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 are our picks for spots you should try out this month:
While not strictly in Downtown LA, this place is way too good not to make this list.
Situated on the line between Echo Park and Westlake (depending on who you ask,) Crawfords Bar is a go-to place for locals to find a dimly lit bar, cheap beer, and the best fried chicken in the area.
Fried chicken is the star of the show at Crawford’s, no question about it. First doused in a buttermilk brine then lightly floured, the chicken is then slow fried until the skin is crispy and the meat falls off the bone. Chicken can be ordered to be served regular or tossed in hot chili oil.
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.
At this point, Guisados – located in the Spring Arcade building – is a staple of Los Angeles. Offering taco fillings not commonly found around the city, this is the spot to go to when you want something new yet familiar.
The selection of stewed meats, and wide range of veggie options makes Guisados unique in that it can satisfy any taste pallete. The hand-made tortillas are cranked out with every order that comes in, something seldom seen at many brick and mortar taco stands.
We think you should try the chicken mole taco, steak in salsa roja taco, and a cheesy quesadilla if its your first time indulging in Guisados.
Located in the stylish Fashion District, Zinque offers fresh French cuisine and a full liquor menu inside a beautifully designed interior.
First appearing in Venice, West Hollywood, and Newport Beach, Zinque now finds itself in Downtown Los Angeles, ready to indulge the eager crowds.
A full array of food will be available throughout the day. For breakfast, theres no way you can skip their addictive sandwich stuffed with eggs, tomato, basil, aged Gruyère cheese. For lunch and dinner, gourmet sandwiches, salads, and the famous “Le Bowl” along with larger plates such as the grilled branzino and steak-frites are all worth the visit.
Button Mash – a bar/restaurant/arcade hybrid – is a beacon of no-frills fun among a myriad of cliché LA spots.
Starry Kitchen, a Los Angeles pop-up restaurant, handled the initial operation of food service at Button Mash upon it’s opening. They offer a wide menu of Asian-inspired fare including small bites, larger, sharable dishes, sandwiches and noodles. Along with several vegetarian and vegan-friendly items as well.
Crispy tofu balls are among their staple items. Also popular are their three varieties of double-fried wings, coming in tamarind, ginger and tangy flavors.