Over the past ten years, Downtown Los Angeles has become many things: A hub for high-end residential developments; a haven for new out-of-town hoteliers; a destination for diners eager for new experiences and willing to spend. The neighborhood has also become home to many of the city’s most beautiful restaurants, though few glow as gracefully as the brand new Red Herring, opening next week.
Red Herring is the work of chef Dave Woodall and partner Alexis Martin Woodall, an Emmy award-winning television producer. The pair previously housed Red Herring in a redone two-story building along Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, but now they’ve pulled out all the stops with a thoughtful 3,300 square foot space inside LA’s Eighth & Grand development. The jewel box-toned project offers banquette seating, plush peach-colored chairs and emerald walls, all set alongside the requisite house plants, brass accents, and a splashy mural done by artist Mike Willcox. Marissa Zajack designed the restaurant, which plans to keep dinner hours only to start before expanding into brunch and lunch next year.
As for the food, Woodall works a menu that has grown since the Eagle Rock days to include everything from ricotta dumplings to crispy quail and staples like a bar smash burger and simple apple pie for dessert. The whole thing leans towards everyday Angeleno fare, with classic comfort dishes and easy explorations into new territory (think sweetbreads with hummus) at the same time. A full bar and beer and wine are also available.
Red Herring floats to the top of the new Downtown restaurant conversation as of Monday, December 16, keeping hours from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with an extension to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Red Herring. 770 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.