It’s kinda embarrassing that I’m a junior and, until a week ago, never been to Bottega Louie. I have heard way too much about it, from the macaroons to the delicious food, to the wonderful venue… and it was time to actually check it out myself. And after being away from LA for awhile, I find the need to explore more of downtown which is so accessible to us! Having a free shuttle that leaves every thirty minutes is one of the most useful things for a car-less student, and I intend to take full advantage of it while I’m here. And with that, brace yourselves for a foodie blog!
One of the benefits of being so close to downtown LA is having so many dining options. I’ve been eating at home and saving my money for the week, so that I can go all out on the weekends. Bottega Louie is certainly not cheap, but definitely manageable when you only spend $20 during the week! Rayed and I decided to dress up a little fancy and made our way to the restaurant. I was immediately struck by how cool the building was – high ceilings and tall glass windows, clearly reminiscent of an older era. Once you walk in, you are greeted by an amazing colorful selection of macaroons (AKA little cookies of heaven). I couldn’t help but snap a couple pictures when I saw them, and I felt like such a typical Instagrammer, getting the “artistic” angles and right filters.
Although they don’t take reservations, we walked in on a busy weekend night and didn’t wait for more than 30 minutes. The menu had some amazing options, and the waiter recommended the Portobello mushroom fries to start with. Now, I am a fan of anything and everything deep-fried but this was certainly in it’s own class of delicious. I chose a pizza for dinner and Rayed ordered a fish entrée, and we were both very impressed with our meal. I even took home half the pizza because it was so filling!
Of course, the meal wasn’t complete without the famous macaroons, which are a little expensive but definitely worth it. Can you guess what flavors I got from the colors? It’s a little difficult to tell! I will definitely be making my way back to Bottega and slowly exploring more downtown. It’s really hard to beat the food in LA, especially in this area, and the accessibility is invaluable.