Chef Jenny Ross has been doing raw food preparations for quite a while now, though this is her first full-time foray into the Los Angeles market. Previously, Ross was rocking 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa, but decided back in October to shutter the restaurant after eight years in favor of moving the project north. Now it’s in Tarzana, tucked into the former Il Tramezzino space.
As one might guess, the name of the restaurant has everything to do with the food, which is almost exclusively maintained below 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is an all plant-based, entirely vegan and gluten-free restaurant, serving everything from pineapple sandwiches to empanadas, with biodynamic wines thrown in for good measure. There’s also a compact breakfast menu, with coffee by way of Portola Coffee Lab in Orange County.
The OC connections are in fact still quite strong at this airy new spot, as Ross just recently opened Be Well Kitchen at the bustling 4th Street Market. The small space sits next to a butcher of all things, says the Times, but maintains the same plant-based ethos.
Hours for 118 Degrees Tarzana run 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant officially opened last week, and reservations can be made via OpenTable.
18636 Ventura Blvd.