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owntown Los Angeles has become a crossroads of cuisines, where world-class chefs, legacy family restaurants, and quality grab-and-go options abound. Whether in search of single origin coffee, a hearty breakfast, power lunch, killer happy hour, signature dinner or a late night hang, it’s all here. With quiet corners and stunning views, historic settings and leading edge architecture, alfresco patios and wine cellars, Downtown Los Angeles offers the city’s finest meals in some of its most intriguing spaces. Enjoy!

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AMERICAN Dames & Games................................................................................... 30 District........................................................................................................ 27 Farmer Boys............................................................................................. 15 Gus’s Drive-In.......................................................................................... 12 Hock and Hoof....................................................................................... 24 Karl Strauss Brewing............................................................................. 3 Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse.................................................................... 2 Nick’s Cafe................................................................................................ 26 Noé.............................................................................................................. 10 Patina............................................................................................................ 2 Public School 213................................................................................. 21 The Counter.............................................................................................. 7 Tom’s Urban............................................................................................ 13

ASIAN ASIAN FUSION Ebaes........................................................................................................... 18 Li Orient....................................................................................................... 5 CHINESE Bugis Street Brasserie......................................................................... 11 CBS Seafood.............................................................................................. 6 Plum Tree.................................................................................................. 22 Triple 8.......................................................................................................... 5 JAPANESE Kai Japanese Roots.............................................................................. 29

BA R B E C U E Spring Street Smokehouse............................................................. 20

B O BA Little Fluffy Head Cafe........................................................................ 12

CALIFORNIA Corporation Food Hall......................................................................... 6 Flix Cafe at L.A. Center Studios...................................................... 22 Grand Café............................................................................................... 10 Reggie’s Deli and Cafe........................................................................ 18 Tom’s Urban............................................................................................ 13 Ziran............................................................................................................ 28 FRENCH Boardroom................................................................................................ 2 Cafe Pinot................................................................................................... 2 Kendall’s Brasserie.................................................................................. 2 Taix Restaurant...................................................................................... 28

MEDITERRANEAN Smeraldi’s................................................................................................. 11 MISCELLANEOUS Porsche of Downtown................................................................ 16-17 PIZZA Palermo’s................................................................................................... 30

I N T E R N AT I O N A L Corporation Food Hall......................................................................... 6 Dekkadance.............................................................................................. 9 Flix Café at L.A. Center Studios...................................................... 22 Gallery Bar & Cognac Room........................................................... 11 Metropole Bar and Kitchen............................................................. 20 Taste at FIG@7th................................................................................... 32 Tom’s Urban............................................................................................ 13

S A L A D S, S A N DW I C H E S & M O R E Corner Bakery Cafe.............................................................................. 19 Corporation Food Hall......................................................................... 6 Eastside Market Italian Deli............................................................. 26 Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant............................................... 10 Gourmet LA Bakery............................................................................. 30 Palermo..................................................................................................... 30 Reggie’s Deli and Cafe........................................................................ 18 Rendezvous Court............................................................................... 11 Rendezvous Court Cafe.................................................................... 11 Urth Caffé................................................................................................. 25

I TA L I A N Eastside Market Italian Deli............................................................. 26

STEAKHOUSE L.A. Prime.................................................................................................. 23 Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse.................................................................... 2

The Downtown Los Angeles Restaurant Guide is produced by the LA Downtown News. Cover photo by Archel Arindaeng. Copyright Southland Publishing, Inc.2018. For additional copies or information about this guide, call (213) 481-1448

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f the exotic culinary art of dim sum is one of your passions, or just something you’ve been curious about, CBS Seafood Restaurant, a Hong Kong-style seafood house, belongs on your go-to dining list. Select from rolling carts packed with steamed or baked buns filled with barbecue pork, har gow (translucent shrimp-filled dumplings), jing joon (sticky rice and meat steamed in lotus leaves), deep-fried taro turnovers and more than 50 other varieties of traditional Chinese small plates. For the finale, sample from the cart of creamy egg tarts, sesame balls or mango pudding. Seating 180, this lively Chinatown establishment is decorated with polished granite, blonde wood with turquoise accents, gleaming brass columns and crystal chandeliers. One room, ideal for banquets, offers a stage behind a brilliant red curtain embroidered with a golden dragon. While dim sum at CBS can be ordered all day, dinner also brings Cantonese delicacies such as shark fin soup, scallops in black bean and chili sauce, Peking duck with crispy, lacquered skin, and lobster or king crab from the restaurant’s show tanks. Dining banquet-style is the best way to explore CBS’s vast menu of more than 250 tempting items. This restaurant offers one of those remarkable cultural feasts for which L.A. is so famous. At 700 N. Spring St., (213) 617-2323. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. CUISINE: Chinese, Seafood $$

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El Pollo Loco $ 260 S Broadway 213.626.7975

Sbarro 21 252 S Broadway 213.613.1250

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City National Plaza(Food Court) 9 515 S Flower St 213.485.9595 Cutey Pie Cafe 0 207 S Broadway 213.623.5473 DISTRICT ! 711 S Hope St 213.612.3185 Drago Centro @ 525 S Flower St 213.228.8998

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Whatever the occasion, the dining establishments at Omni Los Angeles Hotel are sure to impress. From happy hour and weekend brunch to pre-theatre dining and business lunches, Grand Café and Noé Restaurant offer up innovative cuisine in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

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ou know you’ve reached legend status when your restaurant’s signature item is so good that people simply refer to it as the #19 – tender pastrami, coleslaw, Swiss cheese and tangy Russian dressing on mind-blowing rye bread. It’s perfection between two slices. Since founder Al Langer created this sandwich masterpiece, it has become one of those storied L.A. traditions that is passed down from generation to generation. The pastrami at Langer’s Delicatessen is known world-wide, and is consistently ranked among the best in the country. This family-owned Jewish deli will celebrate its 71st anniversary in June. When Langer’s first opened, there were about a dozen seats. Today there are 135, though the vintage appeal has remained virtually unchanged – wood paneling, upholstered booths, and coveted counter stools. Many of the friendly servers have worked here for decades, becoming part of the Langer’s family. In true deli fashion, the menu here is epic, starting with breakfast favorites like corned beef, lox and cream cheese and a chicken liver omelet. There are heavenly cheese blintzes, golden potato pancakes and soul-warming matzo ball soup. Specials feature grilled liver and onions, roast brisket and a half-dozen cold fish plates. Langer’s still has soda fountain favorites such as egg creams, chocolate phosphate, root beer floats and sundaes. You’ll want to save room for dessert when the options include apple pie with brandy sauce, rice custard, noodle kugel and cheesecake. From humble beginnings to a thriving business, the corner of Seventh and Alvarado streets has become the historic Langer’s Square. Through post-war growth, recession and urban blight, Langer’s reflects the story of L.A. and its indomitable spirit. At 704 N. Alvarado St., (213) 483-8050. Open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit langersdeli.com. Cuisine: Deli/Salads, Sandwiches & More $$ $$ (Sat. Only)

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his uniquely authentic brasserie remains among the top choices for PanAsian cuisine among Angelenos and visitors from near and far. The spacious interior is airy and offers private dining for 6 to 30 people, as well as private parties for up to 150. Signature dishes include Singaporean Laksa, Pan-Fried Lobster Yee Mein and Penang Char Kway Teow, among others. A selection of local draft beer, wine and specialty drinks make the casual bar an ideal spot to start your evening with Happy Hour, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and dinner Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, please call (213) 624-1100. CUISINE: Singaporean Chinese $$

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ith its hand-painted wood-beam ceiling, crystal chandeliers, a rose marble fountain and graceful Spanish-Baroque staircase, Rendezvous Court offers a distinctly elegant, European atmosphere. One of the most photographed rooms in DTLA, Rendezvous Court is the original 1923 lobby of the historic Biltmore

hotel and is widely considered to serve one of the most traditional afternoon teas in L.A. Served Saturdays and Sundays 2:00pm to 5:00pm, it includes a flute of champagne, tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire Cream, pastries, and petit fours accompanied by famous tea blends. For Afternoon Tea reservations, please call (213) 612-1562. CUISINE: Traditional Afternoon Tea $$$ $$ (suggested for tea)

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traditional Italian takeaway service featuring freshly brewed specialty coffees by our barista, the Café offers morning breakfast delights and specialty sandwiches, Mediterranean salads, and other healthy options for lunch. Monthly promotions feature Thai iced tea and various flavors of Indian Lassi and Chai. The cafe also offers full bar service within the opulent setting of Rendezvous Court. Open daily 6:00am to 4:30pm.  $

ur Mediterranean-influenced experience offers fresh Spanish-Italian cuisine, including Seafood Paella, handmade pizzas, and mezze appetizers, inspired by Chef de Cuisine David Wolfskill, trained in the Mediterranean basin. We aim to inspire our guests with value-added lunch buffet. Specialty wines are suggested by our wine guru and the entire dining experience ends with indulgent desserts, rich Italian coffee and a traditional Grappa. Smeraldi’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday; breakfast and lunch Sunday and Monday. For reservations, please call (213) 612-1562 or for more information, visit millenniumhotels.com. CUISINE: Mediterranean $$$

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ot only has the landmark Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles become an L.A. icon due in part to its ornate decor, entertainment roots, backdrop to countless feature films and television series, and roster of notable guests, it also has earned acclaim throughout the years for its culinary excellence. In 2018, its exceptional outlets have celebrate international flavors from Mediterranean to Southeast Asian cuisine, while its traditional Afternoon Tea in Rendezvous Court is incomparable in L.A. Mix and mingle in the bar enhanced by historic ambiance and vintage or contemporary concoctions. For more information, please call (213) 612-1562 or visit millenniumhotels.com.

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here are hundreds of types of tea in the world, but odds are you’ve never tried cheese tea before — and Little Fluffy Head Cafe is here to change that. The shop is the first of its kind in Downtown Los Angeles, with more than a dozen different drink flavors to sample. The options at the Financial District establishment include classic teas such as oolong or jasmine, a variety of ever-popular milk teas with boba, and even premium infusions with flavors like osmanthus amd rose. The high-quality teas are brewed fresh to order, in small batches, to ensure the best flavor. They’re capped with a cloud-like swirl of cream cheese foam. The cheese foam blends with the tea below, adding a rich, tangy accent you notice in every sip. A few drinks have even more surprises, as with the “Dirty Mess” milk tea, which sports a layer of creme brulee cream and crushed-up Oreo cookies. Cafe owner Jenny Zhang discovered cheese tea while on a trip through Asia, where the quirky drink has become a craze with millennials. With Little Fluffy Head, she has brought the trend to the United States. The Seventh Street shop has some casual seating for those who want to hang out with their tea, and Little Fluffy Head also offers delivery around Downtown via Postmates, Grubhub and more. Experience for yourself how delicious tea can be with a dose of cheesy goodness. At 203 W. Seventh St., (213) 266-8495. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. or littlefluffyhead.com. CUISINE: Tea $

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njoy the California sunshine on the patio, or buzz into the drive-thru for a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner at Gus’s Drive-In. The retro Third Street stopover between Downtown and MacArthur Park is a fresh spot to grab a quick meal at a budget-friendly price. Although the food is speedy and affordable, Gus’s is far from your average fast food joint. In addition to tempting burgers and sandwiches, the menu includes a range of salads, Greek pitas, wraps and tacos that will put most drive-thru menus to shame when it comes to variety and healthy options. Fresh ingredients, a commitment to grilling with olive oil and cooking without trans-fats makes Gus’s a drive-in you can feel good about. Open at 7 a.m., stop in for a breakfast bagel, panini or burrito on the go, or sit down to heartier fare such as the ham and eggs, pancakes or even a big ribeye breakfast steak. On the road for lunch? Try the chicken breast Greek pita, fish tacos, a filling mahi mahi salad or a classic BLT. Burgers range from a decadent barbecue bacon cheeseburger to leaner turkey or veggie options. Kids have a choice of chicken tenders or grilled cheese, pancakes or French toast. Grab dinner at Gus’s before heading home from the office. Mexican options such as fajitas, burritos, quesadillas and tacos are accompanied by house-made salsas and guacamole. Sophisticated choices include the avocado-tuna panini or grilled fish plates of tilapia, salmon or mahi mahi, all of which are a gourmet way to stay healthy. Grab a fresh sandwich, wrap or panini with handcarved meat if you want a portable meal. Whatever you’re looking for, Gus’s has an option for everyone – and it’s always fast and fresh. At 1657 W. Third St., (213) 483-8885 or gussdi.com. Open daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. CUISINE: American, Latin, Mediterranean $

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Café Dulcé 2 134 Japanese Village Plaza 213.346.9910

Kagura Downtown8 137 Japanese Village 213.680.1826

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resh and stylish Yxta Cocina brings life to its little corner of the Arts District on Central Avenue and Sixth Street with authentic Mexican dishes and an extensive tequila selection. Part of Jesse Gomez and Jose Acevedo’s Cocinas y Calaveras Restaurant group, which also includes the four Mercado locations. Mercado Taqueria in Studio City and Maradentro in Brentwood, Yxta’s brick and beveled glass interior is lined with the works of contemporary Mexican artists whose canvases are as colorful as the restaurant’s well-crafted dishes. Tacos with handmade tortillas, slow-cooked carnitas, mouth-watering mole and fresh guacamole are just a few of the staples that have made Yxta a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2009. However, this isn’t just your abuelita’s traditional Mexican food. The creative kitchen is full of surprises for diners who want a healthy, fresh update to their favorite dishes. Try the Mexican Kale Salad with candied pepitas and cotija-pesto bread crumbs, or the grilled salmon in cilantro pesto for something that will make your palate sing. Cilantro lime rice, chipotle mashed potatoes, or grilled corn all make the perfect sides to round out an incredible meal. Finish your dinner with the chef’s signature flan or dual-layer Mexican bread pudding with churro ice cream, called capirotada. In addition to a careful selection of Mexican and local beers and eight lovely wines, the bar has its sights laser-focused on great tequila. Yxta’s more than 55 premium silver, reposado and añejo tequilas and mezcals give seasoned aficionados a dazzling array of new tastes to try. But if straight tequila isn’t your thing, the margaritas (spicy cucumber, jamaica or classic) made with fresh sour are a fabulously fresh alternative. At 601 S. Central Ave., (213) 596-5579. Open Mon.-Tues. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Wed.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 4-10 p.m.; happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. and Sat. 4-6 p.m. Valet parking available. Visit cocinasycalaveras.com. CUISINE: Mexican $$

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hen you need a good burger fix, there’s no shortage of places competing for your dollars. But standing out from the pack is Farmer Boys Restaurant, which prides itself on the fact that nothing on the menu is warmed over or pre-made – despite being open 24 hours. The menu has a little bit of everything, from breakfast to dinner. Still, the restaurant’s trademark is its mouthwatering Signature Farmer’s Burger, which attracts everyone from police to fire personnel to those in the garment and produce industries. Voted best burger by My Fox LA Hot List, Inland Empire Hotlist and KFRG Radio, the Farmer’s Burger is huge, satisfying and always made to order. The Farmer Boys burger line offers nearly a dozen choices so diners can get theirs prepared exactly to taste. Even vegetarians can order a tasty market burger. Try the standard option or go wild with a double bacon burger or a natural burger made with fresh, never frozen, hormone-free and antibiotic-free beef.

Farmer Boys Restaurant is not just about the burgers. Start your day with one of the signature breakfasts (you can order breakfast anytime). Order a stack of hot cakes, French toast, omelets or the three-egg plate. All omelets and three-egg plates are served with hash browns, toast and jelly. If you like your eggs between bread, go for the daybreak sandwich and add bacon, sausage or ham. Farmer Boys Restaurant also has the popular breakfast burrito made with three eggs, your choice of bacon, ham, sausage or chili, rolled up in a tortilla with fresh salsa and crispy hash browns. Farmer Boys makes a pint-sized Kid’s Breakfast as well. Your farm-to-table burger isn’t complete without a generous helping of tasty sides. French fries are popular but Farmer Boys’ other two signature items are the colossal onion rings and crispy zucchini, which are both hand cut and breaded daily. Besides favorites such as the fish platter and bacon turkey melt, the restaurant also has a line of chicken sandwiches, the charbroiled chicken club, sourdough chicken avocado and the

charbroiled chicken sandwich, all served on a wheat bun. For the health conscious, Farmer Boys offers several salad options. The Farmer’s chopped Cobb salad and the chicken barbecue ranch are two of the most popular, as well as the classic chicken salad and Southwest chicken salad. Diners can call ahead to place phone orders for faster service, or use the convenient drive thru. For those who need to get work done, there is free Wi-Fi (except Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) as well as plenty of free parking — a rarity Downtown. The restaurant also has a very important Farmer Loyalty Program: Get $5 instantly when you download the

app and join. Earn 1 point for every dollar spent. Get 60 points for each $5. As an added bonus, you can sign up for email coupons and discounts. Farmer Boys Restaurant is always open, which is perfect for those times when you need a quick, fresh and delicious burger fix. • Free Wi-Fi • Free parking • Breakfast served 24 hours • Email coupons and discounts • Open 24 hours At 726 S. Alameda St. (1.5 miles south of Union Station), (213) 2288999. Open 24 hours. Drive thru or dine in. Visit farmerboysla.com. CUISINE: American $

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back traditional dining. He has taken his time to implement small details in the restaurant including the wishing wall, mason jars and family-style dishes. “Life’s better when we eat together,” he says. The menu at Ebaes on Wilshire, although limited, will offer fusion ramen, rolls and quick graband-go items. The location is ideal for anyone on a tight lunch schedule. An extended menu, as well as adult drinks, is on the way! 1111 Wilshire Blvd., #104, Los Angeles, CA Daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 2314 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. visit www.ebaesla.com CUISINE: Asian Fusion $$

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n the hunt for a healthy, quick breakfast and lunch joint with a friendly staff and lots of fresh juices at reasonable prices. Look no further than the peppy, energetic service at Reggie’s Deli. Stop in anytime for a great meal, or call ahead to cater a meeting, party or special event with a bounty of scrumptious sandwiches and salads. In the mornings you’ll find no better place for bagels topped with lox, cream cheese, veggie or chive spreads. Breakfast sandwiches with ham, eggs, cheese and more satisfy early morning cravings. There’s also the “Santa Fe salad,” which is a little bit south of the boarder and a little bit Reggie. The restaurant is always trying to create new flavor experiences, while keeping it simple and downright good. The salad includes black beans, corn, red onions, avocado, tortilla chips, avocado, tomatoes and chicken breast, with a buttermilk ranch dressing The Chicken Chow is your salad if you’re looking for health. A little twist on a typical salad, Reggie’s add grilled veggies including broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and zucchini.  For a mid-morning pick-me-up, check out the smoothie and fresh juice bar. Whether you’re looking for juice that is sweet, green, tropical or immunity boosting, Reggie’s has your combo, and all the ingredients for you to make your own, too. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, hearty or healthy, stop in to Reggie’s for a big slice of deli counter hospitality. At 1910 Sunset Blvd., (213) 353-9263. Open daily 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Visit reggiesdeli.com. CUISINE: California, Deli


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kings to Flower Street, when uncounted gala movie openings made Broadway a parade of shimmering chiffon. Step into a time machine and indulge in a hand-crafted cocktail created by our beverage team, or a local draft beer or a wine from an extensive wine list. We offer a unique twist on a bar menu with our salute to local classics prepared in a modern style. The beverage program includes a wide selection of locally brewed drafts as well as some of California’s finest wines. The cocktail selection includes the “FDR martini,” crafted by the ex-president to celebrate the end of Prohibition. Another option is a locally created hybrid of the Moscow Mule, the signature “Pineapple Mule.” We also offer upscale fine dining options including Honey Miso Baked Wild Sea Bass and Duck Confit Risotto with Foie Gras Foam. Metropole Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has individual or group-style seating that creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests to enjoy. MBK is the perfect choice for guests looking to rediscover L.A.’s past in the midst of a booming Downtown. With a design-driven interior that incorporates elements of the city’s colorful history, MBK offers a unique launch point to explore one of America’s greatest cities. Our unique design will speak to you, bring back memories and make you hungry for the future. At 899 Francisco St., (213) 232-8800. Open daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Visit or hotelindigola.com. CUISINE: American $$

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n the 12 years since Spring Street Smokehouse opened, businesses have come and gone in this quiet northern corner of Chinatown. But the desire for authentic smokehouse barbecue has only increased, as has the strong customer base hungry for a little taste of home. In a city of transplants, both new and longtime residents seek out the comforts of their origins in all kinds of ways, including through hearty, traditional food from America’s heartland and East Coast. Enter Spring Street Smokehouse, where the meat is smoked for four to 18 hours, smothered in house-made barbecue sauce and served with just the right combination of sides. Meats are smoked in Spring Street’s premiere indoor smoker, which comes straight from Mesquite, Texas, the heart of barbecue country. It is fed with a blend of white oak, mesquite and hickory wood, which gives the Smokehouse’s meat its signature profile. The famous barbecue sauce, passed down through the family for four generations, proclaims its Carolina-style flavor: tart and tangy, with heavy accents from apple cider vinegar and clove. It’s made in small batches every three to four weeks and enjoyed, in all its originality, by new customers daily. Along with flavorful meats, customers also enjoy the extensive beer program, featuring a rotating selection of nearly 50 varieties from around the country. Spring Street Smokehouse’s 14 weekly-changing taps and curated bottle list offer everything from basic comfort beers to high-end, limited edition bottles. The newest specialty list features six retired beers made in 2016, which will never be made by their breweries again, for the true novelty beer experience. For a taste of home, visit Spring Street Smokehouse today. At 640 N. Spring St., (213) 626-0535 or sssmokehouse.com. Open Sunday-Monday 2-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday 2-10 p.m. CUISINE: American smokehouse barbecue $$

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t the Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, the food and beverage programs reflect the culture and history of Los Angeles, from the classics of the golden age of Hollywood to the modern trends of the culinary scene in Downtown. This city and its neighborhoods are truly a melting pot, and represent one of the most culturally dynamic culinary scenes in the world. The menus reflect that diversity, concentrating on regional flavors and local favorites. Hotel chefs have created menus featuring small bites such as tuna poke tacos, duck confit quesadillas, as well as Los Angeles-inspired favorites such as the French dip. Metropole Kitchen, the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant, offers innovative twists on local classics. MBK features a distinctive circular entrance, representing the 11 miles of underground tunnels that crisscross our neighborhood streets. These tunnels were originally conceived as an alternate transportation system connecting key infrastructure in the Downtown core. They also famously carried contraband during Prohibition and were home to many of the city’s unmarked watering holes, frequented by police, politicians and many members of the general public. MBK has a modern yet relaxed ambiance that bridges the gap between our inspirational past and our aspirational future. The decor echoes L.A.’s classic “Golden Age” while reminding guests of the revitalization of our colorful Historic Core. The entire hotel is an homage to the time when L.A. boomed, when Chaplin and Keaton used the streets as the backdrop to countless films, when the Fiesta de las Flores brought presidents and

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Public School 213 Fried Jidori Chicken & Waffles

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ublic School 213 was originally just a small bar in the corner of Daily Grill, but it took over the entire space after a months-long renovation that was completed in summer 2015. The eatery at the corner of Sixth and Flower streets now boasts a huge dining area with a private room for large groups and a long, fully stocked bar. With diverse menus and a sleek industrial-chic vibe, Public School is of one of the best options in Downtown for a big meal out or just to grab a drink and watch the game. It also provides catering and delivery to all of Downtown Los Angeles. Public School specializes in craft beer, with nearly two-dozen brews on rotation regularly. Whether it’s a crisp Tangerine Express IPA from Stone Brewing or a dense, rich Black House from Modern Times Brewing, Public School has a unique draft beer for every palate. In case the draft selection isn’t enough, expect a changing selec

tion of canned and bottled beers. That variety extends to the cocktail menu. With a huge selection of spirits and house-made flavorings, Public School is putting together some intriguing cocktails with a modern flair. Highlights include the Ryders on the Storm (with Bulleit Rye, house-made stout syrup and ginger beer) and the deliciously complex Light My Fire (El Silence Mezcal, passionfruit puree, Serrano agave). All those drinks go great with Public School’s big menu of modern American food, and the gastropub offers brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as some happy hour specials. Diners can get started with a selection of appetizers to share at the table, including the popular Cutting Board that features a fresh, seasonal selection of three different meats and cheeses complemented by Kalamata olives, whole grain mustard, candied

walnuts and sweet red grapes. Fitting with the spirit of the gastropub’s name, the menu has a few upscale takes on schoolhouse favorites like the bacon-cheddar tater tots with sriracha ketchup and the chorizo mac and cheese. Other dishes take a playful twist on the classics: Check out the Ahi Tuna Poke that features homemade pickles and taro chips or the Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower with bleu cheese aioli. Those are just the starters — Public School has a spread of salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and larger entrees, all with globetrotting flavors. Taste the sea with the unique Thai Noodle Salad that features a medley of flavors such as cucumber, mango, mint, cilantro and juicy pieces of shrimp. The Roasted Chicken & Quinoa Salad is a fan favorite that combines romaine and arugula with roasted quinoa, feta, cherry tomatoes and toasted walnuts. Public School’s sandwiches come with a choice of “brown bag” fries, red quinoa salad or poblano carrot slaw. The Bison Burger is a crowd favorite, combining a grass-fed bison patty with Emmental cheese, whiskey BBQ sauce, Bibb lettuce, tomato and a pepper bacon mushroom topping. They have also reinvented a

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classic with the PS Burger that boasts 100% choice Angus beef, buttery Bibb lettuce, tomato, onion and a unique combo of sriracha ketchup and sweet mustard bbq. The hits keep coming with the main dishes. Those craving a Mexican flair should note the Skirt Steak tacos — two corn tortillas filled with juicy pieces of skirt steak and topped with avocado salsa, queso fresco and pickled onion and cilantro. The American South makes an appearance with the classic shrimp and grits, served with smoky bacon and greens. And considering Public School’s pubby roots, it’s no surprise to see the menu has two British standbys: fish and chips, and bangers and mash. Maybe you don’t need dessert after exploring Public School’s menu, but if you have room, the restaurant has sweet treats that rotate regularly. Or go for the item that’s always on the menu: an irresistible Nutella cookie sandwich with vanilla ice cream and bacon brittle. At 612 S. Flower St., (213) 6224500. Open weekdays 10:30 a.m.10 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Visit or psontap.com. CUISINE: American $$

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Flix Cafe at Los Angeles Center Studios

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our only limitation when you book an event at Los Angeles Center Studios is your imagination. Bring your launch party, corporate presentation, food and music festival, grad night or film screening to the campus for an experience that will impress your guests. The 20-acre campus can accommodate your 100-person intimate affair or cater to the demands of a 10,000-person extravaganza. We’ve been the venue for LA Food and Wine, Bethesda Game Studios, the NBA Players Association, Maxim Magazine, Activision, DreamWorks, General Motors, Electronic Arts and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to name a few. The backdrop is a post-modern classic tower, with vintage black terrazzo floors, glass and aluminum walls and doors. Use the lobby for an upscale mixer or the outside deck for a stunning sunset view of Downtown. The low-slung, modern cafe transforms into an intimate evening lounge complete with floating bar and outdoor seating. Remarkable daytime views of the lush outdoor garden and city skyline are relaxing by day and stunning at night. Operated by Guckenheimer, a leader in corporate food service, Flix Cafe offers full breakfast, lunch, daily specials, Starbucks coffee and catering. Diners will find delicious, green-certified menus in a cheery atmosphere. Everything is cooked from scratch, and the menus feature a wide range of nutritious and gourmet dishes using the freshest ingredients. Flix Catering is perfect for private parties from casual buffets for network mixers to gourmet table 22 DOWNTOWNLADINING.COM

service for elegant gala events. Whether the party is for 20, 200 or several thousand, Flix Catering will create the perfect menu to transform any vision into a memorable experience. Flix Cafe is found in the Beaudry Building, which also offers a variety of special event areas. There are two intimate patios with unobstructed and unique skyline views, as well a 350-seat theater with a director’s platform, ideal for your town hall meeting or Q&A session. Other popular locations are the state-of-the-art sound stages. These were recently home to a Maxim Magazine party. They are 18,000 square feet, with silent air conditioning and high bandwidth for internet. If you want trees and a park, along with city streets, we’ve got that too. We’ve been the choice for large-scale events including LA Beer Fest, Grilled Cheese Festival, Lobster Fest, senior proms, and Bethesda Games’ E3 extravaganza. Event attendance has ranged from 100 to 9,000 at this unique facility. Flix Cafe, a green-certified restaurant, is at Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W. Fifth St. Open weekdays for breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Starbucks Bar and snacks available 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For cafe and catering information, email flixcafe@lacenterstudios. com or call (213) 534-2337. For special events email nwinters@ lacenterstudios.com. Visit lacenterstudios.com. CUISINE: California/World Cuisine $

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ngelenos looking for an authentic taste of Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine head to Plum Tree Inn. For decades, this favorite Chinatown eatery has become a mainstay for everyone from Downtown workers to residents to tourists. Located on a bustling stretch of Broadway, Plum Tree is centrally located and even boasts its own convenient parking lot. The attractive, contemporary space features an inviting dining room with airy artwork on the walls and a stunning dragon sculpture hanging from the ceiling. The restaurant also offers a cozy bar for a pre-dinner glass of wine or a cocktail. The food, of course, is the main attraction. The vast menu features all the classics like panfried noodles and minced chicken in lettuce cup to mushu pork and orange chicken. But there’s also a selection of house specialties that are not to be missed. Among the favorites are spicy crispy prawns, the lion’s head, the tender scallops in lemon sauce, and the Kung Pao Three Delicacies with shrimp, fish filet and scallops sauteed with the restaurant’s famous Szechuan sauce. For a special treat (order ahead), try the Beijing duck, a true showstopper with lacquered skin, Chinese pancakes, spring onions and hoisin dipping sauce. The lunch specials are a steal at Plum Tree, with dozens of delectable chicken, beef, seafood and vegetable dishes from which to sample. At 913 N. Broadway, (213) 613-1819. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Visit plumtreeinn.com. CUISINE: Asian/Mandarin $

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itting on the 35th floor of the world-famous Westin Bonaventure hotel in Downtown Los Angeles’ Financial District, L.A. Prime is a restaurant that never fails to impress. The dining room is an elegant oasis, and sweeping windows offer views that stretch to the north and west, capturing both the mountains and the urban sprawl that define Los Angeles. L.A. Prime is particularly beautiful as the sun sets and the city’s lights come alive, setting the mood in a dining room that is both elegant and comfortable. The main draw at L.A. Prime is the menu of USDA-certified prime beef and fresh seafood, all prepared with refined cooking technique and paired with attentive service from an experienced waitsaff. Executive chef

remoulade sauce or escargots served in their shells, spilling over with melted garlic-parsley butter (be sure to dip your ciabatta bread). Of course, the main attraction

pink, or the savory steak au poivre, painted with a rich pan sauce speckled with peppercorns? There’s one more choice to make, as each steak comes with a selection

Andreas Nieto has crafted a series of dishes that take classic steakhouse flavors and punch them up with a modern aesthetic. Take the truffle-infused asparagus, slow-cooked in a sous-vide water bath and seasoned with tomato-seed vinaigrette, toasted almonds and intoxicating shaved truffles. Those wanting the old-school steakhouse experience, meanwhile, can try pitch-perfect takes on dishes such as Maryland blue crab cakes with tangy

here is the beef. USDA prime certification is the highest overall quality category a cut of beef can attain in the United States, and the cuts at L.A. Prime are finely marbled with lush fat for maximum flavor and tenderness. The toughest decision is figuring out which cut to choose for yourself: Do you want the lean and supple filet mignon, or the more intense bone-in Delmonico ribeye? Are you in the mood for a 14-ounce veal chop, cooked to a perfect blushing

of side sauces and optional additions — truffle butter, a crab cake, shrimp scampi and more — to take the entree to another level. While L.A. Prime is a steakhouse, the menu also features a series of composed plates that highlight the kitchen’s creativity and ability with other choices. A grilled double-rack of Colorado lamb comes with a pool of mashed potatoes spun through with soft goat cheese, with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses giving

sweet acidity and stunning color to the plate. Seared jumbo scallops are another highlight, served with bacon-braised cabbage, a smooth pureé of sunchokes, and a lovely green sauce buzzing with the sharp flavor of sorrel leaf. Or splurge on the three-pound Maine lobster, prepared either by a simple poaching in water or baked in the Thermidor style, with a creamy sauce of egg yolks and brandy and spices. Don’t forget that L.A. Prime offers one of the best wine lists in the city, and was given the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator in 2017. And while you may be stuffed after all that food and drink, consider the dessert menu, with sweet treats such as tiramisu, rich chocolate cake and banana creme bruleé. Downtown Los Angeles has seen an explosion of new restaurants, but there’s a reason that L.A. Prime holds on to its place at the toop and continue to earn rave reviews. Discover why the 35th floor of the Bonaventure is the perfect place for your next occasion, whether it’s a romantic meal or a special dinner with your peers. At 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 6124743. Open Sunday-Saturday, 5:3010:30 p.m. Visit thebonaventure. com/la-prime. CUISINE: Steakhouse $$$ DOWNTOWNLADINING.COM 23


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n the center of the Historic Core district, visit Broadway’s bright taqueria and mezcal bar, Mezcalero, for home-style comfort food, handcrafted specialty cocktails and a robust list of tequila and mezcal from all over Mexico. As one of the neighborhood’s newest additions, Downtowners can watch the Artwalk crowds from the street-facing patio, or disappear into the long, cavernous bar’s glowing neon and communal wooden tables. Try one of Mezcalero’s one-of-a-kind libations made with premium spirits and flavored by fresh fruit juices as well as house-made bitters and tinctures. The wide variety of tequilas includes the Maestro Dobel or a corn-infused mezcal prominent in many exotic cocktail creations. Looking for two sides of the same peso? Oaxaca in the Garden blends Maestro Dobel and mezcal with mint, cilantro, basil, bell peppers, Fresno pepper, and pineapple and lime juice for a refreshing angle on Oaxaca. For a bit of adventure, try the Oaxaca Shame, a concoction of roasted corn infused mezcal, gin, creme de violette, dry vermouth, hojo santo leaf and absinthe. Mezcalero also offers a succulent selection of gourmet tacos topped with everything from cactus and octopus to bay shrimp and roasted pork. Be sure to stop in during the daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m. to sample specialty cocktails for $7, $5 taps and $4 well drinks and wine. On Tuesdays the signature tacos are $3 from 3 p.m. to midnight. With its neighborhood-friendly daily deals and unique spin on cocktails, Mezcalero is making its mark as a must-visit Broadway destination. At 510 S. Broadway, (213) 628-3337 or mezcalerodtla.com. Open 3 p.m.-2 a.m. daily; happy hour 3-7 p.m. daily. CUISINE: Mexican

Hock + Hoof is a contemporary American restaurant using classic French techniques while incorporating refined Asian ingredients and flavors. Focused on casual dining with intention, our menu celebrates and is inspired by the cultural diversity of Los Angeles. Experience a culinary adventure right in the heart of downtown L.A. Riffing on the exotic flavors they tasted during their world travels, Chefs Kat Hu, Justin Yi, and their talented team bring a local perspective to flavor-forward, global cuisine. From our regionally sourced proteins to the off – cuts of meat to the extensive selection of off-seasonal ingredients preserved at the peak of ripeness, every component of our restaurant was designed with the intention of pleasing your palate. We offer a diverse and ever-changing menu of yummy dishes available for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and take out daily. Come and see how delectable DTLA can be.

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n the early 1920’s there were four Italian Markets within a two block area of Alpine Street. These markets serviced a predominately Italian immigrant community that had adopted the current “Victor Heights” area as a working-class Italian neighborhood. Eastside Market Italian Deli is the last remaining original Italian market and while communities have changed over the years, this iconic location tucked next to the 110 Freeway where Downtown and Chinatown begin to blend into Echo Park, continues to bring us all the Italian favorites along with fast, friendly service. Originally opening in 1929, Eastside Market was a grocery and meat market where wheels of cheese, sliced meats, vegetables and of course hundreds of pounds and multiple varieties of pasta were sold every day. As community demand shifted during the 1930’s and 1940’s, Eastside expanded the business joining forces with “Pontrelli & Laricchia Sausage Company” and together they capitalized on the demand for wholesale and retail foods. In 1959, Johnny Angiuli began to work for Eastside Market. By 1974 Johnny and his brother Frank became owners and once again evolved the business by eliminating the grocery market and creating the model that still lives on today – landmark counter sandwich service that found instant success earning scores of fans who still flock to the authentic eatery for fresh sandwiches. The family-run establishment still draws big crowds for lunch. With a menu of more than 20 hot and cold sandwiches packed thick with delicious meats and cheeses, as well as a few standout specials like lasagna and pasta with meatballs, the long lines are worth the wait. The most popular sandwich is the #7 – a delectable combination of tender slices of pastrami and roast beef piled onto a soft roll with melting cheese. Other classic hot sandwiches include the eggplant parm and the Italian sausage with peppers, each dressed generously with rich tomato sauce.

Decades of staying power tell us that you can’t really go wrong at Eastside Market, some diners swear by the cold cut varieties like the mortadella sandwich with cheese, while others go for the epic “D.A. Special,” an Instagram-worthy creation stuffed with pastrami, roast beef, meatballs AND sausage — it’s a showstopper for any meat lover! An antipasto salad and a rotating variety of daily soups round out the lighter fare while beyond the menu options, The Market has a wide assortment of meats, cheeses and other goods to take home for your own stellar Italian meal. Don’t want to drive to Eastside Market? The Deli offers delivery around Downtown and provides top-notch catering suitable for office meetings, parties and other group events. Whether you choose a buffet-style meal or a sit-down meal, an experienced team will set up on site and answer all your questions to ensure a smooth and delicious experience for your next big or small event. Eastside Market Italian Deli has been a Los Angeles favorite for almost 90 years, and its legacy remains strong. Discover why so many people choose the venerable shop as their destination for delicious sandwiches and quality products even your Italian nonna will love! 1013 Alpine St., (213) 250-2464. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit esmdeli.com or @eastsidedeli CUISINE: Italian/Deli $

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Bold Flavors Meet Urban Sophistication Let your senses be dazzled by Chef Hansen Lee’s modern, approachable menu inspired by the extraordinary sustainably-grown ingredients purveyed by local farmers. Each dish pairs perfectly with the bar’s enticing hand-crafted cocktails. At DISTRICT not only do we make use of the extraordinary foods grown sustainably by our local farmers, we also seek out unparalleled ideas from food purveyors around the world. Reservations can be made via www.districtdtla.com or by calling 213 612 3185.

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his bastion of French country cuisine is a Los Angeles original. Taix is that rare place that possesses both three generations of customers and staff members. Known for their kindness and dedication, servers regularly give impromptu tours of the memorabilia. The Taix family’s roots go back to the HautesAlpes in southern France, where they were third and fourth generation sheepherders and bakers. In the late 1800s, they opened a hotel in the French Quarter of Downtown Los Angeles. In 1927, a restaurant debuted on the bottom floor of the hotel, and 35 years later that restaurant moved to its current location a chalet-like icon that attracts city politicos, businessmen, couples looking for a little romance, late-night hipsters and Francophiles who can’t get enough of the region’s cuisine. It’s just five minutes from the heart of Downtown in Echo Park, with inexpensive valet parking for meals. Today, the Taix family has stayed true to the tradition of affordable elegance and hearty French country cuisine. Serving up all the classics, from garlicky escargot to daily quiche to French onion soup to two versions of a salade Nicoise. Diners are known to flock to Taix just for the soup, served table side from a silver tureen, in a bow to Old World dining. They’re all made using aromatic vegetarian stock except for Friday’s famed clam chowder and the servers will keep refilling until you surrender (and you should, there’s more to come). Taix is known for tender cuts of meat, generous portions, and rich sauces that still find a way not to overshadow the star of the plate. The lamb chops and roast chicken are pure comfort. The skirt steak is just as tender and accompanied by crispy, rosemary-tinged pommes frites. Diners are drawn to lunch specials and the very reasonable daily specials among these, the coq au vin, braised lamb shank and the braised short ribs are spectacular. 28 DOWNTOWNLADINING.COM

L Wine lovers will be hard-pressed to pick just one glass from the vast, award-winning wine list the large cellar offers the most affordable selections in L.A. It was named “L.A.’s best kept wine secret” by the Los Angeles Times. Whether dining or enjoying a cocktail, the dimly lit 321 Lounge has become a popular gathering place for trendy locals open until the wee hours. Things are always lively around game time, baseball or basketball (the Times also declared Taix the “one of the five best places to watch the Lakers game”). Taix’s Dodger Stadium adjacent location makes it a popular meeting place before and after games, you can leave your car and walk to the game. Despite the famed wine cellar, it’s not all red and white inside this Sunset Boulevard chalet: the 321 bartenders know their stuff and can shake a mean martini. Taix also houses six banquet rooms for breakfast meetings, luncheons and dinners that can accommodate up to 200 guests. Professional, full-service off-site catering is also offered. At 1911 Sunset Blvd., (213) 484-1265 or taixfrench.com. Open Mon.-Tues. 11:30 a.m.10 p.m., Wed.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Sat. noon1 a.m., and Sun. noon-10 p.m. Late-night menu Wed.-Sat. until 1 a.m. Lounge open nightly until last call. CUISINE: Country French $$

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ooking for an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Downtown’s business corridor? The bright, airy Ziran, inside the beautiful L.A. Hotel Downtown a modern, open dining space with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus designed to satisfy the most discerning palate as well as the wandering eye. The concept of ziran in Daoism implies a natural, spontaneous course of events; thus, Ziran’s interior and menu fit naturally together into the free-flowing atmosphere of Downtown Los Angeles. With its tasteful, modern art and attentive table service, an experience at Ziran is sure to impress your date, colleagues or dinner party. The creative menu focuses on contemporary California cuisine, which includes a share of Mexican, Japanese and European influences, each with a twist. The duck confit quesadilla with brie and mushrooms, or lobster beignets with citrus Dijon cream are standout fusion starters. Lunch brings a tempting selection of sandwiches such as the salmon BLT with citrus tarragon aioli or heartier entrees like the braised short rib pasta. Organic, grass-fed proteins are always in style at Ziran, whether you opt for a perfectly cooked and seasoned dinner filet, the grilled pork chop with goat cheese bread pudding, or the honey-miso black bass. The attentive staff, stunning interior and impeccable cuisine work together to create an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you want to impress associates, dine with an important client or simply want to sit down for a tasty breakfast, Ziran offers the right fit for any occasion. At 333 S. Figueroa St. (213) 617-1133 or thelahotel.com. Open 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. CUISINE: California $$

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specials, with options like chicken teriyaki over rice or the crispy spicy tuna “slider” served with soup and salad. The rolls range from classic (rice and seaweed wrapped around buttery yellowtail fish, for instance) to more extravagant fusion creations (the Tornado roll with spicy tuna,

ed into starters, signature dishes, rolls, nigiri sushi, rice bowls, robata (or skewers of meat and vegetables grilled over charcoal) and sides. The highlights are numerous and diverse. A favorite for the daytime crowd is the assortment of lunch

crab and avocado wrapped in soy paper and thin-sliced potato, deep fried, then lacquered in two savory sauces). Those with a noodle craving can go for the udon in broth with tempura shrimp, while salad lovers have a

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any diners know Little Tokyo as a mecca for Japanese eats, but deep in the heart of the Historic Core is a beautiful restaurant with an expansive menu of traditional and modern Japanese dishes, all carefully prepared by skilled chefs. Just north of Sixth Street and Broadway, tucked into the corner of the buzzing Spring Arcade Building, is Kai Japanese Roots. Step inside and you’re greeted by elegant high ceilings and rustic raw concrete, illuminated by the light that shines through picturesque glass walls. Tables trimmed in warm wood surround the open kitchen, where cooks slice and assemble gleaming fish into plates of sushi and sashimi. Above the space floats a large painting in the style of ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock art, as a nod to the island nation’s classic artistic aesthetic. The open kitchen is where executive chef Miki Fujita, a 27-year veteran of Japanese cookery, holds court. Having trained and apprenticed in Japan, Fujita brings finesse to all the items on the menu, which is divid-

selection of generous dishes like the beef tataki salad, with seared filet mignon set on a bed of greens, apples, walnuts and yuzu-balsamic vinaigrette. The robata offerings, meanwhile, range from vegetables such as brussels sprouts and asparagus to meatier choices like chicken wings or unagi (freshwater eel) — whatever you choose, it arrives hot off the grill, scented with smoke and quickly cooked to perfection. Starters and sides include sauteed shishito peppers garnished with bonito flakes, crispy soft-shell crab in ponzu sauce, and simple miso soup with mixed wild mushrooms. Those who want to put their meal in the hands of the chef, meanwhile, can choose an “omakase” experience, with the kitchen’s pick of sushi or sashimi, or the full “kaiseki” meal, a $200 experience featuring a stream of choice dishes in a tasting-menu format. And don’t forget dessert: There’s the addictive grilled mochi dish dango, a refreshing “frushi” with soft tofu and sweet seasonal fruits, and mochi ice cream, among others. The full bar includes a variety of Japanese and domestic beers and

sake on tap, plus a range of bottles, among them imported Japanese sakes, aged whisky, and intriguing craft beers from makers like Hitachino Nest. There are also cocktails such as Kai’s own Old-Fashioned, the Tokyo Mule (a variation on the classic ginger beer-and-vodka drink), and a bevy of fruit-forward concoctions to fit any palate. Whether you’re coming through for lunch or dinner or just a happy-hour snack, Kai Japanese Roots’ beautiful and open setting, with a view of the street action, is sure to impress. The restaurant opened in March 2017 and has won over diners with an appealing mix of old and new. Come discover how Kai Japanese Roots offers the pristine fish, unique specialty dishes and flamegrilled bites you’ll crave. At 542 S. Broadway, (213) 232-4900. Open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight, and Sunday 4-8 p.m. Visit kaijapaneseroots.com. CUISINE: Japanese $$

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Downtown Los Angeles Restaurant Guide 2018  

The Restaurant Guide is published annually by the Los Angeles Downtown News. An essential dining reference including detailed restaurant pro...

Downtown Los Angeles Restaurant Guide 2018  

The Restaurant Guide is published annually by the Los Angeles Downtown News. An essential dining reference including detailed restaurant pro...

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