Downtown LA is brimming with innovative food choices. One of our favorite destinations for a DTLA food adventure is Grand Central Market. The market opened in 1917 and has been in continuous operation since. With the ever changing population of Downtown, the open air market has also changed with the tides. It now showcases some of California's best chefs along with ingredients from around the world. Along with long-standing favorites like Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, Sticky Rice, and China Cafe (to name a few), the market is welcoming some new faces.
Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market recently opened in January, 2016. Brought to you by Chef Bruce Kalman, Knead & Co. serves up great food, including unique pastas that are all made fresh daily. What's really cool about Knead is their open kitchen concept, where you can catch a glimpse of how they hand-make their pasta. The food is incredible! There are plenty of options, notably the Bucatini La Americana (guanciale, tomato, basil,chile, and pecorino). Make sure you save room for something sweet like a canoli, filled with sweet cream and almonds.
Next stop is The Oyster Gourmet. From the modular design to the sustainable seafood, this spot is worth checking out. From the mind of Christophe Happillon, who is Los Angeles' only Master Ecailler (shellfish master), oysters are presented like a sommelier would present a fine wine to create a dynamic fusion. Next time you're at Grand Central Market, take a seat at the bar and check out the menu. Some of their "must-try" dished would include the Scallop Ceviche, Tuna Poke Tower, and the Seaweed Salad. Of course, if you can't make up your mind, ask for their chef taste selection of oysters.
When you're heading out, stop by the newly remodeled G&B Coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up. G&B stands for the founders, Kyle Glanvilleand Charles Babinski (&B). Their mission is to introduce each and all of us to coffees from around the world. There is plenty of seating to sit and watch the Barista create your drink of choice. In addition to their coffees, they also offer freshly baked pastries, baked goods, and waffles.
Ilan Hall's Vegan Ramen shop specializes in vegan ramen along with other avenues of eating within the vegan lifestyle. Ramen Hood offers menu items such as spicy ramen or regular ramen and a handful of side dishes, including fried broccoli with a soy and malt vinegar sauce; pickled vegetables; and fried tofu smothered in a red al pastor sauce (think al pastor marinade, as a sauce).