Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have brought new life to Bunker Hill with the opening of their "gift to the city" in the form of The Broad Museum. Located right across the road from MOCA and next door to Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall masterpiece, there’s a legitimate arts and culture row on Grand Avenue shedding new interest on downtown.
After navigating the two-story Broad—viewing the web-like façade and contemporary collection with pieces by Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol among the 2,000 curated selections—a memorable bite to eat should follow. Fortunately, the dining scene has also taken a giant leap forward in this area of the city. Here are a handful of new options that aim to capture your imagination.
Photo by Sierra Prescott
Located adjacent to The Broad Museum, Chef Timothy Hollingsworth (former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry in Yountville), along with top LA restaurateur Bill Chait, will open the official eatery for the museum in November. The façade features a Damien Hirst fish mural called Isolated Elements, which leads to an indoor-outdoor rustic-yet-sophisticated space of steel, glass, wood, copper, stone and ceramics—all created by local artists and artisans. Otium is Latin for "leisurely social activities." The vertical gardens from Green City Farms on the restaurant’s rooftop will grow herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers, which will be liberally used in the seasonal menu’s flatbreads, lamb chops and whole fish offerings.
222 South Hope Street / OtiumLA.com
Le Petit Paris
This new French-style brasserie has recently opened in the historic core by restaurateurs Fanny and David Rolland. Located next door to the Howard Griffin Gallery in the El Dorado building, this two-story 1913 gem is listed on the National Register of historic places and was once the home of Actor Charlie Chaplin. The space still retains many of the original pillars, gold leaf, and iron work with added circular chandeliers lighting the black-and-white photography of Paris. The menu consists of French classics: croque monsieur, steak tartar, Burgundy escargot, a salad of frisée, bacon, potato, and poached egg. Don't miss the duck foie gras which pairs beautifully with a viognier from Malibu wines, produced in California by a French winemaker.
418 Spring Street / (213) 217-4445
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Perfect for a pre- or post-GRAMMY Museum visit or L.A. Live excursion, Barcito is a buzzy Argentine-inspired bar off Grand Avenue. Owner Andrea Borgen spent her childhood summers visiting her grandparents in Buenos Aires, an influence that shines through in the cuisine produced by Executive Chef Chuck Abair. Finger-food highlights or ‘picadas,’ include provoleta with seared goat cheese and charred lemon on crunchy bread or ricotta-potato dumplings with pistachio pesto. Plancha dishes from the griddle feature smoked chili-garlic shrimp on potatoes with remoulade and, of course, ever-changing empanadas which are baked in-house. The restaurant also produces its own white and red wine blends from Paso Robles which come in individual size bottles.
403 West 12th Street / (213) 415-1821
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