Local Gem: Amara Kitchen

DJUNA BEL’S LOCAL HIDEAWAY IS A PLACE WHERE PALEOS, VEGETARIANS, VEGANS AND FOODIES CAN HAPPILY COEXIST.

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So, as you may have heard, CITIPHILE has finally landed on the West Coast and we couldn’t be more thrilled about our expansion to The City of Angels. While certain perennial hotspots will always hold a special place in our hearts (and, most likely, our travel itineraries)– ahem, Sugarfish, Gjelina, Mozza– we’re especially keen to uncover the local hideaways and neighborhood standbys of our discerning contribs. Like Amara Kitchen: a tiny, organic playground in Highland Park where millennial eaters– be you paleo, vegan, vegetarian or simply healthful– can dine on food they feel good about. Thank you, Djuna Bel! The stylist and our first featured LA CITIPHILE is just one of the Eastside kitchen’s regulars, often popping in for its “Purple Egg” bowl of  tri-color potato patties, mixed greens, roasted beets, vegan pesto and a poached egg. Unsurprisingly, most dishes come piled high in a bowl (it is the LA way) whether it’s black kale salad with dates and prosciutto, heirloom beans and rice with tomatillo or pesto quinoa with roasted squash, beets and sea vegetables. On the meat side, Amara’s bison ragu (over greens or quinoa) is particularly popular, as is its pasture-raised, pulled chicken salad with black rice toast. And for breakfast/brunch, it offers whipped fig greek yogurt with house-made cardamom granola, coconut-soaked chia, paleo pancakes (made with flax flour) and egg bowls with avocado, beet purée, seasonal squash and paleo toast. The crème de la [vegan, vegetarian, paleo, food-obsessed] crème? Amara Kitchen also boasts a full-blown catering service for the private event of your dietary dreams. (MAP IT; 323.255.2220) CP

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