WIAW: Los Angeles Eats

by Brittany on June 12, 2013

Morning friends!

This may be my favorite What I Ate Wednesday ever.  It makes me drool just thinking about everything!

So far, Seattle and LA have been my favorite two cities to eat in.  It is so easy to find fresh, healthy things.

You can check out our eats from Northern California from last week’s WIAW

Louisville doesn’t have a ton of vegan restaurants, so we decided to focus on eating at the highly recommended vegan places.

Here are our favorites in the order we ate them.  Trying to rank them would be impossible!

Cafe Gratitude

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Cafe Gratitude on Urbanspoon

Holy yum!  We both got one of their bowls and they were both to die for.  The cashew cheese that went over the bowl on the right was so delicious.  I usually don’t like cashew cheese, but this was phenominal.

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The coolest part is that we sat right next to Robin Tunney from The Mentalist!  We love The Mentalist, so it was really cool for us.

I tried hard not to stare!  lol

Native Foods Cafe in Newport, CA

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Native Foods Cafe on Urbanspoon

This is like a fast food healthy place.  So delicious though.  They have everything clearly marked what is GF.  It was 10 pm by the time we got there, so we didn’t want anything too heavy.

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We shared the Raw Chopped Salad, Black Bean Soup, and the sweet potato fries.  Those fries are to die for!

Elderberries Cafe

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Elderberries Green Cafe on Urbanspoon

Bobbi told me about this place when I asked for suggestions.  It is completely vegan and mostly GF.

I got the best veggie burger I have ever had over a salad.  Whatever sauce they used, I could drink!  lol  Luvy got the mac and cheese sandwich with a side salad.

Elderberries

The place was too cute inside, and they gave us a sample of elderberry juice.

Elf

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Elf Cafe on Urbanspoon

I don’t know where I came across this gem, but I’m so glad I did!  This was a delicious meal.  (Sorry for the bad lighting here!)

We shared the Vegan Shish Kabobs and the Moroccan Vegetable Tagine.  I have got to figure out how to make that tagine!

I usually don’t like eating out so much on vacation, but this was a major exception.  I could frequent all of these places over and over.

Thanks for hanging around for my weird WIAW… next week back to the regular scheduling!

Have you been to any of these places?

What is your favorite city to eat in?

Ever spotted a celebrity??

 

 

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

I love Cafe Gratitude! I ordered a dessert just so they would have to come to the table and say to me “You are Super.” LOL!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

That was the good thing about LA since there are many health conscious people, there were usually more options for healthier, yet super tasty places to go eat. I’ve heard of the places you went but I don’t think I ever went there…?!

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Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life June 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

Looks like some great eats! I wish there was a bunch of healthy restaurants available in Ohio, but honestly my bank account is probably glad there is not! :)

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

Oh I bet LA and Seattle both have some fabulous vegan restaurant options! I’m glad you were able to find several you loved! :)

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lindsay June 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

don’t you love all the healthy places?! SO FRESH!!! YUMO! and mac and cheese sandwich? heck ya Luvy!

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Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug June 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I LOVE to eat out! Mostly in Chicago…there are some fabulous restaurants there. Looks like you went to several yummy ones as well. :)

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Brittany June 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Oh yes! Chicago has great restaurants too!

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Nicole @ FruitnFitness June 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

It sounds and looks like you were able to find a lot of healthy and delicious foods! I love eating in NY with my brother who lives their and trying all his favorite places. I know and am close with quite a few equestrian olympians and I think thats pretty cool! I mean doing something in the olympics takes a lot more than acting on tv (think reality tv). But, I know I couldnt go to the olympics or act so I guess both would be hard for me!

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purelytwins June 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

all your eats are making drool – and making us hungry :)
love cafe gratitude!!

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome June 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Oh my they all look so good! We have a good amount of fresh local cuisine in Sacramento but I love finding great places that serve fresh, healthy foods! I love eating in Sonoma or Healdsburg. They always have amazing farm to table meals that are so good!

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Heidi @ Idlehide June 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Looks like delicious food. Vacation is all about food! :)

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Looks like some great eats!

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Jess June 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

The food looks awesome!!! So jealous!

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Alex@Veggin' Out June 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

Oh my, everything looks too good!!! I haven’t been to any of those places, but I’m kind of thinking a trip to LA might be necessary just for the food ;) I love eating out in most big cities. They usually have some pretty awesome options!

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Brittany June 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Yes… I love exploring the city through its food choices. :)

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate June 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I love Cafe Gratitude. We have such similar taste in restaurants, we definitely need to get together for a mini food tour sometime. ;-)

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen June 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I went to a Cafe Gratitude when I was in San Francisco for Foodbuzz, and I liked it better than any of the food I ate at the conference!

You KNOW I’m dying over here at all of these amazing meals…maybe I’d still be super vegan if I had more options around me? [Or maybe not. I think my foodie curiosity will always win out in the end...Good thing you don't have to BE vegan to EAT vegan, right?]

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