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Eko Eats Brings Delicious Korean Food to Downtown LA’s Financial District

Eko Eats (at 6th/Hope) brings delicious and affordable Asian food to Downtown LA's Financial District

As a resident of Downtown LA’s South Park district, it’s been frustrating for me to always have to leave downtown to eat. To me, there’s truly a lack of good and affordable eateries nearby that I can have on my regular go-to list. Most restaurants that have opened downtown in general in the last several years have been trendy and pricey establishments that are fantastic at attracting outsiders to come dine in Downtown LA, but not really geared toward full-time residents like myself. That’s why anytime there’s a new restaurant that opens downtown that’s good and affordable, it gets me all extra excited! If you live or work downtown, especially in South Park and the Financial District, you have to put this on your regular rotation: Eko Eats at 6th and Hope.

Eko Eats serves up delicious Korean-inspired bowls helmed by chef Judy Han who was once the executive chef at Mendocino Farms. Her still-new restaurant opened earlier this year in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District underneath the Library Court Lofts just down from Sixth Street Tavern and Library Bar. Recently, their menu has expanded and it’s become one of my favorite go-to spots for either lunch or dinner. Now you’ll find new bowls like Japchae (Korean glass noodles), Pork Belly Bowls (my favorite), and Chosun Beef Bowls (my other favorite). Previous original menu items include: Kimchi Fried Rice, Chicken Jook (organic rice porridge made with chicken bone broth), Bibimbap, and Korean Fried Chicken Salad. All definitely yummy.

As someone who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley with access to some of the best Asian food on this side of the planet, I often myself yearning for good Asian staples (basically anything with white fluffy rice!). So that’s part of the reason why I’ve struggled to find a slice of Downtown LA that really speaks to me (or my taste buds), and at the same time, doesn’t hurt the wallet. Eateries like Eko Eats, and a few others like Gentaro at FIGat7th and Uncle John’s near 8th and Grand are a few of my regular haunts now. Next up, we need a few really good pho restaurants in the Financial District and South Park a la Saigon Eden.

Eko Eats (now also available on UberEats) is open Monday thru Friday from 11 am to 8 pm. Unfortunately, they’re closed on Saturday and Sunday because the Financial District is currently still pretty quiet on the weekends (like most financial districts in American cities). Hopefully ours will become more active if we can add some good retail anchors in the future to help generate more pedestrian foot traffic.

One of my favorite bowls, the delicious Pork Belly Bowl with tender slices of juicy pork belly and colorful radish over rice and salad

One of my favorite bowls, the delicious Pork Belly Bowl with tender slices of juicy pork belly and colorful radish over rice and salad

My other favorite bowl is the Chosun Beef Bowl with 100% Angus beef sourced from Niman Ranch

My other favorite bowl is the Chosun Beef Bowl with tender 100% Angus beef sourced from Niman Ranch

A mouthful of Korean Japchae is a happy mouth

A mouthful of Korean Japchae is a happy mouth

Judy Han (past executive chef at Mendocino Farms) has developed a delicious modern-take on Korean cuisine here at Eko Eats

Judy Han (past executive chef at Mendocino Farms) has developed a delicious modern-take on Korean cuisine here at Eko Eats

High quality and delicious ingredients and affordable prices make Eko Eats a must try in Downtown LA

High quality and delicious ingredients and affordable prices make Eko Eats a must try in Downtown LA

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6 Comments

  1. LA La Land says

    I share the frustrations of not having much choice in downtown when it comes to food that is good, casual, and affordable— especially in South Park. I often have to resort to Danny’s Taco Truck for a nearby quick and cheap bite. Not ragging on Danny’s… As a native to LA, Danny’s Taco Truck is ALMOST like home cooking. It would be nice to see more casual eateries open up that cater to the residents of DT. The hours of operation and proximity to residential hubs are also large factors that make it hard for residents to eat out in DT on the daily. A good example of what we need more of is Birdies. Birdies is a casual fried chicken and donut joint located in South Park. The food if great and it operates with longer hours than most other casual spots around. Mr. Yen if you haven’t checked it out, please do. This Eko Eats looks great. Will be giving it a try this weekend.

    • Dennis Smith says

      “Will be giving it a try this weekend.”

      Please re-read the last paragraph.

      • LA La Land says

        … Guess I’ll walk by and peek in the window.
        Thanks Dennis.

  2. South Park Resident says

    Living at Avant has been horrible. IT’S SO FAR FROM EVERYTHING. You end up having to Uber or drive everywhere because it’s just that separated. I’m into the whole “urban living” thing, but c’mon, South Park is still a decade away from what city leaders (and boosterish bloggers) hope it’ll become. It’ll never be a Chicago. And why isn’t there a cheap transit option to get from Avant to the rest of downtown?

  3. Belial Issimo says

    Brigham, any insight on what may go into the Yorkshire space next door?

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