Make no mistake, veganism is now fully part of the culinary mainstream. If you’re hosting a group dinner, you ignore the dietary preferences of vegans at your peril. That’s especially true, of course, in California, where even the most meat-centric restaurants are catering to customer demand for proteins that are plant based. BOA Steakhouse, a long-standing steak and seafood house with locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, has introduced a globally inspired selection of meat- and dairy-free offerings. The new dishes include beet poke; the mushroom-based Nidi Bolognese that’s served with almond ricotta; savoy cabbage leaves stuffed with butternut squash, dates and pecans, and a wild mushroom burger, featuring a Beyond Meat patty served on a potato bun. innovativedining.com/restaurants/boa
Plant-based, dairy-free options are becoming menu essentials.