BLOG: Our Pick of the Best Downtown Eats
The best chefs in Los Angeles are creating food from all over the world with an LA twist you can find nowhere else. It's the perfect example of how the international becomes local, and it comes through in the sense of location as much as it does in the food. The backbone of this lively experimentation is the city itself.
There's no better way to celebrate the food and the city than to take a walking tour of the best that Downtown has to offer just outside your door at the DTLA luxury rentals at 888 at Grand Hope Park. The place to start is Grand Central Market, which serves as a tasting menu of what's hot in the culinary scene. Of this must-try first stop, The Infatuation writes, "From gourmet burgers to Filipino rice bowls and falafel you’ll want to tell your friends about, some of the best food in all of Los Angeles is happening at GCM right now, and it’s time for you to (re)experience it.” Special mention is made of the sumac-beet soda at Madcapra, which they promise will be "the best soda you'll ever have." This is just the first of the many superlatives you’ll experience for yourself in this creative culinary playground. Other highlights include the bagel and lox at Wexler’s Deli and the pupusas at Sarita’s Pupuseria, a stall famed for its appearance in La La Land.
Once you've toured the market, you can take to the streets and check out places like Chicas Tacos, where you can have your fill of tacos and agua fresca while basking in the sunshine at one of their outdoor tables. With its balance of quality and convenience—and a big dose of charm—Chicas is an oasis of comfort and speed in the heart of Downtown. Try the pork tacos with chicharron roasted tomatillo salsa, caramelized onions, and cilantro for a quick bite that tastes like a home-cooked meal. After the tacos, you can check out the bakery at Bottega Louie, where you can find sumptuous Italian pastries for a California-style afternoon tea in a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Two other highly sought-after Italian restaurants highlight a gastronomical marriage of Italian flavor and LA innovation. Bestia, owned by husband and wife Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, offers what Zagat calls "transcendent pastas" in a space that evokes the best design elements of the Old World and New World. Meanwhile, Rossoblu is owner Steve Samson’s reimagining of a former produce market, bringing “LA’s Grandest Italian Dreams to Life” and providing elegant dining sprung forth from the garden.
Another not-to-be-missed dining destination is Bavel, Gergis and Menashe's take on Middle Eastern food, inspired in part by Menashe’s time in Israel and their deep dedication to the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.
Round off the excursion in the sweeping Downtown space at Faith & Flower, Zagat's chosen "hottest ticket in town," just steps from the DTLA rentals at 888 at Grand Hope Park. Or sample the "trust me" omakase at SUGARFISH, where Chef Kazunori Nozawa hand-selects the freshest fish of the day to create a feast that's as exceptional to the eye as to the taste—the perfect encapsulation of what it means to dine in Downtown LA.