Asian Box, a small chain of healthy fast food restaurants, has just opened its fifth location right here in Downtown Los Angeles (there's a Burbank location, and three in the Bay Area).
Chef Gracie Nguyen brings super-fresh vietnamese flavor to 5th and Figueroa. The small eatery specializes in quick, delicious, and healthy lunches with a dedication to environmental sustainability.
You can build your own box by selecting your starch, protein, veggies, sauces, and 'box-toppers' like crispy shallots. If you need less choices, order one of their pre-designed boxes such as The Garden Box (Tofu on brown rice, served with extra steamed veggies, all toppers, with extra coconut curry and Asian Street Dust), or The Miss Jones (lemongrass pork and chilled noodles, sauce-tossed veggies, caramel egg, and all the toppers, with extra fish sauce). They also have a couple of handcrafted (non-alcoholic) drinks like the Eazy-E..."'Cause Arnold Palmer ain't from the streets of LA"
Everything we tasted was scrumptious and - it bears repeating - FRESH. All of the sauces are house made and I sampled every single one of them. Fans of serious heat will love the Hot Box It, though the spice and flavor of their Miss Jones' Sriracha sufficed for me. I especially enjoyed the tamarind sauce, and the coconut curry is my FAVORITE. They sent us home with a bottle of mystical "Asian Street Dust," which I've been sprinkling on everything from eggs to salads. Good stuff.
All photographs by Jaime Torres Photography except the picture of the food boxes, provided courtesy of Bread & Butter Public Relations.
Asian Box No. 5
445 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071