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Mar 5, 2007 01:48 PM

1 day alone in downtown- on the go

Hey all-

I will be spending all day (all three meals) being a tourist in my own city Wednesday. I would like to eat in small coffee houses, little cafes or on-the-go. Beyond the market, where can I go? Any good coffee houses?


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  1. I really like the Banquette Cafe on Main. They have a great happy hour with wine and cheese plates--they have some spicy south american wines and serve up a yummy burratta, as well as tasty pressed sandwiches with various salamis/cured meats. It's cozy and the staff is very friendly.

    400 S Main St
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    (213) 626-2768

    1. Happy hour at Pete's is a good option. Little Tokyo is probably an even better option. There are some noodle houses (I'll leave it to someone else to recommend one because I am admittedly not an expert on ramen) and there is Sushi Gen, which has first-rate sushi. You might also consider going just north of downtown, into Chinatown. Phillippe's is an LA institution that is mentioned widely on this board. (Note: it's in Chinatown but it does not serve Chinese food)

      1. On 9th on the edge of the fashion district, I like Tiara Cafe (Fred Eric whimsy in a funky fairy-tale setting) and Wood Spoon (A little Mom and Pop Brazillian place with a clean, casual modern interior).

        For a coffee shop, I love the little, tiny Bishop Coffee and Gourmet at 816 S. Grand. Tasty homemade treats like curry chicken salad and soups from scratch. They also have great baked goods. It's very small so, unless you're at one of the couple outdoor tables, it's maybe not the best hang out coffee shop ever.

        Whenever considering a DT restaurant always double check the hours they're open.

        1. Big fan of Phillippe's. Saw-dust on the floors, long tressel tables, french dip sandwiches and killer spicy mustard (which my dog broke into and ate last time I brought a jar home). Sometimes lines can be a little long for ordering -- but worth the wait if you have time. If you're from here, though, maybe you've eaten here already.

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          1. re: bite bite

            I actually kept track when I was eating here a lot. Never waited more than about 20 minutes from walk-in to chow-down. It does, of course, seem like an eternity when your famished and all you can smell is french dips.

            1. re: cant talk...eating

              Good point. Lines can be long but always move fast (not like Reel Inn -- grr).

          2. Try a French breakfast at Angelique, pho tai at Thien Hong in Chinatown, or maybe carnitas at La Luz Del Dia in Olvera Street