LA, VeniceThe Butcher's Daughter one of the best vegetarian cafés in LA

By Caly, AKA @veganfeelsgood
2 May '18

Located in uber-hip Venice, the LA branch of The Butcher’s Daughter is a magnet for fans of vegetarian and vegan Californian food.

The Butcher’s Daughter in New York is widely acclaimed but this branch is even cooler!

Join the the queue, enjoy the chilled surfer vibe and people (celebrity) watch!

The setting

The Butcher’s Daughter is located on Abbot Kinney, a destination in itself. You will be surrounded by designer shops, hipster concept stores, minimalist interior design stores plus a vegan ice-cream truck on the weekends.

Apart from the amazing food, my favourite thing about The Butcher’s Daughter is its décor and chilled ambiance.

You enter the large, light-filled restaurant and are immediately struck by the large tile-decorated bar, long communal tables, lush green plants and small ornaments in every corner.

The vibe is Venice Beach boho surfer. It is a wonderful and carefully curated blend of concrete floors, industrial furniture, bleached wood and white tiles. They also have a takeout service and walk-up window and terrace.

The little things

The menu has daily options. Staff are understanding of any dietary restrictions and will do their best to accommodate you. All the fruit and veg are organic and local and packed with taste.

The Butcher’s Daughter supports sustainability and emphasizes “eating with the season”, both of which are better for the environment.

They also allow dogs in the outside areas and provide water if needed. The waiting staff are very attentive and your water glass will never be empty and the glass water bottles are filled with fresh mint. One thing worth knowing is that they do not allow the use of laptops on Fridays and weekend days, as it gets too busy.

This restaurant does not take reservations. Expect to wait, so my advice would be to come later in the afternoon during the weekdays. And do visit the restrooms which are so cute and have lovely hand lotion.

The fresh juice test

The Butcher’s Daughter has a lengthy selection of healthy, feel-good drinks from their latte selection to wellness shots, smoothies to juices. I chose the Goddess of Green juice which seemed like the greenest juice on the menu with kale, cucumber, apple, fennel and blue green algae.

It was served in a glass bottle stamped with a Butcher’s Daughter sticker and was so refreshing. I do wish they had switched to reusable straws though.

What else?

The way they introduce the café as a “vegetable slaughterhouse” is pretty amusing to me. It also means they treat vegetables as key ingredients and make the most of  them in healthy plant-based, often vegan and gluten-free dishes.

I cannot emphasise enough the coolness of the interior design and you will probably spot famous people having lunch there too! I did!

What we ate

I chose two dishes – the açai bowl and the pad thai. I’d tried the açai bowl before and it was so delicious that I ordered it again. It never disappoints. It is served in the form of lush ice-cream scoops with crunchy homemade buckwheat and coconut granola, gluten-free, banana slices and fresh berries.

The pad thai can be made either vegetarian or vegan without scrambled egg and had al dente rice noodles which were also gluten-free, Thai basil, peanut bits and a delicious rich peanut dressing, mixed herbs and a cucumber-carrot salad.

The bill

Goddess of Green juice : $11
Açai bowl : $12
Pad Thai : $16
+ 18% tip

What made us glow?

The fresh ingredients and delicious dishes, the amazing interior and attention of the staff.

The Butcher's Daughter

1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd,
Venice, CA 90291, USA

+1 917-388-2132
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