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Non-profit Restaurants

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.

Any others?
Are they any good?

DUTC has Golden Bird Fried Chicken, which is good, but it's not as good as the old Porky's.

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  1. not positive, but i believe that the GOVINDA restaurant run by the hari krishna folks is non profit.

    1. homegirl cafe is very good imho
      don't know about the others/

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      1. re: westsidegal

        Homegirl Cafe is GREAT. Food's wonderful, service is awesome.

      2. 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...


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        1. re: Dommy

          And the same items at Chichen Itza in MLP are more affordable than in their MacArthur Park location!

          1. re: Normal Garciaparra

            Thanks, all so far.
            Wife, a friend, and I will probably be hitting up one of these restaurants on Saturday.
            Just don't know which one yet.
            Please let me know of more non-profits.
            Most successful one I know of is Delancey Street in San Francisco.

            1. re: nomo_fan

              There is a Delancey street branch here in L.A., but I believe they only do catering....


        2. Bastide.

          Oops. Sorry, thought you said, "No" profit restaurants ...

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Amusing, but that list would be long indeed!

          2. California Culinary School (Not exactly sure of the name) in Pasadena has a coffee/sandwich shop and a sit down fine dining restaurant. Both are great.

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            1. re: robertpasadena

              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...

              1. re: monku

                In fact, their website makes no mention of them being a non-profit or tax exempt, and they do not appear to be listed in IRS Publication 78 ( http://www.irs.gov/app/pub-78/ ).

                1. re: David Kahn

                  Thanks for the research. I was curious.