As soon as we entered Los Angeles, Zzalgern0n took us to one of his favorite restaurants, Pure Luck. Vegan food always sounds like a turn-off, especially for a guy like me who loves liver and eats pig ears and blood sausage. However, I gotta say this meal was pretty darn good… for vegan. Zzalgern0n was telling me how instead of using soy based mock meat, which I despise, they use jackfruit for a pork substitute. That sounds odd, right? I’ve never had jackfruit, but I’ve seen it in Chinatown and they’re huge-ass fruits.

I got the vegan BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich made with this jackfruit and I couldn’t believe it. It was a really good substitute. Looked liked pulled pork, although smothered in BBQ sauce and we were eating outside at night. But most importantly, it tasted almost like pork/carnitas …as much as it could for something that wasn’t and was a fruit! It fell apart quite similar to strands of pulled meat. I couldn’t believe it. I have a newfound respect for vegan food. I’m not a hater anymore …although I’m probably not going to be looking for a new vegan restaurant anytime soon. Just saying. I eat cow tongue.

Pure Luck – 707 N Heliotrope Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90029

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