Real Food Daily LAX Restaurant Review: Even the Flight Attendants Envied Our Food!


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Real Food Daily, the famed 20-year-old institution of fabulous food in LA, is spreading its yummilicious organic plant-based offerings into the Los Angeles International Airport for all who find themselves hungry and wandering around in Terminal 4 looking for something amazing to eat! Look no further—you have been rescued! Real Food Daily is cozily nestled in a food court amongst the American Airlines gates. A whopping thank you to Ann Gentry, the ingenious proprietress of the Real Food Daily restaurants, for filling a much needed void for world and local travelers!

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Real Food Daily LAX Menu


Ann Gentry, Real Food Daily Genius

This bright green and red oasis provides the very first plant-based food sold at an airport in the country. Other locations of Real Food Daily can be found in Santa Monica, Pasadena and West Hollywood. Real Food Daily is truly for everyone and not just for flying vegan and vegetarians. After all, they offer the highest quality food options that will leave weary travelers feeling a lot more healthy and nourished than typical airport fare and fast food. (Let’s face it, the bar is pretty low, I realize.) While waiting for flights or for eating on the plane, this is awesome food that I am excited to get on board with! (Sorry for the pun!) Typically, my hunt for plant-based meals on airplanes or in airports leaves me dipping pretzels into hummus or embarrassingly picking all kinds of things out of salads. (Have I said thank you enough yet, Real Food Daily?)

photo 13After enjoying our flight for a couple of hours, we excitedly unwrapped our Real Food Daily meals on the plane. Surprisingly, the curious flight attendant came over to us and asked us where we got that delicious looking food, brazenly replying that she wanted to pick up some for her next flight through LA. She was actually in the midst of serving food and beverages to passengers and silently pointed our yummy food to one of her colleagues. We noticed pilots and airport personnel lining up to grab their plant-based food at the RFD counter, as well. If we want these wonderful eateries to succeed and spawn more and more similar establishments, we all need to patronize them and spread the word that they exist and are fabulous!

photo 9We chose two yummy sounding items to bring on the plane and share: the Spicy BLT with tempeh bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, spicy aioli on sprouted whole grain bread and The Club with crispy seitan, tempeh bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, veganaise on sourdough bread. Real Food Daily is famous for their tempeh bacon which truly rivals the “real thing” in taste and texture and these sandwiches certainly lived up to our high expectations. We may have been the envy of all the people around us! Wow, these sandwiches were soooo good—our taste buds were soaring!

Over 63 million people passed through LAX in 2012 and I’m not sure what percentage of those are passengers and crew flying out of Terminal 4, but this location is a tremendous market for Real Food Daily and great exposure for plant-based nutrition from one of the best and highest regarded vegan restaurants!

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Real Food Daily’s mission statement aims high:

  • balanced according to Eastern health philosophies and heart-healthy nutrition recommendations.
  • made from certified organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains and high quality natural condiments
  • rich in protein from organic beans, legumes and non-gmo whole soy including miso, tempeh and tofu. We never use fractionated, processed soy
  • free of meat, dairy, eggs, butter, cholesterol, saturated fats, preservatives, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, trans-fats, soy-isolates and gmos.
  • cooked in mineral-balanced, triple filtered purifies water. Our beverages are also made with this clean water.
  • prepared fresh in our restaurant and bakery kitchens, daily by hand, with skill and love.
  • sustainable – good for you and good for the planet.

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The Real Food Daily LAX Menu offers a tantalizing selection of transportable, delicious items:

734486_10152056680543571_1481174427_nSoups and Starters:

  • Country Vegetable Miso Soup
  • Kimchi Maki
  • Not-Chos

Sandwiches, Wraps and Burgers

  • The Club
  • Spicy BLT
  • RFD Burger
  • Burger with the Works
  • Tofu Veggie Wrap

Real Food Basics

  • SAMO Bowl
  • WEHO Bowl
  • PASA Bowl
  • LAX Bowl
  • Real Food Meal

Design Your Own Basic Bowl: Choose 2, 3 or 4 items from Grains, Vegetables, Plant Proteins plus dressing or sauce

Be sure to elevate your flying experience when you’re in LAX by visiting the Real Food Daily restaurant! Of course, Vegan American Princess is huge fan of all their locations and their dedication to serving wonderful and healthy plant-based food for many years. Let’s all hope that Real Food Daily crops up in all the major airports in the country!

photo 4Related Links

Real Food Daily website

Read About Ann Gentry

Facebook Page of Real Food Daily

Vegan American Princess Reports Real Food Daily at LAX

Real Food Daily’s Ann Gentry Appears on CBS’ The Talk

Vegan American Princess Award Winning Fake Bacon Recipes


xox Ellen


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