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Best Meals

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH

Engine Co. No. 28 

644 S. Figueroa, (213) 624-6996 or engineco.com

In 1912, Engine Company No. 28 was built to house firefighters who served a booming Downtown. More than a century later, the space is catering to a newly booming Downtown with a variety of traditional American dishes done in savory style.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 553-4566 or mortons.com

The Morton’s name is synonymous with the prestige of a fine cut of red meat. Impress your colleagues with a finely honed knowledge of the menu and the adroit professionalism with which you consume your T-bone. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Water Grill

544 S. Grand Ave., (213) 891-0900 or watergrill.com

 

BEST FINE DINING

Pacific Dining Car

1310 W. Sixth St., (213) 483-6000 or pacificdiningcar.com

Though the Dining Car is a stationary affair, the finest meals available in Downtown Los Angeles keep rolling all through the night. Pop on in for a special meal or on a whim. It doesn’t matter. You will be satiated.

RUNNER-UP: 

Morton’s The Steakhouse

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 553-4566 or mortons.com

 

BEST BREAKFAST SPOT

The Original Pantry Café

877 S. Figueroa St., (213) 972-9279 or pantrycafe.com

Once the sourdough French toast and ham steak hits your tummy, you’ll know that the line was worth the wait and the trip to the ATM to indulge the L.A. classic’s cash-only policy was but a mere speedbump on the road to fulfillment.

RUNNER-UP: 

Eggslut

317 S. Broadway or eggslut.com

 

BEST BRUNCH

Bottega Louie

700 S. Grand Ave., (213) 802-1470 or bottegalouie.com

Is brunch too early for macarons? No. Why not tack a few on top of your eggs benedict, lobster hash or lasagna? Live decadently.  

RUNNER-UP: 

Perch

448 S. Hill St., (213) 802-1770 or perchla.com

 

BEST LUNCH SPOT

Mendocino Farms 

300 S. Grand Ave., (213) 620-1114; 444 S. Flower St., (213) 627-3262; 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 430-9040 or mendocinofarms.com

How many sandwich places do we need? How’s a place gonna make a buck when they give away generous samples of all their sides? Who wants expensive soda? Well, guess what? You were wrong, haters! Mendocino Farms is laughing all the way to the bank (on their way to the farm to source out another delectable sandwich, no doubt).

RUNNER-UP: 

Tender Greens

505 W. Sixth St., (213) 873-1890 or tendergreens.com

 

BEST DINNER

Bestia

2121 E. Seventh Place, (213) 514-5724 or bestiala.com

From the persimmon salad antipasti to the burrata pizza to the ricotta dumplings and 37-ounce pork tomahawk chop, the Bestia dinner menu promises to titillate, delight, and invigorate before completely eviscerating your opinion of other restaurants.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 553-4566 or mortons.com

Prime beef and seafood are the twin pillars upon which you must rest the well-earned faith in Morton’s that keeps you from filling up on dinner rolls. 

RUNNER-UP: 

The Palm

1100 S. Flower St., (213) 763-4600 or thepalm.com

 

Best Cuisines

BEST AMERICAN

Nickel Diner

524 S. Main St., (213) 623-8301 or nickeldiner.com 

From flapjacks at breakfast to burgers at lunch and spaghetti and meatballs during dinner, the Nickel Diner serves a smattering of American foods that range from the prohibitively heavy to the lithe and stomach gracing. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Engine Co. No. 28

644 S. Flower St., (213) 624-6996 or engineco.com

 

BEST ASIAN FUSION

Wokcano

800 W. Seventh St., (213) 623-2288 or wokcanorestaurant.com.

Like an American trade agreement, the food at Wokcano is trans-Pacific. From Korea to Japan and beyond, the flavors of Asia fuse in one restaurant.  

RUNNER-UP: 

Chaya Downtown

525 S. Flower St., (213) 236-9577 or thechaya.com/downtown-la

 

BEST BAKERY/DESSERTS

The Pie Hole

714 Traction Ave., (213) 537-0115 or thepieholela.com

At the Pie Hole in the Arts District, you can cram down savory and sweet pies that rival your grandmother’s finest baked goods. All within the cosy confines of Downtown’s ever-changing street-art canvas. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Big Man Bakes

413 S. Main St., (213) 617-9100 or bigmanbakes.com

 

BEST CAJUN FAVORITE

Little Jewel of New Orleans

207 Ord St., (213) 620-0461or littlejewel.la

Beyond the superlative po-boys, mini burgers and other sandwiches that make dining at Little Jewel such an immense joy, regular clients will tell you the unspoken standout feature of the Big Easy joint is an Instagram account that advertises daily specials with ever-saucy panache. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Little Easy

216 W. Fifth St., (213) 628-3113 or littleeasybar.com

 

BEST CHINESE

Yang Chow

819 N. Broadway, (213) 625-0811 yangchow.com

Behold, Yang Chow’s fabled slippery shrimp is a culinary mantle upon which the finest hopes of cross-cultural dialogue between China and the United States achieve consensus. It is a seafood dish so revered, folks travel from miles around to consume it ravenously. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Peking Tavern 

806 S. Spring St., (213) 988-8308 or tooguapo.com/Peking_Tavern

 

BEST DIM SUM

Golden Dragon

960 N. Broadway, (213) 626-2039 or goldendragonlosangeles.com

When the mood strikes and nothing will satisfy your lust for Cantonese dumplings, Golden Dragon promises you a world-class dim sum experience served from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Empress Pavilion

988 N. Hill St. #201, (213) 617-9898 or empresspavilionchinatown.com 

 

BEST FARM TO TABLE

Bestia

2121 E. Seventh Place, (213) 514-5724 or bestiala.com

The nice thing about gauging a farm to table experience is that one can typically taste the difference between fresh food and long-waylaid product. Bestia is a prime example that the proof is in the pudding. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Tender Greens

505 W. Sixth St., (213) 873-1890 or tendergreens.com 

 

BEST FRENCH

Church & State

1850 Industrial St., (213) 405-1434 or churchandstatebistro.com

The Arts District is a long way away from the Left Bank. Still, Church & State gives the finest dose of France it can with canard, foie de Volaille and escargot.

RUNNER-UP: 

Perch

448 S. Hill St., (213) 802-1770 or perchla.com

 

BEST FROZEN DESSERT

Gelateria Uli 

541 S. Spring St. #104, (213) 900-4717 or gelateriuli.com  

Gaze upon a case filled with flavorful wonders, sample fruity sorbettos and lucid gelatos, fill your stomach with a delightful scoop (or five) of frozen enlightenment and leave happy. Leave happier with a pint.

Yogurtland

130 S. Central Ave., (213) 687-0733 or yogurt-land.com  

Democracy is all about choice. Thus, any frozen dessert joint where one is free to choose flavors, quanity and toppings is thoroughly American. Act accordingly. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Pinkberry

322-A E. Second St., (213) 621-7645 or pinkberry.com

 

BEST GASTROPUB

Library Bar

630 W. Sixth St., (213) 614-0053 or librarybarla.com

Lest the intellectual connotation of a library throw you off the scent of this long-running exercise in fine beer and cocktails with hearty food, let’s explain it this way: Library Bar is like a reading room but instead of information, you get to feast on sensual overindulgence. Sound good? 

RUNNER-UP: 

Sixth St. Tavern

630 W. Sixth St., (213) 614-1900 or sixthstreettavern.com

 

BEST INDIAN

Badmaash

108 W. Second St., (213) 221-7466 or badmaashla.com

It translates roughly to “badass,” which is apropos because the owners wreak culinary havok in ways that your stomach might describe as “punk,” “rad” and “more” if it could speak.

RUNNER-UP:

Gill’s Cuisine of India

838 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-1050 or gillsindian.com

 

BEST ITALIAN

Bestia

2121 E. Seventh Place, (213) 514-5724 or bestiala.com

A smattering of pizza, pasta and antipasti that changes with the season and flatly rejects any modifications you may presume you’re entitled to. This is not the Olive Garden. This is the sort of thing you remember positively as you slip gently into a food coma to dream of Tuscany. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Cucina Rustica

888 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 988-8880 or cucinarusticala.com

 

BEST JAPANESE

Shabu Shabu House

127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, (213) 680-3890 or shabushabuhouse.menutoeat.com

The beef will be thinly shaved and boiled in water. The beer is affordable. Some would say too affordable. The noodles are extra, but you will not mind. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Octopus Restaurant

729 W. Seventh St., (213) 402-1500 or octopusrestaurant.com

 

BEST KOREAN

Korean BBQ House

323 E. First St., (213) 680-1826 or koreanbbqhouse.com

Korean BBQ in Little Tokyo is less an exercise in nationalistic pride and more an opportunity to spend time huddled around a grill, cooking endless meat with your friends. There are few finer places to do so.

RUNNER-UP: 

Manna Korean BBQ 

333 S. Alameda St., (213) 617-0306 or mannabbq.com

 

BEST LATIN/MEXICAN

Guisados

541 S. Spring St., (213) 627-7656 or guisados.co

For those who have already burned through the sampler and a month-long obsession with each and every taco on the menu, there remains nothing more than to zealously observe the special of the day menu and indulge in those fine, if rare, pleasures.

RUNNER-UP: 

El Cholo

1037 S. Flower St., (213) 746-7750 or elcholo.com

 

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

California Kabob Kitchen

141 W. Eleventh St., (213) 747-9500 or ckkabob.com 

California Kabob Kitchen’s stated purpose is “to be a ray of joy and happiness.” With a menu full of fresh Persian and Mediterranean items, we’d say they’re well on their way. 

RUNNER-UP:

Shekarchi

914 S. Hill St., (213) 892-8535 or shekarchirestaurant.com

 

BEST MEDITERRANEAN

Mediterranean City Grill

609 S. Spring St., (213) 489-9555 or medcitygrill.com 

Though the scenery on Spring Street may often resemble the austerity of Greece, the kebabs inside harken back to a tasty acropolis of culinary antiquity. 

RUNNER-UP:

Papa Cristos

2771 W. Pico Blvd., (323) 737-2970 or papacristos.com

 

BEST SEAFOOD

Water Grill

544 S. Grand Ave., (213-891-0900 or watergrill.com

In this day and age of advertising hyperbole, it is truly refreshing to discover a restaurant that makes good on the promise of its name. Should you fiend for the bounty of the Pacific, look no further than the glory of Grand Avenue’s Water Grill.  

RUNNER-UP: 

Fisherman’s Outlet

529 S. Central Ave., (213) 627-7231 or

fishermansoutlet.net

 

BEST STEAKHOUSE

 Pacific Dining Car

1310 W. Sixth St., (213) 483-6000 or pacificdiningcar.com

Steak around the clock is the calling card of the Pacific Dining Car. Power players have been coming here for decades, thanks to the thick slabs of meat and the high-backed chairs that ensure privacy.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 553-4566 or mortons.com

Located within walking distance of the offices along Figueroa Street and within stumbling distance of the bars on Seventh Street is a local installment of a chain famous for beef. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 

800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 745-9911 or flemingssteakhouse.com

 

BEST SUSHI 

Sugarfish

600 W. Seventh St., (213) 627-3000 or sugarfishsushi.com

Saying nothing of this restaurant’s hand-rolling little brother over on Main Street, Sugarfish is the gold standard of traditional rolls in Downtown.

RUNNER-UP: 

Sushi Gen

422 E. Second St., (213) 617-0552 or sushigenla.com

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD BEST REVOLVING SUSHI BAR

Frying Fish

120 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, (213) 680-0567

Like the fantastic day dream of a gluttinous, bath-loving child, Frying Fish places customers around a water course where tiny boats of prepared sushi circulate within grasp so that precious cargo may be transferred to eager mouths. 

 

BEST THAI

Sticky Rice

317 S. Broadway #C-4-5, (213) 621-2865 or eatstickyrice.com

A city can never be truly great until it has reliable take-out Thai food. Sticky Rice, thank you. You make us better.

RUNNER-UP: 

Soi 7

518 W. Seventh St., (213) 537-0333 or soi7la.com

 

BEST VEGAN/VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY (TIE)

Blossom

426 S. Main St., (213) 623-1973 or blossomrestaurant.com

Though known for its pho, Blossom is more than happy to accommodate your politicized eating habits and their consideration for animals of all stripes. 

Homegirl Cafe

130 W. Bruno St., (213) 617-0380 or homegirlcafe.org

Sandwiches, pasta and Mexican food alike offer up alternatives to traditional meat dishes courtesy of this socially conscious experiment in food service. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Zinc Cafe

580 Mateo St., (323) 825-5381 or zinccafe.com

 

BEST VIETNAMESE

Blossom

426 S. Main St., (213) 623-1973 or blossomrestaurant.com

With locations in Chinatown and the Historic Core, it’s easy to get on board with this newly seven-day-a-week pho and rice operation. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Pho 87

1019 N. Broadway, (323) 227-0758

Best Dishes 

BEST BURGER

Umami

852 S. Broadway, (213) 413-8626, 738 E. Third St., (323) 263-8626 or umami.com

For those who dabble in the fifth taste, a truffle aioli burger served with sweet potato fries is a gift from heaven. 

RUNNER-UP: 

The Counter

725 W. Seventh St., (213) 228-7800 or thecounterburger.com

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD BEST CREPES

Crepes Sans Frontieres

541 S. Spring St., (213) 623-3606 or crepessansfrontieres.com 

The keystone to the Spring Arcade paved a road for its neighbors by offering up a bevy of sweet and savory crepes that have done wonders to feed the neighborhood and combat a decade worth of Francophobia. To whoever continues to steal their plants: It’s a crepe, not a freedom pita, ok?

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD BEST CUPCAKES

Sprinkles

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 228-2100 or sprinkles.com

The originators of the cupcake ATM have set up shop in FIGat7th. From the buildings overlooking their plaza, ordinarily flinty execs and self-disciplined crossfit bros alike stare hawkeyed out of corporate offices, hoping, nay, praying, that red velvet is still in stock.

 

BEST MAC N’ CHEESE

Nickel Diner

524 S. Main St., (213) 623-8301 or nickeldiner.com

Rare is it that cheese, pasta, breadcrumbs and roasted tomatoes come together into something as gloriously beautiful and habit forming as Nickel Diner’s “Smac and Cheese.”

RUNNER-UP: 

Engine Co. No. 28

644 S. Figueroa St., (213) 624-6996 or engineco.com

 

BEST RESTAURANT PIZZA

Bottega Louie

700 S. Grand Ave., (213) 802-1470 or bottegalouie.com

Should the entrees, sandwiches and pasta options not suit your fancy, eight varieties of oven-baked pizza promise to deliver grana parmesan and a variety of other mouthwatering toppings to your ever-so-patient stomach.

RUNNER-UP: 

Pitfire Pizza Company 

108 W. Second St., (213) 808-1200 or pitfirepizza.com

 

BEST PIZZA (TIE)

Garage Pizza

100 ½ W. Seventh St., (213) 622-3390 or garagepizzala.com

A honed-down menu promises late-night partygoers a carb-heavy remedy to an evening well spent. 

Two Boots Pizza

828 S. Broadway, (213) 623-2100 or twoboots.com

Bizarre pizzas topped with strange and wondrous food items and named after celebrities ranging from Charlie Parker to Seinfield’s Newman will seem unorthodox only until the moment they are consumed. Then they will be seen for what they are: genius. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Pizzanista

2019 E. Seventh St., (213) 627-1430 or pizzanista.com

 

BEST RAMEN SPOT

Daikokuya

327 E. First St., (213) 626-1680 or dkramen.com

Sweet, merciful pork broth filled with noodles and a poached egg is not a layman’s dish. It takes years of apprenticeship and strict adherence to time-honored tradition to craft these ingredients into something Angelenos will queue up for. And queue up they do. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Mr. Ramen

341 ½ E. First St., (213) 626-4252

 

BEST SANDWICH/WRAP

Mendocino Farms

300 S. Grand Ave., (213) 620-1114; 444 S. Flower St., (213) 627-3262; 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 430-9040 or mendocinofarms.com

A plethora of breads anchor farm-fresh meat, carefully selected vegetables, lovingly prepared sauces and cheese after gracious cheese in a menu full of stunners from the sandwich king of Downtown Los Angeles. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Philippe The Original

1001 N. Alameda St., (213) 628-3781 or philippes.com

 

Best Restaurant Miscellany

BEST NEW RESTAURANT 

Guisados

541 S. Spring St., #101 (213) 627-7656 or guisados.co

The Boyle Heights taco spot has rapidly earned a place in the hearts of Downtowners. Not only do they serve their espresso-laced horchata late into the night, but so too does their lively habanero sauce routinely make overeager hipsters cry. Thanks guys.

RUNNER-UP:

Tender Greens

505 W. Sixth St., (213) 873-1890 or tendergreens.com

 

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Zinc Café & Market

580 Mateo St., (323) 825-5381 or zinccafe.com

Over on Mateo Street, the gold standard for customer service used to mean getting your car window smashed with a smile. Nowadays consummate attention to food quality, meal delivery time and pleasantries of ambience mean Zinc has turned Mateo toward civilization once and for all.

RUNNER-UP:

The Palm

1100 S. Flower St., (213) 763-4600 or thepalm.com

 

BEST RESTAURANT DELIVERY

L.A. Cafe

639 S. Spring St., (213) 612-3000 or thelacafe.com

Perhaps you’ve seen their spry fleet of yellow Smart Cars cruising the streets of Downtown. Perhaps a friendly man with a French fry-scented reflector vest has knocked on your door with a bowl of chili at 3 a.m. Perhaps you’ve craved a panini on Thanksgiving and found but one place obliging enough to deliver. Thank you L.A. Café. 

RUNNER-UP:

Wokcano

800 W. Seventh St., (213)623-2288 or wokcanorestaurant.com

 

BEST FAST SERVICE (TIE)

Mendocino Farms

300 S. Grand Ave., (213) 620-1114; 444 S. Flower St., (213) 627-3262; 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 430-9040 or mendocinofarms.com

Long gone are the days of a simple, upstart sandwich restaurant on Bunker Hill. Nowadays “Mendo” is a citywide affair with farm-to-table tendrils grasping into Orange County and beyond. The growth hasn’t gotten to their heads, though. You can still get a sandwich in record time, and the food is as tasy as the menu is diverse. 

Guisados

541 S. Spring St., #101 (213) 627-7656 or guisados.co

It takes a well-oiled, symbiotic machine to kick out the amount of mini-taco samplers these gifted taco-touting tastemakers deliver in an average lunch rush. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Wurstküche

800 E. Third St., (213) 687-4444 or wurstkuche.com

 

BEST BARGAIN LUNCH DEAL

Philippe The Original

1001 N. Alameda St., (213) 628-3781 or philippes.com

We’d like to welcome the Alameda Street co-inventors of the French Dip to the credit card-accepting future. Now you too can swipe that plastic for a turkey dip and a coke before nestling atop sawdust floors for a bit of atavistic cuisine. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Guisados

541 S. Spring St., #101 (213) 627-7656 or guisados.co

 

BEST DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Urth Caffé

451 S. Hewitt St., (213)797-4534 or urthcaffe.com

If you’re going to treat yourself to a Sunday morning Spanish latte, you might as well indulge your pooch’s cramped paws on a tour of the scenic Arts District.  

RUNNER-UP:

Panini Cafe

600 W. Ninth St., (213) 489-4200 or mypaninicafe.com

 

BEST DOWNTOWN CLASSIC

Philippe The Original

1001 N. Alameda St., (213) 628-3781 or philippes.com

Philippe’s has been serving food at one location or another since 1908. LADWP didn’t start dispensing electricity until 1917. Keep this in mind next time you have a French dip.  

RUNNER-UP: 

The Original Pantry Cafe

877 S. Figueroa St., (213) 972-9279 or pantrycafe.com

 

BEST RESTAURANT AMBIANCE

Perch

448 S. Hill St., (213) 802-1770 or perchla.com

It is apropos that the finest restaurant ambiance in Downtown should go to the restaurant that allows diners to gaze down at the street below. Elevation lends perspective and perspective is king. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Bottega Louie

700 S. Grand Ave., (213) 802-1470 or bottegalouie.com

 

BEST RESTAURANT DECOR

Faith & Flower

705 W. Ninth St., (213) 239-0642 or faithandflowerla.com

High ceilings and a bar space that narrows into back corridors and smaller rooms styled with chic aesthetics make Faith & Flower’s space as much of a treat as its food.

RUNNER-UP: 

Cicada

617 S. Olive St., (213) 488-9488 or cicadarestaurant.com

 

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

Pacific Dining Car

1310 W. Sixth St., (213) 483-6000 or pacificdiningcar.com

Fine ambiance, a good wine selection, succulent red meat options and the unquestioned safety provided by the nearby LAPD Rampart Division mean you can spend some quality time with your amor at a beloved Los Angeles institution. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Café Pinot

700 W. Fifth St., (213) 239-6500 or cafepinot.com

 

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

Perch

448 S. Hill St., (213) 802-1770 or perchla.com

Whether you’re in the mood for sun-drenched, mid-afternoon surf-and-turf skewers with a cocktail or two or a full-blown evening of faint stargazing with a bit of bouillabaisse, Perch has you covered. Not literally. Metaphorically. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Urth Caffé

451 S. Hewitt St., (213)797-4534 or urthcaffe.com

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD BEST DINING HUB

Grand Central Market

317 S. Broadway, (213) 624-2378 or grandcentralmarket.com

If the weekly influx of non-Downtowners queing up for anything ranging from fresh oysters to falafel is any indication, the winner of this category was a foregone conclusion.

 

BEST FIGat7th EATERY

Mendocino Farms

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 430-9040 or mendocinofarms.com

At any lunch time, you can see the long line of hungry office workers flocking to Mendocino Farms for the sandwiches. They will wait, because they know they will get a sample while they do so, and once their meal arrives, they will be happy.  

RUNNER-UP: 

City Tavern

735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 239-5654 or citytaverndtla.com

 

BEST GRAND CENTRAL MARKET EATERY 

Eggslut

317 S. Broadway, eggslut.com

Anytime a restaurateur can craft a simple egg sandwich that makes surly, hungover Angelenos cue up like Soviets craving toilet paper, you know you’ve got something potent on your hands.

RUNNER-UP: 

Tacos Tumbras a Tomas

317 S. Broadway, (213) 620-1071

 

BEST DOWNTOWN VIEW

Perch

448 S. Hill St., (213) 802-1770 or perchla.com

Whether you yearn to look at happy families ice skating in Pershing Square during the holidays, desperately crave to spot the migrating Vaux’s Swifts as they spiral into their roost in the Chester Williams Building, fetishize the ever-changing color scheme atop U.S. Bank Tower or have a thing for the San Gabriel Mountains, Perch’s view is a panorama of epic proportions. 

RUNNER-UP: 

L.A. Prime

404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 612-4743 or thebonaventure.com

 

BEST PLACE TO BREAK BREAD WITH FRIENDS

Bottega Louie

700 S. Grand Ave., (213) 802-1470 or bottegalouie.com

Though the laughs may be temporarily interrupted by reasonably priced California-style Italian food, the warm atmosphere and broad seating arrangement will gladly lend themselves to your mealtime reunion. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Border Grill

445 S. Figueroa St., (213) 486-5171 or bordergrill.com

 

BEST L.A. LIVE RESTAURANT

Yard House

800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 745-9273 or yardhouse.com

Ben Franklin once said that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” While we’re not sure what the Founding Father would think of L.A. Live, it’s a safe bet that the dozens of draft beers on tap here would tickle his sensibility.

RUNNER-UP:

Katsuya

800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 747-9797 or katsuyarestaurant.com/lalive

 

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT

LA Chapter — Ace Hotel

927 S. Broadway, (213) 235-9660 or lachapter.com

It’s a “brasserie,” which is code for a relaxed French restaurant, not a brass foundry. Enjoy the food. Don’t think too much. 

RUNNER-UP: 

Ford’s Filling Station — J.W. Marriott

900 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-8630 or lalive.com

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