Grand opening of vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude Larchmont in Los Angeles.
Is it possible for a restaurant to have groupies?!? I’ve been waiting in anticipation for Cafe Gratitude Larchmont forever. So I show up 15 minutes before their grand opening, just to make sure that I’ll be their very first customer. And I am! I meet the owners, and they take 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.
I actually have zero appetite today (I think my stomach’s still processing yesterday’s meal at Doomie’s) but I feel like it was my mission, as a local food blogger, to eat a proper meal.
This is “I Am Extraordinary,” which is their take on a BLT Sandwich.
Let’s see what’s under the hood, shall we? Romaine lettuce, sliced avocado and tomato, and a ton of chipotle aioli.
The restaurant doesn’t use any soy or fake meats as their protein sources. So the “Bacon” was sauteed maple coconut. The environment is totally conducive to dining solo.
They bring out condiments, but I don’t need any. Everything is perfectly seasoned, and quite frankly, mind-blowingly amazing. On the side comes a salad – which looks naked, but is actually dressed underneath.
The meal is very messy, but the cloth napkins do 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:
I also dig the positive messages everywhere – on my water bottle…
…in the bathroom…
…even on my check!
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!
Once I’ve finished digesting, I’ll be back, for sure.
(Did I mention I wasn’t even hungry when I went?!?)