DTLA 101: Fried Chicken Sandos, Stinky Cheese & Lavender Lattes (May 2018)

We here at DTLAer used to have issues with walking out of restaurants in Downtown LA that simply weren’t up to snuff. DTLA 101 is your list of DTLAer-approved restaurants and bars worthy of your time and money. From dive bars to celebrating your friend’s overnight cryptocurrency success, DTLA 101 runs the gamut of the myriad food and drink selections Downtown LA has to offer.

With our apologies to The Slanted Door (RIP), here’s this month’s list:

MAY 2018

  • Spread Mediterranean Kitchen – Grab a seat at the bar during lunch and enjoy one of the best bangs for your DTLA buck in what can easily be made into a healthy meal.
  • Pour House Wine Bar – A low key spot in the Arts District that offers one of the strongest happy hours anywhere in town. Pro tip: The Lambrusco and stinky cheese plate are always on point.
  • Strada – Delicious sandwiches and sand-brewed coffee are just a couple of the many reasons why Strada is simply one of the most charming places in Downtown LA.
  • The Mighty – The Hatfields’ all-day eatery is serving up some of the tastiest rotisserie chicken in the 213 and that butter lettuce salad will have you returning for lunch on a weekly basis.
  • Howlin’ Ray’s – G.O.A.T. ‘Nuff Said.
  • Medidate Coffee – A recent addition to the Historic Core that’s already winning over the masses with its weight-loss inducing date seed coffee that provides a natural energy boost.
  • Boomtown Brewery – A massive, fun space with plenty of quality beer options that makes for the perfect spot for after-work drinks.
  • Bar Mateo – Deftly executed cocktails in a fun, casual atmosphere that’s sure to enjoy increased foot traffic as a pre or post Bavel destination.
  • Golden Road Brewing – An off-the-radar Dodgers pre-game spot inside Grand Central Market where the pub pretzel and Right Said Red Ale will have you forgetting the early season struggles of the boys in blue in no time.
  • Impresso – This sleepy South Park coffee shop’s lavender latte is simply springtime in a cup.
  • Bavel – It ain’t Bestia just quite yet, but the Malawach might be chef Ori Menashe’s most remarkable dish to date. Can’t snag a reservation? Bavel keeps the bar seating limited to walk-ins only.

Want to suggest a spot for June’s list? Give us a shout at dan [at] dtlaer.com.

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