ROCK & REILLY’S HAS ONE OF THE BEST HAPPY HOUR MENUS IN DTLA

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Just about every bar in DTLA offers up Happy Hour, but if you are looking to grab a little food with your Happy Hour beer or cocktail, you need to check out Rock & Reilly’s on Flower Street.  They offer up an excellent Happy Hour menu seven days a week from 3pm to 7:16pm.  Because there are 16 ounces in a pint, they run happy hour until 7:16pm, so there is time for one more. Continue reading

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HATCH YAKITORI + BAR IS DTLA’S NEXT “HOT NEW RESTAURANT”

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Hatch Yakitori + Bar inside The Bloc shopping complex on 7th Street is one of our favorite places to eat in DTLA.  Okay, stop reading this right now and make your reservations.  It’s that good.  My husband and I decided to give the place a try the other night.  We went in without any expectations.  We knew nothing about Chef Shemtob and we didn’t know what “yakitori” was (I just looked it up.  It is Japanese meat skewers).  Well, the place blew us away.  To start, the staff is super friendly.  We sat the counter and sparked up conversations with the servers, staff and the chef.  The place has a super chill vibe.   Continue reading

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LA TROPEZIENNE FRENCH BOULANGERIE SET TO OPEN ON MAIN STREET IN DTLA

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The French Riviera is coming to Downtown Los Angeles.  The popular St. Tropez bakery La Tropezienne is opening up on the corner of Main and 8th Streets, taking over the former home of the AltHouse boutique, across the street from Terroni.

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GET FREE TICKETS TO SEE THE FIFA WORLD CUP™ TROPHY AT L.A. LIVE

img_8908Coca-Cola is bringing the FIFA World Cup Trophy to Los Angeles for two days.  It will arrive via chartered airplane as part of a global tour that includes stops in New York City and Miami.  The Los Angeles event is happening April 19th and 20th at L.A. Live in DTLA.  Fans will get a once-in-a-lifetime look at the world’s most iconic trophy.  Tickets are free, but you need to click here and get them in advance.   Continue reading

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TAKE A PEEK AT THE RENOVATIONS INSIDE THE WALKER & EISEN ART DECO BUILDING AT 537 BROADWAY IN DTLA

I have marveled at the potential of the art deco building at 537 Broadway many times, so when I got the opportunity to take a look inside it, I was elated.  The 6-story building was designed by Eisen & Walker, the architects behind DTLA’s Fine Arts Building, Oviatt Building and the building that is the current home of the Freehand Hotel.  Continue reading

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SPRING STREET SMOKE HOUSE WILL SATISFY YOUR CRAVING FOR BAR-B-QUE

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If you are craving bar-b-que in DTLA, you need to head straight to Spring Street Smoke House, but bring your appetite because they are going to serve you up a ton of delicious food.  My husband and I finally got to try this place a few days ago, and I’m still full.  The restaurant has sort of a biker vibe, but the place was filled with a mix of customers.  It’s quite casual with relaxed friendly service.  The menu gives you a lot of Continue reading

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BRAVO TO BREVA, THE NEW RESTAURANT INSIDE THE NEWLY RENOVATED HOTEL FIGUEROA

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After a long renovation, Hotel Figueroa is back open for business. If you have not peeked into the lobby, you need to.  The place looks great.  Part of the massive transformation of the hotel was the addition of the lobby restaurant called Breva.  We check it out the other night… and say “Bravo to Breva.”  Breva’s menu is influenced by the hotel’s Spanish architecture and design.  The food is described as Western Mediterranean cuisine that Continue reading

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FREEHAND’S DTLA RESTAURANT THE EXCHANGE SERVES UP A BLOODY MARY WITH CARROT MOLE DURING BRUNCH

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Okay, you had me at Bloody Mary, but then add something to it that I have never tried before… and I’m so in.  That was the case during a recent brunch at The Exchange, the restaurant inside the Freehand Hotel.  The brunch menu offers up The Exchange Bloody Mary ($12) made with their signature Bloody Mary… and wait for it… a side serving of Continue reading

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SWEETGREEN OFFERS UP A HEALTHY OPTION FOR LUNCH IN DTLA

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If you are looking for somewhere to grab a healthy lunch (or dinner) in DTLA, head straight to SweetGreen in the base of the Cal Edison Building at 5th and Grand.   My husband and I stopped in SweetGreen a few weeks ago, and the people who work there could not be nicer.  All their salads and bowls are made to order.  You can create your own from their many options of fresh ingredients or you can order one of their signature salads.  Continue reading

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ANATRA RESTAURANT SERVES UP THE BEST GNOCCHI EVER AND MORE DELICIOUS NORTHERN ITALIAN CUISINE IN DTLA’S FASHION DISTRICT

If you are looking for a some delicious Italian food, you need to check out Anatra.  It’s located on East 8th Street (yes, east of Main Street) at Santee Street in the Fashion District.  And yes, the restaurant is a bit ahead of the neighborhood, but isn’t that why we love Downtown?  They have done a really nice job of creating a beautiful space. Continue reading

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