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Step one: local farmers hand pick organic fruits and vegetables. Step two: they make their way, five pounds at a time, into Juice Crafter's 20-lb. hydraulic press. Step three: it's cold-pressed juice, and you drink it. Operating under the simple motto "live well and be well," Juice Crafters creates healthy, vitamin-rich elixirs designed to give bodies a boost. Powerhouse smoothies carry the nutrients that systems need after a workout without giving stomachs the heavy feeling associated with eating vitamin rocks. Cleanse & Detox juice programs, which last three to eight days, help evict unwanted toxins while helping bolster the immune system, among other positive effects, and made-to-order juices tickle both the taste-buds and the food pyramid.

15324 Antioch St
Pacific Palisades,
CA
US

Cuisine Type: Seasonal California Artisan Cafe Cuisine

Established: 2013

Reservations: Not offered

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 5?10

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Star-Anise Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: Check our website daily for delicious specials. Order at the counter. We'll take care of the rest.

Q&A with LeAnne Schwartz, Owner

What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?

The star-anise braised pork belly bahn mi is one of our most popular sandwiches. The pork belly is slow-braised with star anise, soy, ginger, and scallions. Served on a toasted demi-baguette with house-made dau chua pickled vegetables, hoisin-peanut spread, cucumbers, mint, thai basil, and cilantro.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Our weekend brunch menu features the LA Spice benedict: Poached eggs on house-made biscuits, oven-roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, and avocado hollandaise, served with frisee and Nueske nitrate-free bacon lardons. Chef Chris DeVillier uses his Cajun Grand-Mere's recipe for the amazing buttermilk biscuits.

Other brunch specials include chicken and biscuits, pork belly and sweet potato hash, lemon ricotta pancakes, and, of course, mimosas.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

LA Spice is about adventurous cuisine reflecting the spirit of LA. We use fine-dining techniques and the freshest seasonal ingredients in a fun and casual atmosphere.

4357 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City,
CA
US

By day, Industry is a bright and airy cafe, with vibrant artwork lining the walls and colorful curtains slung from the ceiling or pinched off to the side. As night falls, the space transforms into a romantic, shadowy venue for writers and musicians, who take to the cafe's intimate stage during open mics to play a jazz melody on their guitar or recite a poem on their guitar.

Though the restaurant's personality might change, its menu always maintains an eclectic mix of Ethiopian cuisine and American soul food. Here, Eastern African mainstays such as doro wat and injera bread share a spotlight with candied yams, cornbread, and peach cobbler. Beer and wine top off the selection, and Happy Hour specials are available throughout the week.

6039 Washington Blvd
Culver City,
CA
US

Walking into Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill, one may get the sensation of having stepped into a snapshot of the past. “The Beverly Hills business lays claim to being the only remaining pharmacy in the region with a counter and soda fountain, where patrons can enjoy old-time favorites such as egg-cream sodas and hand-spun malted shakes,” says a reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Perched at the original pharmacy counter, which has been serving food since 1962, customers hoist hunger-defeating burgers or freshly grilled sandwiches. Servers deliver hand-spun milk shakes and malts crafted with artisan ice cream and crowned with whipped cream like a court summons from King Candy. The aisles are still stocked with beauty and healthcare products, which customers peruse, distracted by the aromas of espresso, breakfast burritos, and housemade meatloaf.

8501 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

A connoisseur by birth, Mark Ukra comes from a family of Middle Eastern tea merchants dating back 400 years. Mark, who was dubbed the Tea Doctor by a pair of brew-sipping toddlers, continues in his forebears' footsteps by searching teahouses and stalking wild teapots around the world. He and his wife, Julie, bought the Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium to educate patrons about tea’s health benefits and share its subtle taste in the outdoor zen garden. The venture was a success, and the business has popped up in all sorts of media—The View, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Confidential magazine, to name just a few.

Dr. Tea’s library of more than 50 varieties of loose-leaf teas and more than 60 varieties of Chinese herbs includes award-winning CapaTeano drinks and Chinese herbal tonics. Its earthy blends range from standard Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and jasmine teas to tempting flavors including herbal caramel dream and black-label teas such as the rare Huo Shan Huang Ya tea. During monthly tea tastings, patrons can sip from samples of white, green, oolong, and black teas, followed by discussions of the four tea groups.

607 Huntley Drive
West Hollywood,
CA
US

American fare with a touch of southern flair is the specialty at Rusty Pot Cafe. And the portions are just as hearty as the flavors?the aptly named Overload breakfast sandwich arrives heaped with bacon, eggs, cheese, and veggies, while chicken and waffles and juicy burgers are transported to plates via miniature forklift. Guests indulge their comfort-food cravings in the cafe's casual dining room, or out on the sun-drenched patio.

324 South Market Street
Inglewood,
CA
US