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Mar 27, 2014 01:29 PM

DTLA - List of Goodies?

I have tomorrow off from work and was thinking of spending the day in DTLA walking around for bites and nibbles and to revisit some areas that have improved over the past year or so to kind of, re-familiarize myself with the new additions.

I don't exactly know what I'm going to do or where I'm going to go, but that's half the fun. Just explore and stuff my face.

I'm trying to put together a list of hot spots in the area to possibly visit, but I can't help but think that there may be some essentials I'm I turn to Chowhound. Help me out...or should I me put on a few pounds!

So far, some points of interest are:

Grand Central Market - Eggslut, BelCampo, DTLA Cheese, Horse Theif, etc.
Baco Mercat/Bar Ama?
The Gorbals (possibly for dinner-enjoyed there before)
Fig at 7th?
Peddler's Creamery
Last Bookstore
Pershing Square?

Think it's worth my time?

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  1. Stumptown Coffee at 806 S. Santa Fe.

    Depending on the weather, try a double espresso or an iced coffee. This is coffee unlike all the others!

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    1. re: liu

      How is it unlike all the others?

      G&B at Grand Central market makes by far the best cold brewed coffee (they have a very expensive ice machine that produces cocktail-grade ice cubes for it). They also have a hops-infused, carbonated oolong tea as a palette cleanser for their espresso.

      If you want to really try coffee "unlike all the others", you go to G&B.

      1. re: BacoMan

        Stumptown is very good. I don't have the instruction manual on their brewing processes but I would give it a try before shutting down the recommendation.

    2. If you like a good Bloody Mary, then you need to go to Cole's French Dip on 6th for brunch.

      I really like their sandwiches, but the bloodies are outstanding. I THINK they stop serving them at 3 in the afternoon, but you may want to check. If you get there late, though, they make great cocktails (try the Old Fashioned) at the classic bar.

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      1. re: sevanchik

        They also do a good version of The Last Word.

      2. Friday from 9-2, Guerrilla Tacos are parked next to Handsome coffee in the Arts district. You can order and eat outside or they will deliver inside handsome coffee. J Gold said one of their tacos (they change them up) was one of his 10 best bites of 2013. They are really delicious and unique.

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        1. re: macdog

          The morels quesudila with Oxacan cheese and a mildly spicey chipotle sauce was downright exceptional.

          1. re: macdog

            Go towards the early part of the timeframe as opposed to the later. They run out of quite a few things.

          2. Go to Sushi Zo.

            Grab a cronut from Frances.

            Have a slut. I would. :)

            Take a perfectly pulled espresso from g and b. and one of those fancey donuts too.

            Sit at the bar at Morton's and have a prime 13oz double cheddar cheeseburger topped with sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions and a couple martinis and a chocolate mousse for dessert.

            Visit Paul's Kitchen like you were visiting a bona fide museum.

            Stop by Sams Hofbrau.

            Fish tacos with Ricky.

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            1. re: kevin

              What's G and B? Where you get the espresso.

              1. re: kevin

                Kevin... Ricky's is no longer in the downtown area, he is back in East Hollywood in the old location …but you will be minutes away from Langer's Pastrami Heaven.

                1. re: kevin

                  Sam's Hofbrau? Seriously, a stripper bar?

                    1. re: kevin

                      Might as well hit up the rhino dude

                      1. re: jessejames

                        But this is supposed to be downtown centric right ????

                        Oh. Eastide Deli too.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Yes to the Eastside Deli and their DA special...

                          1. re: jessejames

                            Lap dance ?????

                            Is that a new dish ?????

                    2. re: kevin

                      Fantastic burger bunker 2 floors under. No cell phone coverage needed. Try beer instead.

                    3. Peking Tavern
                      Little Tokyo: Marugame Monzo (udon specialist)
                      Chinatown: Scoops (ice cream)

                      If memory serves, Ricky's Tacos is now back in the area next to Childrens Hospital LA (near Hollywood, on Virgil), and no longer in Chinatown.

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                      1. re: J.L.

                        Is Scoops still in a soft opening phase? I was there last Friday expecting them to open at noon with no luck.