You’ve probably heard there’s some good new restaurants downtown. Guess what? There’s some great old ones too. Colori Kitchen isn’t some historic time capsule - just a casual, family-run Italian joint in the heart of DTLA and the kind of place you don’t find down there anymore. The food is delicious and affordable, and it’s also BYOB.
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Chicas Tacos in DTLA is a model taqueria, with friendly service, a casual space, and very solid fish tacos.
Maccheroni Republic is a true neighborhood Italian restaurant in Downtown with solid pasta, a friendly staff, and a fantastic front patio.
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All'acqua has solid, if slightly underwhelming cocktail and salad menus, but they set the course for some absolutely magical entrees. When taken as a whole, it makes for a more than solid meal.
Elephante is a rooftop bar/restaurant in the heart of downtown Santa Monica with great views and a crowd of bankers.
Sal’s is a casual, all-day Italian restaurant in West Hollywood that’s a good place to meet up after your improv class.
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