Where to Eat in Downtown LA This Month

This is our list of restaurants you should check out in September. 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 are our picks for spots you should try out this month:

Harbor House

Balancing the pressures of work and maintaining a social life can be a tall task. Thankfully, Harbor House in Downtown LA is a go-to place to fulfill all your work and social duties.

Lunch and dinner time at Harbor House calls for a difficult choice. The comprehensive food menu makes deciding what to order the best problem you could imagine.

To start, we recommend the Spanish chorizo and cotija cheese flatbread. As a main, the shrimp tacos, fried in tempura batter and drizzled with spicy aioli, give the perfect amount of kick to complement the fresh shrimp.

Harbor House is located at 1000 Wilshire Blvd in Downtown LA. They’re open from 7:30 am – 10:00 pm every day, except weekends.

Mezcalero

This mezcal-centric bar has some awesome food that’ll keep you coming back for more. Mezcalero takes inspiration from the regions of Mexico that specialize in the making of the smokey-flavored spirit, showcasing the flavor profiles tailor-made for an LA palette.

A cocktail standout at Mezcalero is the Oaxacan The Garden. Made with maestro dobel tequila, por siempre sotol, el silencio mezcal, mint, cilantro, basil, red and yellow bell peppers, Fresno pepper, fresh pineapple & lime juice.

Mezcalero has set high standards for bar food in the area. We recommend the Baja style taco, with your choice of fish or shrimp, served with coleslaw made in house, cranberries, and a chipotle sauce.

Mezcalero DTLA is located at 510 S Broadway. They’re open from 3:00pm – 2:00am, Monday – Saturday. From 11:00am – 2:00am on Sundays.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Tucked in a tall, sunny and vibrant corner space of ROW DTLA, Rappahannock brings a distinctly East Coast vibe to their venture west.

Cousins Ryan and Travis Croxton now oversee operations of the 125-year-old Rappahannock company. Focusing on sustainable and ethical fishing methods, the restaurant is aimed to bring locally sourced seafood to the masses.  

Three selections of oysters are there to choose from; the Rappahannock, with a sweet, full-bodied flavor; the Rochambeau, which is slightly more salty and briny; and Olde Salts, with a classic, briny, fresh-from-the-sea flavor. Also from the raw bar are Olde Salt clams, peel-and-eat shrimp, bay scallops and fresh hamachi.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar is located in ROW DTLA, 787 Alameda Street, #154. They’re open Monday – Friday 11:00am-10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Kasih

While the term “fusion” is thrown around rather freely, it doesn’t always do the restaurant in question justice. One such restaurant to which this applies is Kasih (pronounced Kah-see,) an Indonesian-inspired spot nestled in Little Tokyo.

Deriving its culinary style from classic Indonesian cuisine elevated by modern cooking techniques, Kasih – while Indonesian in concept – showcases a wide array of varied Southeast Asian flavors are used to complement each dish.

Some solid choices to try include: The Babi Guling, roast crackling pork belly, Balinese salad and chayote chicken broth; the Rendang Sapi, caramelized beef curry with sautéed spinach, confit pearl onion, fingerling potato, and market squash; and the Asian Kelapa, Indonesian slaw with sweet and tangy dressing topped with toasted coconut-chili flakes.

Kasih is located at 200 S. Los Angeles St in Little Tokyo. They’re open from 7:00am – 2:00pm and 5:30pm – 12:00am everyday except Sunday. You can make reservations here.

Bavel

Bavel, the second restaurant of the husband and wife duo who brought us Bestia, takes inspiration from a wide range of Middle Eastern cuisines, all merging together perfectly.

Countries like Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco make up the taste palettes in the dishes, while Spanish and French cooking techniques tie it all together. Bavel is a representation of all of these distinct cultural backgrounds.

The standout of the entire menu has to be the Slow Roasted Lamb Neck Shawarma. Tender, fatty and lean morsels of slow-roasted lamb are served with fresh Laffa bread, delicious Tahini, pickled cabbage and turnips, along with a Habanero and mango sauce.

Bavel is located at 500 Mateo Street in the Arts District, and is open from 5:00 pm everyday. Closed on Mondays. Reservations can be made here.

Contributing Writer at Happening In Group | [email protected]

A writer from the Los Angeles area inspired by the the sights, sounds and ideals of a city embracing all cultures.