Firmly Planted

Chef Matthew Kenney opens two new additions to L.A.'s vegan landscape

Make Out's salad, green juice, and truffles
Doesn't this salad, truffle and green juice combo make you wanna Make Out? (Photo: Garet Field-Sells)

Updated Jul 6, 2017 @ 10:52 am

If summer barbecues of sizzling burgers and steaks are giving you the “vegan blues,” cheer up! Plant-based dining in Los Angeles is having a moment, and the options for great animal-free fare are mushrooming.

Chef Matthew Kenney has opened two new additions to L.A.’s vegan landscape: Make Out, a casual, everyday café in Culver City, and Plant Food and Wine, a chic, upscale restaurant in Venice. (Kenney’s raw food Culinary Academy is now housed upstairs from Plant Food and Wine.) So whether you’re in the mood for grab-‘n-go, a special occasion meal or a home cooking lesson, Kenney’s got you covered.

Plant Food And Wine
Plant Food And Wine’s interior. (Photo: Geoff Souder)

Make Out is a healthy, all-raw alternative to fast food, the kind of place you pop into for organic smoothies ($10), gluten-free flatbreads ($10) and kelp noodle bowls ($11).

Plant Food and Wine, on the other hand, offers both raw and cooked dishes and is a place to linger for hours—especially on the patio, where fairy lights are laced through the olive trees and a lush edible garden helps supply what’s on your plate. House-made vegan cheeses (3 for $17) are meant to be paired with the selection of organic, biodynamic wines. Move on to sharable plates like silken zucchini “tagliatelle” ($13), robust salads like a vegan take on a niçoise ($16) and hearty entrees like socca cakes made with chickpea flour and lentils ($17).

Tempting desserts like olive oil cake with balsamic gelato and fennel-seed chocolate ($12) are naturally sweetened with agave. So long, vegan blues!

Make Out
9426 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City
(310) 280-9355

Plant Food and Wine
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
(310) 450-1009

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