Everyone knows Los Angeles for Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and maybe if you’re feeling adventurous, Orange County. The first couple are so over rated, I’m partial to Orange County though, but how about Downtown Los Angeles?  They’re is so much development going on and movement down in the city that I think it’ll be a mini New York  soon. I may be biased, as a California native, but it gives me hope that I might not have to move East to pursue my career dreams after all (fingers crossed).

 A good friend and I met  in Downtown Los Angeles for our Christmas exchange. Downtown restaurants are my indulgence, but we kept it low-key and had Texas BBQ at Horse Thief. I found out real Texas BBQ is seasoned, not really slathered with BBQ, like I like it, so they keep it original here– my Texas Native friend agreed it was legit. If you’re a BBQ fan like me, don’t worry, they have BBQ sauce on hand. My friend opted for the pulled pork and I went with the Chicken, a Kale salad with a side of Banana Pudding. Don’t forget to order sweet tea. They have other BBQ delightes too, like Tri Tip and Ribs.

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Horse Thief is located  infront of the famous Hill Street, where Angels Flight is and the hill 500 Days of Summer was filmed on.  Next door is the Grand Central Market.  It’s a local spot and has been there since 1917, think Farmers Market and a mini Pikes Peak Market, the go-to for produce and meals. That place resonates with me. My Mom spent of a lot of time there as a kid, she used to  spend weekends there with her Parents and Grandmother. I never met my Great Grandmother or my Grandmother and knowing they’d have their weekly visits there gives me a sense of comfort. Another favorite eatery there is Eggslut, the perfect stop for breakfast lovers and I can’t wait to try their Oyster Bar and Cheese Shop.

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Grand Central Market

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