Crisp Chow in The Dressing Room
It's not about clad (though haute food on the human body is quite beautiful). The Dressing Room is one of LA's newest sustainable produce restaurants. Owner Don Schaefer and his wife traveled to farm after farm in California to meet and greet with farmers, searching for those that fit the sustainable produce bill and also pay their workers a living wage, not minimum wage.
Step one: check. Step two: open a restaurant.
The Dressing Room is a slicker, cleaner, more modern version of Souplantation, minus the ice cream, pastas, pizzas and other junk food. This is salad and really good salad at that. If you're not a salad person, you'll be convinced otherwise. Design your own (they make it) or choose from their recipes. Don't expect fast food timing at this order-and-sit restaurant, quality food takes time.
Since opening in June in Sherman Oaks, they are ready to take LA on. Coming up next: Burbank. Step three: everywhere in LA.
Want to learn more about the growing trend of organic, local buying and sustainable produce? NPR aired a story about it last Friday: Organic Apple? Check. But Is It Local?