Meatless Mondays with Metro: The Vegan Joint

Take a little more transit and eat a little less meat — two things you can do to reduce your environmental impact. In this installment of Meatless Mondays with Metro we visit The Vegan Joint for healthier vegan cuisine (hey, just because food is vegan doesn’t automatically make it healthy — sugar is vegan, after all).

The Vegan Joint has a variety of items on the menu, including pancakes, burgers and burritos, but focuses on Thai vegan based food. Most of the time, when you visit a place that seems to be a cuisine of all trades, none of the dishes come out particularly good. I can’t say definitively if The Vegan Joint suffers from this problem, but based on what I ordered, I would say their Asian food items were a lot better than their non-Asian food.

During my visit, I had the mushroom soup which was amazing, fresh spring rolls — also amazing and surprisingly filling — and the garlic chicken wrap, which was just okay. I would still go back to try some of the other items, though. The pancakes look good, and I really want to try some of the noodle dishes.

For those of you who want an extra boost of “I did a good thing” with your meal, eating at The Vegan Joint means supporting a minority woman owned business, so there’s that.

The Vegan Joint has a few locations that are Metro accessible. There’s one near Culver City that’s a short walk from the Expo Line Palms Station. The location in the DTLA Fashion District can be reached via Metro Bus 51/52/351 to San Pedro/11th or via Metro Bike: there are docking stations at 11th and Maple and San Julian and 12th.

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