Tour of LA Times Building and Lunch at Badmaash

View of LA City Hall from in front of the LA Times building.
View of LA City Hall from in front of the LA Times building.

Downtown Los Angeles has been becoming more and more accessible and exciting in recent years, not to mention being the place to be if you are a foodie!  However, for many of us who don’t work or live there already, it is still a bit intimidating and foreign.  There are so many fun and cool things to check out that it is really worth it to plan a trip if  you have the time!

Recently,  some girlfriends and I decided to have lunch in DTLA and what the heck, since we were driving “all the way” out there, we decided to make it a bit more of an excursion.  Did you know that the LA Times building has free tours?  You do need to sign up in advance and they aren’t offered everyday but it is a beautiful building and a fun way to spend an hour, learn about the paper and its history and walk off that great lunch you are about to eat!

First, you will want to make your reservation beforehand by calling The Times at (213) 237-5757 to check on times and availability.  You can find general information here.

You can take the subway or drive. Parking is a convenient block away in the Employee Garage and is a flat rate of $9 for most cars and vans.  You will not need to move your car for lunch. Be sure to allow a little time to park and walk over to the lobby meeting place.  Make sure to take a look at the exterior of the Times building because it is really interesting!

IMG_2701 edit

Above the Lobby Entrance
Above the Lobby Entrance

IMG_2703 edit

Once you are in the lobby, you can start looking around at the display cases.  The lobby is probably the coolest part of the trip and you will be learning more about each area on the tour, but don’t hesitate to take a closer look while you can.  The building opened in 1935 and has all sorts of cool art deco touches you’d expect from a building from that era

IMG_2705 edit IMG_2707 edit IMG_2708 edit

A linotype machine. This is how they USED to print newspapers!
A linotype machine. This is how they USED to print newspapers!
Back of the linotype machine
Back of the linotype machine
This was a little telephone booth/cubicle located in the elevator lobby. I was dying to peek inside to see what it was used for now but didn't. If anyone out there manages to take a look, please let me know what they use if for now!
This was a little telephone booth/cubicle located in the elevator lobby. I was dying to peek inside to see what it was used for now but didn’t. If anyone out there manages to take a look, please let me know what they use if for now!

IMG_2714 edit IMG_2716 edit IMG_2719 edit

Mail Chute. I don't think it's functional anymore but just look at all the wonderful detail around it!
Mail Chute. I don’t think it’s functional anymore!

On the tour, you will have a chance to see several floors and interesting areas of the newspaper.  You will see where some of their videos are produced, the editorial offices and the test kitchen as well.  Along the way, you will also hear about some of the significant stories covered by the paper and some of the prizes it has won.  The whole tour takes about 45 minutes.

Commemorating the first home of the LA Times
Commemorating the first home of the LA Times
Commemorating the second home of the LA Times
Commemorating the second home of the LA Times

IMG_2724 edit IMG_2725 edit

The Test Kitchen. Although we weren't allowed inside, there were large windows on one side that allowed us to see all the action that happens within.
The Test Kitchen. Although we weren’t allowed inside, there were large windows on one side that allowed us to see all the action that happens within.

 

After you are finished, head back outside and walk along Spring Street towards 2nd Street.  Make a left onto 2nd Street and proceed to Badmaash.

 

IMG_2739 edit

A reservation is preferable although you can walk in–keep in mind that restaurant policy is not to seat anyone until the entire party has arrived.  Reservations are available on the website or  OpenTable.

Badmaash Fish & Chips--Catfish in chickpea batter seasoned with carom seed, paprika & dried mango. Served with masala fries.
Badmaash Fish & Chips–Catfish in chickpea batter seasoned with carom seed, paprika & dried mango. Served with masala fries.
Chicken Tikka Poutine--Crisp masala fries topped with cheese curds and brown beef gravy, and topped with juicy chicken tikka.
Chicken Tikka Poutine–Crisp masala fries topped with cheese curds and brown beef gravy, and topped with juicy chicken tikka.
Butter Chicken--Tandoori Charred Chicken in a tomato and Fenugreek cream curry.
Butter Chicken–Tandoori Charred Chicken in a tomato and Fenugreek cream curry.
Naan.
Naan.
IMG_2733 edit
Chicken Tikka Masala–Charred tandoori chicken, chopped onion, red and green peppers sauteed in a spicy tomato curry
Mango Mousse
Mango Mousse
Chai tea
Chai tea

Badmaash (http://www.badmaashla.com/)  bills itself as an Indian Gastropub so don’t expect traditional Indian dishes here–although the flavors are, I think, very authentic.  It is the presentations that have the twist.  At lunchtime, they serve some regular items but also their “Quick-Fire Lunches” for those on limited work lunch breaks.   The food there is YUMMY and flavorful!  Some dishes are a bit spicy but not all so feel free to ask them for advice if you are a more timid eater.  A word of warning, though, they do not do take-out.  I was enjoying my food so much decided I wanted to take an order home for my husband to try for dinner but was told it wasn’t possible.  Oh well, that’s ok.  It just gives me another reason to make a trip back out there again!

LA Times Building : First & Spring Street, Downtown LA

Badmaash–108 W. 2nd Street, Downtown LA.

 

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this very interesting article! I am intrigued by the art deco motifs and will sign up for the LA Times tour in the future.

    • foodiebirthdays

      Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoy your future visit! There are so many other fantastic art deco buildings to be seen in downtown LA and we hope to bring more to EatSeeGo soon!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*