Meatless Mondays with Metro: Amazebowls

Take a little more transit and eat a little less meat — two things you can do to reduce your environmental footprint. In this installment of Meatless Mondays with Metro, we visit the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles to try a vegan dessert (or snack) option: Amazebowls.

I first came across Amazebowls at Smorgasburg LA, where they were selling their very Instagrammable coconut açaí bowls. They have since opened a brick and mortar store in the Arts District — right next door to the Red Line rail yard, in fact.

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The smoothie bowls are made with a blend of fruit and hemp milk, then topped with granola, fresh fruit slices and coconut shavings, should you so desire. If açaí isn’t your thing — I know I’m certainly over it — try the dragon bowl z, made with dragon fruit, a.k.a. pitaya. I love pitaya in all its forms, so I’m glad to see it is the trendy new superfruit that’s being added to menus everywhere ~

Are the bowls healthier than your average dessert? Probably, though keep in mind I’m not counting calories or grams of sugar here. But at the very least they make you feel healthier when you eat them, and they still taste good, which is sometimes all you want from a dessert.

Amazebowls is also introducing a line of matcha drinks, so if you decide to visit be sure to ask about them.

To get to their Arts District location, you can use Metro Bike Share. There’s a station at 3rd and Santa Fe, and from there it’s a short stroll south on Santa Fe Avenue. You can also walk from the Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station if you aren’t in a hurry and feel like exploring the area a bit more. Amazebowls also has a location at the Venice Boardwalk which you can reach via Metro Rapid 733 to Main/Grand, or Culver City Bus 1 to Pacific/Venice.

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