Meatless Mondays with Metro: Café Gratitude

Take a little more transit and eat a little less meat — two things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. In this installment of Meatless Mondays with Metro, let’s take a look at Café Gratitude.

Café Gratitude is a plant-based restaurant specializing in gourmet cuisines. But, while their food is good, the first thing that pops into my head whenever I hear their name is Jason Mraz, the Grammy-winning artist who is also a restaurant partner and, incidentally, an avocado farmer. It’s no fault of the food, I’m just a big Mraz fan.

The café serves up soups, salads and sandwiches, and they also have some nice hearty entrée items. The summer polenta is very satisfying, and you’ll probably find the vegan nachos hard to share.

Photos: Café Gratitude Instagram.

There are a few Café Gratitude locations, and the three easiest to Go Metro to are in Venice, Larchmont and the Arts District. To reach the Venice location, take Metro Bike Share to Rose and Rennie. To reach the Larchmont location, take Metro Bus 10/48 to Melrose/Larchmont. To reach the Arts District location, take Metro Bike Share to 3rd and Santa Fe, or walk from the Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

Have other recommendations for vegan/veggie restaurants? Let me know in the comments!

5 replies

  1. Native Foods is a vegan restaurant which I recommend. It is located in Westwood, on Gayley Avenue, a block west of Westwood Boulevard.. Numerous bus routes serve the area, including the Metro #720 on Wilshire Boulevard, the Metro bus route from the Expo Line Sepulveda station to the San Fernando Valley, possibly some Metro buses from Sunset Boulevard, and several bus routes which are operated by the Santa Monica and Culver City municipal bus systems.

  2. The Jackfruit Cafe just opened a few blocks north of the Expo/Crenshaw station. I have yet to try it out, but it has great reviews so far!

  3. Wild Living Foods, northeast corner of 8th and Main, had amazing tacos. Can’t wait to have them again! I think better food than Gratitude. I’m not vegan but my vegan friend says so. Gracias Madre, on Santa Monica Blvd., is also owned by Gratitude but the restaurant is beautifully-appointed and I had the best ceviche there (young coconut).

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