Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Aug 4, 2011 03:44 PM

Downtown LA recs.

We are staying at the Sheraton Downtown for 4 nights, and would like to walk the restaurants around the Macy's Plaza.
We probably won't do "fine" dining, but something local or unique. I love a good noodle place, and fish and Italian are my faves,
Any and all recs appreciated. :-)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. You might like the Wood Spoon. Ever had a Brazilian chicken pot pie?

    For Ramen noodles try Daikokuya.

    Good breakfast at the Nickel Diner and don't forget to try their maple bacon donut.

    and you can take the Red Line Subway just a few stops to Langer's Deli for some of the best pastrami on earth. Open till 4pm daily and closed Sundays.

    327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Langer's Delicatessen
    704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Wood Spoon
    107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

    Nickel Diner
    524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    1 Reply
    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks so much for the recs!
      Daikokuya looks marvelous.
      Nikel Diner is a on my list.
      Woodspoon's menu IS a bit differant, but interesting.

      327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    2. Lots of good food stands in LA's Grand Central Market. Just walk around and see what you'd like.

      Grand Central Market
      317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

      1. Check out Casey's Irish Bar & Grille, The Original Pantry Cafe and Uncle John's Cafe. These are unique or interesting, each in it's own way. Google them.

        For noodles look at Kagaya in addition to Daikokuya, maybe Blossom as well.

        Close to your hotel is Bottega Louie for nominal Italian. I'd also walk down to LA Live, there are some fun places to drink and nosh.

        327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Original Pantry Cafe
        877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        418 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Bottega Louie
        700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        2 Replies
        1. re: scottca075

          Thanks scottca, I will Google them.
          I was reading about Bottega Louie.
          I heard about LA live, it sounds like fun. :-)

          Bottega Louie
          700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

          1. re: judyrem

            If you like clam pizza, they do it great.

        2. If you're eating during the day, you may want to check out LA's food truck scene. The upstairs area of the 7th & Fig shopping area has a rotating selection of trucks at lunch on Mon-Wed. You can view their schedule here:

          For ramen, I'd also recommend Chin Ma Ya for something different (tan tan men style ramen). The new Peruvian place, Chimu, at Grand Central Market has been getting a lot of press so you may want to try that.

          You can take the Dash buses all over downtown too. They run about every 5-10 minutes and cost only $.50 -

          Chimu Peruvian Soulfood
          324 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          1 Reply
          1. re: matikin9

            Thanks for Chin and food truck info.
            You chowhounds are great.

          2. Great sandwiches and salads at Mendocino Farms. Two locations in Downtown.

            Mendocino Farms
            300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            Mendocino Farms
            444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            1 Reply