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Chances are you’ve heard of LA-born, plant-based burger joint Monty’s Good Burger. And if you haven’t already made a trip to their Koreatown or Riverside Food Lab, it’s likely on your foodie bucket list.
Well, it’s time to add another restaurant to your must-try roster. Nic Adler, one of the co-owners of Monty’s, has opened a new vegan sit-down spot that’s far from a fast food concept. Introducing Nic's On Beverly, trendy restaurant with a casual atmosphere that's serving up a menu of meatless comfort food classics, California-inspired cuisine, and smoking cocktails (literally).
Whether you’re on the hunt for lunch or dinner (word is brunch is coming June 29), Nic’s On Beverly is the perfect place to take a load off, forget about the stresses of city life, and enjoy elevated takes on your favorite go-to dishes. And, like Monty’s, the mission here isn’t to make delicious, plant-based food, but rather, offer Angelenos a restaurant where they can take their pick of innovative culinary creations that just so happen to be vegan-friendly. But don’t look too hard for an Impossible or Beyond meat burger on their menu, because this kitchen makes it a point not to serve any pre-made plant-based products.
Instead, you’ll find dishes like vegetable pot pie made with artichokes and zucchini, french onion soup with mushroom broth, tempura avocado taco, and gyoza with black bean vinaigrette. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything on the menu that’s not loaded with veggies, spices, seeds, and superfoods. And although the dessert menu may not be extensive, it’s definitely worth saving room for. Our suggestion: the Strawberry Shortcake Biscuit featuring strawberries California-based Harry’s Berries and lemon verbena whipped cream.
As for the drinks, come with high expectations. The cocktail menu is headed by another big name in the LA restaurant scene, Jason Eisner, who is the bar master known for the drinks at local plant-based Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre that look almost too beautiful to sip (almost). At Nic’s, you can expect cocktail concoctions made with boba pearls, vegan eggs, and even dry ice smoke for a little extra wow factor.
Since Adler is the culinary director of Coachella’s music festival (if you didn’t know, now you do), as well as one of the minds behind LA’s Eat Drink Vegan festival, it should come as no surprise that he knows a thing or two about creating a one-of-a-kind experience (and the soundtrack alone should be enough to make you want to become a regular).
And just in time for summer, Nic’s On Beverly is giving you another trendy place to kick back, get in on some guilt-free grub, and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. We’re, of course, talking about the restaurant’s patio complete with cushion-lined booths, hanging succulents, and potted plants. So be sure to block off a good portion of time to sit and stay awhile — this is one meal you’re not going to want to rush.