Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

Los Angeles is no stranger to the cafe category that pulls so many of us in, with varieties of bakery items, coffees, lattes, and more. Each cafe tries its best to lure in visitors with their very own unique concepts and takes, creating regulars who fall in love with all they have to offer. However, there’s one brand that has established itself as something more than just a cafe, giving patrons so much more to experience and look forward to with every visit.

With 13 locations across Southern California, Parakeet Café is making big waves in the cafe scene as they embrace high-quality, organic, whole-foods that are ethically sourced and prepared with love. That love and power is evident in not just the menu options, but in the personalities and smiles of the faces behind each location — all a reflection of the devotion and care that started the journey for Parakeet Café’s founders – husband and wife duo – Carol Roizen and Jonathan Goldwasser.

We visited Parakeet Café’s recently opened Brentwood location and found it to be a perfect match for the local community, seeing visitors who were already frequenting the spot, and others who were giving it a try for the first time. Those newcomers, excited to explore the menu’s offerings, walked away extremely pleased, just as we had. Completing the neighborly feel, Parakeet emanates a warmth that envelops guests with a bold, colorful theme, art deco-style pastel colors, and tropical wall designs featuring none other than playful parakeets that bring life to the establishment.

While getting lost in the fun environment, the blended aromas of bakery goods, coffee, and breakfast being cooked up all combine to prepare appetites for what’s to come.

Unique Takes on Breakfast, Lunch, and More

Parakeet Café embraces global cultures, as visible in their inspired menu that takes on a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Tapping into Carol and Jonathan’s exploration of the transformative power of organic, whole foods, Parakeet’s menu prominently features vegan and gluten-free dishes. The diverse offerings blend international ingredients with a progressive California style, utilizing organic, locally sourced produce to ensure superior taste, maximum nutrition, and environmental sustainability.

Filling and hearty, their Squash Soup includes spinach, nopales, tomatoes, guajillo chile, and avocado. Meanwhile, All I Avo Wanted carves a new lane in breakfast desirables with its blue corn waffle adding a deliciously savory punch to this healthy and pleasing dish, that finishes just fine without meat. Finally, allow us confirm that Parakeet’s Best Burger Ever may be exactly that! Grass-fed Australian beef, aioli, organic cheddar, and house-made pickles on a brioche bun, and paired with roasted potatoes, the Best. Burger Ever welcomes guests to the challenge, and we highly recommend it. Hot, juicy, and practically melting away with each bite, Parakeet Café makes it hard to stick to ordering one thing, especially with a burger of this magnitude on the menu.

Numerous decadent menu options leaves the door wide open for an obvious outcome: Coming back again and again to try out even more from the menu — or ordering the same thing with every visit.

Some of Parakeet Café’s signature dishes include:

  • All I Avo Wanted: Blue corn waffle, smashed avocado, feta, shaved radish, over-easy egg, chili flakes, hemp seeds, salsa macha. Gluten-free.
  • Greens Scrambled Eggs: Spinach, asparagus, green beans, avocado, labneh, toast, salsa verde.
  • Parakeet Bowl: Brown rice, roasted mushrooms, sesame collard greens, pickled cucumbers, almond butter miso mayo. Gluten-free, vegan.
  • Farro Salad: Roasted yams, shaved fennel, carrots, breakfast radish, arugula, baby spinach, toasted almonds, Fuji apples, apple cider, Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Vegan.

While the main dishes were all stars in their own rights, Parakeet Café’s Bakery items and Beverage Program are not to be overlooked:

“Viewing exceptional coffee and drinks as equally important as high-quality food, Parakeet Café’s beverage offerings compliment their menu and philosophy. From ethically sourced beans, house-made syrups and alternative milks to organic teas and local kombuchas the beverage options are perfectly paired with the fresh ingredients on your plate. For those seeking a more spirited drink, Parakeet has a well curated selection of local, micro brewed beers and biodynamic California wines.”

With a sampling like the list below, it’s hard to deny oneself an opportunity of liquid enrichment, and they are that much more enticing once you learn that house-made almond milk sweetened with locally sourced honey is available as an add-in:

  • Artisan Chai Latte: Black tea, organic spices, raw honey
  • Magic Mushroom Matcha: Om mushroom superfood blend, ashwagandha, homemade lavender honey, milk
  • Turmeric Latte: Turmeric, ginger, vanilla, cardamom, honey, unsweetened almond milk

While we didn’t choose in the selection above, we did indulge with Signature Sips, Honey Cinnamon Latte and Salted Maple Latte, which were likely just as incredulous! From their specialty coffee beans to the delicate balance of flavorful notes, Parakeet Cafe’s lattes brewed a special place in our hearts for their beautiful presentation and equally beautiful transformative flavors.

Our bakery sampling included their Banana Oat Muffin, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie, Zucchini Bread, Cookies & Cream Croissant, and Chocolate Croissant. Moist, buttery, soft, and flaky, are seemingly not good enough to describe the array of qualities and traits that each of these treats presented. However, these treats all warmed up presented their best versions of themselves, creating the ultimate bliss.

Now Open in Brentwood

While the Brentwood location may be far for some, rest assured that there are a dozen other locations, making Parakeet Cafe’s growth a journey that we welcome and look forward to in coming years. Each location features its own unique twist of art and decor, which adds another element of surprise for those who become familiar with the brand. When visiting the Brentwood location, Andy, Haley, and the rest of the team are incredibly kind and will take care of your every need, including substitutions due to allergies. When you visit, let them know “A little bird told you.”

Below is a list of all Parakeet Cafe locations across Southern California:

Brentwood: 13050 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 112, Los Angeles, CA
Beverly Hills Cafe: 206 S Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Carlsbad Cafe (coming soon): 1935 Calle Barcelona, Suite 176, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Coronado Cafe & Juicery: 1134 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily
Coronado Juicery: 943 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Open 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Del Mar Cafe: 3745 Paseo Place, Suite 820, San Diego, CA 92130
Open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Del Mar Juicery: 3722 Paseo Place, Suite 1440, San Diego, CA 92130
Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
La Jolla Cafe: 927 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
La Jolla Juicery: 935 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
La Jolla Cove Cafe: 1155 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Little Italy Cafe & Juicery: 1680 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Nautilus Cafe: 3535 General Atomics Ct., San Diego, CA 92121
Open 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Newport Beach Cafe: 7972 Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657

About Parakeet Cafe

“Founded by husband and wife duo Carol Roizen and Jonathan Goldwasser in 2017, Parakeet Café is a bright, welcoming all-day café that embraces global cultures through high-quality, organic, whole-foods and ethically sourced beverages. The couple’s devotion to healthy eating was sparked when their daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease as an infant. The couple moved their family from Mexico City to the United States to pursue treatment and began exploring nutrition changes through a plant-based, organic diet and juicing. In 2017, they opened the first Parakeet Café location in La Jolla. Today, Parakeet Café expands across Southern California, with four new locations in the works, and their daughter is a healthy teenager.”