Cafe Gratitude

restaurant - sandwich - vegan

Is it possible for a restaurant to have groupies?!? I have been waiting in anticipation for Cafe Gratitude forever. Today, I showed up 15 minutes before they opened to make sure that I would be their very first customer!!!

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And I was! I got to meet the owners, and they took pictures with me for their blog :)

With several locations all over the Bay Area, the Los Angeles branch is literally a 10 minute walk from my house.

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I actually had zero appetite (I think my stomach’s still processing yesterday’s meal at Doomie’s) but I felt like it was my mission to order a sandwich for BVSLA research (*spoiler alert* – it made the list)

I got the “I Am Extraordinary” – their take on a BLT

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Let’s see what’s under the hood, shall we?

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Romaine lettuce, sliced avocado and tomato, and a ton of chipotle aioli

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The restaurant doesn’t use any soy or fake meats as their protein sources. So the “Bacon” was sauteed maple coconut

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The environment is totally conducive to dining solo

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They bring out condiments, but I didn’t need any – everything was perfectly seasoned, and quite frankly, mind-blowingly amazing.

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On the side comes a salad – which looks naked…

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…but is actually dressed underneath

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Very messy, but the cloth napkins did their job. I love how sustainable everything is – I feel like too many restaurants are relying on biodegradable/compostable utensils and plates these days. Not only is Cafe Gratitude truly earth-friendly, but community-conscious as well:

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I also dug the positive messages everywhere – on my water bottle…

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…in the bathroom…

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…even on my check!

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I apologize in advance to all my blog readers, because it’s going to get boring seeing me eat at Cafe Gratitude as regularly as I plan to. But because it’s so close-by, has free wifi, and allows dogs on the outside patio, I feel it’s my duty to uphold my reputation as their #1 Customer!

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Once I’ve finished digesting, I’ll be back, for sure.

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(Did I mention I wasn’t even hungry when I went?!?)

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  • http://www.mealsandmoves.wordpress.com janetha

    I went there in San Fran during foodbuzz and really liked it!

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    Your outings always make me hungry! This place sounds perfect!

  • http://thewannabechef.net Evan Thomas

    I love that you got to the restaurant early just to be the first customer. That’s devotion.

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I still haven’t been to Cafe Gratitude. It’s been on my list for a long time. Glad you liked it so much!

  • http://saidshesaidhe.blogspot.com/ she

    I can’t wait to go and try the sauteed maple coconut!

  • http://www.newlywednewlyveg.com Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg

    I have their cookbook, and I’m DYING to eat there some day!!! Looks like it totally lives up to the hype!

  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    Wow, didn’t know they opened up that location too! Awesome!

  • http://www.carrieonvegan.com Carrie (Carrie on Vegan)

    Cool! I actually thought of you this morning when I saw the announcement on Facebook that this restaurant was opening today. I thought, “Lynn would really like this restaurant.” You are awesome and I can’t wait to see pics of more of your meals here. I can understand your excitement of being the first customer, that’s really neat! :)

  • Katie O.

    I so wish I was near by, this place looks amazing. How FANTASTIC that they won’t turn anyone away? I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! Definitely something that more eateries should aspire to/emulate…

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic]

    #1 customer? That’s pretty neat. :) Wifi, dog-friendly, a quick walk? They couldn’t have picked a better place to set up shop.

  • http://kaitlinwithhoney.wordpress.com kaitlinwithhoney

    Ooooh how exciting! I went here in San Francisco when we were at Foodbuzz and I really liked it. I would be ALL ABOUT a blogger meetup here!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      yes we totally have to do a meetup!!!

    • http://www.twobooswhoeat.com Amanda

      YES! I want to do a meet up at Cafe Gratitude.

  • http://collegaleats.blogspot.com Ada

    I went to the Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley and absolutely loved it. The taco salad was amazing. I dragged my poor steak-loving friend who wasn’t as enthused though;)

  • http://www.twobooswhoeat.com Amanda

    I want to try Cafe Gratitude so bad! I’ve only heard rave reviews. We’ll have to do a blog meet up one of these days!

  • Jan Schifter

    Where’s your vegan dessert?

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      i was too full and have so much stuff at home – but rest assured, i’ll be back for those desserts!

  • http://afreshdille.wordpress.com clairedille

    I second the blogger meet up there! I loved it…and I got a dessert to split…delicious too!

  • http://itallchanges.wordpress.com It All Changes

    So cute to be their number one customer.

    I would have never thought to use maple and coconut in place of bacon. I can’t wait to make that sandwich at home!

  • http://fittingitallin.wordpress.com cbrady3

    I would love that place! It sounds like the restaurant version of Operation Beautiful:)

  • http://RoseRunner.blogspot.com RoseRunner

    I live in the bay area and you’re right, there are a lot here — I didn’t know they expanded to L.A.!

    I find the positive messages everywhere to be….kind of grating. Too much. Tone it down a little…I actually like the food, but feel awkward around the new agey waiters, so rarely go.

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    This made me smile….really really wide. I love the food and the philosophy behind this place. And how cool is that “bacon”? I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Thank you for sharing another day of delicious goodness!

  • http://hipies.net Erin

    GAH it sounds amazing! I think in the case of this resto, groupies are so appropriate. I’ve read about it everywhere and am convinced that I need to go to LA for this purpose alone. Your meal looks beautiful. Love that they don’t use fake meat products either! So resourceful!

  • http://huggerfood.blogspot.com Vegyogini

    You and I definitely were on the same page today! I’m happy to see you enjoyed the experience as much as I did.

  • Ruby W.

    Thank you for doing all these wonderful restaurant reviews. I am excited to try this place out.

  • http://joyosmanski.wordpress.com joyo

    WHOA. that place looks amazing. and how beautiful, their commitment to feeding everyone. i love it.

  • CinZilicious

    Another great restaurant blog post Lynn!!! U make me wanna fly over to the states right away,lol.

    Btw, i think its really cool and creative how Cafe Gratitude makes the experience for their customers so unique! It’s like they really care about you and make you feel special:) Excellent concept for a cafe/restaurant!!! I dont see how u can have a bad day if u go to Cafe Gratitude;)Plus that sandwich looks yummy and healthy!

    p.s. love the docoration on the mirror in the bathroom, so cute:)

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    If that place was in walking distance, I’d be there all the time, too!

  • http://www.pure2raw.com Pure2raw Twins

    YUM YUM I am so jealous because Michelle got to eat at Cafe Gratitude in San Fran when she was there for Foodbuzz and all she could say that it was amazing!! I have to get there to try myself here soon ;)

  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com/ Fran@ Broken Cookies Don’t Count

    I wish there were places like this in NJ!! I get a little boring sometimes too, eating at the same places. When you’re vegegarian, you don’t always have a lot of choices. This looks worth a trip to Los Angeles or San Francisco! I’ll wait until we move to New Mexico (soon, I hope…) Then it will just be a road trip!

  • http://glidingcalm.wordpress.com glidingcalm

    That sounds like a great place and meal!!

    P.S. I just read “Thick Dumpling Skin” and watched your video, and I just ADORE YOU so much Lynn. Thank you for sending such a wonderful message, and thank you for being honest, and thank you for being you!! I really connect and relate to Asians- since I grew up that way (Asian household, Asian diet, Asian best friends and God family, practically wishing I was Asian for a long time), and I loveeeeeeee hearing you talk.

    Thank you.

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      aw, thanks honey!!!

  • http://jessohbee.blogspot.com jessica o’brien | jessohbee

    i will def. be visiting very soon! i agree w/ your comment about the compostable options. they are still a disposable, which i try to avoid + many only biodegrade when processed properly in a composting facility. simply tossing them in the trash to go to a landfill do not ensure their proper end.

  • http://littlehealthjunkie.wordpress.com Olivia

    Sauteed maple coconut as BACON!?! OMG that sounds SO FREAKIN’ AMAZING!!! I need to find some way to recreate that based off of your pics:) let me know if you do first!

  • http://www.frealfitness.com Rachel

    I have been aching for this place to open for months now. Now I just have to find an excuse to head south to LA. I’m on my way.

  • http://shannalikebanana.wordpress.com Shanna, like Banana

    I have never heard/seen of this place in the Bay Area. So I looked it up and there is one about 10 miles away…sweet! I’m going to go!

  • PrincessPamela

    Great place! We have one in the Oakland Whole foods… its the reason i go there!!!

  • http://cookingwithkate.wordpress.com katecooks

    can i tell you how much i love that you were the first customer?? everything looks/sounds amazing! i’ll have to add it to the ever growing list in my head of MUSTS!

  • http://farrieritis.care4Horses.com johnny

    My Niece works there in the Mission District –

    john
    http://www.care4Horses.com

  • http://smoothiegirleatstoo.blogspot.com Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

    Maple.Coconut. I’m trying to wrap my head around how amazing that must be.

    So is it bad to have fake meat now? I thought I was so virtuous when I chose that over the real stuff. Oh well, I just can’t win. May as well head to Mickey Ds :-)

  • http://www.aftertheharvest.blogspot.com After the Harvest

    Thanks for blogging about it — I am in Canada but I have a few online friends in the Cafe Gratitude community, and it’s great to vicariously live through your experience! I won’t get bored reading about your meals there :)

  • Anita Gent Williams (SKONI)

    My sister took me to Cafe Grattitude in Berkley & I was hooked ! & I am not even a vegan! I will see you there girlie as I have been emailing the owners monthly for the move to LA DAY! I AM GRATEFUL THE “CAFE” IS IN LA! YIPPEE:):):)