The Grain Cafe is a somewhat new restaurant located in Mid-City LA. I’ve read that the people that started The Grain Cafe came from Golden Mean in Santa Monica. I really like Golden Mean, so I already had good expectations for what was to come.
I can never resist a milkshake. A part of me is glad more places don’t offer this menu item, because I’d be drinking them all the time. Anyway, I ordered a Strawberry Milkshake ($6.50), which was made with real strawberries and had a nice flavor. The only thing about it that I didn’t like, was that it was slightly on the icey side. Not icey like a slurpee or something, but not as creamy as those dairy-based milkshakes from your local diner.
I read a bunch of Yelp reviews and people seemed to like the Club Sandwich ($10.95) which includes marinated chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, smoked tempeh bacon, and garlic aioli sauce served on sourdough bread. It is also served with a mixed green salad. The salad was just ok. I thought the dressing was too tangy, but there was a nice little touch of quinoa. The Club was very delicious. I added avocado ($2), because one always has to yes when asked to add avocado (and then proceed to get a second job to cover the costs of all the added avocado). The sauce on the club was fantastic and the bread was perfectly toasted. I would definitely recommend this sandwich.
Lastly, I got the Chocolate Crepe ($9.95). This crepe had some chocolate mousse, strawberries and chocolate syrup. There used to be a French vegan crepe place in LA, but I wasn’t really a fan of their crepes (kind of under-cooked and soggy for me), but I love crepes. As for The Grain Cafe’s crepe – I did like it. This crepe was thoroughly cooked and had a nice flavor. I was expecting a thicker mousse, though. I was imagining a crepe full of a a fluffy and rich mousse. Maybe it had melted? It just looked like chocolate syrup. It tasted good, just not what I was expecting. Also, since it was winter, the strawberries weren’t in season and they weren’t very sweet. I think this crepe would have been better during strawberry season. I’m really interested in trying their other crepes, because I did like the way they prepared it. Good job to them!
The Grain Cafe
4222 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Sunday 8am – 10pm