Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, Culver City
Sage is one of my favorite spots in LA. I’m not actually super into the whole super trendy place, but it’s hard to not love a place that has lights strung up outside and a menu with not one, but TWO dishes you can safely eat that are seriously fantastic AND a beer garden.
Unfortunately, the delicious chocolate chip pancakes from across the table were not oil free but if you’re just going vegan and don’t care- go for it. I definitely think eating more nutrient dense foods, less processed foods and additives is the healthier way to eat but I don’t believe in criticizing another person’s choice who doesn’t feel compelled to be extremely health conscious. For me, with a condition where I actually use this type of lifestyle/diet as medicine, it is really important for me to follow it as strictly as possible (think about someone who takes their medicine, this is mine). So my dish was the raw tacos: walnut cranberry ‘meat’, sundried tomato, cashew cheese, guacamole, jicama and pico de gallo in a lettuce taco shell. (How cool- I actually found a recipe online that replicates this- gotta try it ASAP obvs leaving out the oil!). I’m not sure if it’s naturally oil free or if it can just be made oil free, so if you’re going to order this I would just make sure to tell your server. It’s funny, I tried a tiny tiny bite of my friend’s pancakes which were great (but I can make pancakes whenever I want so I don’t usually order them out) and even though she loved them (not vegan, couldn’t tell they were vegan, but really, how could you ever, the non-vegan ingredients don’t give a pancake flavor!!) but really wished she ordered my dish and ended up eating a lot off my plate. The dish is seriously fantastic.
I almost never go out and order a salad, but the second dish I can eat at Sage is an awesome salad that I never feel like I’m wasting a meal out ordering. The “Goatless Greek” is a chopped, tossed salad with massaged kale, quinoa, carrots, cucumbers, spicy cabbage, tomatoes, onion, avocado, apple, kalamata olives, jalapeño agave sauce, raw dill cheese, and cashew alfredo. It’s delicious. Same thing about oil free- not sure if it’s usually this way but you can definitely ask them to make it this way.