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Food Updates: 25 Bites of Bar and Restaurant News

By Hayley Fox and Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, at 03:31PM
Artisan House, Coming soon to Downtown L.A. R.E. [Flickr]

This signage in the window of Artisan House, opening at the corner of 6th and Main in the Pacific Electric Lofts, was contributed to the blogdowntown Flickr pool by R.E.

It's been roughly six months since our last big food update in May, and Downtown hasn't slowed down a bit. Summer and fall brought plenty of new openings that we have been neglectful in mentioning. By way of catching up, here are 25 new spots that recently hit the Downtown scene.

Artisan House- Likely the Historic Core’s most anticipated new restaurant, Artisan House is currently soft-open in its massive corner space at 6th and Main. When fully operational, the spot will offer a restaurant, bar and gourmet market. 600 S. Main

Baco Mercat- Home to the original Baco, a flatbread sandwich created by Chef Josef Centeno, Baco Mercat is located in the San Fernando Building retail spaces that used to house Banquette and The Last Bookstore. In addition to the sandwiches and Baco Cocas (crispy flatbreads), Mercat has an extensive appetizer menu of salads, vegetables and pickled goods. While sandwiches are only $8, cocktails can cost up to $13. 400 S. Main

CityBilly- Modern comfort food with an upscale (and sometimes Japanese) twist, CityBilly is located on 7th near Grand in the space that formerly housed Pasta Primavera. Entrees include Winner’s Chicken Dinner, Whole-y Mackerel and Kimchi Spam “Loco-Moco.” 611 W. 7th

Daily Dose- Christian Page and Sarkis Vartanian took a little longer to open tucked-away Arts District spot Daily Dose than they thought when we first talked to them in December. They’re open now, though, serving up locally farmed and raised artisan food. 1820 Industrial St.

Cafe Demitasse- This little triangular cafe at the corner of 2nd and Central is serious about its coffee. Demitasse also offers teas, pastries, and a nice outdoor seating area. 135 S. San Pedro

Cafe Dulce- One block away in Japanese Village Plaza, Cafe Dulce pays a similar focus to its coffee, pairing it with pastries baked in-house. 134 Japanese Village Plaza Bldg E

The Escondite- A self-described “chill sanctuary,” this burger and beer joint prides itself on being vegetarian friendly and is open until 2 a.m. every day of the week. Located on Boyd between 3rd and 4th streets (in the space that was formerly 410 Boyd), The Escondite resembles an upscale saloon and has a large patio with a view of Downtown. 410 Boyd

Fat Spoon- With a tagline of curry, pasta, salad, this Little Tokyo restaurant from Michael Cardenas of Lazy Ox and aburiya Toranoko lives up to its name with a menu that serves just that: seafood salad, carbonara pasta and pork cutlet curry. Fun fact: Fat Spoon also has mini corn dogs on its menu as a side. 329 E. 1st

Flanders Frites- Taking the spot that Peruvian Chimu briefly occupied outside the Hill Street entrance of Grand Central Market, Flanders Frites offers Belgian fries and krokets. 324 S. Hill

Flying Pig Cafe- Joe Kim’s Flying Pig Cafe landed in Little Tokyo in July, offering the same fare as the truck out of a permanent location on Central Avenue.

Freshii- This 7th Street location is part of the international Freshii chain that offers fresh, healthy organic food that is custom built by the customer. Noodle bowls, wraps, salads and soups are designed on an individual basis. Think Chipotle; but with menu choices that include grilled tofu, goat cheese, antioxidant crunch salad and even probiotic frozen yogurt. 600 W. 7th

Garage Pizza- Silver Lake’s Garage Pizza opened at 7th and Main in late May, offering up pies until 4am seven days a week (including on Christmas Day, their website notes). All pizzas are $15 on Mondays. 100 1/2 W. 7th

Hollywood Pies- On the other side of Downtown, Hollywood Pies recently moved into City West and offers up Chicago-style pizzas Tuesday through Sunday. _ 333 S. Boylston_

LA Reflection- An upscale restaurant with an enormous menu, LA Reflection is currently serving breakfast and lunch with dinner coming soon (but the menu’s already up on the website!). Menu items include sushi, rib eye steaks, kabobs and vegan pancakes. The restaurant sits at the edge of the park behind the Police Administration Building. 155 S. Main

MF Gourmet- A family run business that recently joined the ranks in the Grand Central Market, MF Gourmet sells sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked bread. Although the grilled cheese sandwich made with Humboldt Fog and Brie cheeses sounds like dairy heaven, the main attraction is the bread. Brioche loaves, multigrain whole wheat, hamburger buns and even custom loaves created per your specifications. 317 S. Broadway Suite 39

Nola’s- A taste of New Orleans, Nola's took over from East 3rd Steakhouse in July, offering food and jazz in the Arts District. 734 E. 3rd

One-Eyed Gypsy- At the edge of the Arts District, Bordello recently gave way to locals bar One-Eyed Gypsy as Dana Hollister put her touch on the 1st and Vignes spot that was once Little Pedro’s. 901 E. 1st

Pattern Bar- Replacing happy hour with “fashionable hour”, this frock-themed bar across the street from the California Market Center serves cocktails, craft beers and an array of tapas, salads and paninis. The menu is extensive and includes traditional Venezuelan corncakes called Arepas in addition to the standard Spanish snacks like marinated olives and dry cured ham. Cocktails include The Dior, The Chanel, The Jacobs and The McQueen.

Pho Citi- Vietnamese chain Pho Citi just opened its newest and largest location at 2rd and Hill, a pretty sure draw thanks to 24-hour dining. The space in the Kawada Hotel had been empty since the closure of the short-lived Trifecta sports bar in 2007.

The Pie Hole- Exactly as it sounds, Arts District dessert spot Pie Hole has a short and very sweet menu; pie slices, baked goods, and espresso desserts dominate the list. But this quaint, modern location also has savory treats like the Short Rib Pot Pie and the most expensive item on the menu is $6.50. They’re open from 11 a.m. until the goods run out. 714 Traction

Caffe Primo- After years of construction, Tony Riviera’s Caffe Primo finally opened up at the corner of Wilshire and Flower this summer. While they’re hardly the last word on reviewing food, Yelp opinions are strongly polarized. 612 S. Flower

Salvage Bar & Lounge- A mix of 1920s restored original fixtures and contemporary design, Salvage Bar offers organic liquors and specialty cocktails along with drinking standards. Located on the ground floor of the Roosevelt Lofts, the bar includes an indoor/outdoor patio, main room and “uber-lounge.”

Semi Sweet Bakery- The bakery we previewed back in March finally opened up recently, offering up tasty treats Tuesday through Sunday. Follow Semi Sweet on Twitter or Facebook to get photos of savory and sweet offerings. 105 E. 6th

Silo Vodka Bar- Downtown’s obsession with specialized bars continued with Silo’s opening in June. Coats are provided for those entering the "ice lounge." 221 W. 7th

Xlixe Pizzeria- You can make up your own mind about being charmed or put off by a pizza place that describes itself as the “quirky love child of a tree hugging hipster and a lacoste donning yuppie.” Located in Little Tokyo’s Honda Plaza, Xlixe offers New York-style pizzas with creative toppings. 432 E. 2nd


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