Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4) -- and probably beyond, at this rate -- we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.
43: Raw Kale Salad at Elf Café.
Fifty-some entries into this list and we feel like we need a virtual detox -- the onslaught of pork, pizza, and pie is taking it's toll. From time to time this happens, which is why places like Echo Park's Elf Café exist, a place where you can eat vegetarian and healthful without feeling like you're sacrificing your dignity to the green goddess of New Age feel-good-ery.
Back before kale was in vogue at almost every hip restaurant in town, Elf was sending out plates of the stuff like it was cruciferous candy. The most popular salad here is basically a mountain of bright green heaped with ripe avocado, feta cheese, spicy red pepper paste and then tossed in a pungent dressing involving enough lemon to cure scurvy and enough garlic to kill vampires.
A seven day juice cleanse? Uh, we'll pass. But perhaps a week subsisting on this kale salad might be doable.
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