On another episode of Adventures in DTLA:
I feel like I’ve been to Downtown LA at least a MILLION times. (If you haven’t already, read about my other DTLA adventures check then you need to click here, here, here, & here!) Yet, when it comes to restaurants and eateries, I know I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
So where do you even start??
Now if you want to judge this eatery on looks alone, it would be an A+ in my book. The decor is super cute, lots of fun bright colors and totally Instagram worthy. Located inside the former rectory building of Vibiana, the cathedral turned restaurant, Redbird features “modern American cuisine” that “highlights the multi-cultural influences of [Chef] Fraser’s native city – Los Angeles.”
When I visited Redbird, it was for Sunday brunch, which happens to be different from their happy hour and dinner menus. To start off we, of course, ordered some cocktails. My friend ordered the ‘Good Morning Vietnam,’ which was a rum & cold brew coffee, and for myself, I ordered a ‘Strawberry Blonde.’ Now my drink was average, came in cute glassware, but nothing exceptional. But the ‘Goodmorning’ was DELICIOUS and we highly recommend it.
For food, we tried to get a pretty good selection of different things to try. This is what we ordered:
- WAFFLE: buttermilk crème fraiche, blueberry compote, maple syrup
- TARTINE: cured salmon, avocado, radish, cucumber
- SPANISH SCRAMBLE: chorizo, lomo, piquillo, manchego, potatoes
FRIED EGG SANDWICH: pancetta, smoked harissa, aioli, arugula, gruyere
Personally, I LOVED the waffle. But, then again, who doesn’t love a nice soft fluffy waffle with a fresh berry compote?? The Fried Egg sandwich was also good but it could have been done without the ketchup. The yummy runny yolk kept the sandwich from being dry and I’m not really one who enjoys ketchup with my eggs. In fact, I hate it. If we didn’t end up being so full I would have loved to try more. Guess that just means I’ll have to go back!
RESTAURANT LOCATION: 114 East Second Street, Downtown Los Angeles, California, 90012
HOURS: Brunch | Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2pm (last seating)
Happy Hour | Monday – Friday 5 pm – 7 pm
Dinner | Sunday – Thursday 5 pm – 10 pm (last seating)
Dinner | Friday & Saturday 5 pm – 11 pm (last seating)
After running around LA and spending way more money than we should of shopping at Fig at 7th, we were finally ready for dinner. Cue restaurant Rossoblu.
Located in the Arts District, Rossoblu is a “true family owned and operated restaurant that combines flavors of Los Angeles and Bologna; two places Chef Steve Sansom considers home.” With communal sitting, a large in-house butchery, and handmade pasta, it’s an Italian-American dining experience that shouldn’t be missed.
My first experience at this restaurant just so happened to be next-level. Despite the Sunday night crowd, my friend and I were seated directly at the bar in front of the open kitchen. As we sipped cocktails and chatted with the cooks, we watched as our meal was prepped right before our eyes. Here is what we indulged in:
- SALUMI: Salame Nostrano, Coppa di Testa, Capocollo, Whipped Dry-Aged Beef Tallow, Mortadella DOP, Prosciutto Di Parma [24 Months] accompanied by Stracchino Cheese and Crescentine Fritte
- GRILLED PORK MEATBALLS: Charred Frisee, Balsamic, Fennel Pollen
- TORTELLONI: Swiss Chard, Ricotta, Butter, Sage, Parmigiano Reggiano
- CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BUDINO
- SEASONAL GELATO
Literally, everything we ordered was DIVINE. My only regret is that we didn’t order more meatballs! Best damn things I ever did eat. All I can say is that if you ever find yourself remotely close to Rossoblu, GO.
RESTAURANT LOCATION: CITY MARKET SOUTH 1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
HOURS: SUN – THURS: 5:30 PM — 9:30 PM
FRI / SAT: 5 PM — 10:30 PM
So there you have it. Two downtown restaurants checked off my list and hopefully added to yours! If you have any suggestions for my next venture in DTLA I’d love to hear. So make sure you comment down below.
Before I go, I would like to take a moment to shoutout my BFF/road-dawg/foodie/P.I.C Jasmine for always knowing the best spots to sip and dine. ILYSM &heart;