Do you know of any non-profit restaurants in LA or OC?
I've been to DUTC in Gardena.
I've also heard of Mama's Hot Tamales in Downtown and Homegirl Cafe.
Are they any good?
DUTC has Golden Bird Fried Chicken, which is good, but it's not as good as the old Porky's.
561 Green Street
Suposedly all gratuities go to a scholarship fund.
Side note: Not sure if the CSCA is a non-profit or not.
The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco has been a for-profit institution since 1999 and under fire for preying on students hoping to be celebrity chefs. http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-06-06/ne...
Although not entirely non-profit, the Mercado La Paloma is a community project which allows start up of business that others might not have invested in and they house some wonderful restaurants like Chichen Itza and Mo-Chica.
It's really an important part of the community...