Eco-friendly restaurants are sprouting up across the country and yet establishments that have been folding earthwise techniques into their operations for years are getting little recognition. With the industry’s profound impact on the environment (an estimated 70 million meals are served every day) supporting eateries that are making an effort to reduce their water, energy and resource consumption is just a good, simple thing to do. YT invites you to explore these five exciting establishments guaranteed to take you for a memorable culinary whirl.
Enjoy fresh Vietnamese cuisine and a bubbling social scene at Gingergrass where there’s ample space for quiet conversation. Choose from entrées steeped in spices from hot chili to lemongrass while sipping on fresh ginger limeade to quench your thirst after the spice storm has subsided. Tote leftovers home in eco-friendly containers and rest easy knowing that Gingergrass composts all remaining waste.
2396 Glendale Blvd. - Silver Lake, CA 90039 - 323.644.1600
Leave your utensils behind as you roll up flavorful vegetable stews and spiced lentils in traditional Ethiopian bread at this Culver City eatery. Far from Little Ethiopia on Fairfax, owners Mulugeta Lakew and Seble Asfaw proudly serve homemade injera bread, made from tiny super grain teff. Ask for the rich and smoky Awazé sauce to give your meal a kick.
10401 Washington Blvd. - Culver City, CA 90232 - 310.815.8463
3. TARA'S HIMALAYAN CUISINES
Stop into Tara’s, a hidden gem in West LA, and explore the delicious intricacies of Tibetan fare. The expansive menu offers Himalayan delicacies including ten vegetarian entrées seasoned to perfection with Nepalese spices. Adding extra zest to an already sizzling line up, Tara’s donates ten percent of revenues to Nepalese school children each year.
10855 Venice Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA 90034 - 310.836.9696
Reviewed Lisa Johns and Nicole Peyraud