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Our 7 favorite grain bowls in LA
By Grace Jidoun
Jessica Koslow, the woman behind the trend, is still at the top of her game at this minimalist Silver Lake cafe. Try the bowl that started it all: the sorrel pesto brown rice bowl. Or catch a fleeting, seasonal offering, like the popular chicken porridge.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake MAP
This is the type of artisanal bakery that you wish was on your block, and their breakfast grain bowls are equally dreamy. Try the signature grain bowl, jazzed up with spicy kimchi, mustard greens, turnips, and daikon—a combo that will jolt you awake. Gjusta also gets bonus points for serving breakfast until 5 p.m.
Neighborhood: Venice MAP
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Yes, this is the home of the 20-course Italian-Japanese omakase from chef Josef Centeno, but don't overlook the lunch menu, which bursts with top-notch, customizable grain bowls (pictured above). Start with a base (barley, faro, quinoa, or rice) and then layer on goodies like seasonal vegetables, seafood crudo, or lamb curry.
Neighborhood: Downtown MAP
This is the kind of cafe where you order a turkey sandwich and it comes with pickled chiles, harissa yogurt, and root veggie chips. So it’s no surprise the grain bowl here is intriguing. A slaw made from collard greens, cashews, and quinoa is crowned with an egg and can be further garnished with chicken, avocado, or seared tuna.
Neighborhood: Venice MAP El Segundo, MAP
Just like the food, the atmosphere at this Pasadena gem is casual and charming, with wildflower arrangements and light streaming in from the patio. Meanwhile, the farro bowl—an unexpected mix of kale, fennel, chickpeas, romesco, and almonds—will leave you feeling amazing, like you've just stepped out of yoga class.
Neighborhood: Pasadena MAP
This family-owned Med-Italian spot brings a crazy vibrant menu to Malibu, and gets extra props for its farm-to-table ethos and stylish setting. The wild herb salmon bowl is a must-order, mixing pomegranate, faro, wild rice, tabbouli, and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette for a bright take on Mediterranean flavors.
Neighborhood: Malibu MAP
Make-your-own bowls are the name of the game at this chain that's bringing seasonal fast-casual meals to the masses. All ingredients are organic and sourced from local farms, so no matter what you put in your bowl, you can’t go wrong. Not into DIY? Choose from a list of seasonal specials, like the warm curry chickpea bowl with quinoa and roasted chicken.
Neighborhood: Mid-City MAP, Hollywood MAP