The Must | Downtown LA

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Adjacent to downtown’s historic Indian Alley is one of our favorite happy hour spots in all of Los Angeles, the edgy wine bar restaurant known as The Must. Opened in 2008 by a pair of downtown enthusiasts, The Must has received raving reviews from the likes of Bon Appetite magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Eight years later, The Must continues to be a local favorite in downtown’s historic bank district.

While staying true to its downtown roots, The Must provides just the right amount of edge that you’d expect from a wine bar on trendy Winston Street. Facing a number of murals and art installations highlighting the special heritage of Indian Alley, The Must’s outdoor and indoor patio offers a true glimpse at downtown’s art scene. It’s interior deserves just the same amount of praise, decked in navy wood paneling and concrete pillars with accents of gold by means of industrial looking light fixtures.

Aside from a noteworthy food menu– which includes a brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner selection– The Must also offers the best in beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. As a perfect ode to The Must and its very edgy L.A. atmosphere, try their Black Sangria ($7) which is a flavorful tarty spinoff of the classic Spanish beverage. Garnished with blueberries and blackberries, the red wine and ruby port mix is as refreshing as you’d expect.

What’s more, The Must is committed to sourcing only the best of local, organic and farm fresh produce for its kitchen. Happy hour runs between 4-7 PM, Tuesday through Friday and 3-7 PM on Saturday and Sunday–a perfect spot to hit before you get your night started in downtown L.A.

Spitz | Eagle Rock

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Occidental College alums, Bryce Rademan and Robert Wicklund have established an L.A. eatery centered on the European study abroad favorite– the doner kabab! This innovative recreation of the doner, served with fresh locally grown ingredients, has excited college students alike and has left many Angelenos coming back for more. With locations in Eagle Rock, Little Tokyo, and Los Feliz, Spitz has surely contributed to the development and popularity of these up-and-coming L.A. neighborhoods through its culinary masterpiece.

As the inspiration originating from their study aboard program to Spain, Rademan and Wicklund have done a fantastic job at incorporating a Spanish flare to this street food Mediterranean cuisine. This is most evident at the popular bar top at Spitz, Little Tokyo which offers home crafted red, rose, and white sangria, paired perfectly with either a wrap or sandwich. However, we can say with confidence that any item off their Mediterranean menu will surely bring you back to those exciting times while on your very own study abroad trip!

So pack your bags and head to Spitz: Home of the Doner Kebab at their Eagle Rock, Little Tokyo, and Los Feliz locations, or visit them at www.eatatspitz.com for more info.

Home Invasion

 

Feeling homesick? This Los Feliz local favorite offers hearty cooking with fresh organic ingredients in a cozy home setting. Alcove Cafe and Bakery opened at the historical location on June 2004 and continues to be a neighborhood staple for its good food and unique environment.

Alcove is housed in two of the oldest houses in Los Feliz; the oldest dating back to 1897. Although belonging to a number of different residents and businesses throughout its history– including specialty offices, a private school and a real estate firm– the building has found its perfect occupant in the Alcove.

The interior mimics the home’s original blueprint– being renovated with a number of arches, door frames and moldings used to match the historic craftmanship of the building. You will also be sure to find a vast selection of home furniture to choose from for your dinning experience. A house secret is the hidden drawer in one of the armour tables (situated in the back) which contains a pile of notes written by past guests.

Aside from its historical importance, Alcove’s kitchen will also go down in the books as part of L.A.’s history. Their commitment to “sourcing locally grown and organic product/produce whenever possible,” puts them in the foreground of quality Los Angeles dinning.

For breakfast enjoy their Crab Cake Benedict ($13.95), served with Maryland style crab cakes made from sweet blue crab meat, fresh spinach, two poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and fresh chives. Just as promising is the Alcove’s lunch and dinner menu! A favorite is their Slider x3 dish ($12.95) which features three pattys– one kobe beef burger, a texan style burger and a lamb burger. Each slider is paired with their own distinct sauce, including a wasabi aiolli, smoked chipotle ketchup and an olive tapenade and feta.

Alcove is welcomed at our home anytime! Be sure to visit them in Los Feliz or at their website at www.alcovecafe.com