Dinner Plan: DTLA

Beers, books, bocce and hot chicken. Let’s review.

By Reuben Brody

Dinner Plan: DTLA
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22 February 2017

From the driving, to the parking, to the not knowing where to drive or park, dinner in L.A. is harder than it should be. That’s why we created Dinner Plan — your itinerary to a damn good time.

The Lunch: Hotville Chicken (Prince’s)
Chinatown

Howlin’ Rays is the best fried chicken in L.A. But his inspiration was Nashville’s Prince’s, which just opened a pop-up down the street. If you’re a spicy chicken fan, know that this joint is considered to be the best in the South. It’ll be worth the trip. Open Saturdays only.

643 N. Spring Street (map)
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The Event: LA Art Book Fair
Arts District

After popping some post-prandial Zantac, make your way to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for the LA Art Book Fair. We’ve visited the past two and it’s always a good time, with some 300 international vendors hawking everything from rare books to albums to artwork. It’s also a helluva people-watching scene.

152 N. Central Ave. (map)
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Drinks and Games: Bar Clacson
Downtown

Next up, you’re heading to Bar Clacson, a Mediterranean-style pub serving Arts District Brewing’s ales, Negronis, Sazeracs and piping hot paninis filled with cured meat. But the real attractions are the 27-foot indoor pétanque (bocce) court and foosball tables — drinking games for the gentler man.

351 S. Broadway (map)
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More Drinks: Birds & Bees
Downtown

If you’re still feeling frisky after Clacson, wander down Broadway to Birds & Bees, a dark cocktail bar celebrating rum and gin cocktails from the 1950s. There are also plenty of great couches to relax on after a long day on your feet.

207 S. Broadway (map)
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