Downtown L.A. has gone through a major revival in recent years. Home to both the iconic Walt Disney Music Hall and the Staples Center, this bustling city center has more to offer than ever before—and that includes great places to eat. Whether you are downtown for a quick visit or are a West Coast Wall Streeter that commutes in, everyone deserves a quality lunch. Think of it as your reward for enduring rush hour on the 110 freeway. Here are the 7 best takeout spots for lunch in downtown L.A.
1. Broken Mouth
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In Hawaii, “Broke Da Mout” is used to describe food so good you hardly have time to chew—and that’s exactly what you can expect from the Hawaiian-Asian fusion cuisine at Broken Mouth. This intimate Mom & Pop-style restaurant serves up homestyle Asian comfort food—like the kahuku-style garlic shrimp plate, served with a side of potato-mac and purple rice—packed with island flavor.
Address: 231 E 9th Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90015
2. Zinc Cafe
Trade in the hustle and bustle of downtown L.A. for 30 minutes of peace and quiet in Zinc’s back courtyard or browse around the marketplace for prepared salads, entrees and desserts for an on-the-go lunch. This all-American cafe serves up a little bit of everything from wood-fired pizzas and pastas to soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Address: 580 Mateo St., Los Angeles, Ca 90013
Healthy, fresh, handcrafted, artisan “Bols” both hot and cold make ediBol an easy takeout option. Every Bol is vegetarian with the option to add a protein, with one exception—the garlic & herb pork hash featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives—making it easy ordering for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
Address: 300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Suite Q, Los Angeles, Ca 90013
4. Backyard Bowls
Specializing in acai bowls, grain bowls, and smoothies, Backyard Bowls is the perfect place to order from when you want a healthy meal and a post-lunch energy boost. Founded on the belief that better food leads to a better life, you can expect thoughtfully sourced, primarily organic ingredients no matter what you order.
Address: 801 South Hope St., Los Angeles, Ca 90017
5. Cabbage Patch
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Following a farm-to-table philosophy, Cabbage Patch specializes in high-quality homestyle cooking. Choose from a variety of leafy green salads, rice bowls or sandwiches and leave room for one or two of their numerous side dish options (hello yam wedges). Some of our favorites include Cabbage Patch slaw, baby beets, french green lentils, yam wedges, fries, and flatbread.
Address: 520 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
6. Figueroa Philly
Figueroa offers a little taste of the East coast in L.A. specializing (as their name implies) in authentic Philly cheesesteak served on Amoroso Rolls. For lunch, make their signature Famous Figueroa Philly (onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheez whiz) a combo and you’ll also get fries and a drink.
Address: 3850 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, Ca 90037
7. Prime Pizza
Bringing classic New York-style pizza to Los Angeles, Prime Pizza is a go-to spot for crispy thin crust pies topped with California tomatoes and all-natural Wisconsin mozzarella. Add a side of wings or a chopped salad and you have a family-style lunch that can be easily enjoyed by friends and coworkers.
Address: 141 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90012