Amidst the sprawling options of slightly higher-brow fast food, sandwich joints and pizza, there sits a little place on the corner of Selma and Morningside that stands out with fresh, yet hearty options.
Farmer’s Belly Cafe is an extension of the well-known catering service and food truck of the same name. The farm-to-table food is sourced from the Hollywood Farmer’s Market and Better Life Organics. Their bread (which also includes gluten-free options) comes from the local Old Town Baking Company.
With the provincial atmosphere, the pocketed jean aprons and cheery staff, you’ll find yourself feeling all the benefits of homegrown eats in just a simple walk from your looming office building at the center of the big H itself.
Floor-to-ceiling windows always make a place feel open, and the clean modern cafe interior, complete with a high seated counter and colorful hanging lamps, adds to this chic version of the classic American cafe in a relevant and current sense.
It’s one of those gems providing the public with quality food made from fresh ingredients that feeds and supports the local economy as much as our happily nourished bodies.
With an extensive menu from their earlier ventures in catering, the owners are cycling new items through the cafe, seeing what patrons like and securing them as fixtures. The menu is stable, but can be easily adapted and offers new items through daily specials.
Accommodating and thoughtful, the intimacy between patron and staff is exemplified as a question about a particular ingredient or a request for adjustment is noted by an attentive chef, just on the other side of the counter.
I’ve been on a gut health protocol diet for the last few weeks, which means no grains for a while. So I’ve been frequenting their salad and omelet selections to my heart’s content. But if you’re a carbivore, you can eat in peace knowing that you’re consuming high-quality bread without any added enriched junk. And their pretzel buns are a rare find around town these days as most other places are heavy on brioche at the moment.
The meat is all organic, free of hormones and absolutely delicious. The salad greens are crisp and tender and the assembly is always surprising with a little flourish of quinoa, sweet cherry tomatoes or chick peas.
Unfortunately, I devoured my turkey omelette with vegan cheese before I snapped a picture of it. But trust me, it was pretty, satisfying and tasty. They offer both regular or vegan cheese upon request.
Speaking of pretty, I did have some of the gluten-free bread featured here alongside their house-made pear, black plum and blackberry jam. It was so nice! It was one of those experiences where I feel like I’m not even missing out thanks to the ingenuity and consideration of the food authorities in this dietarily diverse city.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a celiac-inclined belly, Farmer’s Belly has you covered with treats too! They offer both traditional and gluten-free treats daily.
So if you work in Hollywoood and you’ve been looking for something new, special and fresh, this is it. I found it for you. Make the trip even if Hollywood isn’t your main stomping grounds.
Pull up a chair, get some indirect sunshine and take a break from the city, right in the heart of it.