It was a big weekend for our family. We saw our daughter off as she starts a new career in the Bay Area and said goodbye to our son as he starts a month-long scouting trip for the Greenbay Packers. It was the perfect time to celebrate! Our venue of choice was The Exchange Restaurant, within the Freehand Hotel in Downtown L.A. Since we have a vegetarian in the group and tend toward healthier food options, The Exchange Restaurant was a perfect choice.
According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, The Exchange Restaurants seeks to “Explore the flavors of Israeli cuisine through the lens of multicultural LA.” Our family enjoyed a wide variety of small plates that we shared. I loved the hummus and pita bread, the burnt eggplant (it didn’t taste burnt), and the lamb kebab. The whole group was very satisfied, which is not always the easiest to achieve.
I also enjoyed the interior decor of the hotel and restaurant, especially the intricate light fixtures. They are substantial wood-framed structures with canvas stretched and draped around them. They look like a cross between a kite and a yurt. I found them fascinating!
The Exchange Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday and features a brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Have you had a chance to enjoy this DTLA hotspot? What did you like best about it?
The Exchange Restaurant
416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
To learn about other yummy places to visit, read After’s Ice Cream: Welcome to Pasadena
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Carrie Benuska, Keller Williams Realty, 125 S Lake Ave, Suite 150, Pasadena, CA 91101