Pure Luck has some of the most interesting selection of vegan beers around.
I started off with a cabernale, which is a beer made with a bunch of cabernet grapes thrown into the batch. The result is a refreshing mix of berries and a slightly bitter effervesce of hops. It's the perfect beverage for vegan cuisine.
Cabernale, for those who can't decide.
Spyros went with the dark specialty manly beer. The beers on tap rotate quite frequently at Pure Luck.
A perfectly poured pint
We started off with fried dill pickle chips. I've been thinking about them for a whole year. They were everything I could of hoped for and more: the tangy and sourness of the pickle was balanced with the mellow cornmeal batter. The pickles, fried in peanut oil, remained snappy despite the frying process while the outsides kept their crunch. The BBQ sauce was merely an afterthought to the flavorful pickle chips.
Fried dill pickle chips: pucker up baby!
The potato pals paled in comparison to the fried pickle chips.They were basically gnocchi fried in peanut oil to crunch the outsides, sprinkled with salt and pepper and served with their house made balsamic-peanut-esque sauce. Besides the sauce, there was no taste explosion like the pickles. However, Spyros definitely made friends with the potato pals.
Potato pals. Wait a sec, that looks like gnocchi.
The Pure Luck Cesar Rolls are available fried or non-fried. Our grunge waitress (hey, Kurt Cobain lives on 4-eva!) endorsed the fried version but since we had just ordered two fried appetizers we went for the later option. As a went in for a bite, the romaine lettuce, soft tofu, onions and sprouts began to escape (on to my plate, the table, and my lap) and I realized why the fried version might have been a little more finger food friendlier. The dipping juice was on the soy-terryiaki side.
Pure Luck César Rolls
Next time I will fry you!
Angelica's garbanzo salad called out to me. The description said "think tuna/chicken salad but extra delicious." And it really was.
Enough garden to feed a factory farm of bunnies. Besides that, the garbanzo salad really did taste like the tangy, relish enhanced tuna salads that I'd eat in the early 90s, you know the type that's scooped out of a large Tupperware bowl and not the least bit chunky? It was a blast from the past, but veganized (thank god).
Angélica’s Garbanzo Salad: Enough garden for the whole family.
Pure Luck is good stuff even though I wasn't lucky and got a $55 parking ticket. I would go back in a heartbeat regardless of fasting or not. Just make sure to park in their parking lot.
Pure Luck Restaurant
707 N Heliotrope Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90029