Local knowledge: Radical Co-op’s Los Angeles food

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Where should we eat in LA’s Chinatown, Mathew and Neil (Radical Co-op)?

No offence to our clients or our work (who enable us to eat) but lunch is hands down our most important task every day. Can’t have one without the other, if you know what we mean. Here, in no particular order, are five of our favourite spots near our studio in Chinatown.

Mexicali Taco
In Los Angeles, you cannot judge a book by its cover or a restaurant by its facade. Some of the very best places are in goofy looking strip malls or weird parking lots. Mexicali serves up no frills, super satisfying Baja-style tacos and quesadillas.

Chimney Coffee
Again, you roll up to the address and ask, is this really the place? Yes, it really is. One of the healthier options available in Chinatown, along with some of the better breakfast options you can find anywhere downtown.

Prime Pizza
One of the great things about working on a pizza project is you get to eat a lot of pizza. The Sicilian style “grandma” pie is off the charts, and the Italian cold cut sando is another favourite when suffering from pizza fatigue.

Pho Broadway
A leisurely 60 second stroll from our door, we have achieved ‘regular’ status here to the point where they rarely even hand us a menu. We highly recommend the #41 Bun and the #20 Pho.

We’d be remiss to not mention this spot: it’s the reason we made our move to Chinatown back in 2015. With both beef and vegan options that are equally tasty, it’s the neighbourhood’s #1 Hamburger, if we say so ourselves.

Published 19 November 2018

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