I found myself visiting Los Angeles four different times this year, which to some of my fellow New Yorkers is four times too many. But I’m prone to cut the city some serious slack — I have a weakness for lamb barbacoa tacos and driving cars to things, kay? But what I wasn’t a fan of was downtown Los Angeles, the concrete sprawl famous for mile-long skid rows and, more recently, a giant mall vaguely resembling a sports arena where very-well-funded sport franchises win championships against the teams I cheered for.
But as a great non-shocker to anybody who has lived a relatively food-focused life in Los Angeles, there’s another reason to visit downtown these — a rapidly growing, already respected restaurant scene that has all sorts of people driving in as far as Orange County to visit. Here are the six places I most enjoyed. [read]