Los Angeles is a city of hustle, bustle and traffic with millions of people on the go. Need a last minute lunch or dinner pick-up without the hassle of pre-ordering? Having the luxury of avoiding supermarket craziness during those times of the day is a positive for many. Restaurants and cafes that offer chef-quality food items that people can “grab-and-go” is always a welcome treat. Today’s L.A. offerings feature healthy, gourmet and a glass of wine on the side. Here are the best grab and go in L.A.
1518 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Open for lunch or breakfast, Kye’s is a perfect place to grab a super healthy quick bite if you’re in a rush. This Santa Monica based superfood mecca offers grab-and-go KyeRitos (the genius innovation by owner Jeanne Cheng), which are hybrid burrito wraps (romaine lettuce, nori or chard) filled with a blend of rice and/or quinoa as a base and are packed with fresh produce and superfoods. Lean proteins, mushrooms, goji berries, avocado and Asian root vegetables are just some of the various ingredients used. KyeRito faves include the Rueben, Nori N’ Lox (green eggs and smoked salmon), and The Bulgogi (marinated beef, kimchi and Asian pear).
600 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
While the Artisan House restaurant boasts a wonderful dining space with a full bar, those on the clock can hop over to the other side for the quick experience of what Artisan House is all about. With a full market available, Chef Karo Patpatyan prepares pre-made options for grab-and-go food, and for boozy lunch options the market also offers a wide selection of beer and wine. Check out what’s ready to go – freshly made salads (Greek, Israeli couscous, toasted seasonal mushroom mix, caprese), sandwiches (Mary’s smoked turkey, Artisan House Reuben, truffle chicken salad, The Hearty Vegan) and sliced deli meats, fresh veggies and more. Located in an old train depot, Artisan House also launched a mobile app for pre-ordering and delivery.
13050 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Soupure caters to the Los Angeles active, fast-paced life with its self-proclaimed “Health In A Bottle.” Soupure is the ultimate grab-and-go option. The walk-up kiosk in Brentwood offers cold soup smoothies (Energize, a delicious strawberry and sprouted cashew soup; Super Hero, almond milk base with seven nuts, seeds and dried fruits; and Refresh, a cucumber, honeydew, dill pollen and Chloraphyll), hot soups (to heat at home) and bone broths (to drink on the go). Soup comes as a cleanse, a snack, meal, first course or refreshing beverage, and each Soupure product is made of whole fruits and vegetables containing highly beneficial nutrients the body recognizes and uses optimally. All are organic, preservative free, non-GMO and non-dairy.
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300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, California, 90012
Café Gratitude, located in the Arts District of DTLA, offers plant-based grub at its to-go counter (and in the sit down restaurant of course) for those in a serious rush. Two raw items that are available lunchtime are The Liberated, which is a kelp noodle pasta, and the Happy, a Mediterranean falafel wrap. As for salads, find a selection of pre-packaged ones including I Am Pure, an Asian kale; Fulfilled, a large café salad made of mixed greens, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado and teriyaki almonds; and Dazzling, Café Gratitude’s Caesar which comes with avocado, brazil nut parmesan and an oil-free cashew dressing. Café Gratitude is also known to put out its popular pesto grain salad, I Am Gracious.
Joan’s On Third
8350 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
It’s home cooking just like mom. Joan’s on Third, a gourmet marketplace, café and catering company, offers exceptionally prepared foods for Angelenos on-the-go. The Joan’s on Third case is always fresh and recipes are wonderfully ever-changing. Each day, the culinary team prepares cooked chicken, meatloaf, beef tenderloin, poached salmon, grilled vegetables, sautéed broccolini, lentil salads, kale salad and matzo ball soup. Hot table specials are available after 2 p.m., and if you are hosting a family dinner or a dinner party, then Joan’s on Third is for sure your best option. Desserts are an easy pick up, too, and quite tasty. Homemade cookies, cupcakes and other specialty dessert items are a favorite for when you are asked to bring dessert to someone’s home.