Whenever Boss gets homesick for New York, I make a reservation in the Arts District, because anyone who longs for seasons and wearing sweaters by necessity will go to Bestia or Church & State or Factory Kitchen for dinner and inevitably start babbling about Meat Packing 10 years ago. In reality, they’re still wedged between Alameda and the LA River, and Uber is the only way out.
But now, there’s The Springs - a holistic megaplex in a former paper factory, dreamt up by Kimberly Helms and Jared Stein - a New York duo. The headline is their 100% vegan restaurant, but really, The Springs means Boss can be in LA and go from yoga, to the juice bar, to a business lunch, to a massage, without so much as stepping on a gas pedal.
Michael Falso and Ian Martin (formerly of Planet Raw and M.A.K.E.) helm the kitchen and don’t heat anything above 118 degrees. They also use ingredients like kelp harvested by kayak at low tide. But before you click away - because you’re a carnivore and can’t keep a straight face in Café Gratitude - kelp for dinner makes an easy drunk and at the front of the space, there’s biodynamic beer and wine on tap, alongside a pristine pressed juice bar.
All joking aside, you don’t need to be vegan or vegetarian to appreciate and even enjoy the food here. In fact, the cheese plate is pretty dynamite and let's be clear – praising macadamia chevre and pine nut parmesan is a brand new feeling.
Leave out the bit about the yoga studio and holistic treatment rooms in the back, and the juice bar and curated mini-store in the front, because you'll loose Boss completely. Keep things simple and pitch The Springs as a beautiful, "healthy" restaurant with awesome smoothies. Before you know it, you’ll be answering to a Yogi with renewed energy and a positive outlook, because it’s Day 1 of a juice cleanse and Power Flow and Reiki are on the afternoon agenda.
608 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Mon-Thu // 7am-11pm
Fri // 7am-12am
Sat // 9am-12am
Sun // 9am-1am
Make a reservation here.
Salads - $14-18 // Smoothies - $10-12 // Juices - $9 // Entrees - $12-23
apple, celery, spinach, kale, romaine, parsley, lemon.
cucumber, celery, romaine, spinach, kale, parsley, dandelion.
apple, fennel, cucumber, basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, lemon, lime.
pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno.
apple, turmeric, ginger.
strawberry, apple, blood orange, lemon.
apple, beet, celery, dill, lemon.
orange, grapefruit, blood orange, lemon, lime.
carrot, coconut, lemongrass, ginger, lime.
tomato, bell pepper, celery, horseradish, jalapeno, tomato powder, black pepper, lemon.
almonds, filtered water, honey, pink salt.
almonds, filtered water, coconut sugar, cacao powder, maca, cinnamon, vanilla powder, pink salt.
café au lait
almonds, cold brew coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, pink salt.
almonds, filtered water, matcha powder, honey, pink salt.
100% raw coconut water.
cucumber buttermilk soup
almond buttermilk, cucumbers, dill.
hummus and falafel
almond-zucchini hummus, harissa, tahini, zatar flatbread.
coconut wonton, “Old Bay” cream cheese, bell pepper, celery, sweet chili sauce.*
avocado, radish, pickled shallot, chives.
heirloom tomatoes, cashew-coconut mozzarella, basil, oregano salt, basil seeds.
selection of house-made nut cheeses, seasonal fruit, mustard, seed-and-herb crackers.
mixed greens, lemon vinaigrette, avocado, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, cilantro, basil, mint, dill, dulse, seed-and-herb crackers.
romaine, kale, seaweed ceasar dressing, avocado, capers, nori, sprouts, pumpkin seeds, pine nut parmesan.
tea leaf salad
green tea leaves, kale, romaine, chili-lime vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, sesame cashews, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, sprouts.
romaine hearts, nacho cheese sauce, taco crumble, pico de gallo, cashew sour cream, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, tortilla crisps.
the springs salad
mixed greens, pistachio-lemon vinaigrette, peppered macadamia chevre, apples, grapes, maple walnuts.
nori, avocado, watercress, pickled onion, carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms.
mushroom-miso broth, kelp noodles, sea palm, lemongrass, basil, mint, cilantro, jalapeno, bean sprouts, house-made sriracha sauce, lime.
morel pot pie
almond pastry, morel-white wine cream, portobellos, baby carrots, peas, leeks, lemon asparagus.
coconut phyllo, almond feta, wilted spinach, cucumbers, dill yogurt.
zucchini noodles, avocado, thai chili, scallion, red bell pepper, curried cashews, thai basil, cilantro, lime.
spaghetti alla carbonara
kelp and zucchini noodles, black pepper cream, smoked coconut bacon, peas, asparagus, mint, coconut yolk, black olive oil.
sweet pea pistachio cake, strawberries, strawberry gelato, pea tendrils, honey.*
dark chocolate cake, chocolate-buckwheat tuile, banana, candied walnuts, vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce.
strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red wine, almond-oat crumble, vanilla ice cream.
raspberries, lemon, blood orange sorbet.
coconut shortbread, gianduja ganache, candied hazelnuts, flaked 24-karat edible gold, coffee ice cream.
seasonal ice creams/seasonal sorbets
organic/ scotia, california eel river brewing company
organic/ scotia , california eel river brewing company
organic/ hood river oregon logsdon farmhouse ales
2011 scholium project
petite syrah "gardens of babylon” blend
2010 autonom rhone blend
central coast, sustainable
2013 matthiasson aglianico
windmill vyd yolo county, sustainable
2012 fausse piste syrah “garde manger”
columbia valley, wa sustainable
nv drew family pinot noir
mendocino county, organic
2011 giornata il campo
2013 hobo rhone
2013 alta maria carbonic
2013 a tribute to grace rose of grenache
2013 Alta Maria
Rose of Pinot Noir
2013 ledge california soul
white rhone blend
2012 scholium project
2012 Alta Maria
Angelo Bortolin NV
Cheese Plate // Selection of house-made nut cheeses, seasonal fruit, mustard, seed-and-herb crackers.
Seaweed Salad // Romaine, kale, seaweed caesar dressing, avocado, capers, nori, sprouts, pumpkin seeds, pine nut parmesan.
Cucumber Buttermilk Soup // Almond buttermilk, cucumbers, dill.
Spagetti alla Carbonara // Kelp and zucchini noodles, black pepper cream, smoked coconut bacon, peas, asparagus, mint, coconut yolk, black olive oil.
Low-key business meeting spot.
Spanakopita // Coconut phyllo, almond feta, wilted spinach, cucumbers, dill yogurt.
Murals in the yoga studio (pictured) and on the building's facade by Angelina Christina and Ease One.
Sweet Pea Dessert // Sweet pea pistachio cake, strawberries, strawberry gelato, pea tendrils, honey.
Communal dining space.
The Springs, located in a converted warehouse in DTLA's blossoming Arts District.