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 pastas, 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.
This charming restaurant is tucked away in the seaside Southern California city of Santa Monica. Manchego, aptly named after the Spanish cheese, is a Spanish style eatery specializing in tapas. The gorgeous interiors of the place are cozy and warm with lovely mosaic tiled floors, printed fabrics, dim lighting, and warm wood accents. The outdoor patio is a great spot to relax and share a meal with friends. The wines on offer come from small, organic, Spanish distributors as well as, a select few from South America. The cuisine is the star of the show with a seasonal menu that often features specialty cured meats and cheeses, crispy empanadas, jamon serrano (Spanish ham) wrapped dates, and delectable churros. Their weekend brunch is highly popular as well.
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.
Committed to excellence, the Elf Cafe uses the purest and best quality ingredients available. Sourced from local farmers and artisan cheese makers, this organic restaurant firmly believes in preparing and cooking clean dishes down to the reverse osmosis treated water they use. From the certifiably organic flour and sugar to the grapeseed oil, great attention and care have gone into Elf Cafe. The menu changes seasonally, according to what produce is harvested, and the cuisine is utterly divine. Leafy green salads, oyster mushrooms with house-made harissa, stews, crepes, and risottos are filling and delicious. The restaurant also offers an extensive list of organic wines by the glass or bottle.
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.
Black and white accents, trendy orb-shaped light fixtures and dark wood furniture lend Baldoria a sleek look. This casual diner where the emphasis is on creative shared plates and craft cocktails is a welcome addition to Little Tokyo's dining scene. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike will find their tasty bite options and pizzas very tempting. Savor their dishes like Fried Shortrib Ravioli and Smashed Fingerlings. Or dig into their delicious pizzas such as Wild Funghi Conserva and Mrs. Croque. Enjoy their happy hours over cocktails like Bay of Pigs and Nessie’s Bath Water. Their bar also stocks a curated list of fine spirits, wine, bottled beer and draft beer.
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.