In Good Taste

Los Angeles is known for the diversity of its dining, but downtown boasts a culinary mix all its own. WWD asked designers who spend their days and nights working — and eating — in the area to share their favorite haunts.

Pamella Protzel, designer, Ella Moss and Splendid: Tiara Café, 127 East 9th Street, 213-623-3663. “They have great vegetarian chickpea fritters and I love the burger. Splendid also designed the uniforms.”

Moise Emquies, founder, Mo Industries: Taquiza, 3009 South Figueroa Street, 213-741-9795. “I like to go for lunch. It’s family-owned and run. Very tasty and clean home cooking. Always a great mix of people eating there, from USC students and those on jury duty for the day to police officers and bankers. I’m especially fond of the chilaquiles, and those who eat meat tell me it has the best pork mullitas in town.”

Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor, founders, Juicy Couture: Ocean Seafood at 747 North Broadway, 213-687-3088.

Kevan Hall, designer: Original Pantry Cafe, 877 South Figueroa Street, 213-972-9279. “When I was a student at FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising], we would eat there after pulling all-nighters. The breakfasts are fabulous and the steak hamburger is one of my favorites.”

Mike Gonzalez, designer and founder, Mike & Chris: Hama Sushi, 347 East 2nd Street, 213-680-3454. “Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo is some of the best sushi I’ve had in L.A.”

Max Azria, founder, designer and chairman, BCBG Max Azria Group: In-N-Out Burger, see for locations. “My weakness is In-N-Out Burger for lunch.”
Tarina Tarantino, designer: Cielito Lindo taco stand, E-23 Olvera Street, 213-687-4391.

Lana Cretz, co-designer of Found Denim: Groundwork Coffee Co. in Artists District, 811 Traction Avenue, 213-626-8650.

Kirstie Kelly, bridal designer: Patina, 141 Grand Avenue, 213-972-3331. “I love the chef’s table at Patina. There is always an interesting and delicious homemade ice cream.”