Imaginative and hearty, dishes at Sage feel like they’re nudging vegan cuisine in a new direction, with an Echo Park crowd that ranges from hipster to hippie. Sage is one of the few vegan places in LA to make use of jackfruit—dressed up with chile in street tacos or as a tuna substitute in the "tuna" melt, just one of the United Nations-array of sandwiches that include meat-free versions of banh mi and a po' boy. Dishes have interesting touches: Quinoa corn cakes are served with a sharp and crunchy slaw for just the right amount of zing, while the Soul Bowl is served with whole, dehydrated okra for an unexpected crunch. Finish with a scoop of Kind Kreme—cashew, almond milk and coconut–based ice cream—scooped straight from the ice cream counter.
|Venue name:||Sage Vegan Bistro||Contact:|
1700 W Sunset Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 11am-10pm; Thu, Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 9am-4pm, 5-11pm; Sun 9am-4pm, 5-10pm|
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This is the place you bring your friend that dismisses vegan food as foofy and gross—so that you can make them eat their foolish words. Admittedly, I wasn't into vegan stuff (umm...bacon, anyone?) but everything here is delicious. You really can't go wrong but my favorite is probably the Soul Bowl. The portions are huge and you definitely fill up without the guilt. The wait isn't horrendous either—there's an upstairs seating area as well that overlooks the bottom level. The only thing that I could leave is the ice cream. It's good but c'mon, I can practically buy another appetizer/entree for that price.
This Echo Park mainstay offers a strictly vegan menu, nicely balanced between meat substitutes and just veggies. The more ambitious dishes can be hit or miss, but everyone has their favorites (mine is the raw bowl with quinoa, yum) and it’s a great (if a bit pricy) place to eat a clean, healthy meal. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, splurge on some coconut-based Kind Kreme for dessert, get it to go and take a walk around Echo Park Lake.