Chef-founder Samir Mohajer, previously with Axe, Little Door, and Rustic Canyon, brings us Cabbage Patch, featuring food made with high quality ingredients with a home cooked feel. Cabbage Patch emphasizes organic, natural ingredients at an affordable cost. They now offer delivery to USC with an order minimum of $20 and also offer curbside pickup. Be sure to ask for the 10% USC discount. I personally recommend the Salmon Bowl and Yam Wedges.
Grand Central Market has celebrated Los Angeles’s wide array of cuisine since 1917. You can find anything from barbeque to fresh vegetables to homeopathic remedies at this market, as well as some of the best casual food downtown. My favorites are Eggslut, DTLA Cheese, and G&B Coffee. With that being said, don’t be afraid to walk around and sample. My favorite egg sandwich at Eggslut is the Fairfax (pictured). I also like the coddled egg, which is aptly named “The Slut.”
7. Marugame Monzo
As soon as you walk into Marugame Monzo, you will see a chef hand-making the udon behind a glass window. This place is legit. Marugame offers a variety of udon from the traditional preparation to their re-imagined signature flavors. They are known for their Sea Urchin Cream Udon, which surely lives up to the hype. Other mentionable dishes are the Scallop Carpaccio, Negitoro Bowl, Vongole Udon (pictured), and the Soft Boiled Egg Tempura.
Men Oh Tokushima is the perfect place for your ramen cravings. The wait was very reasonable compared to other Ramen places in Little Tokyo. I tried the Shoyu Ramen and loved it, and the soft-boiled egg that comes with it is absolutely unreal.