GRAIN, POKE, ACAI, & MORE: ALL THE HEALTHIEST BOWLS LA HAS TO OFFER

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CARA SPRUNK

APR 15, 2019

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IMAGE VIA THE POKE SHACK

In Los Angeles there is absolutely no lacking in the bowl department, but alas, not all of these nutritious meal options are created equally. You want something pleasing to your taste buds and, frankly, your eyes. You want something healthy, but that doesn’t taste like dirt.

We get it. So we’ve rounded up eighteen places you can get a bowl — whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Because, seriously, in this town, you can indulge in the bowl trend all. day. long.

There is no better place for an acai bowl in Los Angeles than The Hive. While it seems every corner is getting its own acai spot, this superfood café in Santa Monica has set itself apart from the rest by offering a wide variety of options, including everything from ghee butter to coconut nectar. It’s also a beautiful bowl, and let’s get real — Instagramming your #acai bowl is half the fun.

If you’re in The Valley, specifically Sherman Oaks, this is the place to satisfy your fruit bowl cravings. They do a fantastic tropical blend in their Island bowl, which puts your tastebuds on vacation between the pineapple, mango, and coconut shreds. Who doesn’t love closing their eyes during bites of their acai bowl and pretending they’re on the beach and not the 405?

While traditionally a juice bar (boasting an extensive menu of juices, wellness shots, and smoothies), their bowls are the real stand-out. The Cliff Hanger bowl has cacao, carob, and peanut butter, so it’s pretty much the closest thing to a Reese’s cup you can find in the world of fruit-based bowls — and we would consider that a major win.

This Beverly Blvd. eatery is wildly popular for a good reason. It’s a total scene — and we’re not just talking about watching the guys smash down your acai in an almost-soundproof room. It’s better than the zoo… and twice as tasty.

Berry Bowl in Highland Park serves massive acai bowls. But while their acai is a great choice, it’s their pitaya that always has us coming back for more, and not just because it’s the prettiest pink color around.

Whether you’re in Brentwood or the Palisades, Acai Nation is the place to go. Come for the acai but stay for the granitas! The frozen treat (that’s sort of like Italian ice) is what every person in LA needs when it’s painfully 100 degrees in October.

Acai is seriously everywhere in the City of Angels, even Burbank has one! (we’re kidding — we love Burbank). This spot has hemp granola, which we wish every acai place had, and a huge variety of fruit like mangos and dates for the more adventurous bowl-eaters.

This Venice spot is always packed, and for good reason. Everything they have here is delicious, but their grain bowl is a particular favorite. It has an Asian flair with braised greens, kimchi, turnips, and, best of all, a soft egg on top. This casual eatery is by the same people who did the wildly popular Gjelina in Venice also (a favorite of Beyoncé, NBD), so you know it’s great.

On one hand, you can’t easily grab and go here. But on the other hand, you might have a margarita while you wait for your bowl… so it’s really not a problem. They have three different delicious bowls—each with a different base: lentil, brown rice, or quinoa—all vegan and satisfying. There’s a reason why in the background of everyone’s GM Instagram posts you see everyone eating out of a bowl.

From Santa Monica to Silver Lake (and five more locations in between), you can get the signature crispy onion that makes every single thing better (especially when paired with their kelp noodle base). Even when you’re ADD about your bowl creation, they somehow have a way of just making everything fit an organized flavor profile (tell us how!).

These bowls are art you can eat, and they make you actually feel like you’re in Hawaii when you dig in (we mean, as much as you can feel that way in West Hollywood, Venice, or Beverly Hills). Like most poke places, there are tons of toppings — 40 to be exact — including the dreamy truffle ponzu, so you will seriously never be bored. You can also get a smoothie here, and indulge in an acai bowl if having two completely different bowls at the same time is your thing.

This isn’t the place for a stunning Insta (sorry!), but it is the place for delicious meal. While you can do the whole make-your-own-bowl thing, the Chef’s Menu is really where it’s at, especially if you’re a poke newbie. Their chef has designed five perfect bowls, but in our opinion, the best is the Honey Garlic Shrimp (is your mouth watering? Because ours are!).

We have made the trek to this Anaheim spot because of their half-and-half bases (not the coffee creamer). Half of anything, you ask? Yes, we’ve done half chips and half salad base, and we don’t want you to judge. Sometimes you just can’t decide if you want to be healthy or not!

This place is literally everywhere these days (okay, more specifically WeHo, SM, Marina del Rey, Glendale, and Beverly Hills). Any of their shops are the perfect lunch or dinner spot for incredibly high-quality fish and super-nice staff who don’t nickle and dime you when it comes to things like extra sauce.

In Downtown Los Angeles, Okipoki is the best spot to get the ever-present “deconstructed sushi” everyone in this city loves so much. Though, Okipoki sets itself apart from the rest because they have a Hot Cheeto dish (and yes, you HAVE to try it).

Eastsiders love this Silver Lake and Downtown place for its authentic Hawaiian cuisine (and by that we mean they have Spam here — what’s more Hawaiian than that?!). Grab it musubi-style with a dash of sriracha.

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