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Downtown Dining: The Parish and Fig Oly Open This Friday

The dining room at the soon-to-open Parish restaurant (Photo courtesy of Longrada Lor)
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There was a time in the not-so-distant past when DTLA was a sketched out place to hang beyond happy hour. But the dining renaissance of our city center continues with new restaurants from two very well-respected chefs -- Casey Lane of the Tasting Kitchen and Alex Reznik of "Top Chef" and La Siene -- opening up two restaurants in the area this Friday.

Lane will helm the kitchen at The Parish, which will specialize in full breakfast and lunch options, as well as dinner. Says Daily Candy:

"The bilevel restaurant is salvation in a shepherd’s pie. With breezy dual patios, floor-to-ceiling windows, and vintage-inspired decor (leather wingback chairs, antique maps), its divinity is in its details. Start your mornings in the cheery downstairs cafe with Handsome Coffee java and maple bacon beignets (available for takeout). Evenings, congregate upstairs for Lane’s elevated, market-driven take on British fare (grilled corn, burger with epoisse, chicken liver mousse with onion rings) washed down with craft beers and cocktails by bar star John Coltharp (Seven Grand)."

Reznik's place, Fig Oly, celebrated with a soft opening for friends and family last night, and will also throw open it's doors on Figueroa and Olympic this Friday. The focus there will be on Northern Italian food with a contemporary Californian twist. Think house made charcuterie, grilled quail, handmade pastas, and baked mussels. Cocktailians will get a kick of the bar menu, which will be headed up by "bar chef" Matthew Biancaniello of the Hollywood Roosevelt's Library Bar. Some of his drink offerings include the Mamma Mia, a mix of tequila and muddled red bell pepper, scallion, cilantro, lime, agave syrup, and applewood-smoked salt, is a refreshing South-of-the-border twist and the vodka-based Easter Island with cucumber, Peruvian mint sprigs, lime, and ginger-spiked champagne.

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Fig Oly will be located in the Luxe Hotel right near LA Live, hopefully sprucing up the scene a bit with their outdoor patio. They'll open with dinner service first, with breakfast and lunch coming soon. They are currently accepting reservations online.