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Two New Affordable Eateries Open Along 7th Street in Downtown LA: Seasalt Fish Grill & Jimmy John’s

Seasalt Fish Grill has replaced It's A Wrap opening May 5 at 818 W 7th Street in the Financial District

Seasalt Fish Grill has replaced It’s A Wrap opening May 5 at 818 W 7th Street in the Financial District

Two new Jimmy John's have opened in Downtown LA, one shown here near 7th/Grand and another at Union Bank Plaza at 5th/Figueroa

Two new Jimmy John’s have opened in Downtown LA, one shown here near 7th/Grand and another at Union Bank Plaza at 5th/Figueroa

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).

Seasalt Fish Grill

The interior of Seasalt Fish Grill is designed by David Chun with an appropriate nautical theme with the order counter housed within the "mouth of a baleen whale"

The interior of Seasalt Fish Grill is designed by David Chun with an appropriate nautical theme with the order counter housed within the “mouth of a baleen whale”

A Fresh Fish Market is available inside Seasalt with wild caught and seasonal fish to go

A Fresh Fish Market is available inside Seasalt with wild caught and seasonal fish to go

The Grilled Barramundi with soy ginger glaze

The Grilled Barramundi with soy ginger glaze

The Classic Fish Tacos served with rice and beans

The Classic Fish Tacos served with rice and beans

The Full Whack that's made for sharing includes Baja Shrimp Cocktail, Peruvian Ceviche, Southwest Crunchy Egg Rolls, Crispy Cornmeal Calamari and Firestick Crispy Onions

The Full Whack that’s made for sharing includes Baja Shrimp Cocktail, Peruvian Ceviche, Southwest Crunchy Egg Rolls, Crispy Cornmeal Calamari and Firestick Crispy Onions

Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John's is famous for their 8" sub sandwiches

Jimmy John’s is famous for their 8″ sub sandwiches

Jimmy John's has immediately become one of the go to spots for lunch in the Financial District

Jimmy John’s has immediately become one of the go to spots for lunch in the Financial District

Jimmy John's interior is fun, bright, and quirky

Jimmy John’s interior is fun, bright, and quirky

The Turkey Tom combo for less than $10

The Turkey Tom combo for less than $10

9 Comments

  1. Lawrence says

    Seasalt is a great addition to the area and the type of eatery (low-mid priced) that we need more of downtown. Residents should not have to leave downtown to find affordable dining options. I look forward to patronizing Seasalt and hope other concepts at a similar price point will follow. It’s A Wrap was a grab and go lunch spot reminiscent of downtown’s 9-5 days of the 1990’s – it served it’s purpose, but I can’t say that I’ll miss it.

      • Fakey McFakename says

        Correct. Old buildings aren’t designed to ADA standards, so the only way to make them accessible is plonking a ramp there.

  2. Yay Fish, I love Fish Grill on the westside but don’t want to drive. Fisherman’s Outlet is also great but it is a tricky walk with very limited hours, so I am very happy to have this fish alternative.

  3. Andrew W. says

    I’m a fan of grilled fish and more affordable dining options!

  4. I ate at Jimmy John’s soon after it opened. I was expecting something along the lines of Jersey Mikes – but I was severely disappointed. Won’t be going back.

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