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L.A. restaurants gear up for vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving feasts

November 23, 2010 |  3:30 pm


We remember not-so-fondly the days when vegetarians didn't have much to eat at Thanksgiving dinner beyond side dishes. You know, the dark ages before Tofurky.

Fortunately, those days are behind us. And for those who aren't into cooking and post-meal cleanup, a number of Southern California restaurants are offering animal-friendly Thanksgiving meals.

Local vegan- and vegetarian-friendly favorites like Native Foods, Mooi, Flore Vegan, M Cafe, Shojin, Cinnamon, Stuff I Eat, Madeline Bistro and Vinh Loi Tofu are serving their own twists on Thanksgiving food using ingredients like seitan, mushrooms and tofu instead of meat.

Check out a list of veggie holiday options from L.A. restaurants at The Times' sister publication Brand X. We also recommend the very thorough list from Quarrygirl.com (but be forewarned, reservation deadlines have passed for some options on that list).

-- Lindsay Barnett

Credit: M Cafe's whipped potatoes & rutabaga and green beans amandine. Credit: Cindy Choi / M Cafe

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