Thursday, September 25, 2014

Where to eat: Downtown

“Where to eat” is an ongoing list series that will be updated frequently

Pricing key:
$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $20
$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $40
$$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $60

Cuisine: American
Cuisine: Italian
  • Bestia ($$-$$$)
  • Bottega Louie ($$-$$$) While the grand space (think 20+ foot high ceilings) that houses the dining room and swanky chocolate/petit-fours counter is chic and polished, its casual sophistication is 100% not-intimidating.  If you think that you can’t get decent pizza outside of New York, I dare you to sample any one of Bottega’s impressive pies.
  • Terroni ($$) Quite possibly, the best Italian food that I've had in LA, to date.  From the fresh, gratis sliced bread and fragrant olive oil served post-seating, to the house-made pastas and outrageously delicious pizzas, Terroni is a winner.
Cuisine: Japanese/sushi
  • Katsuya at L.A. Live ($$-$$$) Worst. Service. Ever.  And seriously not-fresh fish (think spongey crab legs and gummy, jaw achingly-chewy crispy rice).  What a disappointment!  The location in Hollywood is much better.
  • Simbal ($$)
Cuisine: Mexican
Cuisine: Pizza
  • LA Pizza Company  ($) Perhaps it’s the fact that LAPC delivers to its next door neighbor, Sunset Beer,  but even a seasoned New Yorker will agree that these pies are surprisingly solid.  Sober or not.
Cuisine: Small plates
  • Perch  ($$-$$$) Perched high above downtown LA (think 15 floors) sits a bi-level bistro and bar  with 360-degree views of the City of Angels.  Sip on a refreshing ‘Aperol Spritz’ while you nosh on the likes of baked brie, ahi tuna tartare, and gougeres.

Lindsay, Beverly Hills Bites

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