LA, Silver LakeByChloe, the vegan fast food sensation

By Caly AKA @veganfeelsgood
16 July '18

ByChloe is the award winning, uber cool vegan sensation that has taken New York, and more recently London, by storm. Delivering delicious plant-based food in cutting edge cafés, it has a global fan base……..

With a mission statement of “Eat Well. Eat with purpose”, this must visit destination takes plant-based fast food, salads and treats seriously.  Currently, there’s only one café in LA in the peaceful, residential area of Silver Lake.

The setting

The Silver Lake café is located inside the Whole Foods supermarket, but makes the most of its space with clever design. Bay windows open up the area which features colourful benches, their iconic hanging basket chairs, communal tables and white exposed brick walls with calming plants. Plus, there’s the signature ByChloe neon sign – while London has “Guac save the Queen”, Silver Lake has a picture of their veggie burger and fries. The white tiled tables make a perfect Instagram backdrop!


I also suggest exploring Silver Lake if you’ve time. The neighbourhood reminds me of San Francisco. If you  wander through its hilly streets, you will find incredible houses, gardens and the famous Silver Lake Reservoir. There’s also the gorgeous Echo Park nearby with a profusion of palm trees and cool cafés.

The little things

You will instantly feel at home in ByChloe, as the smell of freshly baked goods fills the space and you swing in a hanging chair.

Everything is made in-house daily and that is reflected in the freshness of the food.

The fresh juice test

They didn’t  have any juices or smoothies on the day I visited, which was a little disappointing. They usually offer a selection of cold pressed juices and I would have probably had the Giving Tree with kale, spinach, wheatgrass, apple and lemon. Instead, the staff kindly offered me samples of their selection of aguas frescas,  but they were too sugary for my taste. So, I went for a fresh coconut which instantly reminded me of holidays.

The Thai coconut is stamped with a cute ByChloe logo and the coconut water was so refreshing on the warm day.


What we ate

There’s a large choice between salads or healthier versions of comfort food dishes like the creamy Mac ‘n Cheese, fries with chipotle aioli, burgers (I hear the guac burger is the best) or sandwiches.

As it was 30+°C  when I visited, I chose the Spicy Thai salad with shredded kale, chopped romaine, apricot-sriracha glazed tempeh, almonds, quinoa, edamame, scallion, crispy wontons and peanut dressing – to which I also added some aioli and beetroot ketchup. The salad was large and filling. It had a great crunchy, fresh texture and the combination of dressings on the greens made it extra creamy and spicy.

For dessert, I couldn’t resist the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

It turned out to be probably the best cookie I have ever had with a super soft centre, oozing chocolate and a lovely golden colour.

ByChloe

All PostsWhat else?

I always like places that use seasonal, locally-sourced, organic ingredients and are transparent about their preparation. ByChloe does not use artificial preservatives and makes everything in-house and you can definitely taste this in the food!

The staff  are very accommodating and the menu is certified kosher with soy, nut and gluten-free options as well. All the packaging and utensils are compostable or recyclable, but I do still wish they used less plastic.

What made us glow

The freshness of the ingredients, the satisfying salad and that dream of a cookie!

Plus, in true LA style, ByChloe also cater for dogs with peanut butter cupcakes and more! 


The bill

Spicy Thai Salad  $11.95
Chocolate Chip cookie  $2.50
Coconut  $5.00

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ByChloe
ByChloe
ByChloe

 

 

byCHLOE.

2520 Glendale Blvd,
Silver Lake,
Los Angeles,
CA 90039

424-675-7618
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