Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Travel: Bottega Louie

The view when you walk into Bottega Louie

Although I recommended the fast food chain In-N-Out Burger, I haven’t touted restaurants for a few reasons.  First, there are just so many good places to eat that restaurant blogs staffed by professionals are already ubiquitous.  Second, I’m a somewhat picky eater, so I can’t suggest a full range of restaurants.  Lastly, unless I suggest chain restaurants, specific eateries are available only to a small number of people.  Despite my misgivings, I’m going to break tradition and recommend a fantastic restaurant/bakery/gourmet market in downtown Los Angeles.

Bottega Louie is one of my favorite places to eat.  I go there every time I travel to California, even if it’s just to the café to order a pastry.  Though Bottega Louie can be noisy, its energetic atmosphere is fun, and the food is fabulous.  I’ve tried many different dishes on the menu, and they are all outstanding.  A few of my favorites are the trenne pasta, sausage pizza and porchetta sandwich.

If you don’t have time for a full meal, it’s worth the time to make a trip to the café/gourmet market.  With house-made macarons, beignets, salads, sandwiches, and all sorts of pastries and breads, there’s something for everyone.  Frangipane, an almond and blueberry tart, is my personal favorite, though I often end up buying it plus a loaf of épeé bread and a macaron!

The next time you’re near downtown LA, stop by Bottega Louie for a nice meal or special treat!
the pastry case

frangipane to go

some goodies from the market

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