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Don't let LA.com fool you into thinking they list every restaurant's sister storefront because they happen to detail 15 Koo Koo Roos in the L.A. Metro. No, no, no. Sometimes you must dig a little deeper and click on "official website." Click there on Leaf's Cuisine's profile and you find that not only is the basin covered (as they list), but the valley as well.

No matter which location you pick, Leaf is going to offer you just what it's eponymous name refers to: leaves, rather... leafy greens. One's exploratory nature may have led to Juliano's Raw, but as Juliano's ex-manager Rod Rotondi did, you've gotta try something different and spice up the playing field in a city of rawless choices (albeit a city with an uncanny amount compared to others). So in 2004, Rotondi established his own raw food joint in Culver City, followed by one in Sherman Oaks in the fall of 2005.

If you want an organic point of view, Zel and Reuben Allen are always the first to stop by for a Los Angeles veggie review. Censored or not (the debate continues), Citysearchers have different takes on this atypical restaurant. Happycow follows suit with user reviews and la.foodblogging visited (and then again). Our tip is this: Explore the menu, don't pass up the smoothies (pictured above) and live it up fresh.