GUIDE: Los Angeles

On the Wellness(ish) Tip

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    American Tea Room

    909 S. Santa Fe Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Bakery

    $

    Inside this trussed and skylighted space, you'll find house-made raw tea blends and delicious, sophisticated beverages, but one need not be a tea expert to navigate the world of choices at the American Tea Room. READ REVIEW

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    Beaming

    Multiple Locations:
    Brentwood, Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop

    $$

    Lisa Odenweller is on a mission to change how we view “the cleanse” by integrating whole foods into the juice-yourself-clean process. Not only does she feed you, but she also takes food-as-medicine to the next level at Beaming. READ REVIEW

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    EMC Seafood

    3500 W. 6th St., Station #101

    Koreatown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$

    It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that seafood is all the rage in LA right now. But whatever pet theories may have to say about the trend, at EMC Seafood—the latest from the Le Ka owners (their initials EMC)—the creative, expansive menu is all the evidence you need. READ REVIEW

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    Erven

    514-16 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

    $$

    Late of Fundamental in Westwood, chef Nick Erven has opened a namesake restaurant that fills the shoes—both physically and philosophically—of Santa Monica mainstay Real Food Daily, with an inspired and hearty menu of plant-based dishes accompanied by an impressive list of organic and biodynamic wines. READ REVIEW

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    Fala Bar

    Multiple Locations:
    Melrose, Venice

    Cuisine: Middle Eastern

    $

    Fala's all-vegan selection of salads, burgers, and plates—using 100 percent organic, locally sourced ingredients—was a hit out of the gate, and now their on a roll with a new outpost on Abbot Kinney in Venice. READ REVIEW

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    Gracias Madre

    8905 Melrose Ave.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan

    $$

    The roots of Gracias Madre reach far up the California coast to owners Terces and Michael Engelhart’s Be Love Farm in Vacaville. The duo opened their first Mexican restaurant in San Francisco in 2009, and then began sowing their organic seeds in West Hollywood. READ REVIEW

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    Gratitude Beverly Hills

    419 N. Canon Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: Vegetarian

    $$

    Café Gratitude goes haute for their newest location, decked out in a pristine palette of white and wood, with a long white marble bar and tasteful accents of greenery. READ REVIEW

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    Locali

    701 Lincoln Blvd.

    Venice

    Cuisine: Sandwich, Vegan, Vegetarian

    $

    Part organic market and part fast-casual gourmet deli, the bright, fresh appearance echoes a menu offering a range of nutritious dishes that will please vegans and omnivores alike. READ REVIEW

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    M Café

    Multiple Locations:
    Hollywood, Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: Vegetarian

    $

    The enduring popularity of M Café has elevated the macrobiotic diet from a stereotyped fad (one that reeks of patchouli) to a legitimately healthy habit (that smells pretty hip these days). For you meat-loving cynics shaking your heads, you’ll eat your words after biting into a Big Macro, dripping with M Café’s tart-and-savory sauce, smeared over a burger composed of whole grains, brown rice, and vegetables, all stuffed into a toasted whole-wheat bun. READ REVIEW

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    Okipoki

    507 S. Spring

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $

    A bright spot amid the recent explosion of poke joints in LA, this Downtown destination takes the traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad and dresses it up. Unlike other poke bars, where you pick through fish and toppings to put together a bowl for yourself, Okipoki has drawn up a menu of refined, beautiful dishes. READ REVIEW


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