Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14 this year, is fast approaching. "It's Mom's special day, so maybe make someone else cook and do the dishes," the Los Angeles Times suggests. In other words, why not treat her to
Moms who enjoy healthy gourmet meals would love one of these 10 healthy, trendy organic restaurants in metro Los Angeles.
Located in Culver City, Akasha offers organic wholesome meals made with local and sustainable ingredients. The menu is diverse, so there’s something for everyone. Some of the highlights include braised chicken with quince and onions, vegetarian green bean and walnut chopped liver, and apple-honey cake. Akasha has an extensive menu that offers weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon meals, and dinner. It also boasts a bakery and a tantalizing dessert menu as well as cocktails, beer, and wine. Cocktail highlights include grapefruit basil mojito and under the mango tree.
2. Crossroads Kitchen
Located in Hollywood, Crossroads Kitchen is an innovative vegan restaurant that offers Mediterranean-themed small dishes, salads, cocktails, and desserts. Crossroads is known for its beautifully-presented
3. Elf Café
Echo Park’s Elf Café dishes up some of the best organic, vegetarian food around. Some menu highlights include sautéed rainbow chard, fried oyster mushroom and market vegetable
4. Lyfe Kitchen
Another of Culver City’s organic treasures, Lyfe Kitchen dishes up healthy, organic versions of classic American fare. Some menu highlights are the breakfast burrito, quinoa buttermilk pancakes, edamame hummus plate, grilled chicken and avocado sandwich, and kale Caesar salad. Desserts include chocolate pomegranate parfait, ginger spice cookie, and chocolate nut crunch parfait.
Silver Lake’s Local offers locally sourced, organic breakfast and lunch. Some breakfast menu highlights include huevos rancheros, whole wheat pancakes, and quinoa oatmeal. Our lunch favorites include the vegan sloppy joe, grilled fish tacos, and the curried chicken salad sandwich. Local also serves vegetable juices, smoothies, tea, organic coffee, and mimosas. Mom’s sure to love this place!
6. Sage Organic Vegan Bistro
With locations in Culver City, Echo Park, and Pasadena, this casual café dishes up some of the best vegan food around. It offer extensive brunch, lunch, dinner, and pizza menus as well as some of the best vegan ice cream in the entire world! "If ever you’ve enjoyed a vegetable in your life," the Huffington Post reports, "with Chef Mollie Engelhart’s innovative approach to creating delicious, locally-sourced, flavorful food, you won’t be disappointed." And if you’re gluten intolerant, Sage Organic offers gluten-free crusts! Check out their ice cream, too. The chai shake is to die for!
7. Mohawk Bend
A hip restaurant in Echo Park, Mohawk Bend features locally-sourced food and beers. "The roomy sports bar housed in an old movie theater features 70 tap handles," LA Weekly, "most of which are dedicated to California brews." Their brunch menu includes tofu scrambles, avocado toast, and eggs Florentine. Their lunch menu offerings include wilted salad, chili cheese fries, and soba noodle salad. Mohawk Bend also boasts a wide assortment of cocktails and wines.
8. Sun Café Organic
Studio City’s Sun Café received the 2015 Diners’ Choice award — and for good reason. "Sun Café is all about flavor," the LA Daily News reports. It serves some of the best organic cuisine around, including blistered shishito peppers, Portobello mushroom sandwiches, and fig and tempeh pizza. Suncafe also offers irresistible juice blends like apple carrot, lemon ginger, and cucumber mint. Irresistible desserts include cookie dough cheesecake, key lime pie, and almond butter cheesecake. Talk about healthy!
9. Real Food Daily
This regional chain offers organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Located in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Pasadena, Real Food Daily’s meals are all 100% organic. Some of our favorites include the southwest salad, made with romaine lettuce, black beans, brown rice, avocados, salsa, tortilla strips, and lime cilantro dressing, and the real food burger that features a
10. Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
This healthy, all-natural restaurant has over six different convenient locations in Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Hollywood, and Venice. Greenleaf only uses the finest and freshest local ingredients to serve up some delicious, healthy grub. Our favorites include the wild mushroom and truffle pizza, albacore tuna salad sandwich, California vegan burger, and the lemongrass chicken salad. Check out their juices, too; they offer unique combinations, such as
Nosh with Mom
Instead of getting your mom some chocolates for Mother’s Day, take her out for a unique, healthy meal. The intense flavors and inventive dishes you can find at these LA area eateries will make for memories you can share with her for years to come.