By Victor Griego –

If there was an award you could give for coupling great food and ambience with a worthy social cause, Homegirl Café would win hands down. The food is amazing, the atmosphere abuzz with vitality and best of all, the profits go to ending gang violence in Los Angeles. Homegirl Café is part of HomeBoy Industries and is located on the ground flood of their administrative offices in Downtown Los Angeles. All of it is the brain child of Father Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest, who started working with East Los Angeles gangs in the 1980’s. According to Father Boyle, “Nothing stops a bullet like a job.”

Homegirl Café provides employment and job training for former female gang members. They know what they’re doing over there. It has the best chile salsa in Los Angeles. In fact, it’s so good that Ralphs Supermarket recently shelved it in one of their downtown markets.

The tacos at Homegirl Cafe come in all flavors: chicken, pork, tofu and fish and nopales. The breakfasts feature original dishes like tofu and green turkey chorizo. All dishes come with a choice of black beans or potatoes. They also serve great fresh juices and operate a bakery that bakes fresh deserts daily. The menu features personalized updates on the success stories of past and current employees.

Homegirl Café – An amazing story, great food and a location will take your breath away.

Homegirl Café is located at 130 W. Bruno St., L.A. 90012. Phone number is (323) 526-1254. The web site is

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