I’m always on the lookout for a vegan/vegan friendly restaurants. So I was happy to venture over to Venice and check out Feed Body & Soul which opened in Jaunuary. 7 for All Mankind founder, Dee Anna Staats opened the restaurant with executive chef Matthew Dickson (Malo, Rockenwagner & Grace). The concept is to provide “sustainable, organic, locally sourced product that promotes the health and well being of our guests.” The space is really nice, you can tell someone put some thought in the design. Valet parking is available or you may get lucky and find a spot on the street.
The hours are 7AM to 11PM, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went Saturday for an early dinner, the menu is a combination of vegan items and rotisserie entrees. We started with a few items off the small plates section, a variety of the handmade pickled farmer market vegetables, of which the carrots were the stand out, the cauliflower, turnips, and beets were just okay. We also opted for a selection of daily spreads, sweet potato, cauliflower and artichoke, although very fresh something seemed as if it was missing.
Next we had the Raw Kale and Cucumber salad, it was nice but I have had better kale salads. The soup of the day was a spicy butternut squash, it was very smoky and spicy which was perfect for a chilly afternoon. My son did not like it at all, he said it tasted like bar be que sauce. My husband ordered the roasted cauliflower sandwich, which was weird. The description did not appeal to me-bread and cauliflower in a sandwich…He ate half of it, but would not order it again. The drink menu consists of seasonal juice blends, seasonal smoothies, shots, teas, coffees, and a bar with crafted cocktails, beer and wine. We did not order dessert, which was a selection of vegan cookies.
I would certainly go back again in a few months when some of the kinks are worked out. There are so many interesting shops on Abbot Kinney that I would like to check out so I would take an afternoon and allow time to stroll the Blvd..
FEED BODY & SOUL 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291 310 450 5550 feedbodyandsoul.com