There’s no getting around the fact that vegans always get the short end of the menu stick. Everyone deserves a good meal….regardless of diet. Luckily, Long Beach has solidified its place in the California vegan landscape. You can RSVP to any of the frequent vegan meetups around the city, or attend the annual Long Beach Vegan Festival…complete with a Vegan Chili Cook-Off! So next time you’re looking to dine out, cruelty-free, here’s a highlight (by cuisine type) of plant-based options to quell even the pickiest of herbivores.
Breakfast & Brunch
Several questions pop into people’s minds at the thought of a vegan brunch. But what about the egg? What if I don’t like salad for breakfast? What’s the point? Enter: The Wild Chive. Chef Soozee Nguyen was driven by the “yearning to recreate meatless versions” of her childhood favorites. Vegan eggs? No Problem. Vegan Monte Cristo? Yup. The catch? The Wild Chive is still a Pop-Up. Snag a seat at their weekly Vegan Brunch Pop-Up (complete with a full bar and table service) at MADE by Millworks, every Sunday 9am-3pm. Catch them for dinner in the same spot, every Thursday from 5pm-9pm. While you’re there, pick up some vegan pasta from Mod Foods Co. for dinner.
East Village gem, Berlin Bistro (brainchild of Retro Row staple, Portfolio Coffeehouse), has a killer vegan breakfast menu….along with one of the best parklets in the East Village. Take comfort in knowing that all vegan items are denoted on the menu, and almost all vegetarian options can be modified to be vegan. We suggest the Tofu Scramble and a bloody, to start!