Urth Caffe is about as LA as it gets. Organic Coffee and tea are the specialties here, but their healthy Mediterranean food selection keep regulars coming back. Urth is exclusive to LA, with four locations strategically placed in all of the city hot spots. No matter what time of the day, there will be a line down the block of trendy individuals waiting to order food at the counter and then sit at a table outside, and enjoy the LA sun.
Urth attracts all walks of LA life, from the trendy hipsters to celebrities to fake celebrities. HBO’s hit show, Entourage, would film Vincent Chase and crew sitting outside Urth regularly, running into celebrity friends and living the life in West Hollywood.
Despite all of the publicity in magazines or fictional TV, there’s a genuine reason why people constantly come back Urth Caffe. They serve awesome food and the atmosphere is great, without being too over the top trendy.
After a touristy morning hiking the Hollywood Sign, my sister, her roommate and I made our way into West Hollywood to the nearest Urth Caffe. We waited on the long line, studying the menus, trying to decide what to order. Ultimately, Leigh and I decided to share the Urth Farmer’s Salad, Grilled Veggie Sandwich and a side of hummus.
Once you order and pick up a little plastic number, you make your way outside to give your name and party size to a gentleman seating people. We soaked up the sun until a table was free, and sat down curbside, anxiously awaiting the arrival of our food.
Our food arrived all at once, as Leigh and I began to strategize our course of culinary action. We started with the Urth Farmer’s Salad.
Leigh didn’t know what to expect when I suggested we order this salad. However, we quickly realized, this salad was absolutely awesome. All of the layers of texture played off each other, giving a unique level of complexity to the dish. Everything worked well off each other, adding a Mediterranean flare to the salad with out traditional elements. Don’t second guess ordering a salad your first time at Urth, this salad is pretty awesome.
Next, we split the Grilled Veggie Sandwich.
Freshly grilled, organic ingredients sit between two pieces of crisp bread, which are slathered with pesto. The sandwich is fresh and delicious, with each bite being radically different then the next. The variety of vegetables really makes the sandwich. On the side, mesclun greens are dressed with a light citrus vinaigrette, as the ideal side. We were only able to finish half of the surprisingly heavy sandwich, allowing me to take the other part home for lunch back in New York.
French fries and other greasy foods do not find their way onto the menu at Urth, which prides itself on fresh ingredients. We instead opted for hummus on the side.
This was great, freshly made hummus. We easily devoured this dish. Leigh started to dissect the Farmer’s Salad in order to dip all of the fresh vegetables into the creamy hummus. I highly recommend.
During our meal, we noticed a little green animal sitting on the table next to us, which we at first thought was fake. Then it moved! We realized the gentleman had brought two green iguanas to lunch. But these were no ordinary iguanas. They were highly trained, and he even brought furniture for them to lounge on during the meal. I really couldn’t believe that it was real.
I guess only in LA right?
So the next time you find yourself in the City of Angels, make sure to stop at Urth Caffe. You might run into some celebs, or just a relaxing lizard. But no matter what, you’re sure to have an unbelievable, fresh meal.
Urth Caffe – 8565 Melrose Avenue – West Hollywood, CA
Location: West Hollywood, CA — (multiple LA locations)
Type: Mediterranean, Organic
Perfect For: Outdoor Seating, Celebrity Sightings, Casual Meal, Quick Bite
Reservations: Not Available
Favorite Dishes: Grilled Veggie Sandwich, Portobello Panini, Urth Farmer’s Salad