2000 E Seventh Street
After spending six years as one of the most beloved food trucks in town, Wes Avila’s Guerilla Tacos has parked the truck and gone brick-and-mortar with a space in the Arts District. The taco menu changes frequently, with fillings ranging from carnitas and crab to out-of-the-box adds like Medjool dates, pickled pineapple, and pine nuts, along with a selection of equally-as-good tostadas.
317 S Broadway
There’s more food here than you’ll be able to take down in a single visit, so you’ll have to go back to this food hall pretty frequently. Many of the classic, been-there-for-decades stalls like China Cafe and 65-year-old Mexican food joint Roast to Go are still worth a stop, in addition to new faves including pastrami purveyor Wexler’s, Thai counter Sticky Rice, the forever-killing-it breakfast sando spot Eggslut, and Ramen Hood, which dishes out a vegan ramen that tastes as good as the real deal thanks to a broth made with sunflower seeds.
Best for underground Japanese food, art, and whisky: Mrs. Fish
448 S. Hill Street
After a year-long renovation, dual-level subterranean club Mrs. Fish has re-emerged as a sultry restaurant and lounge complete with multiple menus, bars, and dining spaces. The owners (the same folks behind rooftop spot Perch 15 floors above) have installed an over-the-top Japanese art collection, hung massive whimsical light fixtures, and kept the 5,500-gallon fish tank from the space’s club days. Two sushi bars dole out pretty nigiri, sashimi, and souped-up rolls made with fish flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish market, while the whisky bar boasts several dozen Japanese imports. If you’re doing a full-on dinner in the dining room, don’t miss the kitchen’s smoky uni pasta with lobster and bonito flakes.