Chef Eric Lechasseur knows that eating is about much more than survival these days, which means healthy meals also need to be approachable. At his simple order-at-the-counter restaurant Seed Kitchen in Venice, Lechasseur transforms humdrum vegan and macrobiotic plates into dishes that would make a carnivore salivate. The best is perhaps the BBQ “burger,” a faux-meaty tempeh patty that arrives with snappy fresh vegetables on a crispy seven-grain sourdough roll. It's the sort of sloppy, sordid dish that macrobiotic fanatics simply couldn't get before Lechasseur, served up in a bright Pacific Avenue space. The simple paninis are also a lunchtime hit, with vegan cupcakes for dessert. (Of course!) According to Lechasseur, all healthy food should taste this good; its time others started listening.
Cuisines: Coffeehouse, Health, Organic, Specialties, Tea, Vegan
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa
Parking: Lot Available, Street
Reservations: Not Necessary