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208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
P: (213) 628-3710
Monday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM


  • Vegan Options: Yes
  • Limited Vegetarian Options: Yes
  • Offers Takeout: Yes
  • Parking: Street Parking

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Sonoratown is the brainchild of Teodoro Diaz-Rodriguez, Jr. and Jennifer Feltham—two veterans of the service industry with 25 years of combined experience. In 2016, they decided to open a restaurant that would pay homage to the small border town in Mexico where Teo grew up and also their beloved neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles. Downtown had been home for six years at that point, and it was time to help define what the revitalization of the neighborhood would look like...

The project would be named "Sonoratown" which was the name of a small community of Mexican immigrants who settled in the area we now know as Chinatown, after the Gold Rush in 1850. The restaurant idea was simple: serve tacos in the style of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora—a part of Northern Mexico known for having the most delicious carne asada—cooked over mesquite wood fire--and also for truly excellent handmade flour tortillas.

Opening a new restaurant isn't easy, especially in the hyper-saturated market of DTLA and so Jen and Teo kept their expectations low and opened the doors, knowing full-well failure was a distinct possibility. To their surprise, the people of the Fashion District neighborhood took to the idea immediately. Office buildings full of people were tired of the same scant lunch options. Lines quickly generated more buzz and longer lines—and the tiny taco counter was featured in the first three months by Eater, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine. These publications praised the restaurant for having a small but well-executed menu, friendly staff and a community-oriented focus.

In 2018, Teo and Jen expanded the restaurant's scope by adding additional dining room seating, dinner hours for the local residents and beginning the process to add beer and wine to the mix. They hope it will become a welcome option for locals looking for a friendly neighborhood spot in which to relax and socialize after the working crowds head home.

Jen and Teo hope to continue playing a part in the revitalization of the neighborhood for years to come and also to inspire other residents to open small businesses and invest in their changing community.