5 Fave Meatless Dishes From the Woman Behind Hollywood’s New Latin Eatery


Meat is so ‘Aughts. That’s what Rachel Carr would say—she’s the plant-focused executive chef at Chavela, the new vegan Latin eatery opening today on Vine. The restaurant—owned by the Rodriguezes of the next-door Los Balcones—will serve Carr’s vegan dishes, which are inspired by Latin America and feature local ingredients. The busy chef, who worked at Cru Restaurant and SunCafe, is a longtime meatless devotee; she was kind enough to share her five favorite plant-based dishes and drinks in L.A., arguably the best place to find vegan cuisine.

SunCafe (Studio City): Lettuce Tacos
“These tacos are spot on with their Mexican flavors and are great way to introduce non-vegans to raw food!”

Real Raw Live (Franklin Village): Super Immunity Shot
“This potent shot contains lemon, cayenne, E3 Live and chlorophyll. It’s great for boosting your immune system when your feeling a cold coming on.”

M Cafe (West Hollywood): The Big Macro
“Good veggie burgers are few and far between and their version has a great texture and is very filling.”

Vegetable (Studio City): Tomato Basil Soup
“Vegetable just opened a few months ago, and they’re my new go-to spot for vegan soup and salad.”

Gracias Madre (West Hollywood): Gorditas
“I love everything on their menu, but I always get the gorditas. I love the atmosphere, too and their bar menu is as lovingly hand crafted as the menu.”

Chavela, 1358 Vine Street