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France's Planetalis Restaurant Opens First US Location in DTLA

Inside Planetalis during construction (Photo via Planetalis on Facebook)
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We can thank the French for the basis of many of the delicious dishes we know and love, and now Downtown Los Angeles is home to a French import fast-casual cafe where the emphasis is on eating well with fresh and affordable ingredients.

Blogger Brigham Yen has had his eye on the former Famima!! spot at 8th and Figueroa, which is now home to Planetalis. This location is the first in the U.S. for the France-based chain, which also operates restaurants in the U.K.

The restaurant makes use of recycled materials for its decor, which is part of the Planetalis focus on sustainability and the environment.

And the food? Yen was able to pop in during their soft open, and opted to try the burger from the menu that includes options like "veggie and salmon burgers, sandwiches, and salads." After checking out popular local burger restaurants in Los Angeles, Chef Kyle Moore came up with the Planetalis version, which is, says Yen, a gourmet burger at a "much more comfortable price" than those offered at high profile competitors.