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The insider’s view of Downtown’s culture, food, drinks, and the people who shape it.


Hero Shop

Hero Shop

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A concept by chef Eric Park and Jonathan Kim, the team behind Silver Lake’s Black Hogg, ROOTS and Sopressata – Hero Shop’s sensibility merges impeccable flavors and accessibility, offering thoughtfully crafted bánh mì style heroes and rice bowls served at the convenience of a friendly neighborhood deli.

Decadently tasty, high quality meats like fatty brisket, BBQ pork, headcheese, chorizo or blood sausage are joined with crisp, vinegary carrots and daikon to deliver complete balance. It’s all brought together with a slather of mayo, cilantro and jalapeño on a fresh French baguette.

Los Angeles native and New York-trained chef Park sees NYC as his mistress and appreciates the disparities and similarities of both his beloved cities. “Downtown LA is being infused with so much life and culture, and it seems like it is happening at light speed,” says Park. “It feels so much like NYC when you walk down certain streets.”

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In New York, Park trained at famed restaurants the Spotted Pig and Eleven Madison Park; here he also acquired a love for street cart-style food, especially the “53rd and 6th Halal Lamb & Rice.” Park felt LA’s 6th Street also needed someone cooking up this food under its skyscrapers, so Wednesday through Saturday evenings everyone is welcome to taste NYC in DTLA at Hero Shop.

“When you look down 6th or Los Angeles Street you can tell there was so much history to this area, there’s still so much going on now and it’s very exciting to be a part of it,” says Park. And seeing the old and new side by side, one might agree that while originals will always be adored, it sure is nice to have some new options to fall in love with.

Written by:
Luellen Renn
Photographed by:
Katie Hayden

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