What do you get when you combine husband and wife duo, Richard Torres and Lizbeth Sanchez, with a “Food is Medicine” philosophy? You get the latest plant-based hot spot in downtown LA. Preaching “Food is Spirit” and “Live Dirty, Eat Clean,” Rich and Liz opened Wild Living Foods, located on the corner of Main and 8th, in November 2016.
Wild Living provides made from scratch foods that are vegan-friendly, organic, raw, gluten-free, non-gmo, and peaceful. Yes, ahhh, peaceful. Please note the quinoa is the only item on the menu that is not raw. We parked ourselves at a corner table in this fast casual restaurant with Neo-Pueblo inspired design to check out some of the gorgeous menu options.
Let’s talk first about the diverse menu, the reasonable prices, the real food (no analogs or processed products within these walls!), and the generous portions. Deciding on dinner or dessert was difficult. We went with both.
We kicked off our visit with the Aztlan (a quinoa bowl filled with kale, corn salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, chorizo, and chipotle cheese) and a Lox Bagel (a beautiful almond quinoa bagel topped with Irish cream cheese, red onion, avocado, tomato, and smoked carrot). We feasted first with the eyes. Presentation and plating on these dishes were amazing.
Also on the menu is everything from crepes, pancakes, and breakfast burritos to burgers, soups, sushi and sandwiches. Try the Pesto Panini, the Spicy Tuna Roll, or the Butternut Ravioli. If a salad is more to your liking, go with the Medicinal (a wild herb blend with avocado, red onion, tomato, seaweed, olive oil, flax oil, hemp oil, wild croutons, and micro greens) or the Cesar Chavez (green leaf lettuce with tomatoes, jalapeño, seaweed, wild croutons, Cesar dressing, and Brazil nut crumble). And don’t forget the cold pressed juices!
But, oh yeah, we mentioned dessert. Utilizing as much of the coconut as possible, Wild Living creates an amazing gelato that’s to die for. We enjoyed a couple scoops of cookies and cream and an almond butter milkshake. Needless to say, we left stuffed and satisfied.
From the funky-tiled floor to the whimsical wall murals to the creamy milkshakes and powerfood juices and tonics, Wild Living is food for the spirit, food for the soul.