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North African tacos at Revolutionario

Great Places to Eat Near USC & Exposition Park

09/08/2015

Joshua Lurie

Whether you’re a starving student or have some more resources to spare on your meals, the South L.A. neighborhoods surrounding the University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are starting to offer some interesting dining options. Learn about some of our favorite area restaurants, most of which are within walking distance of the USC campus and Exposition Park.

Taco sampler plate at Guisados

10 Lunches Under $10 in Downtown L.A.

06/22/2015

Zach Brooks

Lunch has long been a haven for the budget eater, with "specials" and "deals" populating noontime menus all around the city. But one person's bargain is another one's splurge, so "cheap eats" lists can often run the gamut. So let's make it easy for you. Here are 10 places in Downtown L.A. where you could walk in with $10 and eat a delicious and filling lunch.

Ribeye at EsCaLA

The Best Non-Korean Restaurants in Koreatown

03/04/2015

Joshua Lurie

By now, it should be clear that Koreatown features the most compelling collection of Korean restaurants outside of the motherland. However, people may not know that restaurateurs carrying flags for other cuisines are flocking to the neighborhood. Learn about some of the best non-Korean dining options in Koreatown.

Tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Champ

The Best New Restaurants in Chinatown

02/20/2015

Joshua Lurie

The Chinese American community in Los Angeles dates to the 1850s, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the Downtown L.A. neighborhood that once held Little Italy officially became known as Chinatown. Now, almost seven decades later, Chinatown is experiencing a revival. Restaurants like Eastside Market Italian Deli, Nick’s Café, Philippe the Original, Phoenix Inn and Sam Woo are still going strong, but here are 10 top picks from a new crop of restaurants.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone at the Grand Central Market in "La La Land"

The Best of Grand Central Market

12/18/2014

Joshua Lurie

Grand Central Market (GCM) has been a Downtown L.A. staple since 1917, but only recently have the owners gathered a new generation of food and drink vendors. Longtime GCM favorites like Sarita's Pupuseria and institutions such as China Cafe, Roast To Go and Tacos Tumbras A Tomas are still going strong. Learn about 11 of the best new food and drink options at Grand Central Market.

Taiko drummer at Nisei Week in Little Tokyo

A Walking Tour of Little Tokyo

09/25/2014

Discover Los Angeles

With roots dating to the 1880s, Little Tokyo is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California. Little Tokyo is a Downtown L.A. area of about five city blocks, bounded on the west by Los Angeles Street, on the east by Alameda Street, on the south by 3rd Street, and on the north by 1st Street, including the block north of 1st and west of Alameda. One of only three official Japantowns in the United States, Little Tokyo is the home of the annual Nisei Week festival, and was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995. From museums to restaurants and bars, read on for a walking tour of Little Tokyo, one of L.A.’s most historic and popular multicultural neighborhoods.

Relleno negro taco at La Flor de Yucatan

The Best Restaurants in the Mid-City of Los Angeles

08/22/2014

Bill Esparza

In recent years, Angelenos have followed acclaimed chefs to their latest restaurant openings in Downtown L.A. and other hot foodie neighborhoods around town. But the Mid-City area, the heart of L.A., is still full of vitality. Mid-City encompasses part of Koreatown, one of the principal Oaxacan neighborhoods, and the multicultural Byzantine-Latino Quarter, among other international enclaves. Today, in addition to its edgy chef-driven restaurant scene, Los Angeles is recognized all over the world for its multicultural dining experiences. Here are 10 reasons why Mid-City is one of the most important dining neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Top Korean Barbecues in Los Angeles

05/02/2013

Matthew Kang

The sizzle and smoke of the tabletop Korean barbecue is one of the definitive features of the L.A. dining scene. The abundance of well-priced American protein and a rabid following of diners has created a critical mass of restaurants specializing in grilled meats, nearly overshadowing the love of barbecue in the motherland itself. Through the years, barbecue restaurants have segmented into various categories – premium, all-you-can-eat, and middle-ranged a la carte, with each place trumpeting a particular specialty or stand-out side dish. Still other places emphasize the grilling devices and methods, where some employ charcoal for a smokier experience and others rely on special grates for more direct heat.

Barbecue is best enjoyed with a glass of ice cold Hite, a simple Korean lager, or a chilled shot of soju, the national spirit of choice. Think of Korean barbecues almost like more affordable steakhouses, where it's easy to get together with friends and family for a casual lunch or evening to celebrate the variety and quality of great beef, pork, and banchan. It's hard to go wrong with that formula.

Chinatown

Discover Multicultural Downtown L.A. Car Free

04/10/2013

Discover Los Angeles

Some of the best experiences in Los Angeles are by way of some its multicultural enclaves, such as Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Here’s a car-less tour of these districts that offers a virtual trek around the globe but leaves the gas tank full.

This half-day itinerary takes a minimum of five hours and calls for a lot of city walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Metro, Walking
Total Distance: 1.7 miles. Distance Walking: 1.2 miles

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The Definitive Guide to Thai Town

10/12/2012

Joshua Lurie

Thai Town has much history and plenty of enticing dining options, well beyond the seemingly arbitrary borders of Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western Avenues.