Happens to be the only place for raw food in Hollywood (as of now, that is). But a charming one it is, with a relaxing ambiance. Their main focus is cooked vegan, but you can always find a raw entree, raw salads, along with fresh juices.
Gourmet Green House is a raw, vegan and vegetarian lunch restaurant for both eat in and carry-out. They offer party trays and catering, as well as weekly prepared meal packages too.
My Hollywood friend, who recommended it to me, guided me there; otherwise I would likely not have found it! It is more or less hidden on the second floor above The Center for Human Development. This center specializes in spiritual healing and natural health counseling. Make sure to read directions (below) on how to get there.
I have been there twice; first time I arrived late in the afternoon and ordered just a green juice from Jason. He brought it out, I took a sip and it was just as delicious and refreshing as it should be.
Jason is the grandson to one of the two founders of Gourmet Green House. He is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and the manager. It is now three years since they started their business.
The second time visiting I ordered the only raw food entree to be found on the menu – Yellow Squash Spaghetti and Almond/Flax seed Meatballs with side salad for $8.00. Not thrilling, but nice; see picture.
The other two entrees were cooked vegan with one of them “Pork” Spare Ribs! It felt kind of weird looking at “pork” on a supposedly vegetarian menu. And the same goes with Curry “Chicken” sandwich and “Chicken” salad. The “pork” is made from seitan (wheat gluten) just so you know.
You could also choose between three raw salads; A Salad Explosion, House Salad and Chinese Mandarin Salad.
If you are looking to start sprouting at home, Jason can help you out. He carries a variety of sprouts and supplies to choose from.
When you visit make sure to check out the store on the first floor with all the little trinkets, products and wonderful aromas they have to offer.
Gourmet Green House
Address: 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33021
Directions: Take exit 20 from I95 to Hollywood Blvd (820) and go west to 58th. Or exit 49 from Florida Turnpike to Hollywood Blvd (820) and go east to 58th. The restaurant is situated in the white building with a sign Masquerade & Costumes on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd and 58th. Enter parking lot behind the building from 58th. Walk through garden, into store Metaphysical Center and up the stairs to second floor. Seating is overlooking the garden.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
By Åsa Paul-Johansson
On the Lime – Raw Foods
Fort Lauderdale area, Florida