The Restrictive Diet Foodie Awards

Ever feel like your diet keeps you from eating out? Well, no need to curb your cravings any longer! With your restrictive snacking habits in mind, we've rounded up the ultimate guide of where to eat in L.A.
Whether you're on the hunt for gluten-free, kosher, paleo, vegan, or macrobiotic meals, we've got the destination for you. From the best kosher burgers in town to unbelievably good gluten-free pastries, this list will not disappoint — but will definitely make you hungry! Bon appétit!
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Photo: Courtesy of Breeze.
Diet: Paleo
The Winner: Breeze at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
After the success of last year's vegan menu, Breeze once again takes the needs of its clientele into consideration with its recently launched paleo-friendly menu. The nutrient-dense, ancestor-inspired menu is seasonal, which means its currently serving up dishes like an Herb Cashew Crusted Prime Rib of Beef (as pictured above), and a Mason Jar Paleo Pumpkin Pie. Breeze at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, 310-228-1234.
The Runner-Up:
Like Breeze, downtown hot spot Patina recently jumped on the paleo train, adding a full menu catering to the restricted diet. Our favorite dish? The grass-fed New York Strip without question.
Patina, 141 South Grand Avenue, 213-972-3331.
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Photo: Courtesy of Apollonia's Pizzeria.
Diet: Gluten-Free

The Winner: Apollonia's Pizzeria
Gluten-free is no longer synonymous with no carbs. Why? Tasty spots like our winner are upping the ante with gluten-free crust. Try the many pizzas on its menu, from The Green Mile to El Guapo.
Apollonia's Pizza, 5176 Wilshire Blvd; 323-937-2823.

The Runners-Up:
Hugo's Restaurant
A West Hollywood staple (there are locations in Agoura Hills and Studio City as well), Hugo's mainly gluten-free menu is an L.A.-local favorite. We especially love its breakfast!
Hugo's Restaurant, 8401 Santa Monica Blvd; 323-654-3993.

Tortilla Republic
Tortilla Republic's new gluten-free menu will make you a GF fanatic whether you need to be or not. With a wide range of yummy enchiladas and fajitas, this will become your go-to Mexican spot. Olé!
Tortilla Republic, 616 N. Robertson Blvd; 310-657-9888.
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Photo: Courtesy of Crossroads Kitchen.
Diet: Vegan
The Winner: Crossroads
Offering Mediterranean-themed small plates, salads, desserts, and cocktails in a both stylish and refreshing atmosphere, Crossroads is a must-try destination whether you’re a vegan or not. Our suggestion? Try the Meaty Lasagna, Artichoke Oysters, Lentil Flatbread, or anything else on the menu for a meal you will not forget (probably because you’ll be back once a week!).
Crossroads, 8284 Melrose Ave; 323-782-9245.

The Runners-Up:
Café Gratitude
With the mission to create a menu and environment that supports health and sustainability for the community and the planet, Café Gratitude runs on the idea of “Sacred Commerce.” Each dish on the menu has a special name that correlates with a characteristic we are or want to be, including “I am Generous” (a Chipotle Butternut Squash quesadilla), “Transformed” (two organic corn tacos), and “Happy” (Mediterranean wrap with falafels). We are “Excited” to try the entire menu!
Café Gratitude, 639 N Larchmont Blvd; 323-580-6383.

Vegan Glory
If Thai food is what you seek, stop by Vegan Glory for a quick-but-nonethless-delicious bite. Customer favorites include the Freshy Rolls, Chicken Satay, and Soy Beef Burrito.
Vegan Glory, 8393 Beverly Boulevard; 323-653-4900.

Sprouted Garden Café
Check out Sprouted Garden Café for a delicious meal and fantastic ambiance. During the day, the restaurant is relaxing and beautiful, while at night it’s cozy and romantic. And, what are some menu highlights, you ask? Buddha Curry, Mixed Veggie Pizza, or Red Buttons appetizer are some great options to start!
Sprouted Garden Café, 2813 W Sunset Blvd; 213-483-7778.
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Photo: Courtesy of Shojin.
Diet: Macrobiotic
The Winner: Shojin
Whether you're macrobiotic or simply looking for an extremely satisfying, clean, whole-grain meal, Shojin is your go-to. The vegan, macrobiotic restaurant manages to make flavor-packed dishes that will have you wondering if you're somehow being duped (you're not — it's that good). Go there, order the Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon Roll, and thank us later.
Shojin, 12406 Washington Boulevard; 310-390-0033

The Runner-Up: M-Cafe
With locations all around the city, M Cafe deserves some major credit for making macrobiotic food way more accessible (and delicious) in Los Angeles. Plus, it continues to improve and increase its menu, constantly adding new, contemporary, inventive dishes. Take, for example, its Tokyo TJ Tacos, which if you haven't tried yet, you should probably go for your next meal.
M Cafe, Various Locations.
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Photo: Courtesy of Got Kosher?
Diet: Kosher

The Winner: Got Kosher?
With a myriad of tasty options that will make anyone a believer, Got Kosher? is your one-stop destination for everything from Chinese Chicken Salad to BBQ. Why is it the winner? The Veggie Burger and speciality items Schnitzel on a Pretzel and Kansas-Style Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwich are must-haves.
Got Kosher?, 8914 W Pico Blvd; 310-858-1920.

The Runners-Up:

Pat's Restaurant
Try Pat's for the best Kosher steak (the Rib Eye is one of its most popular dishes) and some to-die-for dessert (Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, to be exact).
Pat's Kosher Restaurant, 9233 W Pico Blvd, Suite 200; 310-205-8705.

L.A. Burger Bar
Check out L.A. Burger Bar for some of the city's best burgers in a refined-yet-trendy atmosphere. We're eager to get our hands on the Spicy Burger (made with jalapeños) and the House Burger (it has a pineapple!).
L.A. Burger Bar, 8581 West Pico Blvd; 310-933-4430.

If you're searching for a fancier spot for a little Kosher grub, then Shiloh's is the place for you. From Bone Marrow to Beef Carpaccio to Tuna Tartare, there is no dish we don't want to taste!
Shiloh's, 8939 W. Pico Boulevard; 310-858-1652.
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Photo: Courtesy of Divine Dips.
The Diet: Desserts For Various Restrictive Diets
The Winner: Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème
If thought of dairy-free ice cream leaves you riddled with doubt, then you haven't been to Divine Dips. We know you've heard it before, but, please, do yourself a favor and believe us when we say that this stuff is actually just as good (if not better) than the real thing.
Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème; Various retail locations.

The Runner-Up: Babycakes NYC
The New York favorite for gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and still, strangely delicious cupcakes, brownies, and all other kinds of baked goodness now has an L.A. home! And, lucky for us, it's just as good as its East Coast flagship.
Babycakes NYC, 236 North Larchmont Boulevard; 855-462-2292.

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