Written by Stephanie Kordan
Chef, author and food celebrity Anthony Bourdain has been known to have his beefy opinions about vegans and vegetarians. He believes that "Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food." I'm sure he's had many exasperating moments in the kitchen as a chef because of dietary requests--- likely rolling his eyes upwards when asked to create a 'vegetarian plate'--- an annoyance to most chefs worth their Maldon sea salt, or as Bourdain himself put it, "[a vegan requesting a vegetarian plate is] a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn."
Hyperbole shouldn't be eaten raw, so I'm going to teach Bourdain that vegetarians love good food just as much as omnivores do. See, I've had this running fantasy in my mind. I'm dressed in a dominatrix outfit--- black corset, garters with stockings, thigh-high boots--- you know, the whole enchilada sex-kitten-in-charge fantasy costume. I've got Anthony Bourdain strapped to a chair in an elegant dining room at a vegan restaurant. I'm force feeding him veggies while wearing temptress attire. It's vegan food so good that he begs to eat more.
What vegetarian plates might make Tony beg this veggie mistress for another bite?
Here are LA's 8 best vegan restaurants that would make Bourdain go vegan and saypretty please with an organic, locally grown cherry on top:
5)Vinh Loi Tofu dishes up some of the city's best vegan phở. Pronounced fuh, it's the most flavorful vegetarian phở broth made in Los Angeles. Plenty of meat-eaters have their secret tofu affair here in this spot hidden in a mini mall (where they also make their own tofu). A bowlful of phở packs its punch with generous amounts of vegan chicken, fish, shrimp, noodles and veggies, along with sides of basil, sprouts, red cabbage, cilantro, chili and limes. We know Tony loves good Viet food. He'd phở sure like this vegan goodness.