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Courtesy Dry River Brewing

New SoCal-inspired craft brewery sets sights on opening location along LA River

By Hayley Fox — July 23, 2013 — 37 Comments

Dry River Brewing is making plans to open a brewery along the L.A. River, with an emphasis on becoming "the greenest brewery in California." Current beer types include Horchata Cream Ale and Agave Smoked Wheat Beer.

via Thirsty in LA

Bartenders show artistic sides in DTLA benefit competition

By Hayley Fox — June 26, 2013

Art Beyond the Glass pits teams of L.A. bartenders against each other in a cocktail-making competition that also showcases their skills as musicians, artists and creators. The event is Sunday at the L.A. Athletic Club.

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Umami Burger to open new location in Arts District this summer

By Hayley Fox — June 24, 2013 — 48 Comments

“Downtown Los Angeles has been a great neighborhood for us,” said Adam Fleischman, founder of Umami Restaurant Group. Umami's newest location will feature restaurant favorites and a specialty "Arts District inspired burger."

Courtesy of Badmaash

Indian gastropub now open for dinner in DTLA

By Hayley Fox — May 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

Run buy a father and son, Badmaash restaurant is now serving Indian street food in DTLA. Menu items include the Spicy Lamb Burger, Crispy Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly and Chicken Tikka Masala Poutine.

Photo courtesy Pazzo Gelato

Pazzo Gelato continues to head east with new DTLA location

By Hayley Fox — April 25, 2013 — 384 Comments

The gelato maker continues its expansion eastward, adding a Figat7th location to its chain of three stores that includes locations in Echo Park and Silver Lake.

Hayley Fox

Peddler's Creamery now open for business on Main Street

By Hayley Fox — April 22, 2013 — 3 Comments

Although Peddler's Creamery is now officially parked in DTLA, the bicycle-powered ice cream shop still highlights cycling in the store's design and logistics. The Main Street ice cream shop opened quietly last week.

Flickr via katypang

A frenzy of taco tasting peaks this weekend at Grand Park

By Hayley Fox — April 19, 2013

Angelenos know their tacos, and right now they're in the process of voting on the best ones in the city. The competition culminates on Saturday in DTLA's expansive Grand park, with taco trucks, DJs, a beer garden and live mural-painting.

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Chinatown 'Dim Sum Crawl' includes craft beer pairings

By Hayley Fox — April 16, 2013 — 1 Comment

This Thursday a tour of Dim Sum proportions will wind its way through Chinatown. A $60 ticket buys you snacks and brews at four restaurants — as well as a souvenir beer glass.

Hayley Fox/blogdowntown

Angel City launches food truck party; announces 'official' brewery opening date

By Hayley Fox — April 08, 2013 — 2 Comments

This DTLA brewery soft-opened in February with limited hours and select beers, and has slowly been adding special events and brew types to their repertoire. An art show and food truck party this month lead up to the brewery's "ribbon-cutting" in May.

Courtesy of Le Grand Fooding

Outdoor foodie picnic comes to MOCA in the form of Le Grand Fooding

By Hayley Fox — April 05, 2013

A two-night celebration of all things foodie, MOCA's Geffen Contemporary is hosting Le Grand Fooding Crush -- an outdoor eating fest featuring distinguished chefs from Paris and Los Angeles. Tickets start at $50 and climb upwards.

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Free grilled cheese sandwiches — and other gooey perks — of Grilled Cheese Month

By Hayley Fox — April 03, 2013 — 1 Comment

Not for the faint of heart or lactose intolerant, April is Grilled Cheese Month which includes the Grilled Cheese Invitational and 10,000 free sandwiches from Downtown sandwich shop The Melt.

courtesy of Mendocino Farms

Figat7th food court continues to grow with Mendocino Farms opening

By Hayley Fox — March 27, 2013

Mendocino Farms sandwich shop is the newest in a series of restaurants and eateries to open at the Figat7th shopping complex. Farms is slated to open next week and will be serving lunchtime staples including soups and salads.