A refreshing change from your typical global coffee shops chain, this local café boasts of serving organic varieties. This coffee shop offers in-house blends of coffee like Scandinavian Cupp, Urth Italia Espresso and teas like Darjeeling Shiva Gardens, Moroccan Mint Certified Organic, The Mystical Traveler and so forth. That’s not it, along with fine drinks, it also serves delectable platter that includes salads, sandwiches, baked goodies and even special vegan items.
Palermo Italian Restaurant on North Vermont Avenue opened its doors in the year 1976. Set in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, this simple eatery serves a variety of traditional dishes from the Sicilian cuisine. The menu includes dishes like soups, salads, seafood, pastas, pizzas and a lot more. They are serve vegetarian and vegan options. This family-run restaurant’s menu even includes an extensive selection of wines. This lively eatery is a great place to visit with family and friends.
Opening in 2006 and quickly becoming a Los Angeles favorite, Blu Jam Cafe is a quintessential Melrose Avenue experience. Serving gourmet breakfast and brunch fare at reasonable prices, this little eatery is where native Angelenos go to spend their weekend mornings. Classic home-style standbys like eggs Benedict, omelettes and French toast equalize the menu with more eclectic world fare such as the brunch carbonnara with arborio rice, bacon, peas, parsley, and two poached eggs, spicy Tex-Mex tofu hash, and wraps. They even offer plenty of gluten-free and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions.
Maccheroni Republic is a casual Italian restaurant that offers diners a taste of traditional Italian cuisine that is simple, yet delicious. The menu is composed of antipasti, salads and homemade pasta, served alongside daily specials and desserts. The Polpettine di Gamberi - crispy fried shrimp cakes, the handmade Gnocchi, Squid-ink Pasta with Saffron Salmon Ragù and Linguine Al Frutti di Mare, are just a few of the many delicacies on offer. Simple, hearty and unpretentious, the food at Maccheroni Republic is served, as it should be, with a healthy dose of Italian hospitality and warmth.
Los Angeles is known for its pizza joints but Cruzer Pizza is one of the rare restaurants to serve completely vegan pizzas. The interiors are minimalist and the day's menu is written on a blackboard. Savor pizzas in varieties like Indian Kima Gourmet Pizza topped with Indian herbs, the Ratatouille Gourmet Pizza with eggplant, and Gourmet Pesto Pizza blending artichokes and spinach. Other items include Cheese Calzone, Vegan Meat Lasagna, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake and Tiramisu. The desserts are made without the use of eggs and guests can also opt for gluten-free items if they have allergies. The sheer variety of pizzas, desserts and beverages makes this a favored vegan eatery with both children and adults. If you are unable to visit this restaurant, it offers free delivery services.
While the charming and hipster-chic decor of Sqirl is sure to catch your eye, the serpentine line of enthusiastic patrons spilling through the door, and on to the side-walk, is simply impossible to miss. The cafe is best known for its delectable organic jams, prepared using fresh fruits sourced from small, local farms. While waiting in line may be frustrating, especially when you can smell the delicious aromas wafting from inside, the wait is certainly worth it and gives you a chance to examine the chalkboard menu. The brown rice bowl, quiche and brioche sandwiches are especially popular, however a meal here is simply incomplete without a pastry and some of their amazing jam.
Eggslut, as its name suggests, uses eggs in every dish, thus transcending the concept of an egg as only a breakfast item. The kitchen serves items like the Gaucho, which is a tri-tip Wagyu steak stuffed in between a warm Brioche bun then topped with egg, Chimichurri, red onions and dressed Arugula. Other options include an Egg Salad sandwich that uses a honey-mustard aioli or the Bailey Biscuit, the delectable home-made biscuit made-from-scratch. It is just one of the many excellent eateries inside Grand Central Market.
Ramen Hood is a petite shop in Los Angeles' Grand Central Market bringing you the traditional Japanese Ramen in vegan. The ramen broth is made of sunflower seeds in the signature Ramen Hood style making sure it's thick and creamy. The menu is restricted to two types of ramen, a regular ramen and a spicy variation of it. Add on sides like pickles and tofu can be added to your ramen. Be sure to try out the trademark Ramen Hood vegan boiled egg among other extras that are optional. Ramen Hood is one hundred percent vegan and is great for those who are on a diet or are vegan as well.
The dishes and soups at Sticky Rice are as colorful as the streetscape of Thailand. This eatery inside the trendy, popular Grand Central Market serves its food in clean white cutlery with delicate garnish and a plethora of visual appeal. Guests can start their meal with appetizers such as Papaya Salad, Northern Thai Sausage and Chicken Coconut Soup. The main course includes Vegetable Green Curry, a blend of mushrooms, asparagus and bamboo shoots, BBQ Chicken, Coconut Rice and Curry Broth. For dessert, do not miss the Mango Sticky Rice, a bowl filled with a lump of rice soaked in coconut milk sauce, served with a leaf and mango slices.
Located in Grand Central Market the Little Tokyo neighborhood, Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market is a unique store that offers up homemade pasta. Sold by the pound and made fresh throughout the day, a variety of pastas including fusili, penne, spaghetti and spaghettini is available here. Drop by to try some of their pasta tossed up with a variety of delicious fresh ingredients and flavor-packed sauces.
Horse Thief BBQ, as its name suggests, specializes in classic American barbecue dishes. Though its menu is not extensive, each item is carefully prepared and is infused with complex flavors and textures. Its main courses consist of Beef Brisket, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork and Rib Tips. These dishes are complemented by sides such as Jicama Cabbage Slaw, Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad and Aged White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese. The mains and side dishes are served in plates and bowls which are then placed on trays in an attractive manner to create a whole meal. Do not miss the delicious Banana Pudding for dessert.