November 18, 2012

Homegirl Cafe

Last Friday night was very special to me (in a non-Katy Perry way).  After remembering/ re-learning three years of legal education in nine weeks (thus forcing me to go on hiatus), persevering through three draining days, and waiting four months for results, I learned that I'm a member of the California Bar!  

As a newly-minted attorney, I'm reminded of why I decided to pursue this career in the first place, and am inspired to stay true to those roots.  Instead of rain-making, I hope to direct my energies towards leaving this world in a better condition than it was last year, even if it's in the slightest way.  (Ask me how I'm doing in a few years to see how jaded I've become).  I think I'll be okay, especially with people like Father Greg Boyle to inspire me.  

Many Angelenos are familiar with Homeboy Industries, a youth program founded by Boyle to help rehabilitate kids, namely former gang-members, and integrate themselves into a functioning society.  As  more men and women sought Father Boyle's help, Homeboy Industries continued to expand with new divisions such as Homegirl Cafe.  Watch this video!

Homegirl Café, a division of Homeboy Industries, is a social enterprise assisting at-risk and formerly gang-involved young women and men to become contributing members of our community through training in restaurant service and culinary arts. Homegirl Café offers a one year training program within the food and service industry, empowering young people to redirect their lives and providing them with hope for their futures.  [ more here ]

Lunch menu

Lunch menu

Everything on the menu sounds delicious, so I had a tough time choosing my lunch.  I ended up going with the Kale Grilled Cheese sandwich with roasted tomatoes, red onions, kale & fresh herbs, and chopped bits of smoked bacon.  The cheese was a Mexican cheese blend, which was an interesting departure from your typical cheddar cheese flavors.  'Twas yummy.  The sourdough bread, freshly-baked at the cafe, was delicious, too -- and this is coming from someone who isn't even really a fan of sourdough.  But the real highlight were the smoked bacon bits!  You can't tell me you're surprised...

Kale Grilled Cheese - $11


House Salad  - baby greens, sliced jimaca, mango, apple, and roasted pumpkin seeds - $10

Veggie Grilled Cheese - fresh veggies and roasted tomatoes with jalapeno pesto - $11

Taco Platter - choice of three - $10

Pork Carnitas w/ apple-tomatillo slaw and cilantro

White Fish w/ cabbage jicama slaw, crema fresca, morita salsa, and cilantro

Red Mole Chicken w/ habanero pickled onions, sesame seeds and cilantro

Even though there are several homegirls working, it gets busy during lunch hours so as you can imagine, service can be somewhat slow.  Our server (I wish I knew her name) felt so horrible for "neglecting" us that she gave us a dessert plate on the house! I didn't feel neglected at all, but how can I turn away a delicious-looking dessert sampler such as this?  So I didn't.  Thank you.  :) 

This gives away how behind I am on my posts.  Oops.

Definitely check out Homegirl Cafe!  Great food, kind service, and worthy cause.  

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cuisine: American w/ a splash of Latin-American 
location: Downtown LA (in Chinatown)
hours: Mon: 8am - 1:30pm; T-Fri: 8am - 2:30pm; Sat: 9am - 3pm; closed Sun.
websites: { HC | yelp | twitter | FB }
attire: Casual
parking: street or small lot in the back
note: They cater, too!