Hours: Café, Daily 11:30 to 9:00; Brunch, Sat & Sun, 9:00 to 3:00 Market: Daily, 9:00 to 9:00
by Emerson Sandow
This rustic oasis in the heart of L.A.’s West San Fernando Valley might be the grandaddy of vegan-minded restaurants in Southern California. Founded as a juice bar in the mid-1970s by four “hippies”, for over 40 years, it has been a full-service café with a natural market attached and is one of the premier locations for vegans to shop and dine in Los Angeles.
The menu is extensive, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, smoothies and more. The Mac n’ Cheese is delicious and satisfying; the enchiladas are the perfect Mexican vegan dish, which can be difficult to find, totally vegan. Scrambled tofu, tofu Benedict, Waffles, “Buttermilk” pancakes that are 100% vegan, the best tempeh Reuben I have ever tasted, four burgers, chicken sandwich, wraps, stuffed baked potatoes and an array of salads and sides that will leave you pleasantly satiated for hours after eating.
Follow Your Heart is also the inventor of Veganaise, a delicious, healthy vegan alternative to mayonnaise and the best vegan cheeses on the market. Visit their website for complete information and even recipes for some tantalizing dishes you can make at home.