My history with Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont isn’t a pretty one. I first went on day 3 of their opening because I was elated that this vegan, soy free, good vibe dining mecca was opening in LA. I wanted to like it there. I wanted to love it there in fact. Before I came I already looked up their menu’s from their Nor Cal locations, followed them on twitter, and even printed an application to work there. No shit. I was STOKED. I mean they filter their own water, compost all their scraps, only shop locally and organic.
Disappointed would be an understatement to describe my first experience there. Everything I ordered, literally everything, was almost inedible spicy. I have heard that they have since fixed this snafu and that all of the kinks are now worked out. And so, last night I gave CG a second try and I am so happy I did! I LOVED IT!!!!!
639 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
- Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am – 10 pm
My friends and I were seated immediately because we were smart enough to make a rezzie, which take note, you cannot do unless your party is six or more. Luckily I rolled deep last night post yoga so I was able to take advantage of a table with a booth waiting for me!
The table had glass containers of water you can serve yourself with but I could not resist ordering a drink (or two, whatever don’t judge me) from their extensive beverage menu. I settled on the I am Immortal tea which is probably the hands-down most amazing tea I have ever had, along with the I am Luscious chocolate shake, another huge win for CG.
When it came time to order food you actually chew, I knew I had to go for the I am Whole bowl on account of my crazy love for kimchi and cultured vegetables (post coming soon on that!). I opted for the quinoa option over the brown rice or mix, because quinoa is so easily digestible and so delic! It’s actually not really a grain it’s a seed and it’s 100% gluten free. That plus the kale (favorite veg of all time!) seaweed (I love me some sea vegetables) and tahini sauce (on anything and everything please, thanks) and I was a goner. The menu was so extensive though I am dying to come back and try so much more like their famed coconut bacon, a version which I have tried at Euphoria Love’s Rawvolution – and it was astounding. Anyways here is the menu:
And now onto the eating!!
The verdict: AMAMMAMAZING!!!! A ginormous portion, def enough to share, scrumptious, filling, and nutritionally balanced. I am in heaven.
Sadly I was too stuffed for desert but I clearly will be back much more now that Cafe Gratitude and I have kissed and made up. I’m so glad, I hated fighting.
Our waitress didn’t ask us the illusive “Question Of The Day” until the end which was “What brings you peace.” My answer: a perfect meal.
And now: I am full. And you should be too. So get your booty down to Larchmont and discover all that is Cafe Gratitude in its local, sustainable, vegan splendor.
Your Vegan Girlfriend