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July 27, 2017

Where to Eat in the Fashion District

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 Tuck Hotel, Steve Samson at Rossoblu, and Charles Phan at Slanted Door (coming soon). 

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 (already up, running and booked solid) to the trendy Cognoscenti Coffee. They'll soon be joined by San Fransisco hit The Slanted Door and a "deco-tropical" cocktail haven from dynamic drinks-duo 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. BONUS: Stop by on Taco Tuesday for $1 street tacos at Cilantro Lime.
International Food Court, 934 S Los Angeles St.

Literally Everyone is Raving about Little Damage
The line wraps around the corner from noon to midnight, and the flavors include "Mother of Dragons," "Unicorn Tears" and "Salted Covfefe." Everyone from online music sensation CERAADI to Ludacris has been photographed  with a cone. It has been featured on countless influencer Instagram accounts (naturally). Also known as the "goth ice cream shop," Little Damage is single- highhandedly  bringing thousands of people into the Fashion District for charcoal soft-serve and Insta-worthy photo ops. Come for the ice cream, stay for the internet-celebrity sightings.

Best of Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown residents and employees recently voted for their favorite dining spots in Downtown L.A. We'd like to congratulate all the Fashion District restaurants who made the list!

Preux & Proper, 840 S Spring St. - Best Cajun & Best Customer Service
Peking Tavern, 806 S Spring St. & New Moon, 102 W Ninth St. - Best Chinese Food
California Kabob Kitchen, 141 W 11th St. - Best Middle Eastern
Umami Burger, 852 S Broadway - Best Burger
Sonoratown, 208 E 8th St. - Best New Restaurant
L.A. Chapter, 927 S Broadway - Best Hotel Restaurant

What's your favorite Fashion District dining spot?
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The Wall Farmer's Market
Enjoy food, flowers, and fresh produce at The Wall Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The farmer's market sets up in front of the flower markets on Wall Street between 7th and 8th Streets.

Los Angeles Street Streetscape Project

Pardon our dust! We're working to make Los Angeles Street more pedestrian friendly. Learn more.

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