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where should i eat downtown today for a late lunch on a college budget

emosbaugh Jun 28, 2006 09:21 PM

i am going downtown with a group of friends. we want someplace sit down preferably ethnic with a fun atmosphere. any thoughts?


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    Paliau RE: emosbaugh Jun 28, 2006 09:34 PM

    Clifton's if you stick with specials or

    Wow Sushi on Hill Street and 7th

    1. Dommy RE: emosbaugh Jun 28, 2006 09:36 PM

      Grand Central Market! Lots to choose from, although I favor the gorditas from Ana Marias! :)


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        David Kahn RE: Dommy Jun 28, 2006 10:39 PM

        Yes! The carnitas burrito is pretty damn good too.

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          Ernie RE: David Kahn Jun 28, 2006 11:50 PM

          Ana Maria's is great. I also like Chichen Itza at Mercado La Paloma. Good cochinita pibil and some interesting booths to browse afterwards. There is an ice cream stand there (I think it is called "Oaxacalifornia") with interesting flavors like rose petal and cajeta.

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            David Kahn RE: Ernie Jun 29, 2006 12:01 AM

            Oaxacalifornia it is. Taqueria Vista Hermosa is also good; I particularly like their al pastor tacos. Here's the list of restaurants at the MLP: http://www.mercadolapaloma.com/restau...

      2. chica RE: emosbaugh Jun 28, 2006 10:47 PM

        Ciudad (latin cuisine) for its happy hour.

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          shachi RE: emosbaugh Jun 28, 2006 10:53 PM

          I would say Pete's or Warung Cafe (Thai/Indonesian). The Grand Central market is fun but not sit down...and its hot today!

          1. dynamike RE: emosbaugh Jun 28, 2006 11:13 PM

            The New Otani Beer Garden is always fun in the summer time. The crowd varies, but it's a really cool spot to drink and eat.


            Great views of downtown, too.

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              Kishari RE: emosbaugh Jun 28, 2006 11:19 PM

              Daikokuya on 1st and Temple for an amazing bowl of hot ramen noodles. Order the "extra rich" pork broth, and an optional hard-boiled egg marinated in soy sauce and get down! It's a small place, look for the yellow awning.

              Not a rocking place, but the chef behind the counter is a punk/rock and roll kinda guy.


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