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Food Groove: New vegan restaurant opens in Silver Lake

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Photo: (l-r) Food Blogger Gwenna Hunter and Chef Chloe at opening of new vegan restaurant in Silver Lake May 31, 2016 -- photo courtesy Gwenna Hunter

Photo: (l-r) Food Blogger Gwenna Hunter and Chef Chloe at opening of new vegan restaurant in Silver Lake May 31, 2016 — photo courtesy Gwenna Hunter

I went to “by CHLOE.” vegan restaurant in Silver Lake because of Chef Chloe. She is a vegan celebrity who is known for her amazing vegan recipes and dishes at her New York City restaurant “by CHLOE.” For months, there’s been a lot buzz about this chain coming to the Southland. I wanted to be one of the first vegans to check it out and give my feedback! So, I was there for the grand opening last Tuesday, May 31, when the doors opened at 11 a.m.

Photo: Gwenna Hunter / Freelancer /Media City G : Vegan restaurant by Chloe. 2520 Glendale Blvd. Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Photo: Gwenna Hunter/ Freelancer/ Media City G: Vegan restaurant by Chloe. 2520 Glendale Blvd. Silver Lake May 31, 2016

The restaurant is located inside of 365bywfm at 2520 Glendale Boulevard. This is a discounted Whole Foods Market that just opened up in Silverlake late last month. The restaurant is very cute inside with a friendly vibe. Everything is 100% vegan and kosher.

Photo: Gwenna Hunter/ Freelancer / Media City G -- Inside by Chloe. vegan restaurant at 2520 Glendale Boulevard Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Photo: Gwenna Hunter/ Freelancer / Media City G — Inside by Chloe. vegan restaurant at 2520 Glendale Boulevard Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Spotted among the visitors, musician Tony Kanal. He is the bass guitarist of the group No Doubt and former boyfriend of pop star Gwen Stefani.

Photo: Gwenna Hunter/ Freelancer / Media City G -- Chef Chloe at the opening of her new vegan restaurant in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Photo: Gwenna Hunter/ Freelancer / Media City G — Chef Chloe at the opening of her new vegan restaurant in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

I got the chance to speak with Chef Chloe and she told me: “We’re so excited… It’s a day we’ve been waiting for for awhile.” When asked what her favorite item on the menu was she stated: “Ooh I really like the vegan mac n cheese. It’s super good.” I tried the vegan mac-n-cheese with bacon, which is one of Chloe’s most popular creations. It was absolutely delicious! The vegan bacon is made from mushrooms and the flavor from these mushrooms is what gives this dish its popularity. It is also sprinkled with tasty bread crumbs which just puts it over the top!

Photo: Gwenna Hunter / Freelancer: Mac-n-cheese with bacon at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Photo: Gwenna Hunter / Freelancer: Mac-n-cheese with bacon at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

I also tried the pesto meatball sub which comes on a hoagie type of roll and it was bursting with flavor. It was crispy with a meatball texture and definitely enough to fill you up!

Photo: Gwenna Hunter / Freelancer / Media City G -- An all vegan lunch at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Photo: Gwenna Hunter / Freelancer / Media City G — An all vegan lunch at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

I also had a chance to sample a Chloe cupcake, which looks exactly like the old-fashioned Hostess cupcakes I grew up on. It was sooooooo incredibly moist and the frosting melted in my mouth. It was almost better than sex! Almost…

Photo: Gwenna Hunter/ Freelancer / Media City G -- Chocolate vegan cupcakes at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Photo: Gwenna Hunter/ Freelancer / Media City G — Chocolate vegan cupcakes at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

The last item I tried was the kale artichoke dip. Definitely a favorite. It was like having a warm spinach artichoke dip minus the dairy. It came with these fresh perfectly textured tortilla chips. The dip was warm and chunky and very filling. It was also sprinkled with these delicious bread crumbs. Definitely something I could see myself ordering for a party.

Photo: Gwenna Hunter / Freelancer / Media City G -- Kale and artichoke dip at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

Photo: Gwenna Hunter / Freelancer / Media City G — Kale and artichoke dip at by Chloe. in Silver Lake May 31, 2016

If you ate any of this food with your eyes closed you would never assume it was vegan. You should definitely try it and see for yourself how delicious and fun meat free eating can be.

As for the prices at by Chloe., you can expect to pay approximately $9.00 plus for an a la carte item such as sandwiches, and salads. Desserts are around $3.50 each and up and side items such as mac n cheese range from $4.00 plus and up. An average meal with sandwich, side item, and beverage will definitely run you close to $20.00.

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Gwenna Hunter is a foodie, blogger, photographer, social media manager, and a recent Burbank resident who loves exploring Southland communities, as well as the local food and entertainment scene

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