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Homegirl Cafe

$$ - $$$
Central L.A
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1818 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033-3411
+1 323-268-9353
08:30 - 02:30
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Seattle, Washington
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233 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was started by a priest (Fr Gregory Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries) who wanted a place to train former gang members for employment outside 'the hood'. His book, Tattoos on the Heart, is well worth reading and provides multiple examples of the incredible good he is doing. That said, the food is very good and the people... More 

Thank Terry H
Kansas City, Missouri
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147 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard about this place from a friend of ours that works part time at Los Angeles Union Station. One day we met him after work and walked over. It is about half a mile north of Union Station. It is also just south of the Chinatown Gold Line station. The restaurant is located in a modernistic building with... More 

Thank Wayne D
San Diego, California
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This food is fine dining. I don't want to spoil how this place got started but hats off to the owner. You have to visit. The tacos are amazing. Visit their store as well. It's great for a business lunch.

Thank CGSanDiego
San Diego, California, United States
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122 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We had just arrived into Los Angeles on the Amtrak, and my friend suggested we try this restaurant not far from Union Station, which he had learned about watching a TV documentary about the Homeboy Enterprises. We were seated in the airy, spacious dining room with a high ceiling. I had a grilled cheese laced with with strips of green... More 

Thank Ken H
Holland, Michigan
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272 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

An outgrowth of Homeboy Industries, Homegirls Cafe and Bakery provides job training for men and women connected with gangs in LA, the hope is by working together during the day there will be better relationships developed to decrease violence on the streets. Amazing selection of grilled cheese and other sandwiches, salads and side dishes that will satisfy any appetite. Delicious... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We had a lovely lunch here while visiting LA. Best grilled cheese sandwich I've had yet, and the cucumber cooler drink was amazing. Pastries are all homemade and worth a visit alone. Great service, everyone very welcoming. I'd definitely recommend it.

Thank tammy42
Malibu, California
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1,057 reviews
551 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Clean, light and bright interior compared with the gritty industrial neighborhood. Positive staff, that's friendly, professional, skilled and knowledgable. Menu is cafe style but with a sorta foodie twist. It's all homemade. Consuela sandwich and broccoli-cheese soup Way tasty sandwich and very good soup that had lots of broccoli Also bought baked goods on my way out the door. Eat... More 

Thank SanMo
Claremont, California
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130 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Gorgeous setting for the lovingly created, fresh ingrediented gourmet Mexican dishes served by the most smiling ex-cons you'll ever encounter.

Thank JulieStoneybrook
San Diego, California
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

Count me in as a big fan of Homegirl Cafe and related Homeboy Bakery!! Three events led my wife and I to Homegirl Cafe: First event, PBS has a TV series, I'll Have What Phil's Having!". The series stars Phil Rosenthal and follows his search for great food around the world. In his segment on LA Phil highlights Homegirl Cafe,... More 

Thank Leslie D
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

So this place to be honest is a little scary you see the tatted hardcore looking staff outside leaving form their shifts or on their break. Even when coming inside I was a little cautious because the greeter looked like she would rather be changing an adult diaper than seating us. We were seated and given water and menus, within... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Cafe, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
08:30 - 02:30
08:30 - 02:30
08:30 - 02:30
08:30 - 02:30
08:30 - 02:30
08:30 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1818 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033-3411
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighbourhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: +1 323-268-9353

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?