(credit: Church & State)

(credit: Church & State)


From cutting edge Italian food, classic French cafes, superior pie purveyors and pub food to delicious organic dishes served in bowls, the downtown LA Arts District has artful food as well as high end galleries and boutiques to offer. Whatever your taste, get ready for trend setting meals in unique settings, and food as artfully arranged as in any still life.

(credit: Bestia)

(credit: Bestia)


Bestia
2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
www.bestiala.com

An incredibly popular spot for wood-fired pizzas, pastas, charcuterie, and delightful desserts, Bestia is a hip Italian eatery that offers what may be the best regional fare in town. The modern, industrial chic dining room makes the perfect setting to showcase the dishes created by Chef Ori Menashe and wife Genevieve Gergis. Make sure to try the smoked branzino salad or the mouthwatering Pappardelle alla Carota with carrot puree, mushroom ragu, and fava beans.

(credit: Church & State)

(credit: Church & State)


Church & State
1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434
www.churchandstatebistro.com

Church & State is an inviting classic French bistro that features beautifully rendered craft cocktails, attractive sidewalk tables, and a luxe interior rich with dark wood and leather banquettes. Romantic and charming, this is the perfect spot for oysters on the half shell, salmon filet, or steak frites. Start with the herbed goat cheese, lavender, honey, and a toasted baguette, then choose from options such as seafood Bouillabaisse or authentically French onion soup. There’s something delicious to please any pallet on a menu that brings Paris to the Arts District.

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(credit: ediBOL)


ediBOL
300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 292-6466
www.edibol.com

Bright and modern, with blue slate tables inside and a sleek sidewalk patio area outside, EdiBOL is the spot for dining as fresh and healthy as it is tasty. Delivered in bowls, diners will enjoy meals based on fresh veggies, fruits, fish, and chicken. Try the Honey Citrus with roasted cauliflower, spicy and sweet pecans, quinoa, and many fresh veggies. Be sure to try fresh fruit infused craft cocktails, refreshing cold pressed juices, and sandwiches like the super popular grilled-cheese pretzel bol-wich, too. Owner and chef Andrea Uyeda crafts delightful specials daily.

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(credit: Jam Y./Yelp)


Everson Royce Bar
1936 E 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 335-6166
www.erbla.com

Naturally, craft cocktails are the thing to order at Everson Royce Bar, an ultra-hip watering hole whose signage simply reads “BAR” in neon. Yes, you’ll want to sip from the short list of extremely well-executed craft cocktails as well as savor cool bar bites like pork bao made with cucumber pickle and hoisin or heady burgers. Sit by the sleek back-lit bar, or enjoy the spacious and sparkly wooden patio out back. Wine flights are available with any entree.

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(credit: Cerveteca)


Cerveteca DTLA
923 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 805-5862
www.cervetecadtla.com

With an outpost in Venice and a snack bar in Palms, it was high time that Cerveteca’s menu came to the Arts District. From a wide variety of both tacos and beer to ceviche and pulled pork, this inventive restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in South of the Border style. Try the delicious fish of the day, or the crispy grilled salmon taco; the veggie taco is a full flavor force to be reckoned with, too.

(credit: Wurstkuche)

(credit: Wurstkuche)


Wurstkuche
800 E 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-4444
www.wurstkuche.com

It’s all about the sausage at this cozy, yet hip restaurant. At Wurstkuche, Polish Kielbasa, rattlesnake and rabbit, brautwurst, and even vegetarian apple sage are among the choices at this gourmet hot doggery. But, make sure not to miss the Belgian and German brews on draft, or the crisp frites. With so many beers on draft, and so many sausages, you may never leave.

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(credit:Pizzanista)


Pizzanista
2019 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 627-1430
www.pizzanista.com

Adjacent to Tony’s Bar, Pizzanista is no ordinary hole-in-the-wall pizza shop. Perfect, thin crust pizzas come in plain cheese, veggie, Beyond Meat vegan chicken, margherita and so many more choices. A recent special of mango salsa pizza is just one of the highlights patrons have enjoyed. There’s an outdoor counter and several cozy tables, or you can order your hand-tossed pies to go. Local and organic ingredients abound, and you can get tasty salads and garlic knots to accompany your pizza, as well as craft draft brews. Whether you enjoy it by the slice, or order an entire pie,it’s hard to go wrong at Pizzanista.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.