Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Eating Green Across America: Los Angeles

As America's second largest city, with its West Coast mentality, green city initiatives, and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger quoted as stating "The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy", there is understandably a significant green-conscious community. Many LA restaurants offer an eco-friendly dining experience, however, in the home of the Hollywood film industry where not everything is as it seems, it is not uncommon for restaurants to make such claims to lure in eager unsuspecting diners. With so many patrons seeking out locally sourced, organically grown, and sustainably raised foods, readers are encouraged to do their due diligence. Here are few eco-friendly food options we're keen to trust:

Tender Greens

6290 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, California
(323) 382-0380

With several locations scattered across southern California, Tender Greens appears to be one of the most dedicated organic and environmentally conscious restaurants around. Just how dedicated? Their online menu indicates where each specialty ingredient in each dish comes from! Crunchy lettuce from Scarborough Farms, blue cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, and chorizo from Espinola Meats - it's all there. For all the micro managers out there, each ingredient even links to the website of the producer, and it doesn't end there. For all the health nuts, Tender Greens also provides a menu calorie counter. So, for example, if one was to order roasted roma tomato soup with basil oil to start, the marinated flat iron steak as a main, with a side of baby spinach with cabernet vinaigrette, one should expect to take in about 570 calories, 33 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, and 44 grams of protein, not to mention 83% RDI of vitamin C, and 43% RDI of iron.

O! Burger

8593 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, USA
(310) 854-0234

Much like the first moon landing, O! Burger has staked their flag to the claim for being the first totally organic burger joint in the Los Angeles area. Everything from their meat patties and buns to their ketchup and fries are certified organic. Their website even provides useful information pertaining to the various benefits of organic foods as well as further information as to steps they've taken to insure that their restaurant is as green as it gets. The most amazing part is that it's actually really affordable!

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

1700 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, USA
(213) 989-1718

Sage serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a wide variety of dishes from burgers, wraps, and salads to curries, pastas, and mushroom steaks. They make a point of offering a seasonal menu that is prepared in conjunction with the help of local farmers as includes ingredients that are organically grown and pesticide free.


3823 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, USA
(323) 663-6885

Don't worry, they do the foraging for you! This restaurant's claim to fame is in finding the best locally raised meats and organically grown vegetables. The owners of Forage promote sustainable dining practices as an essential component of building a better world. The menu changes depending on the quality and availability of seasonal ingredients, with a choice of about 3 or 4 appetizers and an equivalent number of mains, and you can determine just how much protein you want - choosing from small, medium, or large to reduce waste.

Life Food Organic

1507 Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, California
(323) 466-0927

More of a vegetarian health food store than a restaurant, Life Food offers smoothies, soups, salads, and desserts in their café. They also sell packaged raw foods and supplements all while taking a very earth-conscious approach to their ingredients and packaging. A great place to eat and shop, one could make a pleasant afternoon out of a trip to Life Food Organic.