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 and garlic is too plush with the trappings of great comfort food to dislike. Reservations are highly recommended, as an open table is rare. 2135 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. (213) 484-6829,
—Christine Chiao

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