Cheap Eats: Healthful


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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.

Veggie Grill 
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.