Sage Organic Vegan Bistro has three locations in Los Angeles AND a food truck! My mom and I ate at the Culver City location for dinner and breakfast (because the menu was so big we had to!), plus I enjoyed takeout from the Echo Park location – all times and we were treated to delicious food made with organic ingredients in an awesome atmosphere!
After a day eating around LA (check up my whole roundup of where to eat when in the area here), I ordered a sandwich for take-out on our way to Anaheim, where we would be spending 4 days product hunting on the trade show floor to Expo West. It had been a long (but great!) day of travel from Toronto, and Anaheim isn’t exactly known for their organic food, so takeout from Sage seemed like a great idea! It worked out really well since we were exhausted – I got to enjoy a plant-powered meal along with juice from Erewhon in our hotel room without moving again! I loved my club sandwich (rice paper “bacon”, marinated tofu, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and mustard and garlic aioli) with a side of housemade tortilla chips. I also ordered a soft pretzel with their nacho cheese sauce, because I had seen so many talk about it online, and it was awesome! Completely satisfying!
My next Sage experience was after the days of the trade show, once back in the LA area. This time, we went to the Culver City location, which is much bigger than its Echo Park counterpart, and features a beautiful patio that we sat on. The space features heat lamps (I always find it funny when I visit places like California or Florida and they have heat lamps on their patio when it’s 15 degrees out) and a couple of communal tables, so you might get to sit with some other friendly people! I loved that there were trees on the patio and the general vibe of the place. You could definitely go with a large group to Sage and make everyone very happy.
For dinner, despite not being that hungry, we ordered artichoke hearts (amazing texture!), an eggplant artichoke “parmesan” pizza (we only ate one piece and I enjoyed the leftovers as a snack the next day, it is REALLY good pizza!), and the Baja tacos (fried avocado, cabbage, pico de gallo, and habanero cream sauce), which had me at “fried avocado”! We also decided that going back for breakfast was a must since there was such a large menu, and we had to return our rental car nearby anyway! So, the next morning, my mom and I returned to the Culver City location for breakfast, this time with much emptier stomachs! I ordered the breakfast burrito (tofu egg, hash browns, rice, beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and habanero cream cheese). This kind of dish and combination of ingredients is always a draw for me and something I seem to gravitate to and order at a lot of different restaurants! I loved Sage’s take on it, especially the “cream cheese” – it added a very unique flavour and texture to the otherwise classic and really delicious burrito! My mom had the avocado toast featuring avocado, tomato, parsley, dill, and basil and their house hot sauce – it was solid. Sage’s drink list is also extensive and not to be missed no matter what time of day you dine.
Also available at all Sage locations is KindKreme vegan ice cream – I tried the Coffee Chip flavour and it was AMAZING!! I highly recommend you save room for dessert and enjoy their raw, vegan, organic ice cream or a donut, or cinnamon bun, or……
Sage is great and will make every kind of eater really happy for any meal of the day, any day of the week! With a menu that is CRAZY diverse, Sage brings a delicious new take on a ton of classic dishes and many creative ones of their own invention – all sticking to using good ingredients!