THE BRIKS RESTAURANT SERVES UP ONE FUNKY BRUNCH

img_6446DTLAexplorer first told you about The Briks restaurant back in April 2015.  If you have not been there yet, here’s yet another reason you need to check this place out… the Funky Brunch.  The Briks serves up some an amazing breakfast/lunch menu.  Seriously, look at the Bananas Foster French Toast ($13).  It comes with two eggs and your choice of bacon, Continue reading

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KAI JAPANESE ROOTS RESTAURATN SET TO OPEN “VERY SOON” IN DTLA’S SPRING ARCADE BUILDING

We are waiting.  Although the signs say “Coming Soon” and “January 2017” the new KAI Japanese Roots restaurant in the Spring Arcade Building is not yet open.  The restaurant’s Instagram page says “Coming VERY soon,” but there is no official grand opening date. The Instagram page does showcase some awesome looking dishes like Takoyaki (battered Continue reading

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BANDITOS TACOS & TEQUILA WAS AWESOME… WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE THING!

img_6442The other night we decided to take a road trip… that just means we jumped in the car instead of walking.  We headed to Banditos Tacos & Tequila on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, just south of the Coliseum.  It’s a relatively new place that keeps popping up in the DTLAexplorer Instagram feed.  It was about 7pm on a Saturday night and we thought there was going to be a college crowd considering the place practically borders the USC campus. We were wrong.  There were a few locals… no college students at all.  Now, maybe the Continue reading

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BIRDS AND BEES SERVES UP SOME INTERESTING CRAFT COCKTAILS IN A SECRET DTLA BASEMENT BAR

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There’s a new basement bar hidden in the basement of the building at the northwest corner of Broadway and 2nd Street.  It’s called Birds and Bees, but don’t look for any signage.  In fact, don’t spend time looking for the front door.  In order to get in this secret bar, you have to head to parking lot on the south side of the building and enter through an unmarked door at the back corner of the building… and even then, you are not quite there yet.  You still have to head down the stairs and through a funky brick hallway to find the Continue reading

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WHITE BOY TACOS GETS A PERMANENT HOME IN DTLA

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For about a year, Ben McMillan set up his White Boy Taco cart along Broadway in DTLA catering to the hungry late-night munchie crowd and the neighborhood homeless population.  He used Instagram and other social media platforms to alert people of his nightly location.  Well, you no longer need to go looking for the White Boy Taco cart.  Ben has moved White Boy Tacos into a permanent location at 206 W. 8th Street (between Continue reading

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BONJOUR! LE PETIT PARIS RESTAURANT SERVES UP AN AUTHENTIC FRENCH BRUNCH BUFFET… WITH BOTTOMLESS COCKTAILS

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There are dozens of places in DTLA to enjoy a great brunch, but if you are looking for an authentic French experience, head to Le Petit Paris on Spring Street. The glamorous French restaurant serves up an extensive buffet ($49/person) and the option to add on endless Mimosas ($15), Bloody Mary’s ($18), Bellinis ($16) and Champagne ($35).  We checked the place out a few Continue reading

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PRANK BAR NOW OPEN IN DTLA’S SOUTH PARK… NO JOKE!

img_6394DTLA’s South Park neighborhood has a new bar, and although the place is called Prank, it’s no joke.  It’s located on the corner of 11th and Hope in the base of the Luma residential building.  This 2,800-square-foot space has been empty since Luma was built 10 years ago. It’s now a beautiful bar and restaurant that really brings new life to the area. Continue reading

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THERE’S A NEW PLACE TO BRUNCH IN DTLA… THE TUCK HOTEL IN THE FASHION DISTRICT

img_6343Tuck Hotel opened it’s door on Spring Street a few weeks ago.  The owners transformed the old abandoned 1922 building (that used to be a brothel) into a modern European-style boutique hotel… and we do mean boutique, the place only has 14 guest rooms.  It also has a restaurant that serves brunch every day from 8am to 3pm.  The restaurant space (for non-hotel guests) is pretty simple, but the menu is not.  Chef Juan Pablo Torre is from Spain and the menu is clearly influenced by his Spanish heritage. Continue reading

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EL CHOLO MEXICAN RESTAURANT SERVES THE BEST ENCHILADAS IN DTLA (ACCORDING TO MY HUSBAND)

img_6286When I’m craving Mexican food I often overlook El Cholo Mexican Restaurant near L.A. Live.  For some reason, I think of El Cholo as a tourist restaurant and I avoid it.  Well, that’s not the case for my husband.  He loves El Cholo and convinced me to go there a few days ago. Continue reading

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ALTHOUGH IT’S NOT IN DTLA, EVERYONE NEEDS TO CHECK OUT MR. HOLMES BAKEHOUSE

img_6290Okay, I’m normally all about DTLA, but here’s an exception.   We decided to leave DTLA for a short road trip to Highland Park to check out Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, home of the “Cruffin.”  The half-croissant and half-muffin creation is constantly showing up in our Instagram feed, and I was finally going to get one… so I thought.  What they don’t tell Continue reading

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