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12 Wholesome Grain Bowls Worth Trying in LA

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring

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Gim at Baroo
| Wonho Frank Lee

Angelenos love to eat big, fulfilling bowls of rice, farro, oats, and more as a way to eat healthy. These bowls are completely versatile, and they’re easy to enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They often boast seasonal veggies, whole grains, and some kind of protein make for a well-balanced meal. For anyone looking to step out of the salad game, here are grain and rice bowls to try around Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sqirl

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720 N Virgil Ave #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 284-8147
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At Sqirl, join the line during the weekend and check out the sorrel pesto rice grain bowl featuring kokuho rose brown rice, sorrel pesto, preserved Meyer lemon, fermented hot sauce, feta and a poached egg. After the ricotta toast, it’s probably the most popular order.

2. Baroo

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5706 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 929-9288
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Grab friends and drive over to Baroo for a unique meal full of fermentation, flavor and sustainable ingredients. The menu is small and can easily be ordered and enjoyed in one sitting. For a bowl, the kimchi fried rice is a bestseller with pineapple-fermented kimchi, basmati rice, and topped with a sous vide egg. Or opt for the gim, which mixes kamut, Job’s tears, and farro with seaweed and pickled vegetables.

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3. M Cafe

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7119 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 525-0588
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M Café cooks plant-focused cuisine for most vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. For a nutritious meal, choose one of its many whole grain bowls. Go for the macro bowl with seasonal veggies in a carrot-ginger sauce and add organic tofu or king salmon, depending on taste.

4. sweetgreen

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8055 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 934-3404
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Sweetgreen rolled out its seasonal bowls this fall, so try something new for lunch. Look forward to the curry -roasted cauliflower, sweet raisins, umami-roasted chicken, and quinoa with a cucumber tahini yogurt dressing. Also, the new fish taco bowl is a deconstructed version of the Mexican favorite tossed in lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette.

5. CAVA

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1073 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 860-6288
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Cava is another fast-casual eatery popping up in a few parts of town with fresh, traditional Mediterranean fare. Here, customize a bowl with grains as the base and choose up to three dips and spreads like the feta with jalapeño-infused feta mousse. Then, choose a protein like spicy lamb meatballs or stick with roasted seasonal vegetables for a wholesome meal. 

6. Backyard Bowls

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801 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 628-3511
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Backyard Bowls added a few new LA outposts this year and graduated from only highlighting açaí bowls. Now, make-your-own grain bowls command a part of the menu with healthy options. Choose a base like miso rice, sauce, warm ingredients, veggies, pickles, ferments and nuts, for a unique bowl made-to-order.

7. Ricebar

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419 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 807-5341
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Head downtown with all the denizens for lunch and check out the unassuming Rice Bar. It offers an affordable Filipino rice bowl full of flavor. Try the most popular dish, the pork longganisa beside garlic-fried rice and topped with a fried egg. The chicken tinola, with a gingery soup base and plenty of rice, is a lighter alternative.

8. EdiBOL

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300 S Santa Fe Ave q
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 292-6466
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While in the Arts District, walk over to ediBOL for a well-balanced rice bowl packed with flavor. For a vegetarian dish, try the VegiBOL with tamari sake heirloom rice, chickpeas, almond basil parmesan pesto, sesame bean sprouts, crispy poached egg and other toppings. The borBOLeta, a Brazilian seafood stew with toasted almond rice, is a solid pick too.    

9. Bondi Harvest

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1814 Berkeley St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 586-7419
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A Westside favorite, Bondi Harvest, incorporates two wholesome grain bowls on its menu. For breakfast, the caveman bowl with turmeric quinoa, fried egg and bacon will keep hunger at bay. Otherwise, the Instagrammable rainbow bowl is served all day with chimichurri cauliflower rice, and fermented vegetables. 

10. BäcoShop

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9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(424) 258-6301
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Josef Centeno’s fast-casual BäcoShop is a hit in Culver City, with its tasty bäcos made with the signature flatbread. If one’s cutting back on bread, the bäco bowl is a nice alternative. It’s filled with burrata, grains and the herb vinaigrette. Then, pick a protein like the grilled steak marinated in coffee rub, mild red chili, almonds and horseradish cream.

11. Flower Child

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1332 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 382-2901
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For a quick and healthy meal, Flower Child’s bright and hippie vibe in Santa Monica is a solid option. With a variety of grain bowls to choose from, consider the mother earth bowl. Think ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom and other seasonal veggies.    

12. Superba Food + Bread

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1900 S Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 907-5075
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Superba Food + Bread Company is best known for its delicious breads and pastries, however, for something healthier, try the grain bowl. Served with a runny egg, collard slaw, and cashews, it’s simple but will keep the body energized throughout the day.

1. Sqirl

720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029

At Sqirl, join the line during the weekend and check out the sorrel pesto rice grain bowl featuring kokuho rose brown rice, sorrel pesto, preserved Meyer lemon, fermented hot sauce, feta and a poached egg. After the ricotta toast, it’s probably the most popular order.

720 N Virgil Ave #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029

2. Baroo

5706 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Grab friends and drive over to Baroo for a unique meal full of fermentation, flavor and sustainable ingredients. The menu is small and can easily be ordered and enjoyed in one sitting. For a bowl, the kimchi fried rice is a bestseller with pineapple-fermented kimchi, basmati rice, and topped with a sous vide egg. Or opt for the gim, which mixes kamut, Job’s tears, and farro with seaweed and pickled vegetables.

5706 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. M Cafe

7119 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

M Café cooks plant-focused cuisine for most vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. For a nutritious meal, choose one of its many whole grain bowls. Go for the macro bowl with seasonal veggies in a carrot-ginger sauce and add organic tofu or king salmon, depending on taste.

7119 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046

4. sweetgreen

8055 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sweetgreen rolled out its seasonal bowls this fall, so try something new for lunch. Look forward to the curry -roasted cauliflower, sweet raisins, umami-roasted chicken, and quinoa with a cucumber tahini yogurt dressing. Also, the new fish taco bowl is a deconstructed version of the Mexican favorite tossed in lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette.

8055 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. CAVA

1073 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Cava is another fast-casual eatery popping up in a few parts of town with fresh, traditional Mediterranean fare. Here, customize a bowl with grains as the base and choose up to three dips and spreads like the feta with jalapeño-infused feta mousse. Then, choose a protein like spicy lamb meatballs or stick with roasted seasonal vegetables for a wholesome meal. 

1073 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

6. Backyard Bowls

801 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Backyard Bowls added a few new LA outposts this year and graduated from only highlighting açaí bowls. Now, make-your-own grain bowls command a part of the menu with healthy options. Choose a base like miso rice, sauce, warm ingredients, veggies, pickles, ferments and nuts, for a unique bowl made-to-order.

801 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

7. Ricebar

419 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Head downtown with all the denizens for lunch and check out the unassuming Rice Bar. It offers an affordable Filipino rice bowl full of flavor. Try the most popular dish, the pork longganisa beside garlic-fried rice and topped with a fried egg. The chicken tinola, with a gingery soup base and plenty of rice, is a lighter alternative.

419 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

8. EdiBOL

300 S Santa Fe Ave q, Los Angeles, CA 90012

While in the Arts District, walk over to ediBOL for a well-balanced rice bowl packed with flavor. For a vegetarian dish, try the VegiBOL with tamari sake heirloom rice, chickpeas, almond basil parmesan pesto, sesame bean sprouts, crispy poached egg and other toppings. The borBOLeta, a Brazilian seafood stew with toasted almond rice, is a solid pick too.    

300 S Santa Fe Ave q
Los Angeles, CA 90012

9. Bondi Harvest

1814 Berkeley St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

A Westside favorite, Bondi Harvest, incorporates two wholesome grain bowls on its menu. For breakfast, the caveman bowl with turmeric quinoa, fried egg and bacon will keep hunger at bay. Otherwise, the Instagrammable rainbow bowl is served all day with chimichurri cauliflower rice, and fermented vegetables. 

1814 Berkeley St
Santa Monica, CA 90404

10. BäcoShop

9552 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Josef Centeno’s fast-casual BäcoShop is a hit in Culver City, with its tasty bäcos made with the signature flatbread. If one’s cutting back on bread, the bäco bowl is a nice alternative. It’s filled with burrata, grains and the herb vinaigrette. Then, pick a protein like the grilled steak marinated in coffee rub, mild red chili, almonds and horseradish cream.

9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

11. Flower Child

1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

For a quick and healthy meal, Flower Child’s bright and hippie vibe in Santa Monica is a solid option. With a variety of grain bowls to choose from, consider the mother earth bowl. Think ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom and other seasonal veggies.    

1332 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

12. Superba Food + Bread

1900 S Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Superba Food + Bread Company is best known for its delicious breads and pastries, however, for something healthier, try the grain bowl. Served with a runny egg, collard slaw, and cashews, it’s simple but will keep the body energized throughout the day.

1900 S Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

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