It's hard to imagine that farm-to-table food can actually exist in a grid-locked city such as LA. A new restaurant in the downtown area, though, is about to prove that it can.
Manuela, located at 909 E. Third Street, "is where art and food converge", according to the restaurant's Facebook page. Helmed by Chef Wes Whitsell (Osteria La Buca, Soho House NY), the menu will focus on seasonal dishes created from locally-sourced and homegrown ingredients. Texas born and raised, Whitsell was greatly influenced by traditional Southern cooking — a fact that translates into the organic and honest cuisine he produces.
According to a recent press release, the restaurant will focus on the artisinal techniques of pickling, fermenting and smoking in-house, with a range of vegetables, grains, seafood and meats rounding out the menu. Open for breakfast and lunch (hellooo, brunch) guests can expect options from oysters to pies.
The location is equally enthralling as the restaurant itself, housed in the heart of the Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Arts Complex. As they say, inspiration is all around you, and as it turns out, Manuela's dishes will be harmonious with the exhibits at the gallery.