Vegan at Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park

The highly anticipated Triple Beam Pizza (Nancy Silverton in HLP!) is finally open. And now that it’s been open a few weeks, it’s calmed down a bit and not too bad for those averse to waiting in line. Popped in at 12:30 on a Sunday and waited just a couple of minutes to order.

IMG_7442.JPG.jpegThey advertise on the board that there’s vegan pie, but there are only non-vegan pies sitting on the counter ready for purchase. What’s a vegan to do? Just request the vegan pie and they’ll let you know the toppings available, to which you agree, then pay and go wait at a table or counter for them to bring it out as it will take 5-10 minutes to prepare.

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The slice pictured is a 7oz Tomato & Mushroom, which costs around $7 and is enough for one person. It was tasty! It had a surprisingly crispy crust for being weighed down with so many mushrooms. Also surprising was how salty and oily it was- perhaps to make up for the absence of cheese? I found myself enjoying the slice but taking sips of my self-serve/complimentary sparkling water between each bite. Despite that, I would certainly return. I imagine with time they will figure out a good balance of flavors for the vegan pies. IMG_6277.JPG

Get there via the Eagle Rock/Highland Park DASH bus, Metro’s 81 or 83 bus, or walk (4-minute walk) from the Highland Park Gold Line train station.

No bike parking in front. Use a parking meter instead (at your own risk).

Triple Beam Pizza (Be sure to check hours before going!)

Brunch at Sage Vegan Bistro Pasadena

The recently opened Sage Plant-Based Bistro & Brewery in Pasadena’s Hugus Alley is a great breakfast spot. As it’s fairly well-hidden from street view, and still new-ish, it does not get slammed with crowds like KitchenMouse, Real Food Daily or even Sage’s Echo Park location. 11AM on a Saturday, we were seated immediately and had the option of sitting inside or out on the patio. It’s super tranquil outdoors, with heaters for the cold or shade umbrellas for the sun. Take note that the green shade umbrellas WILL present a green tint in photos. 

For a perfect combo of sweet and savory, we shared the Tempeh Sausage Florentine and  the Chia French Toast. Americano with almond milk on the side. 

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The Chia French Toast is very sweet and has a great crunch thanks to the granola. 

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The Florentine was amazing. A ton of different flavors on one plate. The tempeh sausage was seasoned well, the hollandaise subtle, the biscuits hearty and the potatoes cooked perfectly- slight crunch on the outside, soft inside. My only complaint is that there may be a tad too much spinach. It does counter the spice of the sausage nicely, but held a little too much moisture. 

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If you want an amazing no-wait breakfast, check out Sage Bistro in Pasadena.

Get there via Metro’s 180, 181 & 780 buses. Or walk there from the Memorial Park Metro Gold Line train station (7 min. walk). There’s also a bike rack within view of the patio.

Brunch menu: http://www.sageveganbistro.com/menus/brunch-menu/