Happy Veggie screams freshness, from the smiling tomato on its sign to the paintings of green foliage that surround the restaurant's casual dining room. The chefs here specialize in Asian cuisine, just without certain ingredients. No meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or MSG finds its way into the Happy Veggie kitchen. Instead, the chefs use tofu and soy meats to put vegetarian spins on classic dishes, including what LA Weekly dubs a "pretty damn good animal-less pho."
Local vegetables are indispensable to this menu. Chefs use market-fresh produce to make salads, stir-fries, and curry-vegetable masala. They finish meals with coconut cheesecake or veggie flan, which they make with soy whipped cream and maple syrup that's as pure as the day it was wrung from a tree like a sponge.
Tip for first-time diners: don't come on Tuesdays, when the restaurant is closed.
At Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu, meat and tofu put aside their differences in the name of cooperating to create savory Korean feasts. Bulgogi—sliced beef marinated in 12 flavorful ingredients—stars in many dishes, from japche rice-paper wraps to custom-made bibimbap served in a hot stone pot. Instead of sculpting faux turkeys from vatfuls of guacamole, vegans can build feasts from meat-free dishes such as tofu soup and sushi-like kimchi kimbap. The restaurant's popular korean tacos encourage meats and greens to hang out together, housing combinations of bulgogi, pork, chicken, veggies, or tofu. Outdoor seating invites patrons to dine amid verdant plants, whereas comfy indoor booths honor nature with sunny lights and bamboo wall coverings.
For tasty Mexican fare, Long Beach's Coco Renos is hard to top. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Coco Renos, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. Noise levels at the bar can be ear-piercing, so save the t te- -t tes for another night.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the bar on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend. It doesn't get much more laid-back than Coco Renos, so dress for comfort when you come. Can't get enough of Coco Renos' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Guests take to street parking at Coco Renos' E Broadway spot.
You'll find your bill at Coco Renos to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Coco Renos since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Long Beach's Tea Garden serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more. No need to miss out on Tea Garden just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Grab the kids when you head to Tea Garden — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Tap into the free wireless internet at Tea Garden.
Tea Garden welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Tea Garden patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the E 2nd St location.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Tonya Beaudet was perplexed when a strange sign appeared on the door of her favorite restaurant in 1980. Before long, she deduced that ?Here today, gone to Maui? meant that its surf-crazy owner had traded California?s waves for those of Hawaii. Filled with visions of organic feasts, she scrambled to buy the shop, otherwise known as The Spot Natural Food Restaurant. House-made vegetarian fare has ruled the menu for more than 30 years, transforming Tonya into a meat-free eater and converting unabashed carnivores into legume lovers. Saut?ed mushrooms and onions crown the restaurant?s veggie burger, whose blend of beans, seeds, and soy cheese the Travel Channel deemed ?jam-packed with flavor.? Brown rice and whole-wheat tortillas lend wholesome goodness to hearty burritos, savory garden omelets brim with seasonal produce, and organic ales and purified water refresh palates between bites, preventing diners from plunging into the nearby ocean. To accommodate a wide range of dietary needs, the kitchen can prepare meals without wheat, dairy, or sugar. Tonya and crew?s cookbook helps diners recreate their favorite dishes at home, using healthy ingredients such as garden-grown veggies and raw agave.
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.