Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Basil & Cheese is the community’s latest brunch and coffee spot. “The cafe is casual, cute, pet-friendly and open to anybody looking to sit and enjoy specialty coffee and great food,” says owner Minkoo Whang. The interior of this restaurant has a black, white, and gold color aesthetic, big windows for natural lighting, and ample seating for those wanting to catch up with a friend or get some work done. A few of the most popular items on the menu include the smoked salmon & avocado toast, almond butter granola toast topped with berries, and the abc bagel sandwich (avocado, bacon, cream cheese, arugula.) To drink, locals are raving about the honey vanilla latte and the iced matcha latte. Whether you’re on the go, looking for a coffee date spot, or working from your laptop - Basil & Cheese is a place for everyone.
“We couldn’t think of a better representation of this area’s local ingredients; that combines elements of primarily Mexican, Mediterranean, and East Asian cuisines,” says the GCF team. The restaurant has a commitment to locally and sustainably sourced ingredients which drives their seasonal menus. Some of the most popular dishes are raw oysters, beet and citrus salad, cacio e pepe bucatini, and strawberry cake. To drink, they have wine, beer, cider, hard seltzer, and more all from producers who have a focus on organic and natural ingredients and practices. Head to Good Clean Fun for your next meet-up with a friend or casual date night out.
Located on E 9th Street and S Main St in Downtown Los Angeles, the latest restaurant serving Korean cuisine has opened its doors. Kitchen Bann is a new hidden gem receiving praise for their flavorful food. A few of the popular choices include spicy chicken rice bowl (Fruit-infused sweet soy sauce marinated chicken, grilled onion, cabbage, red bell pepper, broccoli Namul, green bean, crispy onion chips, with gochujang sauce over white rice), beef bulgogi sandwich (Marinated beef bulgogi, lettuce, purple cabbage, fried egg, mashed avocado, chopped pickle mayo, on sourdough toast), and sesame tofu rice bowl (Crispy tofu, eggplant, bok choy, green bean, onion, roasted sesame seeds sauce with crushed black and white sesame seeds over white rice.) With bright yellow doors on the outside and about 10 seats inside, Kitchen Bann is a welcoming and charming spot in DTLA.
Downtown Los Angeles has a new trendy sushi spot in town. Kodo is not only receiving praise for the food but also the ambience and service. Providing an exclusive and classy feel, the interior of this restaurant is dimly-lit along with a marble bartop, exposed brick wall, and sleek design. A few of the most talked about items on the menu are tsukune (chicken, jidori egg yolk, yakitori-dare), spare ribs, maguro tuna and hiramasa kingfish nigiri, sakamushi (savoy clams, sake steam, butter.) Enjoy a date night or a night out with a friend at DTLA’s newest addition to the sushi scene, Kodo.
Your new favorite drinks and snacks bar has arrived! Kippered in Downtown LA is charming locals with their warm lighting, forest green walls, potted plants all around, and welcoming vibes. The community gem is receiving praise for its grand list of wines and 50 types of tinned fish (sardines, anchovies, trout from places like Portugal and Spain. They also serve charcuterie boards, cheese, and salads. If you’re looking for a spot to grab a drink and a light bite with a friend, Kippered is the place to try out.
Chef Louis & Chef Marcos have ample experience in the culinary industry from serving prestigious venues and events like the Grammys and Rosebowl Stadium to recently taking their talents to TV (Bravo & FoodNetwork!) Their latest restaurant, Marlou, is charming DTLA with its warm lighting, exposed brick walls, a classy bar with a wall of bottles to choose from, and friendly staff serving tasty food. Some of the most popular items are the bone marrow gnocchi, crispy quinoa salad, steak tostada, breakfast borracha burrito. To drink, they have everything from mimosas for the brunch crowd to signature cocktails and glasses of wine for the dinner crew. Whether you’re in it for a trendy brunch with friends or taking the parents out to dinner, Marlou will have something for all taste buds.
Civil Coffee - it’s for everyone! The brothers Alan and Alex Morales began their coffee journey serving out of a pickup truck in Southern California, eventually opening up their first brick and mortar in Highland Park - and most recently opened a 2nd location in Downtown Los Angeles. Some of the items that locals are raving about are the spinach and cheese croissant, matcha donut, cornmeal scone, and burrito angeleno (flour tortilla, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, roasted cheese potato, tomatillo salsa). For drinks, Civil has all of your typical coffee orders like an americano, cold brew, cappuccino and a few specialty drinks like The Figueroa (espresso, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, milk, maria cookie) and Liquid Gold (matcha, cashew almond milk, and a dash of lavender syrup. Come by Civil Coffee to get some work done on your laptop, catch up with a friend, or maybe a first date!
Get ready for an authentic Japanese “yakiniku” (grilled barbecue) experience at Gyu-Kaku. With smokeless grills built into every table, a large selection of meats, shareable small plates, modern interior, and great service - it’s hard to not love Gyu-Kaku. A few of the favorite menu items are the harami skirt steak in miso marinade, angus kalbi short rib in tare sweet soy marinade, miso soup, and napa kimchi. With a contemporary and classy interior, this spot is perfect for a date night or celebration with a group of friends. Head to Gyu-Kaku to enjoy Japanese barbecue, modern design, and great company.
The new, local modern french bistro ‘Camphor’ has arrived on E 3rd St in Downtown Los Angeles. The focus was to figure out a way to “re-create that feeling of finding a hidden gem in a neighborhood where you can be blown away by the ambiance, food, beverage, and hospitality,” says Owner Cyrus Batchan. It’s safe to say that these are a few of the reasons that come to mind for locals who have visited the new spot. As far as ambience is concerned, guests are raving about the welcoming and attentive service, light and airy interior, and all-around classy vibe. Some of the most popular dishes are the beef tartare, amuse bouche, baby shrimp, dungeness crab, and steak au poivre. To drink, they have a wide selection of wine and signature cocktails like the ‘provence’ created with vodka washed with French olive oil and infused with herbs de provence, pear eau de vie, vermouth blanc. If you’re looking for an elegant date night, Camphor in DTLA is the perfect place to spend your evening.
Located on 7th St and Main St in Downtown Los Angeles, a new West African restaurant opens their doors to the city. This spot is gaining praise for its authentic, flavorful, african cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes are the fufu, jollof rice, beef stew, and plantains! The ambience of the restaurant is more of a modern style, with lots of greenery, and a welcoming staff! Keep in mind this spot has limited hours open from Thursday - Saturday 5PM to 10PM, so be sure to make reservations ahead of time!
A retail space, tattoo parlor, events space, barbershop - and our personal favorite part - a cafe, bar & restaurant. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Bike Shed Moto Co has a lot to offer the community. As far as the cafe, bar and restaurant goes, you will find a variety of cuisine on the menu. Some of the items that locals are raving about are the black & blue burger (8oz. angus beef patty, arugula, blue cheese, caramelized onion, garlic alioli), green pea houmous (cherry tomatoes, fresh mint, curry oil, grilled pita bread), grilled chicken sandwich (herb marinated chicken, house-made coleslaw, spicy oil, brioche bun), and the eggs florentine (two poached eggs, sauteed spinach, english muffin, hollandaise.) To drink, they have a large selection of global wines, beer on tap, handcrafted cocktails like the “collins” with raspberry infused gin, lemon, cranberry, hibiscus, and club soda. Bike Shed Moto Co offers a wide range of food and experiences, so be ready to come socialize, eat, and maybe get a tattoo and a haircut while you’re at it!
A new brick and mortar opens doors to the DTLA community! De La Nonna meaning “from the grandmother” has arrived in style and is packed with flavor. Serving up Sicilian-style pizzas, De La Nonna brings a lot of variety to the traditional pizza. Some of the most popular choices are the spicy honey pepperoni (pep, tomato, mozz, pecorino, and spicy honey), roasted mushroom pizza (with garlic cream sauce, herb mix, black pepper), and the margherita pizza as you know it. They also take pride in their partnerships with local farmers providing the opportunity to create fresh dishes like the eggplant caponata with spicy agrodolce, market salad (date & sherry vinaigrette, hazelnuts, herbs), and the caesar salad. The style of this restaurant is charming, open & airy, filled with foliage, warm natural lighting, and exposed brick. Get ready for your next date night, and head to De La Nonna for a mouthwatering dinner.
Healthy Indulgence aka “HI Bakery” has a mission to provide Downtown LA with a fully organic, sustainable bakery + cafe. With their earth friendly mission and flavorful baked goods, it’s hard not to love all that HI Bakery has to offer. The interior of this spot is open and airy with lots of natural lighting and a seating area perfect for a casual daytime date with a friend. Locals are enjoying items like the banana bread, almond croissant with Italian buttercream, olive & garlic sourdough, and the rose pistachio cardamom bun. Hi Bakery is gaining praise not only for the tasty food but also for its dedication to healthy (& sustainable) indulgence!
Downtown LA’s very own Walt Disney Concert Hall has a new addition: Asterid by Chef Ray Garcia. Locals are already raving about this new spot in town for their quality service, delectable California-Inspired cuisine, and elegant interior. A few of the noteworthy dishes are the sunchoke rösti (sunflower creme fraiche, strawberry pepper jam), chicken liver mousse (mandarin, pickled pearl onions, sourdough, nasturtium), Risotto (red beet carnaroli, creme fraiche, dill), and beef tartare. The atmosphere of this restaurant is busy yet intimate, and would be a great place to take someone you want to impress
Tucked inside a plaza in Downtown LA, you will find a door labeled “Kato'' in pink. Previously known for its West LA location, Kato has upgraded and moved to Downtown Los Angeles. With its contemporary style, new spacious interior, and taiwanese cuisine, this is a great place for a night out with friends. A few of the most loved items on the menu include short rib, ocean trout, sea bream, and smoked hamachi. To drink, the restaurant has a selection of handmade cocktails, and if wine is more your style - the restaurant’s sommelier will provide you with great recommendations to pair with your meal. Kato is one of Downtown LA’s latest hot spots and is worth a casual yet elegant night of dinner and drinks with a group of friends.
Located on 7th St and S Hill St in Downtown Los Angeles, Gusto Green promises an enjoyable experience, flavorful dishes, and they definitely hit every mark. Walking in you will notice a modern interior design, high ceilings, warm and romantic lighting, and a welcoming bar area to sit - if that’s more your vibe. While the menu aims to be health forward and inclusive to omnivores, the restaurant also works closely with the Ziese Farms (first federally legal edible hemp leaf) to find opportunities to include hemp and its benefits to dishes. Some of the most praised dishes include the crispy spelt cake (labneh, pickled cucumber, market herbs), hemp tempura, canestri pasta (fermented chili, cashew bechamel rose, sourdough gremolata), and the sourdough pepperoni pizza (ezzo pepperoni, fior di latte, calabrian hot honey.) Grab your friends and enjoy some meals packed with flavor at Gusto Green in DTLA.
The Trust Building has revamped Downtown LA’s historic Art Deco and Chef Curtis Stone will be playing a major part. Locals will already know Chef Curtis Stone from his tasting menu at Maude in Beverly Hills and at Gwen butcher shop & restaurant in Hollywood. He’s bringing his talents to DTLA by opening up his first rooftop restaurant atop The Trust Building overlooking the city. During the day the restaurant will cater to the building’s members, and by evening it will be open for the public to enjoy. While we are still unsure of what the menu will look like, we know by looking at Chef Curtis Stone’s track record that it’ll be full of creative and flavorful dishes for locals to be excited about.
Brazilian Chefs Rodrigo Oliveira and Victor Vasconcellos, and restaurateur Bill Chait, joined forces to bring talent, innovation, and culture to what is now called “Caboco.” The restaurant can be described as having a modern, clean aesthetic with colorful and flavorful dishes that pay homage to Brazilian cuisine. Some of the most popular items are the ceviche, torresmo (pork belly, crispy and fried on the outside, juicy inside), peixe grelhado (black cod cooked in banana leaves, plantain puree, tomato salad), and joelho de porco (braised pork shank, roasted pumpkin, corn couscous). As if that’s not enough flavor for your tastebuds, the Karina Bonita cocktail created with passion fruit, strawberry, orange, lemon, and cachaça is a drink that locals recommend as well. The black and white theme inside (with full length windows and gold light fixtures) creates the modern twist contrasting with the traditional Brazilian menu. If you’re looking for a creative, savory dinner & drinks experience, Caboco is the place to visit.
Located inside the Downtown LA Proper Hotel, Caldo Verde is bringing casual elegance and classic Portuguese dishes to the table. The restaurant is named after a traditional Portuguese soup, caldo verde. This spot is filled with plants, wooden floors, high ceilings, and earthy tones giving it a classy yet warm vibe. Caldo Verde is also receiving praise for a handful of dishes like the patatas bravas, peri peri chicken, carnitas sweet potato hash, and Portuguese chopped salad. Although this is the perfect spot for a cute instagram post, you will not want to miss out on the food and drinks. Caldo Verde is a great spot to bring your friends and admire both the interior design and the tasty Portuguese dishes.
“Smoke City Char Bar celebrates the legacy of smokehouse culture with every chef-driven creation and regional-inspired recipe,” says Smoke City team. Since barbecue isn’t as much of a staple in the west coast, it’s safe to say locals are excited about a new barbecue spot opening up in Downtown. The style of this restaurant is modern, rustic, and industrial with its floor to ceiling windows, steel and cement, and warm lighting. Aside from the looks of the restaurant, locals are raving about a handful of things on the menu like the three meat platter (brisket, chicken, and ribs), burnt ends mac and cheese, smoke house chili, and the baja salad with pulled pork. Smoke City Char Bar also has handcrafted cocktails like The Mamba (created with woodinville rye, mint, blackberries, lime), and a variety of beer and global wine to choose from. Located on E 3rd St and S Santa Fe Ave, Smoke City Char Bar is worth a stop while exploring all that Downtown has to offer.
Restaurant, Deli, & Market - Yangban Society - has arrived. The restaurant + market concept is jointly inspired by Korean culture and New York Jewish delis. The Yangban Society website says, “Together, Chefs Katianna & John craft dishes that reveal their distinct perspectives and upbringings as Korean Americans.” The restaurant side is a casual, open space with deli-style ordering. Some of the Yangban Society’s most popular dishes include hot smoked trout shmear, baked sea bream, kimchi pozole, and twice-fried yangban wings dressed in a soy garlic glaze. Within Yangban Society, the market can be found upstairs stocked with retail products,Korean snacks and drinks. Locals are raving about the bottled house-made cocktails found inside the market including the blossom cocktail and the left hook cocktail with passionfruit and gochujang. Whether you’re looking to dine or shop, Yangban Society offers a unique concept for the Downtown LA community.
For anyone on the search for the best birria in town, you will now have to add Tacos Rojos to your list! Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this pop-up birria taco truck is gaining popularity amongst locals. They are known to make sure guests are comfortable and having fun by having music playing over the speakers and outdoor heaters for those chilly California nights. On their small but concise menu, you can enjoy the rojo plate con queso (3 birria tacos with cheese and consomé), the churros with white chocolate or caramel dipping sauce, and the horchata to drink. Keep up with Tacos Rojos on Instagram, and meet up with them in DTLA for your next contender at best birria tacos in Los Angeles!
Detroit Vesey’s is a bike friendly cafe with a mission to create a welcoming environment for all. “Chef Erin Detroit Vesey was inspired to recreate the community that they experienced on AIDS Lifecycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to LA that raises funds to fight HIV/AIDS and end the stigma.” Locals are raving about Detroit Vesey’s for not only the values and atmosphere, but also the food and drinks. A few of the favorite food items are the breakfast burrito, vegan sweet potato hash, and mini meatloaf for lunch. On the drinks side, the beachland ballroom (seedlip spice 94, tepache, lime, spiced rum) and the bhakti chai are popular choices. If you’re looking for a destination to ride your bike and grab a bite or drink, Detroit Vesey’s is the perfect place for you in Downtown Los Angeles.
“Freshly made noodles, handcrafted pasta, locally sourced produce, decadent desserts. This is Sampa.” This Filipino-American Inspired restaurant is located on S Central Ave and 6th St in Downtown Los Angeles. Locals are raving over the dishes at Sampa for the spin on traditional Filipino dishes packed with flavor. Some of the most popular items on the menu include kare kare tamales (braised oxtail, peanut veloute, fried sage sunflower seeds & bagoong dust), spicy calamansi-glazed chicken wings, and the ube cheesecake (polvoron crust, jackfruit mousse, and seasonal fruit.) For those interested in vegan/vegetarian options, they do have a portion of the menu dedicated to plant-based options like the popular coco shoots (bamboo shoots, coconut milk, sayote, bean sprouts, thai chile, ginger, and crispy purple sweet potato.) Sampa is a beautiful mix of Filipino and American cuisine and each uniquely crafted item is worth a try.
Enjoy some Italian Comfort food in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at Sparrow. Located inside of the historic Hotel Figueroa, this restaurant provides an elegant and modern design, friendly and attentive service, and satiating Italian-inspired cuisine. A few of the menu favorites are the cacio e pepe, arancini, truffle pizza, and bone marrow pasta. Sparrow also has a large offering of signature cocktails, beer, and wine (by the glass or bottle!) One of the most popular cocktails is the ‘Calabria’ created with el silencio mezcal, cappelletti, lemon, melon liqueur, simple syrup, blue curacao, tiki bitters, and sea salt foam. Catch up with a friend at Sparrow and enjoy the contemporary style, wide selection of beverages, and flavorful italian dishes.
Bringing staple peruvian dishes and cocktails to the Hoxton Hotel’s rooftop, Cabra is now open. Since being on Top Chef, Stephanie Izard has been working in the restaurant industry, operating the well-known ‘Girl and The Goat’ in DTLA and now her second ‘Cabra’ location. At Cabra, locals are already raving about the goat empanadas, wood-fired skirt steak, salmon ceviche, and tuna tiradito (thinly sliced tuna, serrano-cilantro sauce, and jicama). On the drinks side, you have the option of choosing from a list of handcrafted cocktails, imported beer and wine. A popular choice is the Pisco Fever which is made with mango, aji panca (peruvian red pepper), and Pisco “a yellowish-amberish colored brandy produced in the winemaking regions of Peru and Chile”. If you’re looking to watch the sunset over the city and enjoy some peruvian-inspired dishes and cocktails, Cabra is the place for you.