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Short rib samosa with pineapple and cilantro at Badmaash
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2-Bit Fish Fry at Badmaash
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Naan with cucumber and cumin raita, cilantro and pineapple raita, spiced mango jam chutney, and tomato chutney at Badmaash
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Thumbs Up soft drink at Badmaash
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#HotSpicyIndianSausage at Badmaash
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Holy Cow! Keema POW!! at Badmaash
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Spiced lamb burger at Badmaash
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Mango jam glazed pork belly at Badmaash
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Chicken tikka poutine at Badmaash

DTLA's newest culinary concept is a family affair with father-son team chef Pawan and Nakul Mahendro' mash up of old and new, traditional and modern, East and West at this Indian gastropub. A welcome change to Downtown and the growing intersection of 2nd and Main streets, traditional and updated Indian street foods and favorites are served in a design-forward space. White tiles and black chalkboard walls meet color block banquettes and a central art piece inspired by the colors, while vintage Bollywood posters and aluminum tumblers straight from the motherland add authentic flair. Sit at the bar, upstairs or along the sidewalk and take in the Bollywood movies projected on the wall as small plates arrive at the table. Start with street cart classics such as addictive 2-Bite Fish Fry ($9); crunchy papri chaat chips($7) served with masala-flavored potato and chickpeas, yogurt and tamarind and mint chutneys; or fried samosas—choose traditional potato and peas and not-so-traditonal short rib and pineapple. Beef eaters can fill up on the Badmaash Burger ($11) gussied up with mango jam and spiced mayo on a brioche bun and Holy Cow! Keema Pow ($10) of beef, pea, tomato stew served with mini brioche buns, while old schoolers can opt for butter chicken ($12), good ol' saag paneer ($11) and tandoori oven faves like naan ($3) and Badass Chicken Tikka ($12). Thirsty? New World wines by the glass and bottle and a limited, yet impressive, selection of CA-local beers by the bottle and can. There are also bottle selections that would make any Indian proud—Limca and ThumsUp, India's version of Coke, and ice-cold Kingfisher lager ($6) to quell the heat. If that's not enough, cool down your palate with housemade yogurt lassi ($3) in cardamom or mango.

Venue name: Badmaash
Address: 108 W 2nd St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11-1am; Sat, Sun 10-1am

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Kate W

This is one of my favorite DTLA spots to go for dinner before a show at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or Walt Disney Concert Hall. It doesn't get crowded until a bit later, so it's easy to get in, get full and get quickly. The menu is such a fun mix of traditional Indian dishes and amazing fusion options—I love the snack foods, like the chili cheese naan and the two-bite fish fry. And the cutting chai is a perfect postprandial drink to keep me awake during whatever show I'm headed to!