• vegan food in a pinch, you can always turn to swingers

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    June 25th, 2009quarrygirlLA restaurants, swingers

    UPDATE 4/25/2011: DON’T EAT AT SWINGER’S. they put lard in “vegan” items.

    i know in los angeles we have loads of vegan-friendly restaurants, but sometimes it can still be really hard to find a vegan meal. for instance, after a late night at 2am or early in the morning at 7am…it’s sad, but none of the favorite spots are gonna be open at those hours. rest assured to know when other restaurants are closed, you can always turn to swingers—the all american diner has plenty of vegan options, is open 21.5 hours daily, and has 2 locations (one in santa monica and one near weho). they also serve booze and offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day long.

    recently my husband and i found ourselves stranded and hungry at 6:45am, and luckily swingers on beverly came to the rescue.

    vegan soyrizo scramble: organic tofu scrambled with soyrizo, served with black beans, salsa, and your choice of tortilla. $7.95

    vegan soyrizo scramble: organic tofu scrambled with soyrizo, served with black beans, salsa, and your choice of tortilla. $7.95

    i’m a big fan of the breakfasts at swingers, and they have loads vegan-friendly choices that are clearly marked on the menu. from tofu rancheros, to vegan nachos, to a vegan breakfast burrito there are more than enough options. on our most recent visit, i went with the veganized soyrizo scramble, with organic tofu rather than eggs.

    i must say that this scramble was exceptional. they mixed the fake meat and tofu all together thoroughly and the fried it on the bottom so it had a really “scrambled eggy” texture, but with none of the gross egg taste. the plate came with a mound of black beans, fresh chunky salsa, and a huge fluffy flour tortilla…damn good value for under $8.

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    despite the fact that it was earlier than 7am, my husband wasn’t in the mood for breakfast, so he went with the swingers salad. on it’s own the salad is pretty simple, but for an extra $2.50, you can add some damn fine sauteed tofu. i wouldn’t call this salad amazing or anything, but it’s good, it’s vegan, and it’s available to eat at 6:30am.

    swingers salad with tofu: organic mixed baby greens, tomatoes and carrots with choice of dressing and sauteed tofu. $9

    swingers salad with tofu: organic mixed baby greens, tomatoes and carrots with choice of dressing and sauteed tofu. $9

    so there you have it. when other places aren’t open and you are craving some vegan grub, swingers will always save the day. sometimes the service can be hit or miss, but i’ve always left with a belly full of decent food.

    swingers
    8020 Beverly Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (323) 653-5858
    6:30 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.

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9 responses to “vegan food in a pinch, you can always turn to swingers” RSS icon

  • the breakfast burrito is super delicious as well!

  • I just went there for dinner Monday night because I didn’t feel like cooking or spending a ton of money. I totally agree with you, Swingers has decent vegan food for decent prices and they are always open! Great review!

  • this is a cool option, i’ve eaten at Swinger’s a few times. The only thing with the scrambled tofu, etc is that they most likely use the same griddle where all their bacon and other meats are cooked, so I’ve always just ordered the guacamole…

    But if you’re cool with that, then by all means use that option..

  • It must be awesome to have veggie options pretty much 24 hours! Here it’s 9pm – 11pm and all the cafe’s close at 6pm!

  • I’ve had the scramble and I thought the salsa was quite good. Plus, soyrizo is ALWAYS good.

    I’m also not in the mood for breakfast-y foods very often, and if I am I almost always go for something savory rather than sweet, so I totally think a salad (or burrito, or burger) for breakfast at a diner is normal. ;-)

  • Great to know! Fred 62 in Los Feliz/Silver Lake is also open late and early and has a tofu chilaquile (sp?) that is pretty tasty.

  • i heard the tofu chilaquiles at fred 62 has chicken broth in it.

  • i heard the tofu chilaquiles at fred 62 has chicken broth in it.
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  • I also like Fred 62 and Cafe 101, but Swingers is still probably my favorite diner in L.A.


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