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Nov 19, 2009 11:28 AM

In search of... "Healthy", Westside restaurant for an early Sat. night dinner

Hi gang,

My friend is a registered dietitician (R.D.), and likes "healthy" restaurants.

We & our spouses are having an early dinner in a few weeks on a Saturday. Please help us pick a place.

Westside preferred. Maybe one of the places at Farmer's Market on Fairfax & 3rd?

I refuse to have sushi with a R.D. anymore - Because during last dinner, the conversation went something like... "Oh, did you know that has a lot of mercury?" "Yes, as a matter of fact I do, but I like how it tastes" (frowns all around, followed by awkward moment)

I like to eat "not as healthily" (as many of you on the board probably know by now), so I'd rather not do M Cafe de Chaya (again). I hope my taste buds don't have to "take one for the team" on this dinner...

Please help!

As always - Thanks in advance!

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  1. Have you ever been to Jack Sprat's on Pico & Overland across from the mall? It would probably be the kind of place that would alleviate your RDA (Registered Dietician Anxiety)... ;-D>

    Jack Sprat's Grille
    10668 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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    1. re: Servorg

      Just to update this post. Jack Sprat's has been replaced by a restaurant called "Six" (or The Six maybe). We have been once and liked both the beef burger, which consisted of onion rings maytag blue cheese thousand island butter lettuce tomato $10 - and a special with rigatoni, mozzarella, ricotta, sausage and ground beef done as a ragu. I likened this dish to an unconstructed lasagna.

      1. Akasha in Culver City has a wonderful selection of things that run the gamut from Quinoa salads to Beer braised short ribs. I believe everything there is sourced locally which is a plus.

        If you want something a little more downscale and closer to mid city try Bloom Cafe on Pico or their sister restaurant Chic Wine Bar, which is across the street, are very good options for that.

        Bloom Cafe
        5544 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

        9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        5545 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Was going to suggest Akasha as well.

          It's not Westside, but if you were looking into Farmers' Market, Mani's is right there on Fairfax. They have lots of healthy stuff, but some heartier stuff as well.

          In Santa Monica, there's Kreation Kafe that's organic on Montana Ave.

          Is A Votre Sante in Brentwood too healthy for your palate?

          1. re: Emme

            second the recommendation of A Votre Sante.

            1. re: westsidegal

              I third the recommendation for A Votre Sante. Just went here for the first time on Sunday night (Feb 2010). It was PACKED, but we still ended up getting seated in 10-15 minutes. The Southwestern Salad was delicious and we had the Chips and Guac to start. Everything on the menu looked healthy and fresh!

              A Votre Sante
              13016 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            I completely agree with Akasha or Bloom. I also like westsidegal's recommendation of Shamshiri Grill. I would also add Chaya Los Angeles to this mix; it also has a lovely space.

          3. You might like Paul Martin's American Bistro in El Segundo. The food is local and organic and very tasty.

            Paul Martin's American Bistro
            2361 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 180, El Segundo, CA 90245

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            1. re: wienermobile

              i just looked at their online dinner menu.
              not too many dietitians i know would be comfortable with that menu.
              yes it may be local/orgainic, but it is extremely focused on saturated fat.
              it would seem to me that if the dietitian likes m cafe de chaya, she's not likely to enjoy Paul Martin's.

            2. the last time i was there, metro cafe had a very decent vegetarian entree option and the have a number of very good starters that work for vegetarians.

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                1. re: mollyomormon

                  rd = registered dietician.
                  most certainly most dietitians are not vegetarians, but in this case we were given some additional information that makes it seem like this particular dietician is partial to vegetarian food.