Sage Vegan Bistro
A vegan pizza and Cali-brewed blonde ale at Sage

This holiday season, take Aunt Biddie to something you?d find only in L.A.: an outdoor biergarten that?s vegan.

A new Culver City outpost of the beloved Echo Park joint, Sage Plant-Based Bistro and Beer Garden has a menu with as many listings as a phone book (remember those?), with elements of Asian, Italian and other global cuisines. 

Start out sharing a huge, warm pretzel (this is a beer hall, after all), which comes with nacho cheese, habanero ?cream cheese? and maple mustard sauces ($10). Then choose among entrées like the Brazilian bowl (black beans, plantains, guacamole over quinoa; $12) or a buckwheat pizza made with a creamy, local non-dairy mozzarella (from $11) and toppings ranging from seitan ?chicken? to pineapple. 

Save room for one of a dozen-plus vegan KindKreme flavors including buttery-tasting maple pecan.  

We can?t wait to steer a meat-loving non-Californian to Sage?s wraparound patio and hand them the menu of three dozen beers (standouts include light Belgian import Brunehaut Blonde and mahogany-hued northern California-crafted Mad River Jamaica Red Ale) and noshes. We?re ready for the West Coast (and vegan) love to flow.

Sage Plant-Based Bistro and Beer Garden, 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; 424-228-5835 or sageveganbistro.com

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