The Evolution of the LA Arts District into a Culinary Mecca

The Evolution of the LA Arts District into a Culinary Mecca

By Justin Dolezal, Foodable Contributor

Los Angeles is a city that does not want for great dining options. It's a city rich in both established culinary traditions (taco shops, the French Dip, San Gabriel Valley Chinese) and cutting edge food trends. And, as a sprawling metropolis, Los Angeles also boosts a large and diverse list of culinary epicenters. The Hollywood to Beverly Hills corridor has long been a hotbed of haute cuisine, catering to the city's entertainment crowd. The aforementioned San Gabriel Valley boasts a seemingly endless array of authentic Asian restaurants. And the influx of wealth and affluence to the city's westside has turned formerly-sleepy Venice and Santa Monica into dining destinations as well.

It could be argued, however, than when it comes to food, these spots are all looking up at a relative new-comer to the city's dining scene, Downtown LA's Arts District. A formerly industrial area east of Los Angeles's Historic Core, the Arts District has long been a hub for the city's creative residents. While art and film work have been prevalent in the neighborhood since the late 1970s, the area's dining scene has exploded in the last few years. Today, the Arts District provides a snapshot of the contemporary dining world, on both a city and national level.

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