Vegan options await at Real Food Daily, where you can find top notch LAX airport food.
LAX, the sprawling airport in Los Angeles, received the honor of being named the most vegan friendly airport.
David and I flew through LA recently on the way to Seattle. As soon as we got off the plane we were pelted with labeled vegan options.
LAX airport food
There’s an LAX location of all-vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily.
And area restaurants that are known for their interesting plant-based options like Mohawk Bend also have a vegan burger and more on their menu.
Every coffee place I passed had soy milk available. There are juices, smoothies, and plant-based meals available at EarthBar.
(Which airport came in last place? Minneapolis/St. Paul. I found that surprising since I found decent vegan options there. However, the committee that gave the award only looked at the top 30 busiest airports in the United States.
That explains why the least vegan-friendly airport wasn’t some small town airport, where the vegan options tend to be things like bags of potato chips, nuts, and pretzels.
I sometimes hear people say that there are now good vegan airport options everywhere. To them I say, fly through Cedar Rapids, Iowa sometime.)
Our flight had been a very early morning affair. So by the time we touched down in Los Angeles I was more than ready for a full meal.
We were flying American Airlines, which meant we’d be going through terminal 4. So we made our way to Real Food Daily, which is located there.
Not surprisingly, the menu is smaller than at their brick and mortar restaurants, but there were still lots of my favorites.
They had burritos, their stellar nachos, and the basic 3 bowl that is my usual order.
For travelers with less time on their hands, they also had grab and go options in a refrigerated case.
We had plenty of time before catching our next flight. So we ordered off the menu.
I got the basic 3 with brown rice, steamed kale, marinated tofu, and cilantro lime sauce (see picture above).
The tofu at the regular restaurant is cooked on a grill and has a wonderful charred flavor to it. They don’t do that at the airport location. However, for LAX airport food, this was definitely one of the best meals I’ve had.
It felt good to get some healthy whole food inside of me after a long morning.
David opted for the breakfast burrito with tempeh bacon, scrambled tofu, potatoes, beans, cashew cheese, guacamole, and pico de gallo. I snagged a bite and have to say he made an excellent choice. It was one delicious burrito, and they didn’t scrimp on the fillings.
(Although that’s a good thing, since the food isn’t cheap. David’s burrito was around $16. My bowl came in around $13.)
It’s so great to see vegan options in airports. Very often when flying it can feel like you’re settling for the best worst option.
There’s none of that at LAX. I could fly through regularly and get something different each time.
Since LA is such a foodie town, I also like it that they have installed some of their local restaurants as food options.
Even if you’re not able to leave the airport (sob), at least you can get a small taste of what the city has to offer. Hopefully more and more airports will follow suit.
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