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Downtown LA

DINING GUIDE 2019

The Ultimate Dining Experience

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owntown Los Angeles has become a crossroads of cuisines, where world-class chefs, legacy family restaurants, and quality grab-andgo 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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TABLE OF CONTENTSXXX Mrs. Fish ................................................................ 2

Ziran Restaurant ........................................... 19

Intercontinental Hotel .................................. 3

Taix Restaurant ............................................... 20

Justice Urban Tavern ..................................... 6

MOA Pan-Asian ............................................. 20

Yxta Cocina ......................................................... 6

Suehiro Cafe .................................................... 21

The Counter ....................................................... 7

Far Bar ................................................................. 21

Flix Café at L.A. Center Studios ................. 8

Gourmet LA Bakery ..................................... 21

Langers Delicatessen Restaurant ............ 8

Clifton’s Republic .......................................... 22

71Above ............................................................... 9

The Edison ....................................................... 22

Hotel Indigo .................................................... 10

Kue’s Modern Asian Bistro & Bar ........... 23

Reggie’s Deli & Cafe ..................................... 10

Z’s DTLA ............................................................. 23

Patina Restaurant Group .......................... 11

Farmers Market at CMC ............................ 24

Plum Tree .......................................................... 12

Little Jewel of New Orleans ..................... 24

L.A. Zoo .............................................................. 12

San Antonio Winery .................................... 25

Philippe, The Original ................................. 12

Corporation Food Hall ............................... 26

Farmer Boys ..................................................... 13

Limericks Tavern ........................................... 27

Gus’s Drive-In .................................................. 14

The Original Pantry ...................................... 27

Golden Dragon Seafood Restaurant 14

The Tavern Downtown .............................. 27

L.A. Prime .......................................................... 15

Public School 213 ......................................... 29

Map of Downtown ............................... 16-17

Superfine Pizza .............................................. 29

24/7 Restaurant at The Standard ......... 18

H&H Steakhouse .......................................... 30

Mitsuru Cafe .................................................... 18

Corner Bakery Cafe ...................................... 31

Fugetsu-Do Confectioners ...................... 18

FIGAT7TH DTLA ........................................ 32

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Yxta Cocina

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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 for 10 years 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 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 Monday through Friday for lunch and Thursday through Saturday for dinner. Visit cocinasycalaveras.com. CUISINE: Mexican $$

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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 8

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casual buffets for network mixers to gourmet table 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 is at Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W. Fifth St. Open weekdays for breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch 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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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 72nd 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. or (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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he skyline of Downtown Los Angeles is among the most iconic and familiar in the world, thanks in part to one building in particular: the US Bank Tower. With its distinctive stepped design and crown-shaped top, it was until recently the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Residing just below that famous crown, on the 71st floor, at 950 feet above street level, is a jewel: 71Above Restaurant and Skylounge. Riding the express elevators up to the 71st floor, it’s hard not to feel a sense of anticipation. The doors open into an intimate foyer. As you’re led into the airy main dining room, nothing can prepare you for the vista with the floor-to-ceiling windows revealing hundreds of square miles of the city below and the ocean shimmering at its edge — those views are reflected in the polished glass walls of the wine rooms behind you. Dining tables hug the windows along the edge of the room, large upholstered booths anchor the center, and wherever you sit, there’s always that view. For the ultimate in exclusivity, two “Chefs Tables” are set right in front of where the action is—the open kitchen. And while it would be easy to rely on the views alone to keep customers coming in, owner Emil Eyvazoff has built a restaurant that wows the senses in every other way, with a world-class food, wine and bar program. Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Javier Lopez, who oversees a menu that is as diverse as the city it serves, with influences from cuisines across the globe. A threecourse prix-fixe dinner ($78 per person) starts with an amuse that offers a thrilling glimpse of the flavors to come. The first course might be a plump oyster, luxuriously poached in champagne, bathed in Béarnaise sauce, and topped with uni and caviar. Or perhaps a green garlic soup with crème frâiche, sweet garlic, potato and smoked trout roe, a dish that

manages to be creamy and luscious while also tangy and savory. For the second course, when it’s in season, the White Asparagus is a dazzling complex dish of sweet white asparagus, rich spicy XO sauce, uni aioli and crunchy sea beans. A luxurious scallop might be the choice for the third course, sharing space with heirloom carrot, coconut, curry, almond and chile de Árbol, in an ode to Thai flavors that still feels uniquely L.A. and familiar. Save room for dessert, as an excellent pastry program rounds out the menu. A recent addition is a Honey Custard, topped with yuzu gelée, pine nut brittle, freeze dried and fresh mandarin, and matcha marshmallows—it’s as playful and delicious as it sounds. Splurge on a wine pairing from lead sommelier Catherine Morel, for $48, or simply pick a bottle or glass from the extensive wine list. Lunch at 71Above is a two-course prix-fixe for $35 that offers Downtown business people a perfect place to entertain clients or to join co-workers for a special meal that while feeling luxurious is a remarkably good value. And visitors to Los Angeles can enjoy the spectacular views of the city before exploring the neighborhoods they see from the restaurant. One of the best-kept secrets is the bar and lounge at 71Above. Cozy up to the bar and order a perfectly crafted cocktail from the extensive program of classic and signature drinks. There’s even an exceptional value bar burger that comes “view included.” If you time it well, you might catch one of Southern California’s spectacular sunsets, before settling in to dinner at 71Above, or ordering bites from the bar menu. However you choose to experience it, 71Above is truly a restaurant for Los Angeles. At 633 W. Fifth St., 71st floor, (213) 71A-BOVE. Open for lunch MondayFriday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner Sunday-Wednesday 5-10 p.m., ThursdaySaturday 5-11 p.m. Visit 71above.com. Cuisine: American $$$

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Reggie’s Deli and Cafe

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the Truffle Mac n’ Cheese or the Pastrami Sandwich. Come dinner, the offerings include the famous chicken oyster with soy-glazed, osso bucco-braised beef, and a lobster bisque that is dairy free. The goal is to concentrate on flavors that combine well together, a place where less is more but the details are infinite. We invite you to come take a bite and awaken your senses. MBK is the perfect choice for guests looking to rediscover L.A.’s past in the midst of a booming Downtown. MBK is walking distance to L.A. Live and Staples Center, which makes it easily accessible to enjoy some food and drinks before a concert or game. Come try it out today! At 899 Francisco St. or (213) 232-8800. Open daily 6:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; happy hour 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily. Visit hotelindigola.com. CUISINE: American $$

Indigo is bringing “sexy back” to its upcoming menu. The vision is to create an experience that diners won’t soon forget — a hotel that you won’t want to leave because the hospitality and food are just so amazing. A place where in the middle of the night you can go down to lobby for one of the many selections of snacks from the Grab n’ Go section — it is filled with salads, sandwiches, parfaits and more. Indigo is a place where guests can wake up in the morning and enjoy the breakfast buffet. There is also an a la carte menu, where the options include French toast drenched in house-made granola. The lunch and dinner menus are also packed with delectable options. For lunch, a must-try is 10

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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. Metropole Kitchen, the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant, features modern American culinary treats with a unique and elevated twist.

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 walnut kale salad which has walnuts, kale, cilantro, parmesan cheese, red cabbage and tomatoes tossed with oriental sesame dressing. 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. or (213) 353-9263. Open daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit reggiesdeli.com. CUISINE: California, Deli


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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 or (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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ant a taste of L.A. history? How about a 45 cent cup of coffee? Incredibly, you can find them both at the same place, a block away from Union Station, at Philippe, The Original. In 1908, Philippe Mathieu opened what would become one of the city’s oldest restaurants, and was credited with creating the first French dipped sandwich a decade later. Like many great discoveries, this one was an accident, as Mathieu inadvertently dropped a sliced French roll into a roasting pan filled with cooking juices. A good-natured customer, an LAPD officer, agreed to take the sandwich anyway, soggy roll and all. He loved it so much that he returned the next day with friends, asking for the same thing. The rest is culinary history. Today, six people involved with Philippe’s are descendants of the family that brought the restaurant to the area in 1927. Freeway construction forced it to move from Aliso Street to its current location in 1951, where it has welcomed diners with its signature sawdust-covered floor and long communal tables for more than 50 years. Hearty breakfasts are served daily until 10:30 a.m. Philippe’s offers several delicious versions of the French Dip, including pastrami, roasted pork, leg of lamb, turkey, ham and roast beef. They’re all served on freshly baked crusty French rolls, which can be single-dipped or double-dipped. Add one of the tasty side dishes, such as tangy coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad or the signature eggs pickled in beet juice, and you’ve got a classic L.A. meal. At 1001 N. Alameda St. or (213) 628-3781. Open daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free parking. Visit philippes.com. CUISINE: American, Salads, Sandwiches & More $

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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 L.A Hotlist and I.E. Hotlist, 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 Veggie burger. Try the standard option or go wild with a double bacon cheeseburger 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 breakfast. All omelets and three-egg breakfasts are served with hash browns, fresh fruit or tomato slices and choice of toast. If you like your eggs between bread, go for the Daybreak Sandwich with bacon, sausage or ham. Farmer Boys Restaurant also has the award-winning 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 the zucchini sticks, 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. For the health conscious, Farmer Boys offers several salad options. The Farmer’s Chopped Cobb Salad and the BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad are two of the most popular, as well as the Charbroiled Chicken Salad and the 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 (VIF) Loyalty Program: Get $5 when you download the app and join. Earn one point for every dollar spent. Get $5 for every 60 points. As an added bonus, you can sign up for special news and offers. 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 • 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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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. or (213) 483-8885 or gussdi.com. Open daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. CUISINE: American, Latin, Mediterranean $

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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

Raymond Nicasio 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 Wine Spectator Award in 2018. 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 top 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. or (213) 612-4743. Open Sunday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Visit marriott.com/ laxbw. CUISINE: Steakhouse $$$

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he Downtown Standard has long been one of the most popular spots in DTLA, and part of that is because of its 24/7 Restaurant. People from throughout Downtown and across the city head to the Financial District space at all hours for a meal in the hip and vibrant brasserie-style establishment. The 24/7 Restaurant serves, organic, locally sourced comfort classics, and as the name indicates, it is open all day, every day. Diners can choose the counter for a cocktail or quick bite, and there is traditional restaurant seating along with a charming outdoor patio. Breakfast service begins at 6 a.m. and includes a bevy of eggs dishes, as well as fresh pastries and selections from the griddle. At lunch there is a variety of sandwiches, including the Standard Burger and a BLTA, along with main courses such as Jidori Chicken and Steak Frites. The dinner menu is equally varied, with starters, small plates (from Fried Cauliflower to Shrimp Toast) and main courses. Close things out with a selection from the dessert menu, everything from a Lemon Tart to a modern spin on a Ding Dong. The 24/7 Restaurant also offers an overnight menu from 11 p.m.-6 a.m.—perfect when you don’t want the night to end—and there’s weekend brunch from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Naturally, there is a selection of signature cocktails (the Fairyier Times includes absinthe and The Greedy Herb features green chili vodka), along with a list of wine, beer and bubbly. LA Metro is committed to supporting local businesses during construction. At 550 S. Flower St. or (213) 439-3030. Open 24 hours a day. Visit standardhotels.com. CUISINE: American, International $$

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apanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo draws a consistent crowd of Angelenos and tourists, young and old. Those enjoying the shopping and the pleasant outdoor scenes often find themselves drawn to Mitsuru Cafe, which offers delicious Japanese street food in a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere. Mitsuru Cafe specializes in traditional Japanese finger foods such as imagawayaki (red bean cakes), takoyaki (octopus balls) and mitarashi dango (mochi rice cakes), and also serves larger options including bowls of ramen or udon. Now operated by Rumi Yamaguchi, the daughter of the original owners, Mitsuru Cafe is known in part for the large, storefront window where people stand and watch the workers as they carefully create the establishment’s signature red bean cakes from scratch. It’s a truly authentic experience. Pass by during lunch and dinner hours and you’ll see plenty of people enjoying sashimi and sukiyaki, as well as niku donburi (broiled beef with egg over rice). Both counter and table seating are available for customers looking to dine in, but the nature of Mitsuru Cafe makes it perfect for a grab-and-go option while you stroll and check out what else the outdoor mall has to offer. Seating at Mitsuru is limited, but if you’re looking to beat the rush, reservations are available. There is also a happy hour, on Tuesday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. Once you’ve ordered your items, wash it all down with tea or a soft drink. LA Metro is committed to supporting local businesses during construction. At 117 Japanese Village Plaza or (213) 613-1028. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Visit mitsuru.top-cafes.com. CUISINE: International

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or more than 100 years, customers have flocked to Little Tokyo for the Japanese sweets available at Fugetsu-Do Confectioners. The family-owned and operated business, now run by Brian Kito, has been serving a faithful clientele since 1903. Instantly recognizable by the charming storefront that has remained unchanged for decades, Fugetsu-do is known for specializing in Japanese confections, namely rice cakes (mochi) and sweet bean-filled rice cakes (manju). Fugetsu-Do is open daily, starting in the morning. The intimate establishment features long glass counters that display freshly prepared rice taffy, cakes and sweet bean paste. Customers can enjoy a collection of bright and colorful mochi variations, everything from Kuzumochi (filled with red bean paste) to Habutai (mochi filled with sweet azuki beans) and Wagashi-Dorayaki, a combination of ahn and cake. Some of Fugetsu-Do’s options are seasonal, which means that everything you order will be fresh and made from the most timely ingredients. Beyond traditional mochi, Fugetsu-Do offers modern and artisanal flavors like strawberry with peanut butter, blueberry, and gauche chocolate. Fugetsu-Do’s sweets are the perfect option to start the day or to satisfy an afternoon hankering, and they make an excellent gift for the mochi lover at your office or in your family. The 116-year-old business sells individual items, or you can order a gift box filled with a variety of sweet treats. The experienced staff is warm and welcoming, and will happily offer suggestions based on what you like. Located on First Street, Fugetsu-do is a must-stop for first-time Little Tokyo visitors, as well as a favorite for people who have been coming to the neighborhood for decades. LA Metro is committed to supporting local businesses during construction. At 315 E. First St. or (213) 625-8595. Open Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and FridaySaturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Visit fugetsu-do.com. CUISINE: Japanese, International $


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iran Restaurant at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown is an elegant venue with a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Downtown’s Central Business District. Ziran stems from the Chinese culture of Daoism, meaning “free” or “being unique to oneself.” 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 will impress all who enter. Within the bright, spacious and airy open dining space of Ziran, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, and the fare is prepared to satisfy the most discerning palate as well as the wandering eye. Ziran is made to appeal to everyone from the seasoned business traveler to families exploring Los Angeles on vacation. The creative menu focuses on contemporary California cuisine with twists from Mexican, Japanese and European influences. Come for breakfast and enjoy the popular buffet stations with a variety of hot and cold items; there is also a made to order omelet station. Start lunch with a standout appetizer like the Tuna Tartare, the fresh Burrata with Organic Heirloom Tomatoes or the sriracha-infused Popcorn shrimp. Then enjoy a tempting selection of sandwiches such as the New York Steak Sandwich or entrees like the delectable Braised Short Rib Pasta. End your day with dinner featuring a selection of organic grass fed proteins and seafood such as the seasoned Petit Filet, the Grilled Pork Chop, or the Miso Glazed Chilean Seabass. Any standout menu and atmosphere comes the force behind such wonderful creations. At Ziran that person is Executive Chef Ora-

zio Parisi, who was born in Sicily in a small town called Avola, which is famous for the almonds and grapes that produce the unique Nero d’Avola wine. Parisi grew up with a deep love for cuisine, and what began as a hobby soon turned into a career. Bringing his classic Italian culinary background to the Los Angeles area, Parisi attended the acclaimed California School of Culinary Arts, studying under renowned chefs and graduating from its Le Cordon Bleu program with highest honors. He went on to work for prominent Los Angeles restaurants, hotels (the Millennium Biltmore, L.A. Marriott and Sheraton Gateway) and the City Club of Los Angeles (Club Corp) before coming to The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown as Executive Chef in 2016. Named the 2012 “Chef of the Year” by the Southern California Restaurant Writers’ Association, Chef Parisi’s creative cooking is primarily influenced by the quality of the ingredients, and he always adjusts his dishes around freshness and seasonality. “If it isn’t fresh, seasonal, local and delicious, it’s not on my menus,” he said. At Ziran Restaurant, Chef Parisi continues to emphasize local, fresh flavors, and he always puts a California spin on standard American cuisine. The attentive staff, stunning interior and impeccable cuisine all come together to create an unforgettable dining experience at Ziran. Whether you are there to impress associates, dine with an important client or simply want to sit down for a tasty meal, Ziran offers the right fit for any occasion. At 333 S. Figueroa St., (213) 617-1133 or thelahotel.com. Open daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m., happy hour from 4-6 p.m. daily. CUISINE: American, International, Latin, Mexican $$$

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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. 20

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We offer variety of food ranging from American breakfast, fresh salads, freshly squeezed Orange Juice, Asian dishes, Sushi rolls, and soups in food bar style. Pick any items you like and pay by weight.

FOOD BAR MENU ($8.99/lb) 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. noon-1 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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he story of Little Tokyo is the story of the collection of family-owned shops and restaurants that dot the neighborhood. That list includes Suehiro Cafe, which has been owned by the same family for 47 years. It started in 1972 when sisters Junko and Yuriko opened the establishment, and today Junko’s son Kenji is in charge. Located on bustling First Street, Suehiro serves classic Japanese dishes day and night, and the space is known for its quick and friendly service. Diners can either sit at the counter or grab one of the tables. Either way, you’re in for a charming and authentic experience. Open for lunch and then deep into the night—perfect for those looking for a bite after last call—diners have a variety of choices. Start with a cold appetizer like shredded cabbage salad, sashimi or seasoned wakame. Or try a hot starter such as edamame or chicken karaage. Suehiro offers a collection of entree categories, including rice dishes, Chazuke (similar to a rice soup) and Nabemono (Suehiro’s version of a hot pot). Popular selections include the eight-piece gyoza, shu mai (steamed pork dumplings) and shrimp tempura. Suehiro Cafe offers a daily lunch menu with a collection of affordable options—many are just $6.50. The restaurant is also perfect for night owls looking for a late-night meal, as it serves until 1 a.m. on Monday-Wednesday and 3 a.m. the rest of the week. Suehiro Cafe also serves alcohol, including draft beers, bottled beers, sakes and wine. LA Metro is committed to supporting local businesses during construction. At 337 E. First St. or (213) 629-9132. Open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., and Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Visit suehirocafe.net. CUISINE: Japanese, International $

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ar Bar is a hidden gem in the Downtown nightlife scene. The First Street bar and lounge in the heart of Little Tokyo mixes indoor and outdoor spaces to create a neighborhood favorite. Here you can hang out on the patio or stay inside at the lounge, which has plush leather seats and televisions showing the game. Far Bar sports a full bar, but the main draw is the 34 beers on tap. There is everything from American lagers to German pilsners, but Far Bar specializes in Japanese craft beer in bottles. Current options include a sour gose from Kiuchi Brewery and Kankiku Meijyo’s witbier and stout. There’s also the reliable standard Sapporo. Be sure to ask the bartender for a recommendation. Far Bar offers a number of dining options for lunch and dinner. Try an order of the spicy wasabi fries or the Far Bar wings. Sushi is on the menu, and those looking for something more substantial can opt for duck fried rice, a pork belly ramen and the lounge’s signature burgers. The Little Tokyo spots sports one of the best patios in Downtown Los Angeles. The brick-lined walls keep the space private, while stringed overhead lights provide a friendly, neighborhood vibe. Far Bar gets lively during the night, but also offers a strong happy hour on Monday to Friday from 3-7 p.m. for the early crowd. And on weekends, happy hour runs both days from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., making it one of the longest in Downtown. LA Metro is committed to supporting local businesses during construction. At 347 E. First St. or (213) 617-9990. Open Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m., SaturdaySunday, 11-2 a.m. Visit farbarla.com. CUISINE: Brewery, International, Japanese $$

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French roses, white wines from Brazil, New Zealand and California, and, befitting a steakhouse, an extensive list of reds. That is split between Californian Cabernet Sauvignons and spicy, strong Malbecs and Pinot Noirs from South America. Keeping the dessert choices in mind, the restaurant also has French and Portuguese port and ice wine. H&H Steakhouse is also a great spot for private events and special occasions, with three separate spaces—the Lacador Dining Room, the Fireplace Room and the Wine Private Room— that can be booked for a personal or business gathering. The wood floors and plush chairs, along with a modernist aesthetic, gives the new arrival a look that is distinct from most smoky steakhouses. Downtown’s Seventh Street corridor is home to a diverse mix of dining options. H&H Steakhouse stands out as a fresh addition. Even as the restaurant offers a high-end experience introducing diners to all facets of Brazilian cuisine, there is still an element of comfort to the menu and the entire restaurant. At 518 W. Seventh St. or (213) 266-8103. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and dinner Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m., and Sunday 4-9 p.m. Visit hhsteakhouse.com. CUISINE: Brazilian $$$

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n recent years Seventh Street has emerged as a sort of “Restaurant Row” in Downtown Los Angeles. Now there’s a new addition to the busy and eclectic dining hub. H&H Steakhouse opened in March, serving up organic meats done churrasco style, along with other Brazilian food. H&H Steakhouse specializes in Southern Brazilian cuisine. Owner Henrique Huyer has crafted a modern, large steakhouse where the focus is on all-you-can-eat options. The focus of the family-owned business is organic, grass-fed meat. Huyer spent a decade working at the meat emporium Fogo de Chao, and has capitalized on that knowledge and experience to bring Downtown Los Angeles the best in Brazilian barbecue from Rio Grande de Sul. That means, whether at lunch or dinner, you pay one price, and the gracious servers continuously come by offering premium meats such as filet mignon, lamb chops, pork ribs, rib eye and chicken. The warm, welcoming space also has a selection of enticing sides, including cheese bread, fried polenta, garlic mashed potatoes, and golden bananas. H&H Steakhouse takes care to offer crispy and sweet complements to the richness of the meat. Along with the meat, H&H Steakhouse offers a selection of lighter options, including a large Brazilian sea bass. There is also an extensive and “bottomless” salad bar stocked from gluten-free, organic, vegan and vegetarian items. In addition to expected greens there are fresh Brazilian ingredients such as papaya and other fruits. If you don’t have much time or just want a snack, H&H Steakhouse has a wide range of appetizers available at the bar, including Brazilian-style empanadas stuffed with cheese, tomatoes and oregano, and gluten-free cheese breads. Pair that with some crispy polenta topped with parmesan cheese or picadinho bagual and a glass of wine. The dessert menu has Brazilian flan, along with fruit-based treats including mousse de maracujá, made with passion fruit, and a papaya cream that is topped with black currant liqueur. The beverage program is also full of familiar and exotic options. Some of the most unique offerings are the Brazilian sodas, including Gaurana and homemade coconut water. H&H Steakhouse will impress diners with a massive wine selection. There are Chilean and


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