The Manufactory's an ambitious 40,000-square-foot culinary collaboration between Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of San Francisco’s fabled Tartine Bakery, and Phoenix-based Pizzeria Bianco’s Chris Bianco -- and while the city's rightfully buzzing about the bread here, there’s lots more to catch your eye. If you’re short on time, hit the walk-up window for grab-and-go cold brew as well as ice cream in fun flavors like orange Creamsicle and butter croissant; you can also bring home some cheese, charcuterie, flatbread by the slice, and a bevy of baked goods from The Market, or have a seat at the marble bar for a glass of wine and slice of flatbread. The window-heavy, high-ceilinged space (a former warehouse and now part of the massive ROW DTLA complex) spills into Tartine Bianco: an all-day eatery boasting a bevy of breads and spreads (think nori butter, warm ricotta and an eggplant dip) and open-faced smørrebrods (it’s a Scandinavian thing) that might be topped with uni or avocado along with a few salads and several entrees come dinnertime. The Italian-influenced Alameda Supper Club is your spot for fresh pastas, seasonal veggies, and a mix of small plates. Be sure to grab a fresh cocktail (like the rhubarb-Zucca-vodka-and-Rosé Rhu Tang) on the patio as well. Basically, you’re moving in.
Downtown’s red-hot restaurant scene is all the rage, but it’s worth checking out the district’s defining architectural and historic landmarks, too (proving there was, indeed, life here before Bestia). For a reasonable $15, encyclopedic docents on LA Conservancy’s Historic Downtown Walking tour will take you to more than a dozen spots, including the renowned Bradbury Building, Central Library, and the world’s shortest railway. For the design buffs among you, try the Art Deco tour that zeroes in on the iconic architecture style that defined the city in the ‘20s and ‘30s.
Feast at a First Friday
If alliteration weren’t a thing, we doubt anything special would be going on during the first last weekday of the month. Instead, here we are with food trucks galore, shops and galleries extending their hours, and bands playing in the street to celebrate... what, exactly? The Natural History Museum’s “Forces of Nature” First Fridays will run through June, with smart people giving talks along with DJs, performance artists, and access to the museum until 10pm. (You’ll have to pay 20 bucks if you’re not a member, though.) First Friday on Abbot Kinney has officially become a giant old food truck festival with a few dozen trucks lining the neighborhood, which is packed with people trying to shove lobster rolls and poutine fries in their mouths at the same time. Best to ride share. Redondo Beach’s First Fridays in the Village finds businesses open until 8pm, live music scattered about, and food, drink, and Botox(!) specials at area venues.