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Jun 27, 2011 06:59 AM

Recommendations for casual eating places that serve organic meat

I'm looking for places that serve meals with organic meat in a casual environment (preferably "order at the counter types) on the west side or Hollywood area. Added bonus if you can suggest some Thai or Indian! My go to place is Interim Cafe in Santa Monica but would love some variety.

I enjoy Lemonade and GTA but the latter just 'tries' to serve as much organic and local as possible and the former doesn't seem to try at all. My best bets are vegan organic places but I'd like the luxury of ordering meat dishes without the hormones and antibiotics.


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  1. No counter here but try Paul Martin's in El Segundo. Organic, Sustainable and Local with plates priced mostly between $10 and $22.

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

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I went on their website. From what I could see, the meat was "natural" or "free range" but not organic.

    2. Akasha has an organic turkey burger. What is GTA?

      9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      1. re: libra20

        the new Gjelina Take Away. The G ver of Mozza to go...

        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

      2. places to look into:
        Bloom Cafe
        O! Burger
        Salt's Cure
        A Votre Sante
        True Food Kitchen

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

        Salt's Cure
        7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Yes, O! burger has beef and turkey burgers as well as hot dogs. Everything is organic.

          O! burger
          8593 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Wow, thanks! More suggestions than I could have hoped for!

            1. re: pkts

              you're welcome! there are other, more pricy options too, but you specifically asked for "casual" so i didn't bother including them.

                1. re: libra20

                  as mentioned by other posters, Inn of the Seventh Ray & Jiraffe.

                  other possibilities:
                  - Restaurant 2117
                  - BOA Steakhouse
                  - Craft

                  note: most of the meat at BOA & Craft isn't organic, but BOA does offer an organic NY Strip, and Craft usually has at least one or two organic meats on the menu a a given time - depends on the season and where they're sourcing at the moment.

                  Jiraffe Restaurant
                  502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  Restaurant 2117
                  2117 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          2. I don't have a restaurant recommendation but suggest you contact Lindner Bison at
            I buy their products at my local farmers' market and I believe there is a restaurant in Santa Monica (as well as one in Santa Barbara) that serves their meats. There products are free range, grass fed but probably not certified organic.

            Grass fed, free range meats are unlikely to be from animals that had hormones or antibiotics. The organic designation tells you the animals' feed was organic but, more likely than not, they were finished with grains (corn, wheat) and soy which are not part of their normal diet, but they are used because they make the animals fatten up fast. Grains and beans in feed tend to make the cows ill, at which point conventional operations give them drugs (plus the drugs fatten them faster). Grass fed, free range animals don't as a rule, get ill as a group and grow slowly (no hormones).

            Grain fed beef, whether organic or factory farmed, have unhealthy characteristics with regard to fat content (too much), fat profile (excess omega-6, deficient omega-3 and no CLA). The cows eat a diet that pushes them into a pro-inflammatory state.

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            1. re: Ringo Gato

              fwiw, even if the cows are not ill, the "conventional" operations feed them antibiotics at sub-therapeutic dosages just to attain the additional weight gain.

              1. re: Ringo Gato

                Library Alehouse in Santa Monica offers a Lindner Bison burger.

                Library Alehouse
                2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

              2. I believe Cheebo (on Sunset) would fit the bill. I've only ever had their pizza, which is tasty, but I can't vouch for anything else on the menu.

                7533 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046