14 L.A. Restaurants with Whole30-Friendly Menus
Whole30 has gained a cult following for its ability to help people slim down and get a glowing complexion. But those perks come with some sacrifices: The 30-day food plan requires you to eliminate the processed foods that most commonly cause inflammation, skin breakouts and that general 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 14 spots (all offering take-out and delivery) where you can ditch grain, dairy, sugar and alcohol, and still have a delish meal.
1. Kye’s Montana
This bright little grab-and-go Santa Monica eatery has innovative wraps where veggies—not bread—hold everything together. The Asian-inspired salmon macro has vegetables, sesame seeds and wild salmon all wrapped in nori. Ask for your server to make one up special for you sans rice. Now open for pick-up and delivery.
1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 310-395-5937 or kyesmontana.com
2. The Paleo People
This gluten-free organic restaurant is a great option for anyone on any type of healthy eating plan thanks to the website’s helpful ingredient list, letting you know exactly which menu items contain gluten, dairy, soy, onion, garlic, eggs or refined sugar. Whether you opt for one of their tasty wraps (wrapped in an organic collard green leaf and served with a side of slaw) or hearty platters (we like the grass-fed beef option with shredded cabbage and carrot), you won’t be disappointed. Available for pick-up or delivery.
701 N Western Ave.; 323-672 8003 or thepaleopeople.com
Los Angeles’s first all Keto restaurant happens to be great for Whole30 followers, too. (The ketogenic diet has some similarities with Whole30—namely no grains, processed foods or high-sugar ingredients.) We’ll take a bowl of pesto zoodles, a side of cauliflower rice and bacon-wrapped asparagus, please. Open for pick-up and delivery.
615 N Western Ave.; eatniketo.com
4. True Food Kitchen
You gotta’ love a restaurant whose ethos is “where feel good and taste good go hand in hand.” Pictured here is the jackfruit lettuce wraps served with shiitake, carrot, bean sprout, cilantro, cucumber and a side of butter lettuce. This chain also helpfully says that “our food can be customized to accommodate any need.” Currently open for pick-up and delivery.
Multiple locations; truefoodkitchen.com
5. Amara Kitchen
Amara serves alternative takes on classic dishes, reinterpreting menus for all types of eaters, including gluten-free, vegan, Paleo and Whole30. They also strive to source our ingredients as locally and organic as possible. If you’re looking for a Whole30-compliant brunch spot, this is it. Order the grain-free pancakes (minus the whipped maple butter) or purple eggs (potato patties with poached eggs, mixed greens, beets, pesto and kelp noodles) and enjoy. Now doing delivery and pick-up.
519 N Avenue 64; 323-255-2220 or amarakitchen.com
6. Urban Plates
Urban Plates prides itself on its beef: hormone- and antibiotic-free, non-GMO and grass fed and finished. Get yours grilled and served with lettuce, pineapple mango salsa, jicama, mint and coconut-roasted cashews, all tossed with a made-from-scratch mild jalapeño-lime dressing. Now offering pick-up and delivery.
7. Café Gratitude
The basil pesto kelp noodles sprinkled with nuts is going to make you rethink adding gluten back after your 30-day detox. Seriously.
Locations in Venice, Larchmont and the Arts District; cafegratitude.com
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.
9. Flower Child
This restaurant sources as close to home as possible and takes its patrons’ dietary restrictions seriously. So if you’re sugar-, dairy- and gluten-free, you can still have a flavorful and creative dinner. Proof is the Glow Bowl, with spicy sweet potato noodles, bok choy, zucchini, onion, jalapeño, shiitake mushroom and coconut milk—with ground sunflower seeds replacing peanuts to make the sunflower butter that tops the dish. Currently open for pick-up and delivery.
1332 Second St., Santa Monica; 310-382-2901 or iamaflowerchild.com
Beloved by hipsters and foodies alike (and the foodie hipsters really go crazy here, natch), Kismet has an ever-evolving menu of Mediterranean flavors—hence the ease in getting a dish that’s prepped with oil instead of butter. Pictured above is the winter salad of speckled radicchio with raw beets, pickled shallot and passionfruit vinaigrette. Open for takeout and delivery.
4648 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-409-0404 or kismet.family
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 nondairy, legume-less and gluten-free ingredients mixed on the spot (ignore those chickpeas and quinoa). Currently open for pick-up and delivery.
12. Urban Radish
There’s a lot to love at this healthy-eating spot downtown, particularly the multiple salad options. We’re fans of the seared tuna nicoise (fennel crusted seared tuna, haricots vert, fingerling potatoes, hard-boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, capers and kalamata olives) and the market greens with salmon or steak (cucumber, radish, snap peas, broccoli, chickpeas, microgreens, cherry tomatoes and mixed greens). Opt for a simple olive and lemon vinaigrette. (Also, we dare you not to reenact the scene from You where Joe meets Love—it was shot here.) Now available for pick-up or delivery.
661 Imperial St.; 213-892-1570 or urban-radish.com
13. Tender Greens
The steak plate 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 seasonal veggies on the side. Currently open for pick-up and delivery.
14. California Pizza Kitchen
It seems counterintuitive that you'd go to a place with "pizza" in the name when you're on a no-gluten kick. But the chain's North Atlantic salmon is a signature dish—it's roasted on a cedar plank in the hearth oven seasoned with smoked paprika and lime. It comes with white corn and spinach succotash topped with feta, so ask for a plain salad instead. Currently open for pick-up and delivery.