HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >

Cheap & Healthy LA?

hippodeir Jan 29, 2008 11:43 AM

I'm looking for good deals on healthy food in the LA area (I'm in the Cedars-Sinai/West Hollywood area)...I'm a vegetarian, & am having a hard time stomaching (pardon the pun) the $15-or-so bill to get something that is good for me...

Any ideas? THANKS!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. d
    Diana RE: hippodeir Jan 29, 2008 12:20 PM

    Follow Your Heart Cafe in Canoga Park
    Rahel veggie in Little Ethiopia on Fairfax
    Mani's cafe on Fairfax

    2 Replies
    1. re: Diana
      holleygolitely RE: Diana Jan 29, 2008 12:59 PM

      Real Food Daily on La Cienega. Joan's on Third has a lot of roasted veggies and soups--not cheap, though. Urth caffe on Melrose could work.

      1. re: holleygolitely
        ashdawg RE: holleygolitely Jan 29, 2008 01:42 PM

        definitly second RFD. nothing on the menu is over 15 and you can get the filling real food meal (which potentially could be 2 meals) for about $13

    2. b
      bophisto RE: hippodeir Jan 29, 2008 05:20 PM

      If you like Indian food , there is India's Sweets and Spices which is cheap and portions are big. It is vegetarian indian in Venice/Culver city area.

      Also there is Bharat Bazaar which is a clean well kept indian vegetarian place. Compared to India's more "hole in the way" atmosphere. Staff is also nicer..last time I went to India's Sweets and Spices I kept smiling at the counter lady , but she didn't give me a smile back...at the end she finally forced a half smile.

      I think portions seem to better at India's Sweets and Spices , but you have to deal with the elements more.

      Bharat Bazaar
      11510 W Washington Blvd
      One block West from the DMV
      Los Angeles, CA 90066
      (310) 398-6766

      India's Sweets and Spices
      9409 Venice Blvd
      Culver City, CA 90232
      (310) 837-5286

      1. h
        harlow4818 RE: hippodeir Jan 29, 2008 08:48 PM

        Erewhon market on Beverly has a pretty decent salad and soup bar that is healthy and semi inexpensive. I haven't been impressed by the deli but you can't really screw up soup and salad.
        Vegan Glory on Beverly isn't bad either but even though it's vegetarian, it's questionably healthy.
        i've been having the same problem and have had to resort to cooking at home with my weekly farmers market finds.

        1. goodhealthgourmet RE: hippodeir Jan 29, 2008 09:51 PM

          sante la brea

          Sante La Brea
          345 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          4 Replies
          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 31, 2008 04:18 AM

            I like Sante as well as its sister location on San Vicente, A Votre Sante.

            Newsroom Cafe is close to you, but isn't necessarily cheap.

            Ed's Coffee Shop on Robertson does great egg whites and sides, including non buttered, plain grits.

            Mao's Kitchen has vegetarian substitutes as well as is very accommodating of dietary requests.

            Hugo's has cheaper and more expensive options... the mung bean combos are particularly interesting.

            Jinky's is another good option.

            M Cafe de Chaya (not my favorite but lots of ppl love it)

            Truly Vegan and California Vegan both are cheap

            Even Famima has some healthy cheap options, as does Baja Fresh, Chipotle, or La Salsa offering rice, beans, and salsa for a cheap, tasty fresh meal.

            1. re: Emme
              goodhealthgourmet RE: Emme Jan 31, 2008 07:49 AM

              where was my head? i can't believe i forgot hugo's!

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 31, 2008 09:38 AM

                i almost didn't include it because i usually can't get out of there for under 15 bucks including tax and tip! but it's definitely worth it, IMO... just like i think the whole foods or ralph's (in certain locations) salad bar is worth it.

              2. re: Emme
                hippodeir RE: Emme Feb 5, 2008 03:05 PM

                great list--thank you!

            2. s
              stillframe RE: hippodeir Jan 29, 2008 11:03 PM

              might help

              Show Hidden Posts