Elf Cafe – Echo Park

Elf Cafe is nestled in a stretch of shops near the corner of Sunset and Alvarado. The first time I went here, it was hard to spot since the restaurant is so quiet and concealed. There is limited outside and indoor seating, so reservations must be made before dining here. The staff is really great about responding to email reservations. I emailed for a 6 p.m. reservation around 3 p.m. and the request was processed in a matter of minutes. Elf is open Wednesday – Sunday from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The food at Elf is top notch. All of it is vegetarian and there are many gluten free and vegan options. For starters, I would recommend the vegan fondue… it is absolutely delicious and is definitely enough for two to split.

The Moroccan Vegetable Tagine is to die for. The variety of vegetables and spices combine beautifully together.

Elf also has a wonderful bleu cheese macaroni and cheese… so rich and tasty. Suggestion: order the smaller bowl. The taste is so rich, this portion will be about all you can take in one sitting.

I have yet to try the desserts at Elf, but their espresso is wonderful and a nice way to end a dinner full of flavor. Oh, and their water is cucumber infused…just saying. This place has my heart.
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