7 L.A. Restaurants with Whole30-Friendly Menus
Want to slim down while making your complexion radiant? Try the 30-day food plan called Whole30, in which you’ll eliminate the processed foods that most commonly cause inflammation, skin breakouts and that logy feeling. Whole30 plan creators say it takes 30 days to stop eating the wrong foods, but who wants to prep all their own meals for a whole month? Here are seven bistros where you can ditch grain, dairy, sugar and alcohol (ooph, really?) and still have a delish meal.
The backyard steak salad is the kind of super-simple meal you’d make for yourself at home (but without dirtying that cast-iron skillet): grilled steak over a green salad with a bit of horseradish vinaigrette dressing.
Multiple locations; tendergreens.com
You’re going to be missing your pasta, but you won’t miss the texture with the kelp noodles here, made into a non-dairy feast in “Alfredo” sauce made from sun-dried tomatoes and dehydrated mushrooms.
1507 N. Cahuenga Blvd. or 306 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; lifefoodorganic.com
Their lime-cilantro-jalapeño and pesto dressings don’t contain any added sugars, and since bowls are made to order, you can get your entire favorite non-dairy, legumeless and gluten-free ingredients mixed on the spot (ignore those chickpeas and quinoa).
While the many uses of cashew cheese at this high-end vegan restaurant might be anathema to the Whole30 principle of not re-shaping approved foods into unapproved ones, this place is unparalleled in its way with vegetables. The roasted baby spring carrots served with peppers and almond “yogurt” is not to be missed.
8284 Melrose Ave.; 323-782-9245 or crossroadskitchen.com
The Pad Thai Kelp Noodles sprinkled with nuts is going to make you rethink adding gluten back after your 30-day detox.
639 N. Larchmont Ave.; 300 S. Santa Fe Ave.; 512 Rose Ave., Venice; cafegratitude.com
This bright little grab-and-go Santa Monica eatery has innovative wraps where veggies—not bread—hold everything together. The Asian-inspired Sweet Chicken wrap has organic chicken, carrots, celery, onion and cauliflower, all wrapped in nori. Ask for them to make one up special for you sans rice and fish sauce, which has a teensy amount of forbidden sugar.
1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 310-395-5937 or kyesmontana.com
Yes, when you’re driving all your tipsy friends through this beloved local institution to quell their munchies, you can order something, too. Ask for a double, protein-style (on a lettuce leaf instead of a bun). No sauce, but you can enjoy all the raw tomato and onions you like.