In my last post I mentioned taking an interest in being less of a hermit, so I’ve been checking out what options are available to me for working outside of my cave, specifically veggie friendly eateries with free WiFi. I seem to have hit the motherlode with Cafe Muse, located on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood’s little theater row. Their website describes Cafe Muse as: “the place where a group of vegetarians & non-vegetarians can meet up and all find something they like to eat… With delicious comfort foods, a creative vibe, coffee that will keep you buzzing, and free live entertainment showcasing local talent”. While I haven’t partaken in any of their live events, I’ve enjoyed their great food and strong tasty coffee, so I’m happy to report that they’re all that and more.

Cafe Muse is mostly vegetarian & vegan and they boast of being “proud to have some of the BEST soy products on the market – including our fabulous soy chicken, which is light, moist and delicious – you won’t believe it’s not the real thing.” I’ll vouch for that as well, their fake chicken is perhaps the most realistic I’ve had anywhere… check it out:

Buffalo Soy Chicken wrap at Cafe Muse

This is the Buffalo Chicken Wrap: “grilled soy chicken in a hot sauce with red onions, romaine lettuce and ranch dressing (ask for the vegan ranch). Served on your choice of whole wheat (not vegan), tomato-basil or spinach tortilla and choice of sweet potato fries, side salad or tri-flavor tortilla chips”. As you can see the soy chicken is identical to the real thing, and tastes very genuine as well. The buffalo sauce is nice and spicy, and the crisp & fresh lettuce cooled and balanced it out. Along with my wrap I had to try their sweet potato fries, which were excellent. They fried them to the perfect state of crispiness and served them with a delicious sweet & tangy BBQ sauce.

Veggie Burger at Cafe Muse

On a follow up visit I tried their Veggie Burger. They’ve got two veggie burgers to choose from, the GardenBurger which is not vegan and a vegan burger soy burger. I asked the nice woman who runs the place if the vegan burger was one they buy or homemade. She told me it was one they buy and readily told me the name, but I forgot what she told me. Doh! It wasn’t any of the common brand names that I recognize. The burger comes on a “whole wheat bun, with fresh tomatoes, chopped red onions, mixed greens and Dijon mustard / vegan mayo”. You can add on cheese or avocado for a bit extra. The burger pattie was decent, not particularly memorable as far as veggie burgers go, but not bad. It was helped along nicely by the mayo and avocado. Same choice of sides as above, and this time around you get a little better look at the sweet potato fries. These could easily become a dangerous new addiction.

Vegan Vanilla cupcake at Cafe Muse

They also have an enticing selection of regular and vegan desserts, including delicious vanilla and chocolate cupcakes by No Whey Baked Goods of the vegan Twinkie fame. As you may have already guessed, that’s the vanilla cupcake pictured above, and it was every bit as tasty as it looks… right down to the remaining bits of frosting that I licked off of the eco-friendly to-go container they sent me home with it in.

Cafe Muse really does seem to have something for everyone, from their satisfying selection of wraps and sandwiches to their build-your-own salad offerings. They are open pretty late on most nights (til 11pm during the week) and serve breakfast from 9am til noon… make-your-own burrito or scrambles all include vegan options, or you could try their vegan corned “beef” hash or even order a vegan pancake. From my perspective, this place has everything I could want in a coffee house while at the same time being more like a full-service restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a place to eat, to get some work done or to just hang out and get wonky on caffeine, Cafe Muse has it all!

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15 Responses to “Cafe Muse in Hollywood’s theater district.”
  1. quarrygirl says:

    i am SO GLAD to read your review of this place! i actually work close by, and have never tried the soy chicken or sweet potato fries! i think i need to re-visit them this week and scratch that itch.

    i am stuck in my own little rut of ordering tofu wraps and hummus salads. now i am quite anxious to expand my horizons.

    oh yeah, and the cupcakes rock. i have been known to go to cafe muse and order 3 to 4 cupcakes and no actual food. (i was sharing with friends, i swear!)

  2. FoodEater says:

    quarrygirl: I don’t know how you’ve been able to resist the sweet potato fries this long!

  3. Lex says:

    I really like Cafe Muse, it really turns a night at the theater into vegan outing! Its open until midnight on the weekends!

  4. JennShaggy says:

    God that cupcake looks amazing. If only I had those skills…

  5. I was just sitting here thinking about how hungry I am and how I want to go somewhere for lunch. Thanks to you, I think I have a spot! I am dying to try those fries.

  6. Vegyogini says:

    I want to try that Buffalo Chicken Wrap!

  7. jodye says:

    I wish all those pictures could magically morph into actual food. I need dinner! and dessert!

  8. Adriana says:

    I too have had their buffalo chicken wrap… and the fries are the bomb!

  9. Thanks for posting this review! This place is walking distance from where I work and I couldn’t help but going there today after I read this yesterday. Nice atmosphere and yummy food. Service was a tad daft, but I forgive them. Got the tofu vegetable wrap (which oddly lacks any actual vegetables), but it was still super delicious! Love the BBQ sauce that comes with the sweet potato fries.

    I’m sure I will be frequenting this place for lunch!

  10. Val says:

    Uhhhhhhhhhh.. I am SO hungry right now. Sweet potato fries are my favorite!

    Do you write about places in OC too? I’m constantly in between.

  11. Bonnie says:

    I need to move to LA already. :) Yum! That buffalo chicken wrap looks good enough to eat every day for lunch!

  12. FoodEater says:

    The Wind Attack, Los Angelista and everyone else: I’m so glad I was able to turn you guys on to this place! I’ve been back a few more times since I wrote this and everything I’ve tried has been just as delicious.

    The rest of you who live far away are just going to have hurry up and move here already.

  13. FoodEater says:

    JennShaggy: Keep at it, I’m sure one of these days your skills will catch up ;)

  14. scott says:

    i went last and had a donut appetizer follwed by the buffalo chix wrap and sweet potato fries. i think i love this place.. plus its semi walking distance!

  15. FoodEater says:

    Scott: We’ve missed you! So glad you enjoyed Cafe Muse, their food really does have it going on and the vibe is nice and laid back. If I lived closer I’d be there everyday pigging out on sweet potato fries.