerra’s roasted persimmon dessert is worth a second trip. 1510 N. Stanley Ave., L.A., 323.876.1400
2. Culina
Culina at the Four Seasons is the go-to spot for high-profile Angelenos. Everyone seems like a regular at this spot, where fresh juices and soups are often favored over the menu’s heavier items. 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000
3. Craig’s
At Craig’s on Melrose, vegans join their meat-eating friends because they know their meals—like spaghetti squash primavera— will be as hearty as everything else. The popular diner is packed every night of the week, sending a message that more vegan choices mean more happy customers. 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.276.1900
4. The Churchill
The Churchill is famous for hosting the world’s most famous vegan, former President Clinton. The rustic gastropub’s standouts are its huge quinoa burger with wild arugula, and a selection of fresh, cold-pressed juices. 8384 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, 323.655.8384
5. Kiwami
Chef Katsuya Uechi’s restaurant is all about vegan power sushi. Celebrities and industry players gravitate toward Kiwami and gush over its five-kinds- vegetable sushi roll. 11920 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.763.3910