Quick, find the nearest reflective surface. Now look purposefully at your image and recite the following: “I am blessed. Cafe Gratitude, the SF vegan stalwart, has sprouted a Larchmont outpost. Praise Mother Gaia!”
The Age of Aquarius lives on at the family-run restaurant, where servers ask blissed-out questions like, “Who do you wish to acknowledge today?” and the organic menu with soy- and gluten-free options speaks in affirmatives. Pair raw dishes like I Am Elated (enchiladas in live spinach tortillas) and I Am Hearty (deep-dish pizza with sun-dried tomato marinara) with seasonal juices and smoothies. The pay-what-you-can I Am Grateful grain bowl will have penny-pinchers breathing a kale-scented sigh of relief.
Haute hippies can rejoice in the retail nook’s takeout salads, ice creams, and cookbooks by co-owner Terces Engelhart.
Now raise your hands to the heavens in thanks.
Cafe Gratitude, 639 North Larchmont Boulevard, at Melrose Avenue, Hollywood (323-580-6383 or cafegratitude.com).
Let’s make a Deal: Starting Monday, we’ll be sending you discounts on places to go and things to do around L.A. That ought to perk things up.
Photo: Rachel Knopfler