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.