Native Foods Café – Westwood
1114 Gayley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00am–10:00pm
Atmosphere: I will never forget my trip to Native Foods Café! I’d seen posts of their food all over Instagram, and was BEYOND excited to be eating there for my birthday! Like most California restaurants they have outdoor seating to bask in the beautiful sunshine as you eat. The vibe is super casual and laid back, and the service was quick and friendly.
I honestly could not believe my eyes when I looked at their menu! There were so many incredible options that I had such tough time deciding what to order. Well, I didn’t do that good of a job in my decision making because I ended up ordering A LOT.
Alright, let’s just jump right in!
Food: Like I said, I ordered a lot of food! (Don’t judge me, it was my birthday and first time here!). You can check out their menu, here.
First up, were the out-of-this-freakin’-world Native Chicken Wings. I ordered the Regular size, Crispy, and with Buffalo sauce for $7.99 USD. I am so happy I was sitting down when I first bit into these. I’m not kidding you, the texture and flavor were IDENTICAL to Buffalo chicken wings. Seriously! The Buffalo sauce was thin and full of flavor. I considered the spice level to be in the medium range. The ranch sauce served with it nearly brought me to tears! It was super rich, creamy, and zesty and combined with the spicy Buffalo sauce, it was a masterpiece!
Next, I had been on a roasted brussel sprouts kick, and just had to try the Thai Chili Brussels Sprouts ($5.00 USD). Halved Brussel sprouts in a thick, crunchy, batter were fried until golden brown and then covered in a sweet Thai chili sauce. The sauce was more on the sweet side, with bursts of garlic and a little heat. These were PERFECTION!
Next, was the Native Chicken, Bacon, and Avo Club Sandwich. Basically, this is everything that you could ever want out of a sandwich. You get a big pile of fresh veggies (carrots lettuce red onion) on top of a toasted ciabatta roll. The Deep Fried chicken is absolutely spot-on when it comes to flavor and texture. It is deep-fried in a thick breading and is juicy when you bite into it. The chicken is then topped off with 2 slices of savory bacon that had a meaty texture and smoky flavor. The glorious bright orange cheese added a spicy kick with the slightest hint of sweetness. Last but not least, you get fresh avocado to round out this spectacular explosion of flavor. This blew my mind, kids!
Next, was a side of Lemon Dill Potato Salad ($1.99 USD) I added to my sandwich meal. Haha, I just needed more food, amiright? I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was, I mean, it’s potato salad. But no, Native Foods did another amazing job with this! The flavor was bright thanks to the lemon and dill. The potatoes were perfectly cooked, and scallions and parsley amped up the flavor. It was a nice citrusy version of the classic potato salad.
And finally, because I hadn’t eaten enough (sarcasm), I had this sweet Walnut Blondie that did not disappoint! It was so soft it practically melted in your mouth! The crispy, bitter walnuts gave it some contrasting texture and flavor. Yum!
DIG IT or DITCH IT?
As if you had to guess, I DIG THIS PLACE SO MUCH! I am so grateful that food this incredibly delicious exists. It truly proves that you can every single thing that you want without harming animals, and that is absolutely amazing. If I had Native Foods Café within a 2 or 3 hour drive radius of my town, I would be there so frequently they would know my debit card number by heart.
I really hope that they expand and open locations all over the country. This would give people access to the BEST vegan food for fair prices. It would truly open people’s eyes to a new way of thinking and would help so many animals!
Please, if you ever have the chance to go to Native Foods Café, do it! And order a lot like I did!