Tocaya Organica’s menu is rooted in traditional Mexican recipes that include organic ingredients and offers dishes that are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
The eatery began in Venice in 2016 and has quickly grown to three more locations (see below) with plans for new ones in Hollywood, Westwood, Century City and El Segundo. Tocaya Organica offers a variety of salads, bowls, tacos and burritos, there’s something for everyone to try. The Fajita del Rey bowl with vegan picadillo uses pea-based protein and is full of natural flavors that include sautéed poblano peppers & onions, Spanish rice, black beans, vegan chipotle crema, guacamole, and pico de gallo
Other offerings includes tacos, burritos, wraps, and breakfast items, like the breakfast burrito with scrambled egg (or tofu), sweet potato bravas, black beans & pico de gallo, in a wheat tortilla. Sides include sweet corn tamales and street corn with cotija cheese and chipotle powder.
My favorite side is the guacamole served with plantain chips. The pomegranate seeds and lime pepitas add a special twist to a traditional guacamole — plus, I don’t feel so guilty eating plantain chips since it’s technically a fruit.
For desert, check out the waffle ice cream sandwich — vegan vanilla ice cream between two churro waffles, and chocolate sauce. Can’t go wrong with that.
Tocaya Organica is located at:
Playa Vista: 12150 Millennium Dr #101, L.A.
Santa Monica: 507 Wilshire Blvd.
Venice: 1715 Pacific Ave.
West Hollywood: 8720 W. Sunset Blvd.
Most locations open 11:30am-10:30pm daily
To get to Tocaya Organica in West Hollywood, take Metro Bus 2/302 to the Sunset/Sunset Plaza stop and walk one-tenth of a mile west on Sunset Boulevard.
To reach Tocaya Organica Santa Monica, take Metro Bus 20 or Rapid Line 720 to Wilshire/6th and walk approximately 200 feet west on Wilshire Boulevard. To reach the Venice location, take Metro Bike Share to Venice/Pacific and walk one-tenth of a mile north on Pacific Avenue, or take Culver CityBus Line 1 to Pacific/Venice Way and walk approximately 300 feet south on Pacific Avenue.
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About the writer: I’m Steven, a.k.a. “SA” on Metro’s Twitter account. I’ve also been vegan for almost one year. With my transition to veganism, I’d like to share places to eat in hopes that you may try some plant-based meals for yourself!