by Ariane Resnick, C.N.C.
Los Angeles Is a Mecca For Healthy Brunches
In a city where a diner is more likely to ask, “Is there gluten in this?” rather than, “Can I get fries with that?” Los Angeles restaurants have long been satisfying the dietary restrictions and health needs of their patrons. That isn't just the case for lunch and dinner; LA has more than its fair share of healthy brunch choices. It doesn't matter whether you're on the Westside or the Eastside, downtown or in the Valley—Los Angeles has you covered. Let's explore healthy brunch spots by neighborhood.
Mid-City: Powerplant Superfood Kitchen
5671 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Plant-focused, organic and gluten-free, Powerplant Superfood Kitchen on Pico Boulevard has a large menu that sources staples like organic corn tortillas locally and offers a choice of dairy or vegan butter and cream cheese on their dishes. They're got superfood smoothies, breakfast bowls, and a “Power Mac Veggie Burger” on a gluten-free bun.
Venice: Plant Food & Wine
1009 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Helmed by notable raw vegan chef Matthew Kenney, Plant Food & Wine offers a wide variety of brunch dishes. Savory items include “Smoked Tofu Florentine” and a vegan cheese plate. Sweet options range from “Bananas Foster Pancakes” to carrot cake with coconut sorbet.
West Hollywood: Hugo’s
8401 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hugo's on Santa Monica Boulevard has an enormous menu that caters to everyone from raw vegans to carnivores. Brunch choices at this popular WeHo spot include “Almond Energy Pancakes” and “Cinnamon Swirl French Toast,” both of which are vegan and gluten-free.
Downtown LA: Manuela
907 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Manuela in the Arts District isn't just a beautiful restaurant nestled in the courtyard of the Hauser & Wirth event and art space; it's also a farm-to-table establishment with seasonal menus, spectacular cocktails, and brunch items that include a venison burger and Siberian kale salad.
Silver Lake: Little Pine
2870 Rowena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039
A vegan restaurant owned by a musician? It doesn't get more LA than Little Pine, a plant-based bistro in Silver Lake owned by artist Moby. You won't miss the meat, either: they've got doughnuts, maple tempeh bacon, and sausage sliders on their brunch menu.
Santa Monica: True Food Kitchen
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 172, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Affiliated with holistic doctor Andrew Weil, the Santa Monica outpost of True Food Kitchen focuses on anti-inflammatory foods, but that doesn't mean they sacrifice taste. Try their vegetarian sunrise bowl, gluten-free fish tacos or a pomegranate mimosa.
The Valley: Harvest Moon Kitchen & Marketplace
12454 West Magnolia Boulevard, Valley Village, CA 91607
Harvest Moon Kitchen & Marketplace in Valley Village supports local, organic and sustainable businesses, but they don't stop there. They also have a school lunch program so your kids eat as well as you do. Brunch selections include chilaquiles and steel cut oatmeal.
Highland Park: Kitchen Mouse
5904 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
The thriving neighborhood of Highland Park in East LA houses Kitchen Mouse, a vegetarian breakfast and lunch cafe that has dishes inspired by Thai, Indian and Mexican cuisines. Their breakfast sandwich is served on griddled millet toast, and the “Snickerdoodle Pancakes” come topped with a cinnamon coconut sugar butter.
Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author. She has been featured in media such as Forbes, CBS’ “The Doctors,” and Huffington Post, and her private clientele includes celebrities such as P!nk. Ariane has two books published (the first of which, The Bone Broth Miracle, reached the ranking of #1 cookbook on Amazon on multiple occasions) and two books releasing in 2019.