LAReview

Have you been in a Starbucks recently? They serve coconut milk macchiatos now. Five years ago, you’d never heard of an adaptogen, and now you can’t order an omelet without being told they’re in there. And your mom texted you last week to ask if she could put chia seeds in her coffee.

It would be easy to dismiss Honey Hi, a daytime spot in Echo Park, as another restaurant taking advantage of the fact that people care about wellness now. One of the owners is a nutritionist, the menu is gluten- and refined sugar-free, and they serve a banana toast topped with something called chayawanaprash. But it turns out Honey Hi is just a regular neighborhood cafe, with better-than-average neighborhood cafe food, and the side perk that most of what you’re eating is good for you.

Honey Hi review image

The menu is surprisingly big, and not just made up of fancy toasts. Of course, there’s an avocado toast, but this one has thin slices of radishes and pickled shallots on top. Everything here tastes both fresh and flavorful, and won’t leave you feeling awful in an hour because all you ate for lunch was fried things smothered in fake cheese.

The space is stripped back, but feels calm - kind of like you’re on your way to better health simply because you showed up. You order at the counter (where they’ll tell you that chayawanaprash is an ayurvedic jam), take a number, and get one of the tables lining each side of the room, or one of the small ones on the sidewalk. Maybe you’ll also grab something out of the cold case filled with all the internet’s favorite health-adjacent things, like gluten-free bread, probiotic coconut yogurt, Topo Chico, LaCroix, and too many flavors of kombucha to count.

In an ideal world, eating healthy wouldn’t involve cutting out food groups based on their color or consulting a shaman about your iron intake. It would mean more places like Honey Hi, where you can hang out all day having food that actually tastes like food. Even if you still don’t know what an adaptogen is.

The Best Restaurants & Bars In Echo Park guide image

LA Guide

The Best Restaurants & Bars In Echo Park

Food Rundown

Avocado Toast

This version is better than most avocado toasts.

Breakfast Sandwich

You will have to sacrifice your usual cheese for ancho & chipotle cashew crema, but that’s about the only indication that this very good breakfast sandwich is any different from any other fancy breakfast sandwich.

Honey Hi review image

Lambwich

An excellent, Middle Eastern-ish lamb burger. When you’re here with someone who is very skeptical of anything having to do with healthy things, order this.

Honey Hi review image

Featured in

.
The Kind-Of-Healthy Brunch Guide guide image
Guide
The Kind-Of-Healthy Brunch Guide

Healthy brunch is hard. But not impossible.

Where To Eat Healthy When You Don’t Want A Salad guide image
Guide
Where To Eat Healthy When You Don’t Want A Salad

Put down the bag of spring mix and head to one of these 13 places instead.

The Healthy Lunch Guide guide image
Guide
The Healthy Lunch Guide

The best healthy lunch places in Los Angeles, organized by neighborhood.

19 Great Restaurants Where You Can Also Eat Gluten-Free guide image
Guide
19 Great Restaurants Where You Can Also Eat Gluten-Free

Where to eat when you’re gluten-free but don’t want another salad.

Suggested Reading

.
Winsome review image
Review
Winsome

Winsome started out as a solid Eastside brunch spot, and has evolved into something much more.

Konbi review image
8.3
Review
Konbi

Konbi is a daytime Japanese spot in Echo Park that’s famous for an egg salad sandwich. But it’s everything else that makes this place special.

Trencher review image
Review
Trencher

Trencher is quietly dishing out some of the best sandwiches on the Eastside.

Sticky Rice Echo Park review image
7.3
Review
Sticky Rice Echo Park

Sticky Rice’s second location in Echo Park serves all the dishes we love from their original Grand Central Market stand, in a much bigger space.