L.A. Green Restaurant Guide

Despite the smog and traffic, Los Angeles has a rep for being an eco-friendly city, particularly when it comes to eating. So it's not surprising that "green" restaurants abound. Here are 10 of our favorite places that are committed to leaving a small "food print" without compromising supreme dining pleasure.

Updated: April 19, 2010

Eco-Friendly Dining in L.A.


Real Food Daily

514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Proving that vegan dining can be an utterly satisfying experience even for carnivores, this eco-friendly mainstay (the original location is in WeHo, but we love this laidback beachy outpost) is where to go for a yummy cruelty-free grubdown. Nachos with cashew cheese? Yes, please.


Reyhan Persian Grill

11800 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Authentic Persian home-cooking that's good for the environment is what you'll get at this hidden find in Culver City. Organic ingredients are used in every dish, and everything is made from scratch (you won't find any cans in the kitchen) using alkaline Kangen water, which is said to restore the body's proper pH level.) Try the eggplant puree, homemade hummus, aush vegetrian soup and chicken and salmon kabobs.


M Cafe de Chaya

9343 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Part of the local Chaya empire, this macrobiotic cafe whips up yummy vegan and macrobiotic dishes (no refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry) like scrambled tofu with tempeh bacon and sushi rolls--try the spicy shrimp avocado and sustainably sourced tuna.


Mendocino Farms

444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Downtown L.A.'s workweek crowd can't get enough of this ?eco-artisan sandwich concept? that puts fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients into dynamic creations like Kobe meatloaf, steak BLT, vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, homemade soups and organic salads.


Fatty's

1627 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

This cool Eastside spot might be strictly vegetarian (save the cows, spare the greenhouse gases!) but don't tell your meat-eating friends. They'll never know that popular dishes like the mushroom-packed Zeppelin sandwich and soy Sloppy Joes are made using nothing with a face.


Pizza Fusion

7950 W Sunset Blvd # 104, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Planet-saving pizza? Oh yeah. Whether you're looking for a sausage pie, farmer's market pizza, salads, sandwiches or organic brews (there's even beer floats!) this eco-friendly pizza place is just the ticket. All ingredients are organic, the entire space is LEED-certified and the delivery vehicle is a hybrid.


Forage

3823 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This affordable Silver Lake newcomer is literally an urban forage find. Not only does the kitchen harvest food from local farms and ranches, but it also actively seeks out produce from anyone who'd care to share. Have extra avocados hanging from your tree? Forage will hold a tasting in the kitchen and then figure out how best to use them in the menu.


Seed

1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

This airy strip mall cafe just a couple of blocks from the beach serves up a host of tasty macrobiotic, vegan and organic cuisine. (The BBQ tempeh burger will make you a believer of the fake-meat stuff.) The space itself is eco-friendly with reclaimed wood furniture, energy-efficient lighting and compostable corn-based servingware.


Akasha

9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

This sceney earth-conscious eatery serves organic, sustainable food and wine. All fish, meat and poultry are sourced from certified natural farms and there are plenty of vegetarian options as well. There's also a bakery that serves tasty sweets and locally roasted fair-trade coffee.


The Little Door

8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Long before other restaurants jumped on the organic, farmer's market-driven bandwagon, this irresistibly romantic hideaway was serving up sustainably-sourced Mediterranean-inspired delicacies from the kitchen of chef Nicolas Peter. Worth every penny.