Alright people, we all know I looove my food so when I am traveling eating out is literally like a hobby of mine. While we were in LA I had a long list of places I wanted to go and I did, of course. Here are some of my top healthy food spots in LA. I hope you enjoy.
Man this place is a big fave of mine. I have been several times and still trying to get round the whole menu. It’s plant based but don’t allow that to scare you (if you are a meat eater), you won’t even miss the meat. The food is locally sourced and the concept behind cafe gratitude is pretty awesome. Each dish or drink has it’s own special name which makes it unique, you will see below.
“Our food is prepared with love. We invite you to step inside and enjoy being someone that chooses: loving your life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful every day, and experiencing being provided for.”
YES?! I will take that. Vibe is incredible too.
I love the Effervescent as a drink, it’s like a gingerale. It’s strong in flavour but super refreshing, if you like ginger and lemon flavours give this a shot.
For food, the Humble Indian bowl is yum, I may or may not have gotten this several times, super hearty. The acai bowl was almost like a dessert and possibly my most favourite acai bowl in California. That’s saying something, there is stiff competition. I also had the kelp noodles, Liberated one evening, divine in flavour and pretty light.
Myself and John shared Awakening too which is a key lime pie, a really delicious raw dessert made of avocados and of course lime.
I have tried Mucho too which is a Mexican bowl, delicious if you enjoy Mexican style food.
You can see how much I love Cafe Gratitude, been many times and never disappointed.
If you are in LA be sure to swing by. They have a few locations, you will often find me at the Venice location.
Acai goodness below.
Right on Abbott Kinney you will find The Butchers Daughter, another top notch eatery that has plant based options and vegetarian. I only managed to get here once and was busy, we went right at lunch time and had to wait for a table, not for too long though. Gorgeous seating inside.
“The Butcher’s Daughter is a plant-based restaurant, cafe, juice bar and “vegetable slaughterhouse.” We treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: We chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.”
I dived into the surfers breakfast which was like a breakfast burrito with black beans, eggs, avocado, potatoes and salsa. Really good and filling, see pic below. I also seen a few of the stone baked pizza’s go by, they looked yum too. Definitely a nice spot to pop in for some lunch or dinner if you are around that area.
This little spot is also on Abbott Kinney, they have tons more locations around LA though. First things first if you don’t go for food, go for one of their juices. Normally they have employees standing outside with testers of the juices so you can see which flavour you like. Amazing selection but you can also create your own, which I did.
For lunch I had a mexican omelette that was served with bread and little salad. Perfect omelette, the bread was so fresh and served with real butter, yes thank you.
For some reason I thought Kreation was a plant based store, I think because it’s pretty well known for their juices.
Not vegan, although they do have vegan options and a fab grab and go selection. If you are in a hurry or need some healthy food for traveling, it would be ideal.
Now who like’s a bit of Brazilian BBQ? Apparently I do and a lot. Never had it before, myself and John went to The Grove shopping mall in LA (nice place if like to do a spot of clothes shopping) and stubbled across the farmers market.
The Grove mall has the original farmers market which has been going strong since the 1930’s. This is a real hotspot for locals in the evening apparently as often they have live music on. We only visited during the day so missed that, nonetheless we really enjoyed it.
You will be spoilt for choice at the market, there are endless food vendors but the Brazilian BBQ caught my eye, it had a big queue so I knew it had to be a good spot. It’s a buffet style, you grab your plate and can help yourself to fresh salads and side dishes, then over to the meat section and the servers will cut off or plate up whatever you choose. At the end you then weigh your plate and pay.
The food was delicious, fresh and good quality. This is coming from someone who is pretty damn fussy with food, in terms of quality, it has to be there. Give this place a shot, I loved it for something a bit different.
We literally found out the day we were leaving LA that there is a Pampas Grill in Culver City just beside where we were staying, didn’t even know as I would have made another trip, easily. I will be back.
We were in LA for quite awhile, I have also been there several times so I know quite a few healthy spots with nice food, I think when we go back next time I want to check out more of the food scene downtown. Let me know if you check out any of these places or have any suggestions for downtown.
For all my food lovers, Bali food guide is coming soon!