For the casual observer passing Tuk Tuk, it might seem as though there has been an accident. The front of a tuk tuk—the Thai term for rickshaw—juts from the front of the building above the awning, as though its wheel has just burst through the wall. But if that observer ventured inside, they would find neither debris nor an apologetic teleporter proclaiming that his calculations were off. Instead they would see diners seated beneath colorful wall art and hanging lamps whose shades resemble curving Möbius strips, or, according to one review from Gayot, snail shells. Then, once the adrenaline faded and reality set in, the investigating observer would be smacked by what was so obvious to everyone else: the aroma of mingling spices.
A compendium of noodle dishes, wok stir-fries, curries, and house specialties, the menu prioritizes the power of complementary ingredients. According to the same Gayot review, chef Aoi Rattanamanee has a particular knack for seasoning grilled dishes: "Chicken is marinated overnight in garlic, cilantro and black pepper, fostering deep flavor." The spicy basil fried rice mixes chili and thai basil within a vegetable medley, and the Crying Tiger beef derives its zest from garlic, galangal root, and soybean sauce. Those in search of proven staples can indulge in pad thai or one of three curry variants, whose ingredients have all simmered in a creamy coconut milk.
As a dedicated vegan, the eponymous owner of Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine, Rahel Woldmedhin, foregoes traditional meat and fish dishes for completely animal-free feasts that have helped the eatery win “Best Ethnic Vegan Restaurant” in Los Angeles Magazine. Inside the spacious dining room, forks and spoons grace the tables, though they’re not necessarily the utensils diners should turn to first. Traditionally, Ethiopian feasters scoop up their food with injera bread, and it's no different at Rahel, where the menu consists mainly of vegan wot—a hearty stew and the perfect match for the soft and spongy injera. Diners can dive into 10 types of wot, chockfull of chickpeas, lentils, and potatoes, and sip on traditional drinks, such kombucha tea or 3D—a combination of suff, telba, and besso that CBS Los Angeles calls "addicting."
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Leonor's has been preparing meat-free Mexican food for nearly 30 years, and the current menu is modeled after the soy-dense Forever Young diet. Dishes include a traditional Mexican selection of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas with the restaurant's unique vegetarian and vegan spins. Some of those are on display in the Buffalo Bill burrito, that's packed with brown rice, steamed pinto beans, avocado, soy cheese, and veggies in a whole-wheat tortilla.
Though Leonor's is rooted in Mexican food, there are other culinary influences present as well: the spaghetti dinner entangles soy meatballs with whole-wheat noodles and the soy hamburger is topped with a leafy crown of lettuce and alfalfa sprouts. Stone-ground whole-wheat pizzas carry their own surprises—molasses and honey are infused into the dough—and can be customized with toppings such as cilantro, avocado, and tinier pizzas.
Hollywood’s The Vegan House restaurant wears its Thai influences well. With warm wooden walls, bright green accent paint and the occasional bit of flair, The Vegan House lures in curious locals looking for vegetable-heavy entrées in a quick, unassuming environment. Dishes like Tom Kha Shitake and Bamboo Shoots Soup blends coconut milk, shitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tofu, chilies and more. There’s also the expected papaya salad, plus Americanized turns like a soy chicken burger, while more experimental curries and noodle dishes round out the menu. This is undeniably homey food, but without the heft of meats to weigh customers down following their midday meal. Flag down one of the amenable waitresses then snag any available seat – including several outside – to enjoy healthy, satisfying vegan fare, right in the heart of Hollywood.
Veggie Grill, at Sunset and Crescent Heights, is a part of the growing fast-casual restaurant chain offering a fully plant-based menu. This vegan-friendly eatery is bright, modern and airy, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Diners order from hanging menu boards at the front counter, then grab a seat while they wait for their entrée of choice. Popular options include veggie burgers, salads and a variety of soy- and nut-free menu options for food allergy sufferers. Like most vegetarian restaurants, beans, mushrooms and protein alternatives feature prominently, while greens are more straightforward and simply prepared. Fans of organic and GMO-free eating will find much to love inside the modern, simple space. And everyone will appreciate the free 90-minute parking (with validation, of course).