Dodgers season is back, and baseball fans in blue are gearing up across Los Angeles for opening day (April 1). Whether you’re a baseball enthusiast or a casual attendee, you’re going to need something to satisfy your cravings before or after enjoying nine innings of America’s pastime. While there is something nostalgic about those overpriced hot dogs and French fries, there are also plenty of excellent food options within two miles of Dodger Stadium. We’ve compiled a list of 18 favorite restaurants in Echo Park, Downtown and Chinatown, with variety from classic French cuisine to Filipino BBQ, from Italian subs to vegetarian bistros. There’s something for everyone, so you can keep experiencing new food all season long.
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Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Establishments also appear in alphabetical order instead of in order of preference.
1. Allumette (1.1 miles away) [CLOSED]
If you’re looking for something a bit upscale, Allumette is an American restaurant that brings a level of sophistication and precision not commonly seen in Echo Park. The menu consists of several artful small plates from chef Miles Thompson (Nobu, Animal, Son of a Gun) emphasizing high-quality ingredients used in innovative ways. The cocktails are a must-try thanks to Serena Herrick, previously of Harvard & Stone. (Photo courtesy of Allumette)
TRY: Carrot Salad, Cavatelli, Szechuan Pork Dumpling, Citrus Curd
2. Chego (1.6 miles away)
Chef Roy Choi and crew relocated Chego to Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. The restaurant focuses on indulgent, rich Korean comfort dishes mixed with Los Angeles street food. The new location also offers takeout for convenient meals to enjoy at the stadium.
TRY: Ooey Gooey Fries, Chubby Pork Belly, Tres Leches Cake
3. Cookbook (1.2 miles away)
Cookbook is a small, European style grocery store owned by Marta Teegan and Robert Stelzner that values fresh, organic produce and products from environmentally responsible sources. Because of this approach and their small size, Cookbook’s wares are on the pricier side, but their fresh baked bread is very good and their sandwiches are flavorful and new everyday. Get there early—they tend to run out of their best items around lunchtime.
TRY: Whatever is seasonal! Their menu is constantly changing.
4. Cortez (0.6 miles away) [CLOSED]
Cortez is a casual restaurant from Cookbook owners Marta Teegan and Robert Stelzner with a seasonal menu made up of simple small dishes of sustainable, farm-to-table food. The servings are small, but the flavors and finesse involved makes these plates worth their price. Be aware that the restaurant only has bar or communal seating and does not take reservations.
TRY: The menu is seasonal, but try something with their interesting cheeses and charcuterie.
5. Eastside Market Italian Deli (1.3 miles away)
Eastside Market Italian Deli has been open since 1929, and it offers nostalgic Italian sandwiches in huge, messy portions. Local cops and firefighters are frequent guests, and you’ll find Italian subs stuffed with meat, slathered in tomato sauce, cheese and fresh green pepper, and all on fresh baked bread. Keep in mind that Eastside Market closes at 4 pm and can get busy around lunchtime.
TRY: Meatball Sub, Roast Beef & Pastrami, Lasagna
6. Elf Cafe (1.5 miles away)
Elf Cafe serves vegetarian and vegan food with an eastern Mediterranean twist that even carnivores can enjoy. The small restaurant has a hip, romantic atmosphere and their dishes highlights organic, locally grown ingredients while avoiding meat substitutes. Elf also has a convenient $5 corkage fee. However, the restaurant is only open for dinner, is cash-only, and can get busy, so make reservations ahead of time.
TRY: Buffalo Oyster Mushrooms, Mushroom Risotto, Baked Tart