Where to Eat in Downtown LA this Month

This is our list of restaurants you should check out for August. Can you try them all?

Finding a new spot to eat is hard. Too many options, too little time. That’s why we take care of all the research, so you don’t have to!

Here’s our picks for spots you should try out this month:

Tacos 1986

Photo by Matthew Kang

After quickly becoming one of the hottest places to chow down in the entire city, Tacos 1986 has lived up to the hype and then some. The Tijuana-style taco makers opened up their first brick-and-mortar shop in DTLA a little over a month ago, cementing their place among LA’s best tacos. 

With fresh, hand-made tortillas, perfectly grilled meat, and classic Tijuana-style taco toppings of guacamole and salsa, the quality of their food is undeniable. The menu is short and sweet, yet still offers something for everyone.

You can find Tacos 1986 at 609 S Spring St. in DTLA. They’re open everyday at 11am – Midnight. Fridays and Saturdays their open till 2am.

Broken Mouth

Garlic Shrimp at Broken Mouth

Don’t let the name intimidate you, Broken Mouth will surely keep you coming back for more. Situated on 9th Street in the Fashion District, this Asian/Hawaiian fusion eatery offers tropical-vacation worthy food, minus the cost of airfare. 

Indulging in island vibes while in the middle of Downtown is made easy when fresh ingredients are cooked as if your own family was preparing the dish. Our recommendation for first timers at Broken Mouth include the Garlic Shrimp Plate, Spam Musubi, and the Chicken Sandwich. 

Broken Mouth is located at 231 E. 9th St. in DTLA. They’re open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

The Black Sheep

Are you in the market for a gastropub with dive-bar aesthetics and some of the best finger food around? Look no further than the Black Sheep to fill that void you didn’t know was missing.

Here you can find a wide array of sandwiches, sliders, and all kinds of finger food in between, but what Black Sheep is known for most is their burgers. If it’s your first time here, we recommend the Black Sheep burger as your formal introduction; Melty gouda cheese, caramelized onions, garlic aioli, thick cuts of bacon, and arugula come together to form a staple of the DTLA burger scene.

The Black Sheep is located at 126 E. 6th St. in DTLA. They’re open Tuesday thru Sunday, 6pm to late. 

Little Sister DTLA

Open since 2015, Little Sister DTLA has established itself as a top-notch East-meets-West restaurant. The relaxed social environment lends itself well to the array of high-end, yet relatable dishes on the menu. It tends to be busy most hours of the day, but a quick reservation can assure you a spot in this desired location.

We recommend trying out the Shaky Shaky Beef, Spicy Lemongrass Chicken, and the Pork, Shrimp, and Crab Dumplings. 

Little Sister DTLA is located at 523 W. 7th St is DTLA. They’re open everyday, 10am to 10pm.

The Dolly Llama

The Dolly Llama DTLA Downtown LA

The days of plain old ice cream are no more. Innovative desserts are all the rage, and at the Dolly Llama, they’re at the forefront of the build-your-own dessert craze. 

Here they specialize in three different types of dessert-style waffles–the o.g. waffle, the waffle stick, and bubble waffles.

Customers first start by choosing their waffle style, and sauces to add, including Nutella, peanut butter, or chocolate syrup. Next, you can add toppings ranging from assorted fruits, cereals, candy and much more to choose from.

The Dolly Llama is located at 611 S. Spring St. in Downtown Los Angeles. They’re open everyday from noon to midnight.