our new DTLA restaurant obsession ... but don't tell anybody 

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If you are in Los Angeles, go to Manuela, it’s our new favorite spot. The room is perfection: the colors of the tiles, the artwork, the brass coordinates; we appreciate that someone put a lot of consideration into this place. Then there is the food: all sustainable, no cows or farmed fish. The elk steak grilled on a wood fire is tremendous, as are the grilled vegetables. The homemade hot sauce is reason enough to go there. Service is smart, attentive and attractive. So far, it’s not on the tourist radar; it’s mostly just locals in the know, but that’s not going to last long. As with everything notable in LA, it’s totally hidden from the street, sitting in the center of Hauser and Wirth. Go there. It’s super cool.

Christal Perez