Monrovia is our home and here we hope to offer you some of our favorite places to eat and to play. If you’re visiting there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
Monrovia is about 35 minutes NW of downtown LA and 15 minutes east of Pasadena.
Traffic. We are used to it. You really have to plan around it. If a restaurant is five miles away it may or may not take you 30+ minutes to get there!
Beaches, mountains, valleys. There is so much to do here. Pace yourself. And when looking at weather keep in mind that weather breaks down to these three areas.
Foodies. Los Angeles is a vegan mecca. There are also plenty of places to hike, swim and work out so you can keep up with the eating.
Monrovia itself has some great vegan options. Grey & Cash offers jack fruit breakfast burritos. I love them! They also have bagels with cashew cream cheese and wonderful coffee selections. Other vegan options can be found at Mahan Indian, 38 degrees, Thai Divine Bistro and Bella Sera. All of these spots are on S. Myrtle. Just east of S. Myrtle at 109 E. Lemon is The Diplomat. I love their hummus, grape leaves and the potato boreg! They offer some of these on their happy hour food menu.
One Veg World is at 1355 E. Huntington in Duarte, which is just east of Monrovia. They are all vegan and offer mostly fast food options. Across the street is Young’s Gourmet, our favorite Chinese spot. They also deliver to Monrovia. A little further east, in Azusa, is one of our favorites, The Taco Man. They’re in a strip mall at 310 N. Citrus.
Paradis and Baskin-Robbins on S. Myrtle offer vegan ice cream. Both are almond milk based.
Fast food has really changed recently, with most chains offering a vegan option. Burger King on Huntington offers the Impossible Burger and Carl’s Jr. and Del Taco (just east in Duarte on Huntington too) offer Beyond Burger products.
Every Friday night there is the Monrovia Street Fair on S. Myrtle. It goes form 5pm – 10pm and there are always vegan options. One of our favorite vegan food spots is Tacos Sin Karma and they are at the fair every week.
Or favorite beach is Zuma Beach in Malibu. Northwest of Santa Monica and plenty of space to play, swim and surf.
Looking for a place to stay? We recommend an amazing Airbnb in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of LA. This sweet spot is owned by our friends Bettina and James, and is a wonderful place to explore LA from. It’s also walking distance to the Gold Line metro train which gets you to downtown LA in 10 minutes. Check out their place here. If you decide to book with Bettina and James let them know you’re part of The Gay Vegans family and you’ll get a treat! Oh, and they are rated as an Airbnb Superhost!
Closer to Monrovia we like the Embassy Suites on Huntington just west of us in Arcadia. We have had amazing vegan meals at events there.
LA is the vegan capital of the world in my opinion. So many amazing options. We have definitely eaten our way around town. I think a great place to start is Real Food Daily. There are several locations throughout the LA area and there is definitely something for everyone. They have their regular menu along with a list of specials. They are an all-vegan chain. Check them out here.
We both have a huge sweet tooth and within a few days of living here found Donut Friend. Oh my. Almost every donut is vegan and they are delicious. So much creativity with flavors and the selection is endless. They are located in the Highland Park area of LA and definitely worth a stop. Closed on Mondays. Click here for more information. Also in Highland park is one of our favorite breakfast spots, Kitchen Mouse! They’re at 5904 N. Figueroa St.
One of my favorite places to eat is at Stuff I Eat in Inglewood. Babette is amazing, and while you order I highly recommend adding to it whatever they are offering at the counter as a special, usually a scrumptious dessert!
These are the political districts we are part of:
California’s 41st State Assembly district (Chris Holden is our current state rep)
California’s 25th State Senate district (Anthony Portantino is our current state senator)
California’s 32nd Congressional district (Grace Napolitano is our current US Congresswoman)