Preux & Proper is one of those DTLA restaurant/bars that seems like it would be a total disaster, but is actually pretty great. It’s a New Orleans cajun spot, and though they can get heavy-handed with the theme, the food is good and the space is divided between the bar and the restaurant area, ensuring an atmosphere that’s actually tolerable. Also, it’s BYOB because, you know, New Orleans.
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Cole’s in downtown is the (other) originator of the French Dip sandwich and a great place to pick up a quick beer and a sandwich.
One of the original rooftop bars in DTLA, Perch has a French-leaning menu and views for days. Put it on your list for your next downtown date.
Cento Pasta Bar
Cento, a lunch-only spot inside Mignon Wine Bar in DTLA, serves some of the best pasta in the city.
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Little Easy in DTLA in an aggressively New Orleans-themed restaurant, but the Cajun food here is actually good.
Orleans & York Deli
Orleans and York is a Cajun/New York-style shop sandwich in Inglewood, great for a quick bite or takeout.
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Simply put, Broken Spanish serves some of the greatest Mexican food in Los Angeles.
Little Jewel of New Orleans
Little Jewel of New Orleans is a Cajun restaurant/grocery store and a good place to get a po’boy and beer in Chinatown.
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