Los Angeles could easily be considered the avocado capital of the United States. In older neighborhoods, avocado trees still line the streets and grow in yards as effortlessly as weeds. It makes sense that one of Los Angeles’ favorite foods is the avocado; it’s a delicious addition to a burrito, a salad, a bowl of grain or even just happily-slathered on top of a piece of toast. Many of our local restaurants and have made this everyday staple from something good into something great.
5904 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Kitchen Mouse is a grain-filled haven on the old, noirish strip of Figueroa in Highland Park. Their décor is soft and warm while their food is nourishing and mostly plant-based. But, they are loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike, as lines on the weekend can trail out the door for vegan moros cakes, gluten-free pancakes and their Avocado TLT, which is an open-faced vegan version of a BLT with avocado, tempeh instead of bacon, lettuce, tomato and the most heartening millet toast. Another interesting avocado-enhanced breakfast dish called The GLK—a toasted cinnamon-raisin bagel with a side of eggs and avocado. Slathered with avocado, it’s an interesting and downright delicious take on the average avocado toast.
1606 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Dinette sits prettily on Sunset in Echo Park, a small outside dining experience that mixes into the urban backdrop seamlessly. While gorgeous pastries sit tempting the customer through the glass walls, the star here is their avocado toast. Reasonably-priced as far as avocado toasts go, this toast has chunky perfect avocado, chili flakes, sea salt, dabs of creme Fraiche and olive oil on sourdough bread. Dinette’s creation lets the creamy texture of the avocado shine through by not accessorizing it with too many opposing flavors. The tang of the sourdough mimics beautifully a splash of citrus while the spice of chili flakes is cooled down by the avocado’s soapy consistency. A dash of sea salt brings everything about this avocado toast to life and shows that sometimes the most beautiful way to prepare avocado toast is to let the fruit speak for itself.
720 N. Virgil Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Sqirl sits in a pocket of Silverlake that hearkens back to the days when it was full of struggling punk rockers and up-and-coming artists. With subway tiled walls, marble countertops, a youthful soundtrack playing lightly over the speakers and a cozy intimate interior combined with the din of the world outside, Sqirl takes a nod to modern-day Brooklyn grit and grace. The toast itself is topped with a delicious combo of hot pickled carrots, green garlic crème fraiche, and za’atar on top of a thick piece of perfectly-textured crunchy bread. It all comes on Sqirl’s whimsical mismatched china, adding to the cool kid appeal. For as cool as Sqirl is, the biggest draw is their serious attention to detail with their food. Everything, including the avocado toast, are impeccably curated to hit every part of your palate.
Le Pain Quotidien
Multiple Locations Throughout Los Angeles
Le Pain Quotidien may be a chain, but this bakery-turned-cafe has a California-infused French flair that makes their avocado toast a reliable go-to wherever you travel. Their toast appeals to the healthy foodie with an exotic crunch of cumin salt and the healthy fats and surprising texture of chia seeds. All this is combined with the soft mixed grain bread, a smooth slather of avocado, chopped up tomatoes and green onion. Everything is topped with greens and a radish for a tangy, bitter bite that highlights the avocado’s naturally beautiful flavor.
3143 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Atwater Village has become a quaint and walkable strip of coffee shops, boutiques and high-quality cafes, lending it a sort of Bay Area-vibe infused with a laid-back, older artistic demographic. Dune is no exception. A small, cozy sit-and-chill vibe is enhanced with their Middle Eastern-inspired California comfort food. Their toast gets a fresh, Mediterranean spin with grilled bread, gorgeous cherry tomatoes cooked until the outside gives a heavy pop into the seedy juicy middle, a healthy pouring of olive oil and fresh avocado sprinkled with citrusy sumac. Everything is brightened up even more with a spicy pop of peppercorn and microgreens. It’s like sunshine on a plate.
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Whether you want your avocado toast during lunch or brunch, Gjelina’s sister restaurant Gjelina Take Away is a great spot to get it. This quaint eatery, which was created to be a more casual option, offers its breakfast toasts with avocado, radish, sesame seeds, and other fixings that make it a popular place for this treat. For lunch, they offer options with more than just avocado on toast, but you can order up options like a veggie sandwich with avocado, sprouts, roasted red peppers, Manchego and more.