Is Downtown still in need of more restaurants with menus comprised entirely (or primarily) of grain bowls? There's ediBOL in the Arts District, Filipino-style Rice Bar, Josef Centeno's lunchtime options at Orsa & Winston, and even longtimer Chego in Chinatown. But if you ask newcomer Mixabowl, the answer would apparently be a resounding yes.
Working Korean flavors in a DIY format (yes, like Chipotle), the newcomer to the Wilshire Promenade food court looks to be the latest ones capitalizing on the bowl trend. Tucked away in an office building halfway between Figueroa and Flower, Mixabowl sports a digital menu hanging above clean subway tile walls, and looking down over trays of freshly prepped ingredients. This is still food-court dining to be sure, but with most folks opting to bring their bowls back to work anyway, it's oddly nice that someone took the time to make the place look nice.
Ordering works in steps, first letting customers choose between mixes of rice (brown and white) and greens, with protein toppings like bulgogi, roast pork, grilled chicken, or tofu to follow. Simple sauces (sesame peanut! cilantro lemon! ranch?!) and toppings from grilled corn to edamame round out the offerings, which run right in the $6 - $8 sweet spot.
Mixabowl keeps weekday hours only at the moment, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
818 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. B
Los Angeles, CA