Our Blog

Vegan Restaurants Near Echo Park

Earlier on the blog, we covered New Eateries in Echo Park. Today, we’d like to explore some of the vegan options in the neighborhood. If you’re vegan and living in Echo Park, or thinking of moving to Echo Park, this is the post for you!

Veganism & Benefits A vegan diet excludes dairy, meat and eggs from food, as well as anything that comes from animals. Many people choose a vegan lifestyle because of the maltreatment of animals in the food industry and/or because of the negative impact the meat industry has on the environment.

A vegan diet is mostly compromised of vegetables and can contain fruit, beans, soy, tempeh and satay. Many people on a vegan diet will experience weight loss and benefit from the natural vitamins and minerals (protein, iron, calcium, etc.) in the produce they eat.

The Vegan Scene in Echo Park These vegan restaurants support local farmers, and thus support local businesses. They support the concept that we should know where our food comes from and we should eat high quality, organic produce.

Sage Vegan Bistro This restaurant believes in the “from the field to the table” mentality and supports the “farm to table movement.” Sage Vegan Bistro, on W Sunset Blvd in Echo Park, carries menu items created with produce that is in season from local farms. Sage offers a brunch menu, lunch menu and dinner menu. There’s also locations in Culver City and Pasadena, a mobile food truck, and the same owner runs Kindkreme (a vegan ice cream store). Stop by Sage Vegan Bistro for lunches like the buffalo chicken wing salad or the tempeh avocado pesto burger.

Vegan Restaurants in Echo Park

Bowl of Soul via Yelp

Elf Cafe El Cafe is another farm to table establishment. This restaurant features Eastern Mediterranean food and has been open since 2006. The original chef was Lebanese and the owners were inspired by Greek influences. The current chef, Dave Martinez, brings elegance and creativity to the menu. Some dishes to enjoy at Elf Cafe include the baked tarte with mushroom, caramelized onions and mozzarella; the chickpea flour crepes with truffle cream, and the kofta with saffron cous cous.

echo park vegan Food

Fromage Rigatoni with Charred Cauliflower via Yelp

Vegan House Vegan House offers vegan Thai cuisine in an environment that feels like home. The Thai menu offers favorites, such as pad thai, orange soy chicken, satay chicken and spring rolls. Also stop by for their creative sushi items, including grilled veggie sushi. Don’t forget dessert; try the coconut ice cream. This is Thai food done right with healthy cooking as the priority. Tip: there’s free parking towards the back of the building.

vegan echo park restaurant

Green Curry via Yelp

Tribal Cafe Tribal Cafe calls itself the “the Eat Good Do Good Cafe.” This vegan restaurant definitely has flair with its colorful and attention-grabbing decor. Patrons of the Tribal Cafe enjoy deli sandwiches, espresso, fruit juice, green smoothies and a variety of dishes. The veggie mushroom burger, spinach and mushroom tamale, Reuben tempeh sandwich, spicy Filipino chicken adobo panini and the Asian veggie wrap all look equally tempting and appealing. In addition to the healthy and delicious menu, Tribal Cafe offers open mic nights, which are recorded for YouTube, and also hosts local cultural events (such as art shows).

echo park vegan restaurant food

Tempeh Tacos via Yelp

Bon appetit!

The Best Food Delivery Services in Echo Park

Food delivery services are becoming more commonplace as people want more convenience at an affordable cost. There are many services to choose from and each has its own specialty or way of doing things. If you’re new to the food options in Echo Park, and would like an idea of the food delivery services available, read on to learn more.

Some food delivery services in Echo Park offer readymade food brought to your door, while others deliver boxes of food that need to be cooked for the meal. These options are perfect for those of us who don’t have the time to shop for food and prepare it. It’s also a great idea for those who want to learn how to cook gourmet dishes without the hassle of grocery shopping.

echo park food delivery

Blue Apron Food Service                                                                                                      

Oftentimes, having the exact amount of food delivered to you that you need to cook a meal is economical because you won’t have any leftover ingredients in your fridge that will go to waste. For example, some ingredients only come in bulk sizes, but you may only need a small portion of a specific ingredient for a recipe you’re only going to make one time.

Other times, you may be craving take out but don’t want to stop the movie you’re watching or leave the party you’re at to pick up the food. In those cases, you can use a delivery service that brings you food from restaurants in Echo Park.

The following are some of the food delivery services available:

Blue Apron – The service from Blue Apron will deliver three boxes of food to your home each week. Each box contains everything you need to cook one meal using locally grown ingredients. The cost is $9.99 per person.

Yummy – Forget about driving to the store and waiting in line; Go to Yummy.com to order groceries and other items that will be delivered to your home or workplace within 30 minutes.


food delivery echo park

LAbite – LAbite offers delivery from a network of1757 restaurants in Southern California brought to you by teams of LAbite drivers. You can order dinner to someone’s home or cater lunch for the entire office. LAbite also offers personal assistance via the phone and order tracking online.

Amazon Fresh – Amazon Fresh, whose offices are located in downtown L.A., offers free delivery on orders over $50. You can order groceries, premade meals and products from local stores via your phone or computer. The membership also comes with other Amazon Prime benefits.

Drizly – This delivery service specializes in delivering alcoholic beverages to your door within half an hour. You order from the app, and you don’t have to worry about sending the designated driver to pick up more drinks.

Farmbox L.A. – With Farmbox L.A., you’ll receive a box of fresh produce and groceries from local farms. You’re in control of how many deliveries you want, whether that’s every week or once a month. You can also customize the contents of the box based on what’s being harvested at that time and your personal preferences.

food delivery in echo park

DoorDash ­- Have goods and food delivered from local businesses with DoorDash. DoorDash was founded by college students at Stanford back in 2013 to connect consumers with local business. Expect your order to arrive in 45 minutes or less.

Test out food delivery services in Echo Park to see which one best fits your needs. Are you planning on moving to Echo Park? Don’t forget to check out Echo Park real estate with Los Angeles Real Estate Unlimited.

Draining of the Silver Lake Reservoir

Drain Silver Lake Reservoir

We’re all familiar with the lack of water in California due to the drought, and we’re even getting accustomed to integrating water saving behaviors into our routines. In addition to these precautions, you should also expect the draining of the Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles (which was slated to happen in June or July of 2015).

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to drain the 400 million gallons of water in the reservoir. Once it’s drained (which will take at least several weeks to completely empty), the city will begin construction on a water pipeline underneath the reservoir. The reservoir can hold as much as 800 million gallons of water. The reservoir has to be completely dry before the work on the new pipeline can begin.

The Silver Lake Reservoir has not been used to supply drinking water to L.A. for the past seven years. Open-air water supplies can no longer be used as drinking water. Using water from open-air sources is too risky, as they are vulnerable to outside elements, including carcinogens, bromate, runoff, sunlight and pollution. Thus, the city will fill a new underground reservoir in Griffith Park named Headworks Reservoir. L.A. will most likely stop using Ivanhoe Reservoir for drinking water as well.

Silver Lake Reservoir

If you live in the Silver Lake area, and enjoy walking the trail surrounding the reservoir, you’ll be happy to know that the trails will remain open to the public. Also, note that the construction on the water pipeline will not block traffic; the city will house the construction equipment inside of the reservoir itself. You may be able to hear the construction going on, but at least it won’t create any inconvenience.

We’re wondering what may be found at the bottom of the reservoir this time around. Last time the city drained it, back in 2008, clothes and hundreds of golf balls were found. A missing wedding ring was found as well!

Will the draining of Silver Lake Reservoir affect real estate in the surrounding area? We know that the reservoir is expected to be empty for at least a year. If you have questions about Los Angeles real estate, contact Real Estate Unlimited. We’re happy to help and will get back to you as soon as we can.

New Eateries In Echo Park

Echo Park New Restaurants

Once you’ve checked out the New Eateries in Silverlake, head over to Echo Park to discover more places to grab a bite to eat in Los Angeles, California. (In case you’re wondering, Echo Park is located near Downtown L.A. and Santa Monica Boulevard.)

Browse through these successfully new eateries in the Echo Park area to learn more:

Ostrich Farm – Located near Sunset Boulevard, Ostrich Farm is open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday while brunch is offered on the weekends. There are many different types of items on the menu, ranging from flatbreads to small plates of pork rillettes, mussels and chicken liver to a variety of salads. For dessert, try a dark chocolate tart with sea salt or a vanilla bean creme brulee. The large brunch menu covers tartines; poached eggs with chickpeas; blueberry lemon, ricotta pancakes; and thick cut bricoche French toast (to name a few of the choices).

The Park Restaurant – The Park is self-described as, “a place to relax and get nourished.” This establishment showcases simple food for a great price and provides options for vegetarians and vegans. The Park runs an impressive deal on Tuesdays that includes a 3 course dinner for the great value of $20. Plus, on Wednesdays, the eatery advertises a burger for $6. Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner at The Park for a casual atmosphere with great food. The food served includes a wide variety of cuisine, including American, Greek and Italian. Keep an eye out for the Happy Hour, which takes place from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm on weekdays.

The Park’s Finest BBQ – This isn’t just your average BBQ place; The Park’s Finest serves none other than Filipino barbeque. This location is close to Downtown. Visit The Park’s Finest for delicious BBQ in a casual dining environment. The menu was perfected by different families in L.A. who designed recipes and sauces like the ones enjoyed at family barbeques. At this eatery, you can try dishes like spicy sausages, longanisa, roasted chicken, pork ribs and riblets, pulled pork, tri tip and coconut beef. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers and a side of elote (corn flavored with mayo, cheese and cayenne pepper). Don’t forget that you don’t have to wait for those holiday parties to start to enjoy good, family barbeque.

As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to dining in Echo Park. In addition to trendy homes and trendy nightlife, Echo Park has a lot to offer in terms of where to eat and where to try new dishes. If you are looking for real estate in Echo Park, be sure to check out our website Los Angeles Real Estate Unlimited for more information on home listings and property in Los Angeles, CA.