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Downtown L.A. is slowly making its long anticipated comeback and places like this are a big reason why. As its name might suggest, the dishes served here are all drawn from a "firefighter" theme. In fact many of them come from firefighters' own private cookbooks. And, God forbid, if something should burn out of control in the kitchen, help is certainly not far away! Favorite menu items include the meatloaf, sausages (with a very unique spice blend) and roasted chicken.
Headed by celebrity chef, Tal Ronnen, Crossroads offers a fantastic range of Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The menu is full of vegan and vegetarian dishes that are just as, if not more, delicious than their non-vegetarian counterparts. Made using organic and gluten free products and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, these innovative, meatless recipes result into favorites like artichoke oysters and Woof-fired Meaty Lasagna. They also have an off-site catering service that is great for all big and small events.
Presenting organic and vegan Mexican cuisine, the Gracias Madre restaurant certainly has its fair share of loyalists. The owners and chefs approach in the kitchen is to focus on our deep connection with Earth and hence ingredients is sourced from local farms. Offering Mexican delights in vegan varieties was certainly not an easy task, but under the experience and expertise of Chef Chandra Gilbert, Gracias Madre has nailed it perfectly. Gracias Madre also has an amazing bar menu, with an impressive tequila list and cocktail selection, including the Sour T-iesel cocktail which has CBD oil.
The Proud Bird is a unique aviation-themed restaurant, food court, and even center. Located near the airport, sit on the patio and watch the planes take off as you enjoy a drink. Indoors, you can admire the airplane-themed displays while you walk through the large industrial-feeling space. Check out the restaurant's food hall which lets you pick from enticing choices from around the world. The Proud Bird also hosts events.
This place is like stepping back in time to when girls wore poodle skirts and guys wore leather jackets and greased their hair. The two-room establishment offers grilled sandwiches, chili, great hamburgers and the like. The walls are adorned with pictures of actors from the time period and each booth has an old-time jukebox. The shakes are thick and arrive, as they should, with a metal cup with just a bit extra for later. You can't miss a chance to experience the tasty nostalgia of Cafe 50's
Located at the waterside in Marina del Rey, The Warehouse is a very famous restaurant for its scenic view. It is built in an old building, and since 1969 none of the materials have been moved from the restaurant. This adds to the rustic and Hawaiian feel of the place. Known for its steak, Warehouse also serves delicious seafood. Choose from their house specials, pasta and pair them with beers, wines, sodas, and juices. You can hire the restaurant for a private party of up to 350 guests.
Located in V lounge in the neighborhood of Santa Monica, Opaque offers an out-of-the-box dining experience of Dining in the dark. Once you arrive at the restaurant, it is a lighted room where you have to place your order, after which you will be guided to be seated in a pitch dark room. The servers at Opaque are visually impaired and are well trained to serve food and to guide sighted people, ironical to the usual situation in life. A part of your bill goes as a charity towards blindness research.