M Café de Chaya
You’ve got a macrobiotic guest in town who wants to see celebrities and has a hankering for scrambled tofu with tempeh bacon, a muffaletta with spicy seitan, a black cod teriyaki-tempura bowl, or some sushi? M Café it is. This order-at-the-counter chain offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan wraps, salads, and sandwiches with star power. » 7119 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323-525-0588. Also in Beverly Hills and Culver City.
Native Foods cofounder Ray White helped devise this menu of vegetarian soups, salads, and sandwiches, all of which go handily with the Parmesan-dusted sweet potato fries. Don’t smirk: The vegan carne asada burger and grilled “chickin” sandwich stacked high with avocado are darn close to the real thing. Toast the cheeriness of the operation with a glass of organic wine. » El Segundo Plaza, 720 Allied Way, El Segundo, 310-535-0025.