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Enter a Choose-Your-Adventure Land of Carbs, Cocktails, and Croissant Ice Cream


The Manufactory’s an ambitious 40,000-square-foot culinary collaboration between Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of San Francisco’s fabled Tartine Bakery, and Phoenix-based Pizzeria Bianco’s Chris Bianco — and while the city’s rightfully buzzing about the bread here, there’s lots more to catch your eye. If you’re short on time, hit the walk-up window for grab-and-go cold brew as well as ice cream in fun flavors like orange Creamsicle and butter croissant; you can also bring home some cheese, charcuterie, flatbread by the slice, and a bevy of baked goods from The Market, or have a seat at the marble bar for a glass of wine and slice of flatbread. The window-heavy, high-ceilinged space (a former warehouse and now part of the massive ROW DTLA complex) spills into Tartine Bianco: an all-day eatery boasting a bevy of breads and spreads (think nori butter, warm ricotta and an eggplant dip) and open-faced smørrebrods (it’s a Scandinavian thing) that might be topped with uni or avocado along with a few salads and several entrees come dinnertime. The Italian-influenced Alameda Supper Club is your spot for fresh pastas, seasonal veggies, and a mix of small plates. Be sure to grab a fresh cocktail (like the rhubarb-Zucca-vodka-and-Rosé Rhu Tang) on the patio as well. Basically, you’re moving in.