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Non-profit Restaurants

nomo_fan Jul 18, 2009 07:47 AM

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. westsidegal RE: nomo_fan Jul 18, 2009 02:28 PM

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

    1. westsidegal RE: nomo_fan Jul 18, 2009 02:28 PM

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

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      1. re: westsidegal
        Normal Garciaparra RE: westsidegal Jul 21, 2009 01:55 AM

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

      2. Dommy RE: nomo_fan Jul 18, 2009 03:14 PM

        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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          Normal Garciaparra RE: Dommy Jul 21, 2009 01:54 AM

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

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            nomo_fan RE: Normal Garciaparra Jul 21, 2009 09:10 AM

            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
              Dommy RE: nomo_fan Jul 21, 2009 10:05 AM

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


        2. ipsedixit RE: nomo_fan Jul 21, 2009 10:14 AM


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

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            David Kahn RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2009 05:28 PM

            Amusing, but that list would be long indeed!

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            robertpasadena RE: nomo_fan Jul 21, 2009 10:21 AM

            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
              monku RE: robertpasadena Jul 21, 2009 05:39 PM

              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
                David Kahn RE: monku Jul 21, 2009 06:30 PM

                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/ ).

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                  monku RE: David Kahn Jul 21, 2009 08:57 PM

                  Thanks for the research. I was curious.

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