11908 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Now four locations strong and growing quickly, Alfred is quickly taking over LA's coffee scene, making it a definite favorite for screenwriters and freelancers during the week. We like the Melrose Place location best, which shares its space with an adorably tiny Compartes shop in the back. If you’re feeling indulgent, ask for their famous off-menu Alfred cone—a macchiato served in a chocolate covered ice cream cone that tastes just as good as it sounds. They also have kombucha on tap. There's also a location on Melrose Avenue and in Silver Lake.
131 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood
Beaming is most famous as a smoothie shop (the Rockstar is a goop staff favorite), but their whole-food cleanses are extraordinarily powerful. There are one- and three-day options available, but customers can expand up to as much as a 3-week cleanse for a full-on reboot. Each day includes one of their super-food smoothies, followed by cold pressed juices, shots, and raw soups and salads. Their bride-to-be program gives brides (along with their grooms, bridesmaids, mothers) a clean countdown to the big day. Besides Brentwood, there are locations in Santa Monica and West Hollywood.
Brentwood Farmer’s Market
741 S. Gretna Green Way, Brentwood
No matter if you're visiting and don't have a fridge to stock: Beyond the fruit and veggie stands, this neighborhood farmer's market offers all sorts of organic prepared foods, like gluten- and dairy-free treats from Coco Bakes, hummus from Mom's, and amazing fresh tamales. There's also a petting zoo for the kids.
Caffe Luxxe (Closed)
11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
This place serves some of the best coffee on the West Side, including real Northern Italian style espresso, and delicious lattes and cappuccinos with what they call “milk foam art.” It can be difficult to find a seat during rush hours, but if you do grab one, it’s a lovely place to linger. They also have locations at the Brentwood Country Mart and in Santa Monica on Montana.
225 26th St., Brentwood
This place serves some of the best coffee on the West Side, including real Northern Italian style espresso, and delicious lattes and cappuccinos with what they call “milk foam art.” It can be difficult to find a seat during rush hours, but if you do grab one, it’s a lovely place to linger. They also have locations in Malibu off the PCH and in Santa Monica on Montana.
912 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood
The packaging is so rad, the chocolate bars here are like a gift you don't want to open. If you do crack into them though, you'll find that they're excellent, and all pioneered by one of the country's youngest chocolatiers. (Compartes also has another location on Melrose.)
Kreation Juicery Brentwood
151 S Barrington Pl., Brentwood
The people behind Kreation Café, a certified green eatery specializing in dishes made from local farmers market produce, have applied the same philosophy to their juice bar. Juices are made with 100% organic fruits and veggies purchased within the same zip code. The result is deliciously fresh juice for whatever you're craving or need (detox, energy, etc.). They also have "juicemobiles" for those who can't make it to one of their brick and mortar locations (Venice, Marina del Rey, North Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, and the Valley), and cold-pressed juices and cleanses you can order online.
225 26th St., Brentwood
This is nothing more than a simple food stand in the Brentwood Country Mart, but it's insanely good (and for us, steeped in nostalgia). The moist, perfectly-seasoned rotisserie chicken basket comes with plenty of barbecue dipping sauce, and fries that are absolutely worth the shot to the arteries. We've never heard a kid complain about the chicken tender basket, either. Don't be deterred by the lines: They move fast.
147 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood
This organic take-away spot on Barrington offers delicious sliders (turkey, grass-fed, hormone-free beef, etc.) and loads of well turned-out veggie sides. It's the perfect fix for a hearty take-away when you feel like something warm and a little more substantial for lunch. There's also a location on the main drag in the Palisades.
13050 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
This soup cleanse-centric company has a little kiosk near the Brentwood Country Mart, though most of their business is done via delivery. A day on Soupure includes a combination of veggie soups, really nourishing bone broths, super hydrating alkaline water drinks, and chilled snacks. The way the cleanse is spaced out, you end up drinking or eating something every other hour, so there’s really no opportunity to feel hungry. Plus, instead of slamming a bottle of greens, we actually sat down and savored the food. The chicken bone miso broth was incredibly satisfying, the zucchini basil lunch was surprisingly hearty, and the Superhero nuts and seeds blend, which we had for breakfast, tasted better than most desserts. They have one, three, and five-day options along with a mini three-day cleanse that allows for a solid dinner.
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