Lunch in downtown LA (Business area)
Gill's Indian Cuisine inside the Stillwell Hotel at 9th & Grand.
If you like Indian you should like this place. The food is very good, the prices are low and the surroundings are pleasant and comfortable. There is a decent lunch buffet served M-F. The downside is that is fairly small and can get crowded at the peak lunch time.
re: Sam D.
I had Gill's for dinner delivered to my office once. It was good, I second it. I couldn't find it when I tried to go in person! I even remember going inside the hotel. Weird. I think I ended up at the Persian place Farid, a few blocks away, which is another pretty good place that should be added to this list.
Speaking of delivery, George's Greek Cafe delivers for lunch. Whether it was workload or laziness that caused me to order delivery so many times (it was two blocks away), the food was always excellent. I wish I could have their chicken shawarma salad right now in Boston.
just try this out, go to la trade tech, on washington and grand and go into the cafeteria, the culinary students make the lunches. not expensive AT ALL!!!! they serve breakfast also, waffles, pancakes, french toast, sandwiches, and for lunch they get to practice making main courses also. you can go into the cafeteria, or go to the restaurant they have on the side. honestly, i'd go to the cafeteria. please go and try it out, i used to go to school there, and its great to see someone different.
Water Grill on Grand
Nick and Stef's in the Wells Fargo Center
Farid's - good Persian on St. Vincent's next to Pershing Sq.
Blossom - yummy Vietnamese on Main between 4th and 5th
Daikokuya - Ramen house
Shabu Shabu house - be prepared to wait
Fiore - like pinkberry froyo
In the Water Court:
The Standard Hotel
Wolfgang Puck's Express
I'm lucky to work just above Grand Central Market. Good break from the usual food court stuff. I would also suggest taking a short dash ride over to the Gas Company building. They have a nice cafeteria with good selections. Average price. There are also a few decent eats in Macy Plaza. Is Pete's Cafe the one with the paninis?
The Bishop Coffee & Gourmet
816 S Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM Monday – Saturday (12AM!)
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sunday
South of 8th on East side of street at the bottom of South Park Lofts
* Pasquini coffee & espresso
* Harney & Sons teas
* Susina Bakery pastries (sweet & savory)
* housemade salads & sandwiches (on LaBrea Bakery bread)
* panini after 4PM
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Organic To Go
(Street entrance corner of 5th and Grand)
The Gas Company Building
555 South Grand Avenue, Suite cc56, LA 90071
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00AM-3:30PM
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Pacific Grille kiosk)
(NW corner of Wilshire/Figueroa
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Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Express
630 West Sixth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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For most options you'll have to take the Dash or Red Line. Searching on 'downtown lunch eats' I came up with some recent threads
which point to other threads.
I don't know Delmonicas but Los Angeles NY Pizza at 518 W. Sixth St. was formerly named Lamonicas.
The Original Pantry at 9th and Fig is good but very crowded at lunch, better if you can hit it at 11a or 1p.
If you want some places to ask about here, the LA County Health site pretty much lists everything: http://www.lapublichealth.org/rating/
For a great map of downtown see: http://dcbid.cartifactmaps.com/
There are lots.
Cheap places in 7th & Fig: George's Greek Cafe (addictive chicken shawarma), Charlie Kabob
Cheap places around: Back Door Pizza (by the slice), Nazo's (for excellent stuffed croissants)
More expensive/sit down: Engine Co No 28, Zucca, Ciao (only went once but it was excellent--the garlic rolls were incredible--never gets mentioned for some reason), Roy's.
Really good/expensive: Cafe Pinot, Water Grill
Out further but worth a try: Senor Fish, Angelique, Sushi Go 55