The Source Cafe [LA]

509 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

While I was in LA, my aunt’s family and I made a necessary trip to an organic salad and juice bar in Hermosa Beach called The Source Café. Its menus are named “Edible Garden” and “Drinkable Garden,” if that gives you a sense of how healthy this place was. Additionally, the menus are marked with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and protein options.

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We shared our food among the five of us there, so we each got to sample a number of its menu items. First, there was the Walnut Pesto Toast, which had pesto on a baguette topped with burrata (mozzarella and cream) and a drizzle of citrus honey. Sweet and delectable.

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We also tried the Kale Salad, which came with kale, garbanzo bean, roasted fennel, roasted sweet onion, roasted tomato, almonds, olive oil, lemon, and sea salt. It had a slightly bitter aftertaste, but was the favorite dish among the adults present.

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The Chicken Salad came with pecan pesto, celery, scallion, currant, toasted pecans, and pieces of chicken atop a bed of greens. I’m a huge pesto fan, so I loved this salad that included protein from the chicken and a crunch from the nuts.

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One of the day’s specials was a roasted beets, avocado, arugula, honey, hazelnuts, and pecorino (sheep milk cheese) salad. I also thoroughly enjoyed this salad, whose beets gave it a deliciously sweet touch.

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For drinks, we first tried the Green Party juice, which was kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, celery, ginger, green apple, and lemon in a jar. To put it bluntly, the juice tasted a bit like grass, though I definitely didn’t hate it. The bitter drink had a subtle kick of parsley, and it definitely got me thinking about how often our drinks are saturated with sugar (natural or artificial).

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We also got a bottle of its Mighty Mint Smoothie, which was a thick smoothie with coconut milk, tocos (a fancy word for Vitamin E), raw cacao nib, avocado, mesquite, maca (a plant), lucuma (a fruit), date, mint, and a special ingredient called BrainOn (we asked, and the waiter said it was algae). This smoothie was deliciously thick, slightly sweet, and extremely filling after just a few sips.

Ugh, come to Boston, The Source Cafe!