take away dinner east side.........recs?
we are staying in a hotel downtown while our house is being exterminated. i would like to surprise my husband with something special. any recs for a deli or gourmet grocery store for a fun picnic in our hotel room instead of room service?
You could stop by the Cheese Store of Silver Lake and pick up some lovely wine and cheese and other nibbles.
But if I was downtown I would probably just get sushi to go at Sushi Gen and pick up a bottle of sake and some fun Japanese desserts, or get Chinese takeout from Full House Seafood. Or you could pick up a nice bottle of wine and have Pit Fire Pizza deliver to your room.
If you're looking for a City Bakery or a Dean & Deluca, I fear you're out of luck in downtown LA. That said, two places come to mind:
Langer's (two subway stops west of downtown, at the Macarthur Park exit of the redline, http://langersdeli.com/ ) closes at 4, or so, I think, but if you pick it up a couple of pastrami sandwiches then, they should keep until dinner. Before eating at Langer's, I would not have believed that pastrami could taste that good.
The subs at the Eastside Market/Deli (http://www.esmdeli.com ) are pretty good too. I like the eggplant parm, and the meatball and Italian sausage. Again, check when they close, because it might be on the early side.