Unicorn Food Is Los Angeles’s Most Delightful Food Epidemic (and Here’s Where to Taste the Rainbow)
Happy, vivid unicorn dishes—the trend for multicolored foods is not just for kids, because these treats make us smile, too. And they’re kind of exotic, from the savory (grilled cheese, toast) to the sweet (soft-serve ice cream). Here’s where to order some magic of your own…oh, and a new secret menu Starbucks drink.
Grilled Cheese at Chomp Eatery & Juice Station
Organic food dyes (like using beet juice for pink) are applied in stripes to Monterey Jack, cheddar or pepper jack cheeses before they're grilled. It’s best and most rainbow-y when you order double cheese.
1612 Santa Monica Blvd.; 424-238-3398 or chompeatery.com
Bagels at Bagels and Brew
The bright colors of gel paste food coloring are added to separate batches of dough that are then layered and twisted to make a crunchy yet chewy bagel that will really wake you up in the morning.
Hot Chocolate (and Everything Else) at Crème and Sugar
SoCal weather isn’t going to stay cool and damp forever, so have this hot mess of mini marshmallows, whipped cream and sprinkles ASAP.
6312 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim; 714-941-9059
Soft Serve at Drips and Swirls
It’s a delightful swirl of neon-blue cotton candy-flavored soft serve, dusted with rainbow sprinkles and served at a DTLA café where they pride themselves on never having vanilla.
3076 W. Eighth St.; 213-568-3021 or dripsandswirls.com
Toast at Lincoln Pasadena
Start with housemade brown bread, then add stripes of flavored cream cheeses (yellow = turmeric and ginger, pink = beet powder and whitish blue is spirulina). Top it all with pistachios, sesame seeds and Himalayan sea salt. Devour.
1992 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena; 626-765-6746 or lincolnpasadena.com
Ice Cream Macaron Sandwiches at Honey & Butter
It’s the elevated ice-cream sandwich we’ve all been waiting for. The only problem: It’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Unicorn Poop at Crème Caramel LA
It’s a fluffy meringue dusted with rainbow sprinkles, and it’s the prettiest little low-calorie treat you’ve ever had.
14849 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks; 818-949-8352 or cremecaramella.com
Secret Menu Ombre Pink Matcha at Starbucks
This is the evolved version of last summer’s pink drink craze. It’s on the secret menu, so ask for the Matcha Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher + matcha coconut milk) or the Pink Purple Drink (sans matcha + passion ice tea, vanilla syrup and blackberries). Insider tip: Photograph this one before you take a sip, because once it starts blending together, it looks like mud.