While farmers dabbled with environmentally friendly agricultural techniques way back in the early 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the first organic goods were actually packaged and sold to consumers. Over the following decades, plants and animals that were grown and raised without using conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or ionizing radiation became known as the organic food movement. At first these products could only be found in select stores. But now organic meats, fruits and vegetables are everywhere, including restaurants. And with Los Angelenos being the health and environmentally conscience consumers that they are, restaurants have changed their menus to meet the demand. Check out these top five Los Angeles restaurants that have an organic menu.
333 S. Alameda St., Suite 310
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Vegan sushi? Who would have thought. Located on the third floor of a Little Tokyo marketplace practically hidden by a black curtain, finding Shojin may take you a few attempts, but it’s very much worth the effort. True to the movement, Shojin has a menu filled with amazing organic and natural Japanese vegan and macrobiotic dishes. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but the dynamite rolls and the pumpkin croquette are the customer favorites. Other than the pumpkin croquette, customers rave about the dynamite roll, the spicy shitake tempura as well as the ‘Pirates of the Crunchy’, which comes with avocado, cucumber and tempura flakes.
Sage Organic Vegan
1700 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Help yourself to vegan and gluten-free Brazilian food for brunch, lunch and dinner. At Sage Organic Vegan, their spinach basil ravioli pomodoro with cashew, almond cheese filling as well as their mushroom steak with whole portabella with shallot and red wine reduction definitely stand out among the favorites. Other great dishes include the gluten-free mac n cheese with Daiya on sauteed kale, or the legendary Jackfruit nachos with cashew cheese, black beans, guacamole, jalapenos, pickled cabbage and pico de gallo, served on organic tortilla chips. And if you visit their location in Culver City, it serves pizza.
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700 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Bottega Louie Italian bakery/cafe/restaurant seats 255 people and it is pretty much at capacity all day. So, while a quiet meal is not likely, you can be certain it will be delicious. Organic, fresh ingredients is what keeps Bottega Louie on the map, that and some incredible dishes like the portobello mushroom fries, lasagna, smoked salmon Benedict and the countless desserts like macaroons, eclairs and tiramisu.
4645 Melbourne Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
For all you juicers out there, you can get your cold-pressed liquid fix of organic fruits and veggies too at The Punchbowl in Los Feliz. Offering juices, shakes, shots and tonics made with organic and body-healing ingredients, The Punchbowl is delicious. Whether you’re looking for some internal damage control with Zeus juice or Jaipur, or simply want to feed your sweet tooth with a honey bee or chocolate frost, the friendly staff will help you rid what’s ailing you.
7950 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
EVO Kitchen is a one-stop restaurant for local, organic and super fresh food. Family owned and run, it takes pride in its menu that offers gluten-free and vegan options for almost everything. While not GF or V, the avocado salad pizza is definitely a favorite among vegetarians. As for the carnivores, there’s something for them too like the burger with the works (with two kinds of cheese) and the BBQ chicken.
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