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I just moved to downtown LA... (Flower Street)Would love some great recommendations on places to eat and shop?

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  1. There is a Ralphs downtown on 9th St. and there is also Food 4 Less. I would also think that you will end up at one or more of the local downtown farmers markets: http://www.ccfm.com/site/locations.php and finally there is the Grand Central Market: http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/

    There are a lot of restaurants. Everything from good Japanese to the old standbys like Philippe's http://www.philippes.com/ and Cole's http://213nightlife.com/colesfrenchdip and the Original Pantry http://www.pantrycafe.com/ and on to High end places like Rivera http://www.riverarestaurant.com/ or Patina http://www.patinarestaurant.com/home.php and the Water Grill http://www.watergrill.com/ to a good Brazilian cafe called Wood Spoon http://woodspoonla.com/ to great tacos at the Mexicali Taco & Company: http://mexicalitaco.com/ or the dive breakfast place called Nick's Cafe: https://sites.google.com/site/nicksca... to the Blue Cow http://bluecowkitchen.com/ or the Lazy Ox http://www.lazyoxcanteen.com/index.html or Colori Kitchen http://www.colorikitchen.com/ and the Nickel Diner http://www.nickeldiner.com/ (plus a whole hell of a lot of others).

    1. Bottega Louie, Mas Malo, Umamicattessen, Two Boots, Tiara Cafe, New Moon, Chaya, LA Cafe, and much more (to add to the list above)

      1. Spice Table
        Lazy Ox
        Menddsacino Farms
        Lemonade
        Chaya Downtown
        Incredible sausage place starts with a W great fries too.
        Many more

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        1. Wow! Thank you all for your suggestions! Keep them coming...I plan to hit all of them.
          By the way any suggestion on great deals in the garment districts and jewelry district?

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          1. re: bricooks

            you have to go to grand central market for tacos from las morelianas

            1. re: bricooks

              There's a great little Middle Eastern/ Persian place in the fabric district at Maple and 9th called the Maple St Grill. They're open only during the day I think.

            2. Baco
              shin sen gumi
              kokekkeo
              shabu shabu house
              sushi gen
              tiara cafe
              Le comptoir (pop up at tiara cafe)
              gorbals
              petes (all purpose open late burger decent)
              hollywood pies
              library bar
              bottega louie
              buu dien (banh mi in china town)
              soon to open branch of mo chica
              and more I can't remember
              I love DTLA!

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              1. re: peppermonkey

                I just read in the LA Weekly that Hollywood Pies moved
                http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

                New location is:
                1437 S Robertson Blvd
                Los Angeles, CA 90035
                (323) 337-3212

                Deliery w/i 5-mile radius or pick-up at the curb, however, actual seats may be on the way; see link to article above.

                Mon: CLOSED
                Tues-Thurs: 430pm-930pm
                Fri-Sat: 430pm-10pm
                Sun: 5pm-9pm

              2. I'd also add:
                Hama Sushi
                Toshi Sushi
                Pizzanista
                Drago Centro
                Church & State

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                1. re: Robert Thornton

                  My favorites...top 21 in no order

                  Church and State, El Cholo, Wood Spoon, Colori Kitchen, Tiara Cafe (lunch), New Moon (lunch, chinese), Homegirl Cafe, Nickel Diner, The Gorbals, Baco Mercat, Gil's Indian, Bottega Louie, Cafe Pinot, Urbano Pizza, Umamicatessen, Pitfire Pizza, Spring Street BBQ, Spice Kitchen, Perch, Lazy Ox. Urth Caffe. Also, there are great cafeterias at the Colburn School of the Arts and Metro Water District HQ next to Union Station.

                  1. re: RobertC

                    Wow! thanks so much for your suggestion, I will check them out. :)

                2. There are a couple of good restaurants -- Drago Centro and Water Grill. Drago, in particular, is Michelin-star worthy. Chaya is decent. On the lower end, I always enjoy Wurstkuche for sausages, fries, and beer. Lazy Ox and The Gorbals can also be enjoyable for drinks and downscale food. Spring for Coffee has good coffee.

                  1. Just tried" Big Man Bakes" last night, loved the delicious cupcakes!!!
                    Downtown LA