• 101 coffee shop: vegan classic diner food

    September 18th, 2009quarrygirl101 coffee shop, LA restaurants


    walking into the 101 coffee shop in hollywood is like sticking one foot back in time. the throwback diner filled with modern-day hipsters is modeled to look just like the coffee shops of the 1960s—complete with retro booths, a stone wall, and a long counter lined with bar stools that stretches through the restaurant.


    as stated on their website, “The menu at 101 Coffee Shop features retro diner fare with a Southern California twist.”…which of course means they have a few vegan options! while there isn’t a huge selection for us vegans, the diner does offer a very popular animal-free breakfast item called “no huevos” rancheros.

    "no huevos" rancheros: tofu, black beans, corn, soyrizo, ranchero sauce and guacamole. $7.95

    "no huevos" rancheros: tofu, black beans, corn, soyrizo, ranchero sauce and guacamole. $7.95

    i hit up 101 recently with fellow vegan blogger brittany, from sickoflettuce.com…and although it was well into lunchtime, we both opted for the coffee shop’s signature vegan breakfast dish. as you can probably tell by the name, the “no huevos” rancheros is an eggless take on huevos rancheros…and comes complete with scrambled tofu, vegan sausage, black beans, corn and ortega chilies atop tortillas, all smothered in ranchero sauce and topped with a dollop of guacamole. i think this dish incredible because it’s chunky, sloppy, spicy, and savory—everything i love all at once.


    the ranchero sauce is bursting with rich tomato flavor, the tofu is well-seasoned, and the soyrizo is perfectly greasy. mix it all up with the chilies to give it some heat, then cool it down with the guacamole, and you have vegan breakfast bliss at any time of day. brittany and i both loved it, and although 101 has a couple other vegan dishes, i don’t think i could ever see myself straying from the “no huevos” rancheros.

    whether you live in los angeles, or are just visiting, i would classify a meal at the 101 coffee shop as a “must”. don’t go just for the food, but for the classic diner vibe and the retro interior. the staff and clientele are all ridiculously cool and beautiful, and the 60’s design is spot on. you’ll feel like you’re eating in a time-warp or a quentin tarantino movie…same thing, i suppose. and how great is it that a place like this ALSO caters to vegans?!

    go there, and get the “no huevos” rancheros. eat them for breakfast, lunch, or as a late night post bar snack…whenever you have them, they won’t disappoint.


    101 coffee shop
    6145 franklin avenue
    hollywood, ca 90028

    open daily 7am-3am

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18 responses to “101 coffee shop: vegan classic diner food” RSS icon

  • Goes to show how authentic it is. When I went there I assumed the decor was never changed and that it’s been that way for 40 years. I haven’t had the no huevos there but now I’m curious to!

  • i love this meal so much and i almost forgot about it. thanks for the awesome lunchtime suggestion. HOLLA!

  • i LOVE this place!!!! thanks for reminding me about it!!!!

  • i think this is the only thing i’ve eaten there, i dont remember there being many vegan options.

  • Avi and I LOOOOOVE that dish!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I LOVE the 101. I think they might have a mushroom taquito dish that MIGHT be vegan, but don’t quote me on that. Could have cheese for all I remember about it. I like their veggie sausage a lot. They also have mixed sweet potato and regular fries.

  • Thanks for finding another late-night option, QG! So nice to know we do not have to starve post 10p anymore…

  • that place looks really dirty to me. last time I was there it had a B cert, and there were flies everywhere.

  • Ah yes, I’ve spent many a 2 a.m. scarfing down some no huevos rancheros. They also have an INSANELY good soy chai tea latte

  • Nice! Next time I’m near Locali I’m heading over. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love the 101, every time I’m at an event on the east side I try to find a way to make it “breakfast time.”

  • Drinking coffee shouldn’t be a habit . It should be a passion.

  • I love the no huevos…I order it with salsa verde instead of the ranchero sauce and I think it’s better when the tortillas are crispy!

    The mushroom taquitos do have cheese. ๐Ÿ™

  • I just got home from my 2nd time having the no huevos rancheros and I thought I’d add my two cents. As you can see from the photos and taste from your imagination, these are AMAZING. I love them so much I’ve driven an hour across town (from Westwood) just to sit alone and eat this meal twice. What I think makes it special though is how FILLING it is. The only issue I ever really struggle with as a vegan is I’m hungry a lot. I assume this is because meat and dairy are harder for the body to digest and thus stick around longer, whereas we handle plant-based foods with no problem. Something about this dish can keep me satiated for hours and hours and hours. It’s 5:12 pm, I ate around 1 pm, and even though it’s the only thing I’ve eaten today I’m not even starting to feel hungry yet. SO worth the money and the drive. <3 101 Coffee Shop

  • I love this dish too, although I get their fresh salsa instead of the red sauce. yummmmmm

  • Whenever I drive out to Loving Hut, I pass a 101 Coffee or 101 Bakery or something, I think on Main Street? I wonder if that’s another location of the same franchise, and if so, I’d like to know if they carry vegan items. I will phone and find out.

  • my family is really interested in Coffee Franchise like Starbucks. we are still saving money for the franchise cost.’-`

  • I would LOVE a vegan coffee shop around my house but unfortunately it’s not that popular on my side of town.. I wish they would put one up close at least! Sometimes I just wish I could walk in and order at any restaurant like all the other people do. Hmph.

    Antique Jewelry

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