From the Editor

Photo by Peter Calvin


Through the years, I have made many trips to LA - for fun visits with friends, to report stories, to attend magazine award ceremonies. I had never ventured downtown, however, until two years ago when I finally found my way there on an editorial scouting mission with the help of Google Maps. Construction had started on the Broad museum and I had been hearing that DTLA (as locals call it) was experiencing other radically positive changes that were pumping more vibrancy into it, so I thought we might have a timely story to tell on our pages.

We do, indeed. In "Downtown LA Comes Alive," freelancer Janice Wald Henderson spotlights DTLA's surprising emergence as a foodie hot spot, with an ever-growing roster of dining options, including a gastropub from celebrity chef Ben Ford. More locals now frequently set their GPS for downtown even if they don't work there, something unheard of not that long ago. Janice, a 30-year LA resident and veteran food writer, tells me she used to go downtown only about twice a year for theater or the opera, seldom (if ever) for dining. "Now I go as often as I can," she says. "I've developed food cravings that I can only get satisfied in DTLA. I can't find the quality of Wexler's pastrami and smoked salmon on those custom bagels anywhere else in town."

Whether you live in LA or are just visiting, it's time you put DTLA on your places-to-eat list. Bon appétit!

- Don Nichols

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