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In a cozy space in Echo Park, chef Scott Zwiezen is serving vegan and vegetarian dishes with mostly Mediterranean flavors at Elf Cafe. Those who balk at seitan and tempeh will appreciate that Zwiezen uses neither, choosing instead to explore ingredients of the vegetable, grain and legume genre. "Vegan fondue" is a plate of roasted veggies with a nutty walnut romesco for dipping. The customizable baked tart with thyme and garlic is plush with the trappings of great comfort food. The spicy kale salad served with avocado and feta cheese in a pert lemon dressing has achieved cult status. There are plenty of gluten-free options too. Reservations are highly recommended, as an open table is rare. And be sure to bring cash: No credit cards are accepted, although they have recently added beer and wine to their offerings.
Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22, and regardless of where you stand on the dietary spectrum, consider curbing your carbon footprint with a meal free of animal byproducts. Nonprofit organization Env... More »
What an amzing place. Great cozy small place to bring someone special. There only open four days a week so they can have the same kitchen staff every night. Make reservations and order the savory crepe.
One time I got dumped here before the entrees even arrived and the amazing staff gave me free dessert while forcing my ex to walk to an ATM to pay for the meal.... so cash only but the food is AMAZZZING, the people who run it have an awesome band called Viva K, the ambiance makes me feel like I am in a hip, friendly version of Morocco and, of course, the moral support was important too
Technically vegetarian, the current menu at Elf Cafe is more than vegan-accessible -- with 14 dishes listed as either vegan or adaptable. In a cozy space in Echo Park next to Mohawk Bend (another vegan-friendly spot), chef Scott Zwiezen is serving dishes with mostly Mediterranean flavors. Those who balk at seitan and tempeh will appreciate that Zwiezen uses neither, choosing instead to explore ingredients of the vegetable, grain and legume genre. His customizable baked tart with thyme... More »
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