The western stretch of 3rd Street is becoming a hotbed of new restaurant activity, beginning with the arrival of Link back in the fall of last year. Since then, Toca Madera has set up inside the old St. Nick’s Pub, and there’s even a bona fide German döner spot now. Well, it’s time to add one more to the list: Kreation Organic Kafe.
Not that, if you’ve driven down West 3rd Street lately, you could have missed the giant new health-food spot. Rimmed in lots of repurposed-looking blond wood and astroturf, the facade is tall and looming, with a wide faux-grassy frontage leading in from the sidewalk. Inside, one long lane is devoted to communal tables and two-tops sitting under hanging string lights, while yet more astroturf and shabby-chic wood give the place a hipster barn feel.
The ordering side of the restaurant is a bit more straightforward, with options for smoothies and juices that can either be prepared on site or pulled from a couple of takeaway drink coolers. There’s actual food here too, of course (this is a Kafe after all), with options as freewheeling as beef short rib sandwiches, chicken kabobs, and quinoa salads.
The main focus for Kreation is obviously their juice program, which is meant to be tailored individually to create a full juice cleanse of varying intensity/length. It’s not a bad idea, then, to land along that moneyed stretch of 3rd Street near Beverly Hills, but the area comes with some stiff competition from Juice Served Here and Clover, just down the street. Then again, there are already successful Kreations in Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and beyond, so it’s just as likely that the well-branded juicery will be able to fight off any challengers.
Kreation Kafe 3rd Street
8428 W. 3rd St.