Published by Rebecca Maness.

Los Angeles’ Highland Park neighborhood has welcomed a new staple for vegans: Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher & Deli serves vegan meats inspired by Mexican flavors along with made-to-order sandwiches, agua frescas, house-made salsas, and more.

Owner Maciel Bañales Luna grew up in Durango, Mexico, and she draws inspiration from her upbringing for the shop’s chicharrones, chorizo, and salsas.

Time spent living in Brooklyn with her husband also inspired other offerings commonly seen in New York–style delis, including the pastrami, which comes piled high with provolone, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing on the Reuben sandwich. This blend of cultural influences has made for a unique shop that fits perfectly within Los Angeles’ diverse vegan food scene.

maciel's vegan butcher reuben

Here are some other items you shouldn’t miss at Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher & Deli.

The Breakfast: bacon or chorizo with vegan eggs and cheddar cheese, tomato, red onion, and spicy sauce on a brioche bun

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The Flores: Mexican ribs, pickled onions, arugula, and mayo on ciabatta

Aguas Frescas (available in Pineapple Ginger, Cucumber Lime Mint, and Hibiscus flavors)

maciel's vegan butcher aguas frescas


Maciel’s is one of the city’s first vegan butcher shops, closely following The Butcher’s Son in Hollywood, which opened just a month before. Clearly, people are interested in compassionate, animal- and planet-friendly meats and cheeses that are made with care. When you go vegan, you help spare the lives of many animals. Plus, it’s the best thing you can do for the planet and your own health. For tips and resources to help you make the transition, order your free vegan starter kit today:

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