THE 17 HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN LA RIGHT NOW

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Kristen Balboni

It’s clear by now that there’s no shortage of healthy food in Los Angeles. But while everyone can smash an avocado these days, there are a few local restaurants that take clean eating to the next level.

Healthy and truly delicious? Yep, these places check both boxes. Your brain will think you’re indulging, while your body will thank you for being so health-conscious. When you’re ready to experience the best of both worlds—we’re all about in LA—eat here first.

Café Gratitude

Restaurant

Café Gratitude’s large menu is filled with plant-based, organic, self-affirming food that will not only wow your taste buds, but also leave you feeling Grateful/Awesome/Liberated (the list goes on…) depending on what you order. If you’re not sure what to get, try the Whole/Macrobiotic Bowl — it’s a fan favorite. And with several locations all over LA, you can treat yourself no matter where you are.

Real Food Daily

Restaurant

Tasty, creative, healthy food is what you’ll find on the menu at Real Food Daily, making it easy to eat well and indulge at the same time. A can't-miss menu item? The Mexico City Tacos featuring tempeh taco mix, peppers, cashew cheese, avocado, and jicama slaw. Got a hankering for pizza? Their vegan mushroom truffle version is one for the books. Options are the name of the game here, and with an outpost in LAX Terminal 4 (along with WeHo and Pasadena), you can take a piece of RFD wherever you go! Plus, many of their selections are gluten- and soy-free.

This charming eatery in Melrose is committed to serving dishes that health-conscious eaters can get behind. That's why they source all of their ingredients from local farmers and don't introduce anything artificial into the culinary creations they whip up. Plus, they've got something to satisfy every craving, from vegan burgers served on a gluten-free bun to all-day brunch bites (like their Blueberry Multigrain Pancakes). And if you’re in a rush, you can grab a pre-made bento box or sushi from the deli.

Tocaya Organica

Restaurant

Healthy food doesn’t always mean salads and quinoa — thank goodness. And Tocaya Organica proves just that with their modern, organic Mexican food. They offer a healthier take on street food classics, and almost everything on the menu is customizable based on your preferences. If you are craving a salad, you won’t find run-of-the-mill ones here. Dive into their flavor-packed namesake salad with your choice of protein and cheese and thank us later. Maybe the best news? There are several Tocaya Organica outposts across LA with more on the way, so chances are, there’s one close to you.

What happens when a molecular biologist sets out to create healthy food for her son’s picky palate and food sensitivities? That’s how the pure deliciousness that is Kye’s was born. This spot specializes in the “KyeRito” — sandwiches packed with organic, local, and nutritious ingredients, minus the bread. They’re instead wrapped in nori, collard greens, or romaine. If that’s not your thing, you can get your meal in a bowl. Really, everything on the menu is wholesome and fresh, but we especially love The Macro and Curry dishes. And, as the name suggests, you can find Kye’s on Montana in Santa Monica.

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This Silver Lake favorite is an intimate, family-owned spot that focuses on fresh, seasonal food, and it really doesn’t get much better than that. The menu changes every day based on chef Kim’s farmers market finds, but you can bet it will be delicious (and look as good as it tastes). Stop in for lunch for a quick bite and swing by for dinner and stay awhile. Either way, you'll leave full, satisfied, and planning your next trip back.

A peaceful oasis in Studio City, SunCafe is the place for a truly satisfying meal that also happens to be vegan. Their entire menu (that spans brunch, lunch, and dinner) is 100% plant-based, dairy-free, and made from scratch with organic, seasonal, non-GMO ingredients, so no matter what your heart (and belly) desires, you can count on it being fresh. If you want to keep it light, try their Sweet Kale Shake — it’s a Fitt favorite. Though, if you're in the mood for something more substantial, you can't go wrong with the BBQ Cauliflower. And when you want to splurge a little, we suggest you try the Super Sun Nachos. They’re incredible.

Don’t let the name fool you — the only thing this Venice restaurant is butchering are veggies. The Butcher’s Daughter is an all-in-one juice bar, cafe, and “vegetable slaughterhouse” set up in a gorgeous, relaxed venue straight out of Pinterest. If you go for brunch—and we suggest you do—try The Best Egg Sandwich or the Spicy Kale Caesar. And for the adventurous crowd, be sure to order one of their unique mimosas, which include ingredients like kale and cucumber. Fitt Tip: they also have a food truck, which is available to rent for special occasions.

The brainchild of musician Moby, Little Pine is a vegan bistro with a cool rustic vibe that will make you feel like you’re in a chic ski lodge rather than in Silver Lake. Undeniably, it’s the perfect spot for weekend brunch with friends and features tasty dishes like Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes and king trumpet scallops made of mushrooms. And the best part besides the eats? 100% of their profits go to protecting animals. In other words, dining at Little Pine is an all-around win-win.

Flower Child

Restaurant

Nestled in Santa Monica, Del Mar, and Newport Beach (coming soon) this fast-casual restaurant with hippie vibes makes eating clean and green oh-so-easy. It's all due to the fact that they don't compromise when it comes to what they put in their food, so not matter what you order, you can expect it to be made with organic, seasonal, and scratch-made ingredients. Not only that, they cater to palates of all types, offering plenty of vegan, paleo, sugar- and gluten-free options. Try the Mother Earth bowl or the Strawberry Fields salad, and be sure to pair it with a glass of kombucha — it’s on tap!

Sage in Culver City, Echo Park, and Pasadena offers organic, locally-sourced, and plant-based fare in a fun, unpretentious environment that we can't get enough of. Plus, they have a menu that few other places can touch. We're talking a full brunch spread featuring all your classic favorites, along with pizza, salads, and delectable sides, seemingly-endless lunch and dinner selections, and a family-style option that can accommodate you and 11 of your friends and family. Bonus: if you're hanging at their Echo Park locale, you can sip on a few of their collab brews — the Hibiscus Sour Wit is always a good go-to.

Tucked away in an industrial part of Santa Monica, Bondi Harvest is serving up Aussie-style beach vibes and healthy breakfast and lunch eats. From the bowls, eggs on toast, and flat whites to the laid-back feel and hospitality, we’d say it’s as close to the Land Down Under brekkie culture as you can get in LA. The breakfast burrito is hands down the all-time fave among locals, but whatever you choose, get ready to celebrate fresh and flavorful fare.

The aromas of healthful (mostly veggie) bowls and gluten-free sourdough toasts inspired by international cuisine fill this little cafe in Echo Park. Behind Honey Hi are two best friends, one of which is a holistic nutritionist who created a menu in collaboration with local farmers and artisans, so there’s no denying each dish is made with the utmost care and highest standards. Must-haves include their Miso Bowl packed with Marin Sun Farms pasture-raised shredded chicken, purpose cabbage, rainbow carrots, and ginger chickpea miso dressing, and their Pesto Avocado Toast — gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, GMO-free, and delectable. A neighborhood mainstay that makes eating “craveable, sustainable, comfort food” easy? Count us in.

What started as a simple jam operation has sprouted into a full-fledged, highly-coveted Silver Lake breakfast and lunch joint. On the off chance you're not familiar, it's the one with the long line down the block, and for good reason. Their farm-to-table dishes are as tasty and satisfying as they are innovative. The poster child for Sqirl is arguably the Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl filled with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients along with bold flavors. But The Hash and Buckwheat Pancake put up some stiff competition. We don’t blame you if you try it all (at once).

Inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, True Food Kitchen follows the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet (aka vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free). But don’t let that fool you — at this eatery in Santa Monica, Pasadena, El Segundo, and Newport Beach you can indulge in dishes like Grass-Fed Steak Tacos and Lasagna Bolognese and feel good about it. Like some wine to go with your meal? No problem — it’s sustainable. And with Oprah’s recent investment in the eatery, we’ll bet it’s only going to get better.

This Silver Lake fast-casual hot spot inside of Whole Foods is redefining what it means to eat well. Their 100% plant-based and certified-kosher menu, made up of whole, real, and locally-sourced ingredients, speaks for itself. And with made-to-order menu items like The Guac Burger and Matcha Kelp Noodles, you’ll keep coming back for more — vegan or not.

When it comes to plant-based concepts, many places like to keep things casual. But when you're in the mood for an elevated ambiance and upscale vegan eats, you'll want to head to Plant Food + Wine in Venice. Thought up by well-known chef Matthew Kenney, the intimate gathering space and restaurant chops, slices, and dices up seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and uses them in creative and innovative ways you probably didn't know was possible. The result? A menu of carefully-crafted dishes that are nothing short of perfection. And to top it all off, this spot has an incredible outdoor patio for your dining pleasure and organic, biodynamic wines that will pair well with whatever you order.

**Updated May 2019.

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