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24/7 Restaurant at The Standard

Mitsuru Cafe

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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

Fugetsu-Do Confectioners

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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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Downtown Los Angeles Dining Guide 2019  

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

Downtown Los Angeles Dining Guide 2019  

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

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