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Aug 1, 2006 05:19 PM

HELP: Good lunch spots by Union Station?

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


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

    1. 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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      1. re: slacker

        Anything other than Traxx or Phillipe's?

        1. re: Clare K

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

          1. re: Dommy

            Especially those mango margaritas! mmmm

          2. re: Clare K

            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.

            1. re: slacker

              any specific, great places in Chinatown?

              1. re: Clare K

                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. 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. 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 ( ).

            1. 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: