Fashion District Dining Guide
The LA Fashion District’s food scene is on the rise. The district has always been the go-to spot for quintessential Los Angeles street food. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs, esquite, raspados, street tacos and fruit cups can be found on nearly every block. But what our most dedicated shoppers have always known is that the Fashion District is also an international culinary center, where you can find some of the best Mediterranean, Peruvian, Chinese, Brazilian, Australian, Cajun, Korean, Mexican, and yes, vegan food in downtown. In recent months, we’ve added a few highly renowned chefs to the mix – Juan Pablo de la Torre at Bar Garcia, Steve Samson at Rossoblu & Superfine, and Antonia Lofaso at DAMA.
Wondering what the best places to eat in the Fashion District are? Click the links throughout this newsletter and try some of the recently highlighted restaurants below.
City Market Has Such Good Food Even New York is Paying Attention
The NY Post recently highlighted Los Angeles’ newest “foodie havens.” At the top of the list is the Fashion District’s dining destination – City Market. As the article notes, “Bon vivants can wander from Sotto chef Steve Samson’s mouth-watering, Bologna-inspired Rossoblu to the trendy Cognoscenti Coffee. The newly opened Superfine Pizza has added a new concept to City Market South with its pizza window serving full pies and pizza by the slice. They have recently been joined by tropical inspired DAMA from Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix (complete with an outdoor terrace on what was once a banana loading dock).”
City Market South, 1057 S San Pedro St.
Killer Fried Chicken in the Flower District
It seems like an unlikely situation, but brunch aficionados and anyone who appreciates Southern food know Poppy + Rose does fried chicken and it does it well. So well that Eater LA has once again featured Poppy + Rose on their “best of” lists. Perhaps it’s the super Instagrammable ambiance, the distinct smell of fresh flowers, or the miss-matched coffee mugs, but Poppy + Rose takes brunch at the flower markets to a whole new level. Breakfast is served all day.
Poppy + Rose, 765 S Wall St.
A Truly Authentic Food Court
Food in the Fashion District is like fashion in the Fashion District. It’s available in all styles and flavors and comes at all price points. “The most overlooked international food court in DTLA” features Mexican, Chinese, seafood, kabobs, pho and Pakistani and Indian cuisine. It is exceptionally well priced and perhaps one of the only places in downtown where a delicious meal with real ingredients can still be had for under $10 with plenty of places to sit and air conditioning.
BONUS: Stop by on Taco Tuesday for $1 street tacos at Cilantro Lime.
International Food Court, 934 S Los Angeles St.
Southern Hospitality Done Right at Preux & Proper
Preux (pru), meaning brave.
Enjoy barroom eats for a casual get together over freshly Baked Mac & Cheese, Turkey Neck Gravy Poutine or a Cauliflower Tostada.
Proper (präpər): meaning conforming to established manners.
Grab your favorite people and enjoy a proper sit down dinner while dreaming of vacationing in the South.
BONUS: Happy Hour Monday to Saturday 4-7 PM and Sunday 4-9 PM
Preux & Proper, 840 S Spring St.
Taco of the Year
With fresh flour tortillas made daily it is no wonder Sonoratown has been voted LA’s Favorite Taco of the Year. The line here can be no joke but will be worth it once inside. Try anything from a Carne Asada taco to a crowd favorite Chivichanga. You won’t regret this stop. Enjoy! Provecho!
Sonoratown, 208 E 8th St.
Only the Best at Best Girl
Known as a “Local Favorite” for coffee, Best Girl has everything you could ever dream of from breakfast to desserts. In collaboration with award-winning Chef Michael Cimarusti it is quite obvious that the addition of Best Girl to the LA Fashion District has simply been for the best.
Best Girl, 927 S Broadway
Hungry for more? Look No Further than the Corporation Food Hall
The Corporation Food Hall has something for everyone. You will find South City Fried Chicken, which has been named one of the best fast food spots in LA by Eater, the famous falafel pita from Soom Soom Fresh, Buddha Belly turning out pork belly rice bowls, and so much more. And as if the food wasn’t enough, make sure you stop by and snap a pic with the “I Love LA” mural. What are you waiting for? Grab your friends and head on over!
Corporation Food Hall, 724 S Spring St.
This Valentine’s Day give happiness. Give fresh-cut flowers to your best friend. Spend time with your loved ones. Buy your significant other their favorite thing (without breaking the bank). And if you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got a couple recommendations for you.
Flowers: Save up to 70% on fresh-cut flowers at the Flower Markets
Did you know flowers are scientifically proven to make people happy? It’s true!
The L.A. Flower markets are extending their hours to the public for Valentine’s Day starting February 10, 2018. See the Valentine’s Day hours and tips for buying the freshest flowers in our previous post, here.
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“A pop-up fine dining experience under the stars”
Envision white linens, beautiful tablescapes, and sparkling lights overhead creating a magical ambiance…
The LA Fashion District BID presents the third annual An Urban Dinner Party in partnership with HelpJess.com, Allied Universal, and City Market South – a celebration of the Fashion District neighborhood and its community. Guests will be seated at a 120-foot communal table and treated to an Italian, four-course dinner al fresco by award-winning chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu.
The event ticket includes complimentary wine and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LA Fashion District public arts program.
One Communal Table
The LA Fashion District has long been a center of creativity and a welcoming home for artists and galleries. Fashion is after all, often considered an art form. Most recently, Hong Kong-based Avenue des Arts opened at the corner of 8th and Los Angeles Streets and installed five new murals behind its new location. You can see the murals at 8th and Werdin Place. Late last month, Jeff Hamilton Studios hosted an international street art fair pop-up at 935 S Wall St, which the gallery plans to make a monthly event, and earlier this year Mugello Gallery opened at 818 Spring St. Currently there are at least 11 art galleries operating in the Fashion District and 11 large-scale murals, most of which are located in the northwestern quadrant.
Unsurprisingly, Eighth Street has become the connecting thoroughfare between the galleries and murals. The street itself boasts Pskaufman Gallery and seven murals, starting at Werdin Place and ending with Etam Cru’s Mr. Rooster at 8th and Wall Street. Eighth Street connects to the Santee Village courtyard, where REN Gallery and Diego Cardoso Gallery are located, and serves as a hub for residential life. Fashion District artists can be seen hanging out at No Ghost Bears (formerly Coffee Colab), their art is displayed at Cleaners LA, they walk across the street to grab tacos at Sonoratown from which anyone can enjoy an unobstructed view of Teddy Kelly‘s colorful abstract, (8th and Los Angeles St) or head over to Wild Living Foods (8th and Main St). The health food spot has an equally colorful mural inside. Nearby, there is another project by a Fashion District artist in the works.
Art is all around us. But in a place like the Fashion District, where the air buzzes with creativity and color and texture abound, it feels especially at home. The art here is vibrant, colorful, reflective of its urban location, and often culturally significant. It’s representative of the district. We highly recommend it.
Check out Fashion District galleries during the next Downtown Art Walk, on the second Thursday every month, 6-10 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of Fashion District murals using the map above.
The LA Conservancy’s signature series, Last Remaining Seats will kick off in the LA Fashion District with a screening of L.A. Confidential at The Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, June. 3. Last Remaining Seats presents films as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in a beautiful theatre, surrounded by fellow fans, and accompanied by vintage cartoons, special guests, and more.
Tickets cost $22 for the general public and $18 for Conservancy members. Proceeds support the Conservancy’s efforts to preserve historic places throughout L.A. County.
In addition to the screenings, the Conservancy will offer special events, including exclusive theatre and backstage tours, bar trivia after Saturday screenings, theatre Q & As, and a lecture by renowned film historian, Leonard Maltin.
Information and tickets are available at laconservancy.org/last-remaining-seats-special-events.
Three cops investigate a homicide in 1950s L.A. in this neo-noir crime drama about police corruption and organized crime.
This screening is dedicated to the film’s director, producer, co-writer, and longtime member of the Conservancy’s Advisory Council, Curtis Hanson, who passed away last year.
Clara Bow, Hollywood’s original It Girl, stars in this silent classic that won the very first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929.
This beloved 1980s classic directed by Steven Spielberg follows a young boy’s attempt to help his stranded extra-terrestrial friend go hooOOoome.
A giant man-eating shark terrorizes swimmers and beachgoers in the film that made Steven Spielberg a household name.
The LA Fashion District BID is a proud community partner of Last Remaining Seats.