Cava – Westwood


Cava Grill, a chain that started in Washington D.C., has expanded rapidly to the West Coast, bringing their customizable Mediterranean bowls to Los Angeles. In a city where dietary restrictions and healthy eating are the norm, Cava Grill’s fresh bowls are the perfect match.


When you enter, there’s a sign identifying the local farmers which they’ve partnered with to source their ingredients, showing their dedication to supporting the local economy. Much like Chipotle, you order at the counter, choosing a base (salad, grains, greens + grains, pita), a protein, up to 3 dips+spreads, toppings and a dressing, as you move down the line.


The varieties of proteins offered is particularly unusual as they have lamb, in addition to the usual chicken and beef, both braised and as a meatball. Vegetarians can select either the falafels or roasted seasonal veggies as their protein.

Falafel with salad greens, basmati rice, hummus, harissa, white beans, tomato + onion salad, olives  and feta

The falafels contained bigger chunks of garbanzos, along with the finely chopped garbanzos, giving the balls a fuller texture. The harissa spread, made of tomatoes and peppers, had a kick to it – definitely not for those who don’t like spicy food, but a must for those who do.

SuperGreens and saffron basmati rice, topped with grilled chicken, eggplant and red pepper dip, tzatziki, roasted red pepper hummus, tomato and cucumber and cauliflower quinoa tabouleh.

I loved my bowl, a mix of super greens and basmati rice and chicken. With the three different dips, every bite tasted a little different. It felt very healthy (but not in a bad way) and was completely satisfying.


As a pastrami-fried-chicken-chili-cheese-fries-lover, I have to say that even I was won over by Cava Grill. For once, I didn’t feel like I was missing out by eating healthy and by the end of the meal, I was already looking forward to my next visit. I’m a believer – may Cava Grill make you one too.

Location – 1073 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles 90024. Additional locations in Culver City, Santa Monica, Irvine, Venice, Woodland Hills and in Connecticut, Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.
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Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes!
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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