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Feb 12, 2008 09:37 PM

Santa Monica or surrounding-Healthy Dinner Spot

I dine out allot as some of you know. I'm getting sick of the places I frequent and looking for some new rec's.

Tomorrow night me and a Vegan friend of mine are looking to go out to a laid back restaurant with great "healthy" fresh food. I prefer to eat some kind of lean meat dish "chicken, turkey...." where they don't drown it in oil. Were going to be in santa monica. So anywhere within a 15-20 minute drive in rushhour is fine.

We usually frequent macrobiotic places, and persian restaurants, sometimes japanese places. But I think were both open to anything.

Places I don't want to go would be "inaka" "m cafe chaya." Strickly vegan places, or places that drown stuff in oil and sauces so "no italian food."

Thanks for the rec's in advance

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  1. Since you don't mention it in your post, have you tried Jack Sprat's before? Lots of healthy options. On the SE corner of Overland and Pico adjacent to the Westside Pavillion Mall.

    Another option, (and if I am covering ground you are already well aware of maybe it would be beneficial if you list the places you have already gone to) is A Votre Sante - in Brentwood.

    13016 San Vicente Blvd (at 26th St)

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    1. re: Servorg

      Nope never heard of Jack Sprat's i'll check it out. We were thinking about A Votre but I think its mexican influenced cuisine and we weren't in the mood for that.


      1. re: Ben7643

        When I look at their menu I find that they are really more of a place featuring "healthy" food options and are not really about being Mexican or Italian or what have you.

        1. re: Servorg

          Perhaps I try not to eat rice though and the dishes are heavy on rice. Places in the running so far

          Jack Sprats
          Tender Greens
          Madeleine Bistro "although it's strictly vegan...."
          26 Beach but i've been there way too many times

          1. re: Ben7643

            A few other thoughts. Literati Cafe (next door / attached to Literati II) on the NE corner of Bundy and Wilshire. The Coral Tree in Brentwood on San Vicente might also be a viable choice. I was also in Oliver's Cafe (attached to the Beverly Hills Sports Club LA) for lunch once and they are very healthy in their offerings as I recall. Finally you might give either Habayit and / or Chutney's a try. Habayit is a tiny place that features Glatt Kosher food just east of Bundy on Pico Blvd. (11921) on the north side of the street and Chutney's features Indian food. It has some sit down tables but mostly a take out place. Very good and healthy tasting chicken to me.

            1. re: Servorg

              And my last idea (until another one comes along) at their WLA branch:


              1. re: Servorg

                Second Habayit, but I'm personally not such a fan of the food at Literati Cafe. I do, however, hear great things about Literati II, which is more upscale, but have not yet been myself.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  Thanks were going to try Habayit tonight. BTW they have a coupon on citysearch for 15% off right now as well.


                  1. re: Ben7643

                    We changed our mind and we'll be going to either Shamashiri grill or Javan. But please keep the recs coming lots of the places you guys mentioned looked great

                    1. re: Ben7643

                      I personally would go to Sham over Shamshiri. If you do, try the fava beans and the mutabal, both of which are full of garlicky goodness.

                      1. re: Ben7643

                        too late now, but i agree w/ the recs for a votre sante (no ethnic slant in my opinion) and jack spratt's grill

                        i like fritto misto b/c they'll sub veggies for noodles in the pasta dishes

                        jack'n'jill's offers healthy fare

                        jinky's has healthy stuff

                        cafe montana and 17th cafe both have healthy options

                        you're a bit far from weho, but hugo's has some great healthy dishes and a variety of cuisines

                        and i'm sure you've done musha

                    2. re: a_and_w

                      I was unimpressed with Literati II... food was okay, menu wasn't that great and it was pretty overpriced for what they were offering.

          2. I tried Votre Sante the other night with a friend. While it wasn't what I would call the most inspirational cooking i'll be back there soon the food was solid. The staff was great the environment was nice and they will cater to any special cooking needs you may have. An oil free option is available for many of the choices on their menu which i really like :).