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Homegirl Cafe

1818 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033-3411
+1 323-268-9353
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“mango” (5 reviews)
“tacos” (5 reviews)
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Mexican, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1818 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033-3411
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

This place is excellent. I read the book “Tattoos on the Heart” and learned about this place and had wanted to try it. It did not disappoint. Not only is the premise amazing, the food was awesome! The mango cornbread was so decadent. I had...More

Thank trishakelley
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Got a fraudulent credit charge and never been there. Buyer beware!!! Check before dealing with this please.

Thank Nathan2403
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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...More

Thank Terry H
Reviewed 12 March 2017

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...More

Thank Wayne D
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
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...More

Thank Ken H
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...More

1  Thank bikingfarmer
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
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...More

Thank Summerasalifestyle
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 2:30 AM
8:30 AM - 2:30 AM
8:30 AM - 2:30 AM
8:30 AM - 2:30 AM
8:30 AM - 2:30 AM
8:30 AM - 2:30 AM
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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