November 6th, 2018

World Vegan Month Special: Cooking & Dining Around Marina del Rey

Happy World Vegan Month! Whether you’re a full-time plant-based devotee, a vegan dabbler or just a curious food lover, this month is a great opportunity to celebrate a compassionate, environmentally friendly and undeniably delicious way of eating—plant-based! Plus, since we live in one of the most accommodating vegan states in the country, it’s incredibly easy to indulge. Just minutes from Marina del Rey, for instance, you’ll find restaurants with everything from award-winning vegan burgers to gourmet plant-based dishes that will keep your taste buds happy for basically ever. Or, thanks to our local Farmer’s Market, you can put on your chef’s hat and cook up a delectable plant-based meal with the season’s freshest produce (enhanced by a slew of fantastic protein options like tofu, tempeh, or one the crazy-good faux meats).

Ready to dig in? Here are four excellent restaurant choices to try, plus a few recipes to inspire the cook in you.



The Counter
4786 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

If you didn’t know, the neighborhood’s best burger joint is totally on the vegan map. In addition to their vegan veggie patty, the Counter also features the famed Impossible™ Burger on their menu. Our suggestion, choose that bad boy on a multigrain bun with some veggie toppings and a dollop of Just Mayo. And don’t forget the sweet potato fries on the side!


Tony Ps
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

While Tony Ps was once purely a seafood and meat destination, they introduced a nice veggie menu earlier this year. And while their vegan options are limited, you can still make-do nicely with the Arugula and Roasted Beet Salad (minus the goat cheese), followed by their Stir Fry Teriyaki Bowl with tofu. Good, mindful eating with a water view—perfect.


Plant, Food + Wine
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

The blissful paradise of PFW is a must for World Vegan Month, with its gorgeous outdoor seating area and inspiring menu by renowned Chef Matthew Kenney. For brunch, you must try the Bananas Foster Pancakes or the savory Wild Mushroom Sandwich. For dinner, start with the Flora Artisanal Cheese Tasting to share with your dining partner, and then indulge in a memorable main course like their Hay Smoked Gnocchi or much-loved Kelp Noodle Cacio E Pepe. Dessert? Yaaaas. Their gourmet-style chocolate bread pudding is a can’t-miss.


12406 Washington Blvd., Culver City

We know—you think sushi, you think fish. But trust us, Shojin’s plant-based twist on sushi is a divine revelation (plus their salads and ramen are awesome). If you’re in the mood for fall flavors, try their Yellow Magic Orchestra roll (pumpkin tempura and curry spiced tempeh), or go straight for tried and true faves like the Shojin Dynamite Roll (spicy tofu and avocado) and Spicy Ramen Revolution. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some sake, too—they have a great selection.




Pumpkins are pure autumn, and these vegan pumpkin pancakes make the most of this seasonal gem. Pick up a gourd at the farmer’s market to make your puree from scratch (or buy some canned pumpkin for a shortcut), invite your besties over, and treat them to a lovely breakfast. Find the recipe here.



Isa Chandra’s Wild Rice Salad with Oranges and Roasted Beets is the perfect fall salad (especially if you use mandarins from the Farmer’s Market!). It’s loaded with red leaf lettuce, beets, oranges, currants and rice…and topped with sesame seeds and an excellent, tangy Sesame Orange Vinaigrette. Try it…the prep work is totally worth it. Recipe here.



Matthew Kenney of PFW highlighted his Fully Loaded Baked Sweet Potato online, and oh boy, does it look amazing. The toppings include curry leaves, coriander yogurt (made from macadamia nuts), chili and lime—what a luscious combination! If you’re looking for a protein-rich main course to accompany the potatoes, give your palette a treat with these Crispy Tofu Steaks with Caramelized Onion Gravy, or make an easy Scallopini Picatta with Gardein™ Chick’n. P.S. Don’t forget to stop at New Deli in Venice for a bottle of vegan wine.



Salted Caramel Apple Pie. We know…WOW. We warn you—this pie is unbelievably sinful so start prepping your self-control now. If you’re ready for yummy, buy some organic apples at the Marina Farmer’s Market on Saturday and get baking! Remember to pick up some Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream and make extra caramel sauce to top it all off. Check out the full recipe.



What are your favorite plant-based destinations around Marina del   Rey? Do you have any vegan recipes you absolutely love? Share now!