Playing Santa can work up an appetite, and during the season of cookies, candies, and egg nog, it’s great to know that on Melrose Ave. you can find snacks that are as good for you as they are delicious. Some make great gifts – or gift certificates – and perfect party fare, too.
Nestled alongside his meaty Wolf restaurant, Chef Marcel Vigneron’s Beefsteak serves up veggie-centric dining in the form of salads, bowls, wraps and snacks that may just include the restaurant’s titular beefsteak tomatoes. Salads range from baby kale with turmeric hummus, Castelvetrano olives, roasted cauliflower, carrots, and black pepper pumpkin seeds to a Sunflower Caesar that includes nutritional yeast and hemp seeds as a healthy and delicious substitution for anchovies. There are a wide range of juices, lattes, and teas on the menu, too; and perhaps the perfect beverage after a day of holiday shopping, the Retox as You Detox, shots of vodka, gin, rum, or tequila added to any juice or smoothie.
7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
There’s nothing quite like a hearty bowl of ramen to warm the tummy and soothe the soul on a shopping spree. At E.A.K Ramen you can eschew the pork-based broth for healthy veggie options such as The Go Green! Miso Ramen with thin noodles in vegetable broth, with seasoned egg, soy milk, kabocha squash, baby corn, cabbage, bean sprouts, and tomato or The Green House Shoyu style ramen, which adds lotus root, cabbage, bean sprouts, baby corn, small tomatoes, radish sprouts, and kabocha squash. The Green House is not just vegetarian, it’s vegan, as is the V-Garden, made with red and yellow paprika, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, garlic, and radish sprouts in Shio vegetable broth.
7455 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Grease-free falafel? That’s the core premise of Fala Bar, a fast-casual vegan spot with falafel made from grape seed oil and veggies sourced from local organic growers. Ingredients are primarily gluten, nut, and dairy-free, as well as free of chemicals, GMOs, and preservatives. Besides veggie burgers, salads, and sandwiches, you can find snacks such as Gigi’s Snack Cup: Brussels sprouts, hummus, quinoa tabouli, Israeli salad, tahini, and of course, falafel; or a falafel a la carte snack of five falafels with hummus and tahini.
7751 1/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Don’t stress about catering your holiday party – just join the love fest at Love Baked Wings for a platter. Or pop on in for a snack that isn’t fried or greasy. Along with baked chicken wings, drumsticks, and strips, you can go for veg alternatives like chick pea “wings,” or perhaps an order of carrot fries dusted with gluten-free flour, pickled cucumbers, or kale salad. Chef Mike Shand uses only fresh local produce and 100% hormone free, free-range chicken from Mary’s Farms in Petuluma.
Love Baked Wings
7350 Melrose Ave., Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90046
From beautifully crafted acai bowls to juices, smoothies, and herbal shots, Naturewell 2 is ready to bliss you into natural Nirvana with tasty, nutritious fruits and veggies. An invigorating Protein Smoothie features hemp protein, banana, almonds, coconut meat, coconut water, and agave; juices include the seasonally perfect G-Immunity, which combines broccoli, carrots, ginger, celery, kale, parsley, apple, and lemon. A wheat grass shot is a great health boost, too.
7261 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
A coffee pick-me-up may definitely be in order while shopping. At Toasted and Roasted, you’ll find fair trade coffees such as Ethiopian and Sumatra whole beans and a choice of brewing methods. You’ll also spot gluten free pastries, Bulletproof Coffee, homemade teas and house-made Kombucha such as the Island Roots, with a healthy blend of cold pressed ginger, turmeric, black pepper and lemon with black, white, and green tea, and yerba matte. The sustainably-sourced coffee beans make a great gift, too – perhaps you can get your sipping and your shopping done all in one spot.
Toasted and Roasted
7311 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046