There’s no question that downtown Los Angeles has solidified its reputation as an exciting culinary hotspot, a place where ambitious chefs with cutting-edge concepts set up shop and classic restaurants just keep getting better. But it wasn’t that long ago when the Central City had to fight for its share of foodie respect.
When diners venture Downtown, it’s a sure bet that a culinary adventure is sure to follow. There are countless choices within a roughly 3 miles radius spanning Chinatown on the North, Exposition Park on the South, Central City on the West and the Industrial District on the East. Adjacent Downtown communities expand the eating options within a few minutes drive. Just about every type of cuisine can be found here: Oaxacan food near USC, wine and tapas in South Park, upscale Thai in the Financial District and even New American small plates with global influences in Little Tokyo.