Los Angeles ranks high on tourist lists of cities to visit; it is a city known for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and its long stretches of beaches. However, ‘top ten’ lists often overlook it as a destination for foodies. Los Angeles is a vegetarian’s dreamland, boasting restaurants specializing in raw food, vegan options and plant-based organic cuisine.
In the heart of Venice beach, nestled in a comfortable setting next to art galleries, shopping and great people watching on Rose Avenue, is an organic plant-based restaurant called Café Gratitude. The unique menu includes vegan dishes inspired from cuisines around the world, including Indian, Mexican, Italian, and Thai, to name a few. Vegans can also enjoy Soul Food, which is typically meat-based and limiting for vegetarians.
The entire menu is a variable delight for both simple and sophisticated palates, and meat eaters enjoy it too! Not only is the food healthy and delicious, but Café Gratitude extends their artistic expression to the names of the dishes and the atmosphere of the restaurant: instead of ordering by saying, “I’ll have the Indian Curry Bowl,” patrons are encouraged to say “I Am Humble”. The Pad Thai Kelp Noodles are “Liberated,” and the Chef’s Seasonal Pizza is “Giving.” The waiters will ask you what you are grateful for, and give you a thought of the day for contemplation. Café Gratitude is a perfect combination of health for the body and the mind!