Meatless Mondays with Metro: P.Y.T.

Take a little more transit and eat a little less meat — two things you can do to reduce your environmental impact. This week’s installment features P.Y.T. which does not stand for ‘pretty young thing’ — at least, I don’t think it does. I haven’t actually found out what it stands for. My best guess is ‘petite yummy tomato.’

P.Y.T. is a vegetable-centered restaurant inspired by a garden not far away. Up until recently they were only open for dinner and brunch, but now they’re open during lunch hours as well. Everything about the space is Instagrammable, from the minimalist decor to the food plating. However, just because attention is paid to presentation doesn’t mean it’s lacking in taste.

On my visit, I ordered the green piri-piri rice with over-easy egg. If you’re vegan, ask them to hold the egg. Many of their dishes can also easily be made vegan by request. I liked the rice a lot: it was soft and airy, a little bit spicy with zing from the lime. The mix of soft herbs in the bowl was also kind of fun, giving each bite a slightly different flavor. The portion size was decent — not too much so you don’t feel like you’re overeating, and not so minuscule that you’re still starving after the meal.

One caveat for the rice: definitely do NOT get this dish if you hate cilantro. I’m a huge fan of cilantro anything, but I know there are certain people out there for whom cilantro tastes like soap. If that’s the case for you, try something else on the menu.

The prices at P.Y.T. tend to be on the slightly higher end, but if you’re looking for quality, it’s definitely worth giving the place a try. Their brunch menu also comes highly recommended by every DTLA foodie blog I follow.

To get to P.Y.T., take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, or take the Metro Rapid 733 or DASH D to 4th and Main. There’s also a Metro Bike station one block away.

Have other recommendations for vegan/veggie restaurants? Let me know in the comments!

6 replies

  1. Well, Taco Bell might count now since their ‘beef’ is mostly TVP anyway …..

    Southern Indian restos are heavily biased toward a vegetarian diet. I rarely get tired of samosas with mint-cilantro sauce. Hmmm good.

    Annapurna in Lawndale gave up on pure vegetarian but still has a great selection. Dosas are amazing and something I could never make at home.

    • Hi Mike,

      Indian food is a must! I’ll have to research a few off-the-beaten-path places 🙂

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  2. Suggestions:
    Real Food Daily, in Pasadena and at least 1 other location.
    MyVegan, Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena
    One Veg World in Pasadena
    Fine Garden Vegetarian in San Gabriel
    Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park
    Happy Family Restaurant in Monterey Park
    Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park
    Oh Happy Days in Altadena
    Something Healthy Cafe in Monrovia
    Veggie Pho Restaurant in Eagle Rock.

    Check out Happy Cow website, there are a couple of notable vegan bloggers/instagramers in LA, like VeganFatKid.

    • Thanks for the tips! I’ll add to my list 🙂

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

      • Also, a place I had forgotten about, but visited this week Leonor’s Mexican (there are 2 locations with slightly different names, the one on Victory is more transit friendly.)
        And a Friday afternoon only thing at York and Ave 51, vegan food trucks and such show up. There is a donut shop near by that has vegan options.

        • Very cool! I’ll have to look into that, vegan food trucks sound like fun.


          Anna Chen
          Writer, The Source