OK, so PETA has already given you the guide to keeping it chic at Coachella, but what’s your fine vegan self going to eat when you’re not screaming your face off to the hottest musical acts?
The Los Angeles staples listed here are must-tries on any vegan’s bucket list—plus, you’ll be able to find these eateries’ dank vegan food at Coachella this year:
100 PERCENT VEGAN EATERIES THAT WILL BE AT COACHELLA
This is vegan Mexican street food that could turn even the most dedicated flesh-eater into a PETA activist. Vegatinos, with pop-ups all over L.A., uses various meaty ingredients, such as soy protein, jackfruit, hibiscus flowers, and oyster mushrooms. Some of our favorite dishes include the asada tacos and the Papas a la Bestia (because fries covered in stuff is always awesome).
Ramen Hood, in the middle of bustling Grand Central Market in downtown L.A., is another completely vegan spot that everyone needs to try. Whether you like spicy ramen or prefer to keep it mellow, absolutely remember to top your bowl off with a vegan egg and maybe a little nori.
The ol’ reliable peanut butter and jelly sandwich isn’t exactly an obvious example of fine cuisine, but the 100 percent vegan PBJ.LA is changing opinions for the better. Ever have a PB&J-style sandwich with toasted pine nut butter, sage, cherry tomatoes, and smoked vegan provolone? We didn’t think so.
By offering small plates, tacos, pizza, and desserts, Seabirds Kitchen makes sure that there’s a little something for everyone. It serves up a primo brunch menu featuring some delicious cocktails. The vegan food truck–turned-restaurant bases its menu on seasonal produce, meaning that innovation and new items are always on tap at Seabirds.
Word of Mouth Truck
We’re lucky enough to be familiar with Word of Mouth Truck—from time to time, it parks down the street from our L.A. office. Look no further than this iconic blue truck for great burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. And it’ll be parked at the campsites at Coachella!
NONVEGAN RESTAURANTS THAT OFFER VEGAN OPTIONS
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
This popular ice cream spot always has tons of vegan options and will offer vegan flavors that are available only for a limited time, too! Some of the greats include Vegan Green Planet, Vegan PB&J Bon Bon, Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam, and the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
It wouldn’t be America without more than one ice cream option. Check out McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams for several vegan flavors, and let the free market decide who’s the best dessert slinger at Coachella.
Salt & Straw
That’s right—you’ll have one more option if you want to indulge in vegan ice cream, because Salt & Straw will be at Coachella as well. We hope it’s bringing a ton of that delicious Roasted Strawberry Coconut!
Ah yes, we remember the first time we went to Trejo’s Tacos and ate all the vegan things. The restaurant’s menu features delectable vegan options, such as young jackfruit–filled burritos and cauliflower tacos smothered in cashew cream and topped with pickled onions.
Hanjip may not be known as a go-to restaurant for vegans, but the Korean barbeque spot will be at Coachella offering veganizable veggie rice bowls.
800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen
Build your own pizza with tons of veggies—and top off your great creation with oodles of vegan mozzarella for no extra charge.
Ms Chi Cafe
Ms Chi is a progressive Chinese American cuisine spot offering vegan takes on some classic dishes like vegetable chow mein and Sichuan tofu with rice. Definitely be sure to try out the vegan house-made dumplings, too! And if a sandwich is more your speed, go for the Californian Monk Sandwich, which features roasted mushrooms, hoisin sauce, and bean sprouts.
While not fully vegan, Pizzanista! offers some choice goods. Try out the vegan version of its garlic knots, and follow them up with a slice of Seitan Meats Jesus pizza (topped with vegan pepperoni, sausage, and bacon). If you happen to stroll in on a Sunday, the eatery offers a vegan Macaroni & Cheese Pizza. We’ll wait for you to pick up your jaw.
An L.A. staple that jumpstarted the food truck trend, Kogi BBQ offers tofu tacos that are vegan as ordered, and its tofu burrito can be made vegan if you order it without eggs or cheese.
Backyard Bowls (available at Coachella for those with VIP access) offers numerous healthy bowls filled with fruit—but be sure to order any fruit bowls without honey or bee pollen. If those aren’t your jam, other bowls include hearty ingredients such as grains, oats, quinoa, hempseeds, and sprouts.
Postmates at Coachella
How wild is this: Coachella will offer two designated pick-up spots (one for general admission, one for VIP) so that festivalgoers can pick up preordered food! Among the vegan options available for pick-up include meals from Monty’s Good Burger, Ms Chi Cafe, Pizzanista, and Trejos Tacos.
Note: Typically, restaurants offer a simplified menu at festivals. We can only hope the nonvegan ones bring their vegan options to Coachella!
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