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HELP: Good lunch spots by Union Station?

Clare K Aug 1, 2006 05:19 PM

Boss who is a foodie is looking for a great lunch spot by Union Station for today - any ideas?


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    Itslikeimsayin RE: Clare K Aug 1, 2006 05:23 PM

    I've never been but Traxx is supposed to be good. It's inside Union Station.

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      slacker RE: Clare K Aug 1, 2006 05:24 PM

      Traxx, right there inside the Union station. Great food, surrounded by our beautiful train station.

      Or, if your boss feels more like downscale, Phillipe's across the street, and Olvera Street.

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        Clare K RE: slacker Aug 1, 2006 05:33 PM

        Anything other than Traxx or Phillipe's?

        1. re: Clare K
          Dommy RE: Clare K Aug 1, 2006 05:40 PM

          Across the street there is La Gondrolina. A nice-ish Mexican Restaurant with GOOD margaritas! :)

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            slacker RE: Dommy Aug 1, 2006 05:42 PM

            Especially those mango margaritas! mmmm

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              Dommy RE: slacker Aug 1, 2006 06:07 PM

              Amen! :)


          2. re: Clare K
            slacker RE: Clare K Aug 1, 2006 05:45 PM

            I really can't think of anything else in very close proximity to Union Station; obviously, there's Chinatown if you want to walk up a little.

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              Clare K RE: slacker Aug 1, 2006 05:47 PM

              any specific, great places in Chinatown?

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                slacker RE: Clare K Aug 1, 2006 05:52 PM

                For dim sum: Ocean Seafood or Empress Pavilion. I prefer Ocean, plus it's a little closer to Union station.

                For regular lunch: Sam Woo, now spelled Sum Wu (or Woo), it's in that little mall next to Ocean Seafood, upstairs (up the escalator on the Hill street side). It continues to be some of the best Chinese food in Chinatown. Don't get fooled by suggestions for Hop Li. There's another Sam Woo on Broadway, but that's more of a noodle house; the one upstairs in that mall is the one to go to.

        2. CynD RE: Clare K Aug 1, 2006 06:14 PM

          Asian Noodles, on N. Spring St., just a block or two north of Cesar Chavez. Filipino take on Chinese food, served family style. The marinated dried beef and the pork belly are wonderful. We also had a dish with glass and flat noodles, shrimp, meat/chicken, and bitter melon; milk fish, which doesn't have a distinctive flavor, but has a nice, thin meat-like texture. A couple of our party shared a beef bone soup that looked wonderful. And don't miss the buko - chilled young coconut, served with a straw to drink the coconut water, and a spoon to scoop out the soft, baby coconut flesh.

          1. David Kahn RE: Clare K Aug 1, 2006 06:55 PM

            If he's willing to take the Redline two stops west (to Pershing Sq.), he could have lunch at the WaterGrill (544 S. Grand Ave., (213) 891-0900), or he could take it another two stops (to MacArthur Park) and feast on Langer's pastrami (http://langersdeli.com/ ).

            1. pleasurepalate RE: Clare K Aug 2, 2006 06:38 AM

              I love Asian Noodles and speaking as Filipina, that says a lot. It's really not that far from Union Station and Olvera Street. Some of my favorite dishes there include their Asian Fried Chicken, Pansit Palabok and Kare Kare. To see pictures of some of their menu items, click below:



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