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!!!
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.
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
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 didn’t need any – everything was perfectly seasoned, and quite frankly, mind-blowingly amazing.
On the side comes a salad – which looks naked…
…but is actually dressed underneath
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:
I also dug 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?!?)