661 Imperial St., Arts District
The Arts District is experiencing a major resurgence right now, and the Urban Radish, by far the best place in the area to pick up groceries, was one of the linchpins that made it possible. From the hydroponic herbs out front to the street art decorating the walls outside, it's the kind of place that feels very of the neighborhood. The family-owned spot stocks its shelves with gorgeous, locally sourced produce, and there's a sizeable butcher and cheese shop in the back, behind rows of pantry staples. The adorable eatery offers three hyper-fresh meals per day, which can also be ordered for takeout or delivery for a night in or office lunch. Plus, don't leave without cruising through the well-curated wine shop in the corner.
826 E. 3rd St., Arts District
Apolis is the brainchild of brothers Raan and Shea Parton, who started the social enterprise (they've officially been a B Corporation for years) back in 2004. Their mantra is "advocacy through industry," a guideline that drives their manufacturing both in the Los Angeles garment district and at factories overseas, where they employ artisans at fair wages regardless of their location. While it's undeniably fun to shop their website (you can see where each product was manufactured, alongside info about the people who made it), their flagship store in the Arts District is by far the best place to get a sense for the brand. Inside the gorgeously appointed shop, you'll find tailored men's basics and luxurious accessories like leather luggage and their famous burlap farmers market bags, which have achieved a cult-like following in LA. Check their calendar to attend one of their community events, where they bring entrepreneurs, artists, and other tastemakers to their space for talks and performances.
Wurstküche Arts District
800 E. 3rd St., Arts District
Though the menu is extensive, the offerings leans heavily on bratwurst—more specifically, bratwurst made using only the finest meats, with veggie-friendly and exotic options thrown in for good measure (pheasant with herbs de Provence, for example). Fittingly, everything comes tricked out with your choice of gourmet toppings—sweet peppers, sauerkraut, and fancy mustard for days—plus, the option to tack on a side of truffle fries. The communal tables are set up beer garden-style and outfitted with paper tablecloths and crayons for the littles, though it gets more and more jovial (i.e. boozy and loud) the later it gets so consider planning a lunch if eating with the whole brood in tow. The sprawling space is really great for large groups—each person orders at the walk-up counter so everyone ends up paying for themselves, and the draft and bottled beer assortment is one of the best in the city. The original is in Venice.
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