Vegans don’t have to worry about going hungry when they visit the Staples Center with their Lakers Tickets (that they got below box office price from ScoreBig - hint, hint). The arena has plenty of options. Plus, there are many restaurants in the area if you don’t like what they serve. Regardless, you’ll have a full belly that keeps you charged during the game.
Outtakes, which is located on the main concourse next to section 104 has several snacks and plates that vegans might like. This eclectic restaurant features fast cuisine that satisfy at affordable prices. Some of the dishes you might want to try from Outtakes include:
- fresh edamame
- cucumber plate sushi
- spinach wrap
- garden salad
- hummus and pita plate
- olive or sweet potato tortilla chips (gluten-free)
- grilled veggie sandwich
With all of those options, vegans know they have plenty to eat at the Staples Center.
California Pizza Kitchen
The Staples Center’s California Pizza Kitchen has much more than pizza (although you can always order a slice without cheese to accommodate your dietary restrictions). Other vegan options include:
- hummus and pita plate
- popcorn (ask for it without the butter topping)
CPK doesn’t have a lot of options, but it’s still a good place to stop for a snack.
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If you aren’t a fan of the vegan foods that they serve inside the Staples Center, you can always visit a nearby restaurant before or after the game. El Cholo, a Mexican restaurant on South Fowler St. has several options for vegans, including:
- Guacamole and tortilla chips
- Annie’s Early California Enchilada (ask for it without the jack cheese)
- fresh vegetable fajitas (comes with sour cream on the side, so you may want to ask your server to leave it off)
You can always count on a good Mexican restaurant to serve a couple of vegan dishes. El Cholo is no different. It knows how to accommodate all of its guests, even when they choose not to eat meat, dairy, or eggs.
The Farm of Beverly Hills
Located just a tenth of a mile from the Staples Center, the Farm of Beverly Hills offers an upscale take on rustic cuisine. The restaurant has plenty of vegetable-based dishes, so vegans should find several options that fill them up before the game. Some of the best vegan dishes on the menu include:
- over roasted cauliflower
- roasted baby beets (ask for it without the goat cheese)
- roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash
- kale and quinoa salad
- veggie burger
- garlic french fries
- sweet potato fries
With all of these options, you should find something that you enjoy. Even picky vegans will enjoy The Farm of Beverly Hills. Upscale dining, however, comes at an upscale price. If you choose to eat here before or after a Lakers game, prepare yourself to spend about $20 on your meal. That might not sound like a lot to meat-eaters, but vegans rarely pay high prices for their veggie-inspired foods.
What are some of your favorite vegan dishes at restaurants near the Staples Center? Do you have a spot that you like to visit before or after games?