For those craving more affordable dining options in Downtown LA, this is your lucky week. Two new eateries have opened along 7th Street in the Financial District: Seasalt Fish Grill and the new-to-LA-national sandwich shop Jimmy John’s. Seasalt Fish Grill opens today (May 5) at 812 W 7th Street — replacing the forgettable It’s a Wrap — serving up a diverse range of delicious seafood dishes like grilled fish tacos ($7.99), barramundi ($13.99) or white fish basa ($8.99) fresh off the grill, and Seasalt Favorites like Peruvian ceviche ($8.99) and Hawaiian Ahi Poke ($8.99). Jimmy John’s is now open in two locations downtown — one near 7th/Grand next to SugarFish and another at Union Bank Plaza — serving up their “fast and fresh” 8 inch sub sandwiches like Turkey Tom and Totally Tuna.
Many who live in Downtown LA are demanding more affordable and casual dining options that won’t hurt the wallet. Over the last several years, most of the restaurants that opened downtown have been on the upscale side from Bottega Louie to Baco Mercat to Bestia. Those are all very important in the grand scheme of things as they have all helped turn Downtown LA into a culinary destination attracting more positive attention (and investments), but many downtown residents and office workers obviously can’t dine at “Bottega Louie” every day and night. That’s why casual and affordable restaurants opening downtown are just as much a cause for celebration as it makes living and working downtown more convenient and enjoyable (so you don’t have to leave to find cheaper options outside downtown).