It’s no secret that LA is known for their flavorful, organic, locally-grown, feel-good, healthy choice, restaurants. However, when there are a handful on every corner, it can become overwhelming. Which do you pick? Now add to the mix cuisine that happens to be raw, vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free. Believe it or not, the options are endless which is a good problem to have. Best of LA has narrowed down the list for you.
8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
With good reason, there is a very good chance you’ve already heard the buzz surrounding Crossroads. Chef Tal Ronnen consistently raises the bar with bold vegetable-based dishes and expansive gluten-free selections that have the biggest celebs raving and coming back for more. Just ask Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah and Paul McCartney who happen to be regulars. What we’re eating: Cauliflower Bisque, Artichoke Oysters, Mediterranean Pot Pie and a Parisian Standard for dessert.
8401 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
With locations in both West Hollywood and the Valley, Hugo’s Restaurant knows how to offer great vegetarian-friendly food. Although the store offers many options with meat in it, the restaurant is known for transforming practically any dish into one that is plant-based and tastes great at the same time. Their delicious smoothies are also another great option and a customer favorite.
512 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
Originally known just for it’s raw food, Cafe Gratitude has an expansive cooked food menu which also includes items catering to other special dietary needs. Everything on the menu is prepared with the finest and freshest foods available from their very own Be Love Farm. All offerings are made on site daily, with the menu changing seasonally. What we’re eating: Celebrating (daikon and wakame collard wraps,) with some Pure (marinated kale salad,) and an Effervescent (house made ginger lemonade on ice.)
9433 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Just incase everyone in your party is not looking for a vegetarian/vegan selection, try M Cafe. Drawing influence from many global culinary traditions, M Cafe presents contemporary Macrobiotic cuisine highlighting “balanced, nutritious, creative cooking, without any refined sugars, eggs, red meat or poultry.” M Cafe does serve fish, but has quite a number of delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to consider. Enjoy items prepared fresh daily, in an European cafe style and do not pass up the chance to grab something from the Patisserie overflowing with scones, muffins, cookies, pastries and other sweet desserts. What we’re eating: Organic Miso Soup, Thai Curry Bowl and Tiramisu.
8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
For those looking for 100% organic, vegan Mexican cuisine, Gracias Madres delivers dishes packed with flavor from ingredients grown locally. Menu items have been carefully selected and inspired by traditional recipes of friends and families in Mexico who have passed on their love of the culture for generations. In the heart of West Hollywood, Gracias Madres, is a favorite regardless if you are in search of vegan fare or not and does not disappoint. You will definitely return again and again. What we’re eating: Ensalada de Frutas, Pozole and Flan to satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth.