TLT Food Brings Food-Truck Charm to New Downtown Storefront

Daniel Shemtob's contemporary American menu for TLT Food features dishes such as the Tuna "Poke" 2.0, with seared tuna and edamame on a tostada. 

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Food trucks and brick and mortar restaurants have always maintained a tenuous relationship.

But Chef Daniel Shemtob, who won the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” with The Lime Truck, went for a best-of-both-worlds approach by opening a Westwood joint while keeping his popular truck on the streets. 

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Now, he’s added a Downtown location. TLT Food debuted Sept. 10 on Seventh Street and offers options including blue crab grilled cheese and carnitas fries. There’s also a brunch menu with something called The Devil’s Breakfast Quesadilla, and breakfast sliders with fried quail eggs. Naturally, every dish sports a hint of fresh lime — it's what inspired the name of the truck. 

The bright green interior of the restaurant features cozy bar-like seating; there's also a small outdoor patio. TLT is also partnering with next-door neighbor Silo Vodka Bar to serve food in the bar's popular Vodka Freezer for those who want some food with their booze. 

“As a local resident, I have seen Downtown L.A. transform into the metropolis that it is, and it feels right to have TLT Food be a part of that transformation,” Shemtob says.

At 225 W. Seventh St., (310) 443-4433 or tltfood.com