Some tried and true, some new, but all fresh and clean. From fast and casual to fine and fancy, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places to find healthy eats without sacrificing flavor around LA.
1518 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
When you want superfoods and you want them super quick, the KyeRito is the slip-wrapped superhero that will come to your rescue. It’s a complete and portable meal with the uncanny ability to keep things crisp and fresh for hours, and in some cases, even overnight, making it perfect for lunch and travel. These flavorful wraps pack an antioxidant punch with phytonutrient rich superfoods that will keep you energized throughout the day. Everything is made with a straightforward list of quality, organic/local ingredients, and responsibly sourced proteins (like non-GMO tofu, Mary’s Free Range organic chicken, grass fed beef, Niman Ranch bacon). Do your office mates think healthy means sacrificing flavor and satiation? Let the Nori Burger KyeRito make a believer out of the skeptics. It’s generously packed with grass-fed beef mixed with chard, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and a hearty serving of brown rice, wrapped up in Nori.
Mainland Poke Shop
8318 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA
If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you’re sure to have left with a craving for poke as soon as your plane touched down at LAX. It’s the ono local grinds that evoke nostalgia for visitors of our great 50th state. While you might feel landlocked in the city, at least your taste buds can go on vacation, thanks to this new Third Street shop. In true LA fashion, they incorporate traditional methods of poke making with chef driven givens like farm-fresh produce & handcrafted sauces for a taste of the islands right here in the city. Mainland Poke Shop uses only the highest quality fresh fish and traditional Hawaiian flavors blended with other delectable global flavors; visitors can customize their own bowls from a selection of bases, raw fish, sauce, and toppings.
9426 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
The next time you find yourself in downtown Culver City, check out the nestled corner behind the historic Culver City Hotel; it is the perfect place to pucker up and MAKE OUT. We’re talking about the freshest new concept from celebrated plant-based lifestyle brand, Matthew Kenney Cuisine. This fast-casual café was created for the “everyday eater” with high quality offerings that include nutritiously centered food, seasonal juice blends, fresh take-out items, raw pastries, and sweet treats for accessible plant based eating. For starters, check out one of their specialty juices like the Beachwood (celery, dandelion, pear, grapefruit, and lemon), Ojai (coconut water, apple, burdock, ginger, and cayenne), or Hollywood (banana, cacao, almond milk, cacao nibs, and honey) for a deliciously nutritious, anytime boost.
608 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
The Springs is a one-stop for all things good for you shop is the Arts District darling for all things well and good. The restaurant features 100% organic raw vegan cuisine by Executive Chef Michael Falso (Pure Food and Wine, NYC) and a wine bar that features west coast organic/biodynamic wines on tap. For a nutritional one-two punch, order the Tea Leaf Salad (green tea leaves, kale, romaine, pumpkin seeds, sesame cashews, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, sprouts, and topped with chili-lime vinaigrette. Pressed for time? They’ve got an array of 100% organic cold pressed juices, grab-and-go salads, and raw vegan ice cream for a quickie. Or, if you can stay a while check out yoga schedule and sign up for a class in the coolest studio in town.
2047 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
When you think of cafeteria food, fresh and seasonal are two adjectives that don’t often come to mind, unless of course, you’re headed to this LA based institution. They’re a great choice when you need to refuel on a time crunch. Especially when you aren’t sure exactly what you’re in the mood for, but you know you want it to be healthy. Just grab a tray and feast your eyes on the colorful selections of signature marketplace salads, artisan sandwiches, slow-cooked braises, soups, desserts, and yes, fresh lemonade. The Ahi Tuna Watermelon Radish Salad and the Avocado and Cherry Tomato (with pine nuts and lime vinaigrette) are just two examples of light and tasty picks. The Sawtelle location is the newest addition, with 11 other locations throughout LA.
9543 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Studio execs and locals alike enjoy this Culver City staple with a menu featuring a globally influenced and health-focused cuisine from Chef Akasha. Some favorites include the Punjabi Mung Beans and Rice served on the lunch menu to the Market Vegetable Panini and Quinoa and Sunflower Seed Veggie Burger. For a quicker option, the café offers quick bites including the Vegetarian Bagel Plate, cold pressed juices, housemade baked goods using spelt flour, and Turmeric and Ginger tea. Fans are eagerly anticipating the opening of Chef Akasha’s newest concept, Sambar, set to open this month.
8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Brought to you by Chef Tal Ronnen whose fans include the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Steve Wynn, this gorgeous restaurant combines fine dining with the welcoming vibe of a neighborhood hideaway. Crossroads offers Mediterranean inspired small plates, salads, farm-to-glass cocktails, and desserts that invite exploration at the intersection of indulgent, yet conscious plant-based cuisine. Check out one of the crowd pleasers like the Artichoke Oysters, with artichoke purée, crispy oyster mushroom, yellow tomato béarnaise, and kelp caviar. Diners can enjoy lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch at this Melrose Avenue mainstay.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out what else she recommends around Los Angeles in the links below.