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Leaf Organics

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Chia Kreme at Leaf
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Shanti bowl at Leaf
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Shanti quesadilla at Leaf
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Lasagna at Leaf
Mar Vista

Proprietor Ron Rotondi may have trained under celebrity raw food proselytizer Juliano, but the Culver City chef operates a more inclusive, affordable eatery for raw foodists and vegans alike. Though uncooked foods figure heavily on the menu at this minimalist and modern cafe, there’s also a good selection of cooked vegan options, many with flavors inspired by Rotondi’s Italian heritage: Lasagna, made with dairy-free Daiya cheese, gluten-free lasagna noodles and his Rotondi’s family’s marinara sauce recipe, is a hit. There’s also a series of "vegan fusion" dishes, like the Ethiopian-inflected One Love, a kale and split pea stew, and the Indian-flavored Shanti, a mix of chana masala and saag that’s served as a wrap, bowl, quesadilla or atop a sweet potato. Finish off with housemade chia kreme, an icy dessert made from fermented chia seeds and made into a variety of sundaes.

Venue name: Leaf Organics
Address: 11938 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 310-397-0700
Website: http://www.leafcuisine.com
Opening hours: Daily 11am-9pm
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