The Hottest Downtown Los Angeles Dinner Spots

The Hottest Downtown Los Angeles Dinner Spots

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Downtown Los Angeles is home to some of the best food in the world. Here's where to eat right now.

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    More than a century old, this corner sandwich shop is widely believed to have invented the French dip, and shows no signs of running its course any time soon. On game days and weekends, lines inside Philippe's regularly reach to the door, as patient eaters snake between the rows of countertop seating that make up the bulk of the available eating space inside the sawdust-floored room. 
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    The over-clocked rice bowls at Chego are a force of nature. Laced with samba, doused with creamy sauces, and usually topped with an egg, each $10 option is as tasty as the next, whether you're working through a bowl that includes pork belly or hefty chunks of chicken. Pro tip: Grab a bowl to go on your way to the Dodgers game. Security won't give you a second look as you bring it into the stadium, though the jealous baseball fans around you in the bleachers likely will.
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    Everything is thoughtful and fresh, interesting and a little loose around the edges. Most of the greens come from an Alma-sponsored garden elsewhere in the city, and Parson's wide knowledge of eclectic wines (or optional non-alcoholic pairings) make for a captivating, yet smooth ride. 
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    At Bäco Mercat, a food's ethnicity is a fluid thing. Middle Eastern influences muddle with Italian ingenuity and American flavors, making Josef Centeno's flagship restaurant a blindfolded trip across the world. The namesake item, the bäco bread, is itself a confluence of cultures: part pizza dough, part flatbread and thickened tortilla, the bäco bread is offered up as a base for pizza-like concoctions and half-wrapped sandwiches as well as in a warm side basket for pulling apart and dipping.
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    Tucked away near the L.A. River, it's one of the hottest reservations in town, and for good reason. Handmade pastas are pushed from the kitchen with abandon, alongside beautifully spotted margherita pizzas, copious charcuterie, and a beef tartare crostini that is at once vibrant, funky, minty, and clean.
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    Neal Fraser's doing comfort fare as a counterpoint to his more composed Redbird. Placed inside the heart of Arts District, this is one of the most talked-about restaurants in Downtown right now. Try the burger.
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    This Italian meat-based restaurant has a strong grill program offering steaks, fish, and more to a swanky, wealthy-looking clientele. The risottos and rustic Italian grains that come on the side might even be better than the mains. One of the few places in LA where you won't feel out of place in a power suit.
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    Otium is the grand new project by former French Laundry chef de cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth. Nestled next to the fantastic new Broad Museum, it's an incredibly designed masterwork throughout. The fare is approachable, but polished, evincing Hollingsworth's vision for refined dining through a more casual lens.
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    Bruce Kalman's ode to pasta is finally open inside Grand Central Market. It's basically a fast-casual version of Union, which is a great thing.
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    This Manhattan Beach restaurant has a new sibling in Downtown L.A., with polished Asian cooking in the heart of Financial District. Chef Tin Vuong has essentially channeled the same decor and menu.
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