Belcampo Meat Co.
317 S. Broadway, Downtown
Anya Fernald is a bit of a badass: Not only is she the co-founder and CEO of Belcampo Meat Co., which has quickly become the go-to purveyor of humanely-raised, sustainable meats, and poultry in California, she’s also a mom, cookbook author, and a master of open flame grilling. Go to her shops for whole-animal butchering (and the interesting, rare cuts of meat associated with it), seriously good hamburgers, and the best bone broth. There are also locations in Santa Monica and West Hollywood.
Blue Bottle Coffee
582 Mateo St., Downtown
Blue Bottle is a top-notch coffee roaster and café with a sustainable ethos, in multiple locations throughout LA, the Bay Area, NYC, (and Tokyo). This Arts District outpost is the first LA location, and one of the outposts that has enough room to sit and hang out for a bit. Our picks: The siphon filter and the New Orleans iced coffee.
727 N. Broadway., Downtown
The focus at Roy Choi’s teeny Chinatown stripmall spot is the rice bowl—which acts as a blank canvas for a hodgepodge of Mexican/Korean add-ons. The Sour Cream Hen House bowl with sour cream sambal is a fan favorite, with the Kimchi spam bowl coming in as a close second. But whatever you order, make sure to get it with a side of the ooey gooey fries.
317 S. Broadway, Downtown
The enormous line that's inevitably snaking out from the register is your first clue that eggslut doesn’t serve ordinary egg sandwiches. Every element of their take on the hangover breakfast staple is carefully considered: the brioche bun is perfectly browned, the bacon is just the right thickness, and the eggs, of course, are exactly the right fluffy consistency (they offer them over-medium, but scrambled is definitely the order of choice). The famous Fairfax sandwich comes with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo. A second location just opened in Venice.
541 S. Spring St., downtown
The eponymous shop is owned and operated by one of the sweetest creatives who has a talent for whipping up some of the most unexpected and classically delicious flavors.
Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway, Downtown
Built in 1917, restored in the '90s, and then revamped in the past few years, this downtown market—which has operated continually for the past century—still maintains its original façade in the Homer Laughlin Building. Nowadays, you'll find specialty shops like Belcampo Meat Co., Valerie Confections, Eggslut, and DTLA Cheese, along with small food joints serving up Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese food, ideal for the downtown office crowd and tourists alike.
541 S. Spring St., Downtown
There's no short supply of Mexican food in LA, so when we say that Guisado's has some of the best, it's a hefty stamp of approval. Guisado is the Spanish word for stew—the kind of slow-braised, spiced meats that taste just as good with a side of rice and beans as they do starring in a taco—and that's exactly where this spot excels. Slow roasted pork with pickled red onions is the fan favorite, but they also do excellent fish, steak, and chicken. The original is in Boyle Heights, though they now also have locations in Echo Park, and West Hollywood.
Juice Served Here
833 S. Spring St., Downtown
In addition to being incredibly convenient for satiating juice cravings (there are locations sprouting up all over the city) this the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). Bonus points for the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps and the recent addition of lifestyle-y giftables at most outposts. There are additional locations in Studio City, Pasadena, Venice, Silver Lake, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.
Lazy Brewing Company
116 E. 5th St., Downtown
Maybe it's the low-key vibe or the edgy street on which it's located, but there's something truly authentic about this café that makes it stand out from the sea of hip, perfectly-groomed coffee shops throughout the city. The staff plays an eclectic playlist, including throwbacks from The Stooges and The Kinks, and makes a fantastic almond milk latte. This has become a recent favorite DTLA destination to read the paper on a lazy Sunday. They also serve an excellent, albeit limited, menu of fresh bagel sandwiches.
700 S. Spring St., Downtown
The soft serve at this tiny shop is made daily in small batches, using local ingredients from organic dairy farmers. But Little Damage is really in a league of its own when it comes to of-the-moment flavors, like their signature almond-charcoal flavored swirl served in hand-rolled black cones—colored with, you guessed it, activated charcoal—and their decidedly much more colorful, cotton-candy-blue "Unicorn Tears". Bonus: it’s just two blocks from the tacos at Guisados.
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