Going out to eat can be a minefield in LA. Sometimes, you want to be healthy, and head to places that definitely have salads on the menu, but then you cave as soon as you see the words “bacon” “cheese” “pizza” or any combination thereof. You can only do so much, right? Sometimes, you’ve got to live a little.
Here are spots with salad on the menu if you want to pretend you’re sticking to that healthy eating plan, and other options in case you (inevitably?) cave to your innermost desires.
7950 Sunset Blvd #104
Going to make it: Baby Kale, Spinach & Arugula Salad — Mixed Baby Kale, Spinach, Wild Arugula, Shredded Carrots & Toasted Almonds
Fail a little bit: Avocado Salad Pizza — Wild Arugula, Creamy Avocado, Fresh Lemon, Mozzarella, Olive Oil Base
Off a cliff: Burger With The Works Pizza — Seasoned Ground Beef, Bacon, Fresh Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cheddar & Mozzarella
2943 Sunset Blvd
Going to make it: Superfood Grain Salad — Farro, Kamut, Wheatberries, Lentils, Whole Almonds, and Cherry Tomatoes in a Balsalmic Vinaigrette
Fail a little bit: Veggie Reuben — Grilled Mushrooms, Sauerkraut and Swiss with House-Made Russian Dressing on Rye
Off a cliff: Sloppy Joe — Slow Roasted Pork, House BBQ Sauce, Queso Fresco on a Brioche Bun
8905 Melrose Ave
Going to make it: Bowl Tres — Quinoa, Kale, Roasted Squash, Pesto Cashew Creme, White Beans, Peppers and Onions
Fail a little bit: Plantains — Flash-Fried Plantains, Black Beans, Mango Salsa, Spinach, Avocado, Cashew Crema
Off a cliff: Fudge Brownie — Gluten-Free Brownie, Salted Mezcal Caramel, Coconut Bacon, Orange Cashew Whipped Cream
4348 Fountain Ave
Going to make it: Silverlake Spinach Salad — Spinach, Goat Cheese, Red Grapes, Roasted Walnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette
Fail a little bit: Grilled Turkey Burger — Apple Honeywood Smoked Bacon, Guacamole, Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, Garlic-Mayo and Provolone on a Honey Wheat Bun
Off a cliff: Fried Chicken — Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Succotash
3823 W Sunset Blvd
Going to make it: Roasted Salmon Bowl — Bowl, Brown Rice, Pickled Radish, Sliced Egg and Garlic Kale
Fail a little bit: Chicken Enchiladas Rojas — Shredded Lettuce, Avocado, Sour Cream, Cotija Cheese, and Radishes, Served with Black Beans and Mexican Basmati Rice
Off a cliff: Pork Belly Sandwich — Cabbage and Jalapeño Slaw, Tomato, and Aioli
12201 Santa Monica Blvd
Going to make it: Grilled Veggie & Spinach Chop — Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant, Carrots, Red Peppers, Farro, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Feta, Arugula & Spinach Mix, Candied Walnuts, Basil Vinaigrette.
Fail a little bit: Turkey Banh-MI-tloaf — Far East-Inspired Turkey Meatloaf Topped with Asian Slaw, Pickled Cucumbers and Sriracha Aioli, Served on Ciabatta.
Off a cliff: Bacon & Cheddar Roast Beef Melt — Roast Beef topped with Melted Tillamook Cheddar, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onion and Horseradish Mayo Served on Grilled Sourdough.
2902 Knox Ave
Going to make it: Lakshmi Singh (Baguette) — Shaved Seasonal Vegetables, Balsamic & Pickled Onions, Pecan Pesto
Fail a little bit: IRA Glass (Wheat) — Avocado, Cheddar, Sprouts, Pickled & Raw Red Onions, Cucumber, Garlic Aioli, Served on “Bub & Grandma’s” Bread
Off a cliff: Steve Julian (Baguette) — Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pickled Carrots & Daikon, Jalapeno Vinaigrette, Miso & Bacon Fat Aioli, Cilantro