If it’s a colorful lunch you are looking for, follow the delicious smell of Ethiopian spices to the vibrant counter at Azla Vegan. You will find gluten free injera, slowly stewed lentils, and delicious kale and pomegranate salad. Azla Vegan offers inventive interpretations of traditional Ethiopian fare, drawing upon the best of California vegan cuisine with an emphasis on local, organic produce. If you haven’t been introduced to sorel yet, order a tall glass of this refreshing hibiscus and ginger beverage, it pairs perfectly with the food.
Gracias Madre is one of the best plant-based restaurants this city has seen, with vegan and organic Mexican fare offered in its beautiful L.A. space. If you are looking for vegan versions of the classics like pozole, tamales, or tacos, they have you covered. Their expansive menu also has items like fresh salads with Mexican flavors such as nopales and escabeche. Then, cheat on your health regime—just a little—because Gracias Madre boasts some of the best mezcal and tequila varieties in town. Order the La Quinceañera snow cone, it is a definite show stopper.
At The Juice in Atwater Village, you’ll only sip on all organic and cold pressed quality ingredients. Their libations go down smooth with beautiful blends like strawberry + apple + coconut and some of the best almond milks this town has ever tasted. For something heartier, add some vegan ice cream into the mix for a fresh smoothie. If you ever feel the sniffles coming on, sling back a shot of their ginger, lemon, cayenne pepper and maple syrup—recovery time just got cut in half.
matthewkenneycuisine.com/hospitality/m-a-k-e-santa-monica 396 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
M.A.K.E. is a living foods restaurant, considered cutting edge by those in the raw food community. Matthew Kenney and his chefs develop dishes so innovative they’ll have you questioning how you’ve been preparing your produce at home. Located in the casual Santa Monica Place, it’s a chill spot to eat, with a selection that will leave you feeling enriched. They have nightly chef’s tasting menus for those new to the raw scene, but if you happen just to stroll in, order the heirloom tomato lasagna, it’s just as delicious as it looks.
Katsuya by Starck pairs master sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi's fresh takes on Japanese classics with design icon Philippe Starck's sleek and sultry interiors. Enjoy Japanese sushi, robata classics, and inspired dishes including Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. Take it To Go, or join us us for special sushi rolling classes by our expert chefs.
New to the Arts District in Downtown L.A. is The Springs, the first one-stop-shop of its kind. This urban oasis is a raw vegan restaurant, organic juice bar, yoga studio, and a wellness center in one, which includes services like Reiki, massage and gravity colon hydrotherapy. Pretty cool and oh so California. Order up a Blue Moon smoothie (blueberries, banana, coconut water, hemp milk honey) and remember that you’re too blessed to be stressed. Bonus: it’s also a beautiful space to work remotely.
New to Beverly Blvd is Stir Market, an urban market hall and restaurant with seasonal choices served from multiple food counters. Already a favorite is their Provençal Rotisserie Chicken, which pairs nicely with roasted purple and green Brussels sprouts. Their seasonal salads and bowls are great for that healthy lunch on the go, with the kale and red quinoa on our list of things we love. When you’re craving avocado toast, grilled vegetables, and some protein, you’ll find it all under Stir Market’s roof.
sbe.com/restaurants/brands/hyde-sunset-kitchen-cocktails/ 8117 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails represents a welcome evolution in cuisine by Top Chef Chris Crary. This restaurant/nightlife hybrid destination features fresh seasonal California cuisine with features including citrus hamachi crudo, beet salad with marcona almonds, or seared scallops with a potato, leek, banyuls reduction. Also enjoy your veggies with their fresh pressed juices with an innovative new Sunday brunch.
By now you’ve heard that superfoods and wholefoods are the best kind of things to put into your body. At Kye’s they strive to use as many of these ingredients to create naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo kyeritos (inspired by burritos, but wrapped in nori). They have over ten kyeritos to choose from, which range from breakfast, Asian, and deli. Their sweet kale salad with goji berries drives people wild at lunch. Top it all off with a Coco Cacao Energizer smoothie to keep your day going strong!
When it’s time for dinner, healthy food options are often thrown out the window. But at The Gadarene Swine, you’ll find a whole world of delicious vegetables that await you. This vegan eatery utilizes simple ingredients with an elevated approach. You can pull up a seat at the Chef’s Counter to enjoy a tasting menu that is hand crafted right before your eyes or chose from their à la carte menu prepared from veggies grown on-site.
One of the very first to splash on to the juice scene, Moon Juice now shares their vibrant elixirs in Venice, Silverlake, and at The Ace Hotel Downtown. However you might be feeling, they will find something uplifting—all you have to do is ask. What many don’t know is Moon Juice also offers delicious little snacks like overnight oats, sprouted maca mesquite walnuts, and strawberry rose geranium bars. Whether you need refuel your body or are just looking for a glow, Moon Juice has cosmic provisions that will have you feeling oh so fine.
Organic; raw; breakfast—the delicious ingredients to start the day! When you’re on the Eastside looking for an energy boost, swing by Berry Bowl for an amazing açaí or pitaya (dragon fruit) bowl. Get your fix of antioxidants by topping it with fresh blueberries and strawberries, or give it a crunch with granola and coconut flakes. Whatever your heart desires, there is a topping for that.