We love LA. You love LA. Which is why it’s so hard to see what’s happening in the city right now. Restaurant workers are being laid off, healthcare professionals are battling on the frontlines, and people who need a hot meal are having a hard time getting one.
But you should also know about all the amazing ways that Los Angeles restaurants are supporting people in need right now, and how you can support them as well. Chefs and restaurant teams are delivering pizzas to hospitals and seniors, providing free lunches for school kids and first responders, and making to-go kits with essentials for those who have been laid-off or furloughed.
We’ll be using this guide to highlight restaurant initiatives around the city that are giving back to the LA community. And we’ll be updating the list as we learn about more. For additional resources, information, and Infatuation-hosted fundraising projects visit our page here.
101 North Eatery & Bar
On Wednesday, 4/8, this Thousand Oaks spot will partner with the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank to serve as a drop-off for food donations. From 11:30am-8pm, you can drop off any non-perishable items at the restaurant itself - and pick-up some food while you’re at it. 101 North has a full menu, including wood-fired pizzas and dinner-for-two deals, available for takeout and delivery. For more information, check out their Instagram.
9th Street Ramen
The Downtown ramen spot is partnering with cannabis brand Old Pal and Sweet Flower Dispensary to offer free Take-Home Ramen + Gyoza Kits to anyone who works in hospitality, grocery stores, and food delivery. For more information, check out their Instagram, and if you’d like to make a donation, head to their GoFundMe. Ninth Street Ramen is also available for pick-up and delivery.
For every meal ordered for take-out, this modern Hollywood steakhouse will donate the same meal to those in need at the St. Joseph Center, a non-profit in Venice that supports homeless men, women, and children. APL is also open for curbside pick-up and delivery through most platforms. For more information, check out their Instagram, or call (323) 416-1280.
This acclaimed Southern spot in West Adams is one of several high-profile LA restaurants (including Broken Spanish, Manuela, and Playa Provisions) offering gift cards as part of One More Helping, a program which benefits local charities. For every gift card purchased, participating restaurants will donate $1 to an organization of their choosing. For more information, or to purchase gift cards, visit One More Helping’s website.
The Australian all-day cafe in Culver City is doing a “Get One, Give One Deal” - for every frozen meal purchased, they’ll donate a meal to a local hospital or family shelter. For more information, check out their website. In addition to their frozen meals, Bondi Harvest also has a full breakfast and lunch menu, smoothies, wine, and meal kits available for takeout and delivery.
The fast-growing ice cream emporium is hitting the road with several other LA spots - including The 101 Coffee Shop and MiniBar - as part of the LA Bodega On Wheels, a mobile delivery service offering prepared foods, beverages and booze, produce, and pantry staples. They’re also donating 10% of all proceeds to local charities like the LA Food Bank and No Us Without You.
Coral Tree Café
This Brentwood cafe (with a second location in Encino) is currently running a donate-a-meal program with the help of the Brentwood Community Council and other Brentwood community organizations. For more information, check out their website. Both Coral Tree locations are also open for takeout and delivery, Monday-Sunday from 9am-3pm and 5-8pm.
This vegan spot in West Hollywood is one of several LA restaurants - By Chloe, Donut Friend, and Sage are some of the others - to have joined forces with the Support & Feed initiative to deliver plant-based meals to local hospitals, homeless shelters, first responders, and more. For more information, and a full list of participating restaurants, check out the Support & Feed website.
The iconic Beverly Hills spot is handing out boxes of home and pantry essentials to food and beverage workers affected by COVID-19 closures. The giveaways will take place on 4/20 and 4/27 from 1-5pm. For more information, check out their Instagram. Crustacean is also offering new menu items and daily specials for takeout and delivery - check their website for details, or call (310) 205-8990.
This vegan donut spot in Little Tokyo is providing fresh coffee and donuts to LA hospitals every weekend in April. For more information - or to make a donation - check out their GoFundMe. Donatsu is also open for curbside pick-up; ordering info can be found on their Instagram. For a full list of Little Tokyo restaurants open for business, or to volunteer or donate to the Community Feeding Community Program, visit the Little Tokyo Community Council’s website.
This West Hollywood cocktail bar is serving free meals to hospitality industry workers and hospital staff every day from 5-8pm. For more information, or to donate money and/or goods for meals, check out their GoFundMe page. They’ve also got cocktail kits, beer, wine, and provisions available for delivery and curbside pick-up. Call (323) 536-9045 to place an order.
With multiple locations in Inglewood, Fiesta Martin is a South LA staple, and they’re giving back to the community by offering free meals to first responders, hospital staff, and more. Check out their Instagram for more information. Fiesta Martin’s full menu is also available for takeout and delivery - call (310) 310-673-3300 place an order.
This West LA cafe and market is offering free meals to out-of-work hospitality employees. More information is available on their Instagram. Food LA also has daily specials, pre-packaged goods, groceries, and sundries available for pick-up.
This Frogtown taproom and brewery is doing something a bit different this week, partnering with LA’s Dead Of Night Distillery to produce hand sanitizer for local hospitals and medical centers. For more info, check out Frogtown’s Instagram. They’re also offering pick-up and local delivery on craft brews through their website.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
The Habit Burger Grill
This burger chain has locations all over Southern California, and they’re mobilizing a fleet of food trucks to serve complimentary meals to health care professionals in Los Angeles and beyond. For more information, check out their Instagram. Their stores are also open for pick-up - orders can be placed through their website or their app.
A neighborhood spot in Atwater Village, Hail Mary has been giving away produce boxes to restaurant workers on a first-come, first-serve basis (more information available on their Instagram) and offering free meals to out-of-work hospitality professionals (call (323) 284-8879 for info). They’ve also got some of LA’s best pizzas available for pick-up.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
This burger chain with locations in Playa Vista and Tustin is running a “Pay It Forward” campaign where, for every burger purchased, they’ll donate one to local healthcare professionals. Just enter the promo code “Buy1Give1” during online checkout. For more information, or to place an order for curbside pick-up, visit their website.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Healthcare professionals can get a dozen free Original Glazed every Monday until May 11 - for more information, check out their website. On Saturdays, Krispy Kreme will also add a dozen free Original Glazed donuts to any pick-up, drive-thru, or delivery order that includes a full-price dozen Original Glazeds.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
The Neapolitan pizza spot in Hollywood is preparing meals for LA hospital workers. For more information, check out their Instagram. L’Antica also has a full menu of their pies available for delivery, and is offering a 10% discount on pick-up orders. For information, or to place an order, head to their website.
La Brea Bakery
This long-standing cafe and bakery is giving away 100 meals per day to hospital workers as part of their Frontline Meals Program. More information can be found here. They’re also open for pick-up, and delivery is available through most platforms.
A community space in the Arts District, Lokels Only is currently operating as a takeout and delivery hub for several local pop-ups (including Lobsterdamus and Hot Chicken LB), and offering free meal kits for healthcare workers. For more information, including how you can make a donation, check out their Instagram.
This Historic Filipinotown favorite has launched the Feed The Frontliners Project to deliver food to healthcare workers and emergency responders. For more information, or to make a donation, visit their GoFundMe. The Park’s Finest is also available for delivery through most platforms.
The modern-yet-classic pizza spot with locations in Brentwood and West Hollywood is delivering free pizzas to LA doctors, nurses, and emergency medical workers. For more information, or to make a donation, visit their GoFundMe. Both Pizzana locations are also open for takeout and delivery. For menus and info, or to place an order, visit their website.
One of our favorite Historic Filipino spots just added a “Gold Set Meal” (named in honor of the late LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold) to their takeout menu, and will use the proceeds to buy meals for first responders and frontliners in LA. For more information, or to place an order, check out their website.
A delivery staple with outposts in Weho, Downtown LA, and Burbank, Prime Pizza is offering free slices to families affected by school closures at some locations, and making food donations to local charities at others. All of their locations are also offering takeout and delivery - including frozen sauces and more - through their website.
Though they’re temporarily closed to the public, this famed Virgil Village spot has partnered with the LEE Initiative to offer free dinners and supplies to food-service employees as part of the Restaurant Workers Relief Program. More information is available on their Instagram. Donations to the LEE Initiative can be made here.
SweetBu Candy Co.
This Malibu sweet shop is delivering candy bags to hospital workers and first responders. For more information, or to make a donation, visit their GoFundMe page.
Part of a Manhattan Beach restaurant group that includes Fishing With Dynamite, Simmzy’s, and others, Tin Roof is preparing and delivering daily meals for ER workers as part of Feed Our Heroes LA. For information, or to make a donation, visit Simms Restaurants’ GoFundMe page. Tin Roof is also open for takeout and delivery.