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    Jan 21, 2018

    The Nine Best Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches In Los Angeles

    Two guys start the day off right... with a vegan breakfast sandwich tour of LA.

    This is Ryan's and my ninth vegan food tour in Los Angeles. The breakfast sandwiches are not in order of rank, they are in the order we ate them because yeah, we ate all of this in one day.

    1. Vegan Breakfast Sandwich on a Croissant from Chango Coffee

    I'll be honest, this breakfast sandwich is the reason why I wanted to do this food tour. I'm in love with it. It's offered on a bagel and English muffin, but pro-tip - ask for it on a vegan croissant, because why would you not want that?

    The tofu is with covered in so much turmeric that if you're not careful your hands will be yellow all day (but it's worth it) and the sandwich includes basil, onion, Daiya cheese, and tomato. Vegan butter is the secret ingredient. You can add avocado and tempeh bacon as well.

    Chango Coffee is in Echo Park at 1559 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

    2. Egg and Bacon Bagel from The Grain Cafe

    The vegan egg and bacon bagel at The Grain Cafe comes on a very thin bagel (which is ideal when you're doing a food tour, tbh). The tofu scramble was great and actually stuck together well (we thought it'd fall out of the sandwich, but it didn't). There was a good amount of greens and some vegan mayo. It's served with a really nice plate of fruit.

    The Grain Cafe is in Mid-City at 4222 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019.

    3. I Am Nurtured from Café Gratitude

    The I Am Nurtured is a delicious chickpea frittata sandwich. It was served on a ciabatta roll, but is now served in a wrap. It's got a mild flavor profile, but is a good option for those seeking a healthier (read: less greasy) start to the day.

    Café Gratitude has three locations in Los Angeles. We were at the Larchmont location at 639 N Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004.

    4. Croissant Breakfast Sandwich from The Ridiculous Baking Co.

    The Ridiculous Baking Co. has an all-vegan booth set up at the Hollywood Farmers Market. The biscuit croissant breakfast sandwich has a mild sauce and honestly could use a bit more spice on the tofu and sausage - but look how damn cute it is!

    The Ridiculous Baking Co. sets up shop at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Cosmo St.

    5. Vegan Egg Muffin with Soysage and Vegan Egg Muffin with Bac-un, Avocado, and Tomato from One Veg World

    One Veg World is the antidote to anyone who thinks Los Angeles, brunch, or eating vegan is expensive. These breakfast sandwiches might not have McD's prizes, but they are only $4.50 each. Hell yeah. We tried two of their sandwiches and they are both great. Bonus: One Veg World is subtly run by the 'Supreme Master' pseudo-religious folks, so your delicious breakfast sandwich comes with a side of quirky personality-cult spirituality.

    One Veg World is in Pasadena at 950 E Colorado Blvd #104, Pasadena, CA 91106.

    6. Breakfast Sammie on a Biscuit Bun from Real Food Daily

    We split the tower of food that is the Breakfast Sammie on a homemade biscuit bun at this vegan institution. The whole thing is super dense and kinda crumbly, especially the biscuit, but the portion size is on point.

    Real Food Daily has three locations in Los Angeles. We were at the Pasadena location at 899 E. Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106.

    7. OG Badass from Localita & The Badasserie

    Ryan's favorite stop on the tour, this hole-in-the-wall, located in the lobby of a DTLA apartment complex, serves up The OG Badass, which is basically a vegan McGriddle—a vegan sausage patty with Daiya cheddar cheese, spicy chipotle sauce, and sweet maple syrup on a multigrain muffin. It's a wonderful mix of sweet and spicy. It's gooey and delicious.

    Note: Along the way, we split some sandwiches, because you know, there's a limit to how much can fit in one's stomach. On our first tour, it was 55 dumplings for me. Splitting the OG Badass was my only regret of the tour.

    Localita & The Badasserie is in Downtown Los Angeles at 817 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

    8. Vegan Bun from Spoke Bicycle Cafe

    Spoke Bicycle Cafe is a cool outdoor-patio spot located directly alongside the LA River Bike Path. There's a mix of cyclists and people who just want a good meal. The vegan version of their breakfast bun includes some great tempeh, fluffy tofu, daiya cheese, grilled onions, and sauce, served on wonderfully soft bread. We loved the atmosphere and the food. It was busy and thus a bit of a wait, but we weren't complaining.

    Spoke Bicycle Cafe is on the LA River Bike Path in Frogtown at 3050 N Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039.

    9. Breakfast Sandwich from Little Pine

    Our last stop on the vegan breakfast sandwich tour of Los Angeles was Moby's hip vegan restaurant Little Pine. The breakfast sandwich included tofu, house-made sausage "seitan", romesco, red onion, and avocado served on grilled bread with a side of home fries or salad. The bread made this feel more like brunch than breakfast, which felt right after six hours of eating.

    Little Pine is in Silver Lake at 2870 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039.


    In just six hours we ate a combined 13 sandwiches (some full, some shared)—a respectable dent in the vast expanse of vegan breakfast sammies in the City of Angels.

    Past Vegan Food Tours In Los Angeles

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