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Jackfruit Cafe Opening Second Location in South Central LA

The Black-owned vegan soul food restaurant is expanding!

Los Angeles is full of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants with innovative menu items, but there are still a few neighborhoods that lack rich and nutritious plant-based dishes. To help fulfill that need, Jackfruit Cafe is opening a second location in South Central LA.

Chef Angela Means Kaaya

Chef Angela Means Kaaya first opened Jackfruit Cafe in Jefferson Park to expose more Black and Brown Angelenos to a plant-based lifestyle. She later moved her business to the Colony in West LA but hoped to one day return to her old stomping grounds.

This summer, a space at a ghost kitchen near USC opened up, and it was perfect for Jackfruit Cafe. Kaaya told VegOut, “My heart’s desire is to serve South LA great vegan foods so when the ghost kitchen opened near USC, I jumped on the opportunity. Plus, my son is a USC Grad student, so it’s a two-for-one deal.”

Vegan Soul Food in Los Angeles

The new Jackfruit Cafe location will feature the same great vegan soul food menu customers know and love from the West LA spot. Some of the hottest menu items include the Jackfruit Burrito Bowl, Smothered Fries, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and Cauliflower Wings. The most iconic dish is the Jackfruit Soul Bowl which comes loaded with savory jackfruit, mac ‘n’ cheese, black beans, jasmine rice, grilled cabbage, a grilled plantain slice, and cornbread. Mmm, we’re getting hungry!

Vegan Options Near USC

If you’re in search of vegan options near USC, stop by Jackfruit Cafe and get ready to be amazed by the wonderful flavors and textures presented in each dish. The new location is set to open in late August or early September as a ghost kitchen at CloudKitchen (358 W 38th St, Los Angeles, CA 90037). For more updates on the new spot, visit JackfruitCafe.com or follow @jackfruitcafe on Instagram.

Allie Mitchell


When Allie responded to an Instagram post on @vegoutlosangeles a few years ago, she had no idea she’d join the coolest vegan team on the planet. An Austin native, actress, yogi, and part-time sword fighter (don’t ask!), Allie is on a mission to live her best life and inspire others to do the same. She graduated from Hussian College In Studio with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film and currently acts, writes, and eats her way through Los Angeles.

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