Despite L.A.'s healthy leanings, most restaurants still miss the mark when it comes to meat-free menu options. Kitchen Mouse forgoes not only the meat but also gluten and refined sugar — and what it lacks in fat and carbs, it makes up for in creativity and flavor. Inside the adorable, shabby-chic space you'll find crispy gomasio rice cakes with oyster mushrooms, shishito pepper salad and cilantro-ginger chutney, as well as romesco tacos with roasted poblano-potato mash and arugula-corn slaw. Plus, Kitchen Mouse serves these really addictive pine nut cookies that are rich and soft and buttery and just small enough to have you convincing yourself they're calorie-free.
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