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Good place to go eat before Dodger game

Going to my first Dodger's game tonight, only because I have to support my fighting Phils. Have never been, looking to get dinner before game, any recomendations? Nothing too fancy or expensive.

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  1. The answer is nowhere! If it's your first Dodger game you have to get a Dodger dog at the stadium. As well as a bag of shelled peanuts to leave a mess of shattered husks at your feet. This is baseball tradition, you must not deviate.

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    1. re: Bunson

      I went to my first Dodger game recently, and have to agree that, eventhough I thought that the Dodger dog was kinda salty, its part of the whole experience :) The frozen lemonade was also yum, haha. It's basically a junk food fest.

      Have fun!

      1. re: Bunson

        Yep, it's the Dodger Dog.

        Also, get the garlic fries and TCBY Yogurt in a Helmet Cup.

      2. sorry but i have to agree. although it's not that inexpensive.

        1. Lamb sandwich and a 9cent cup of coffee at Phillipe the Original:


          1. To agree with both what Bunson/woofer and Food Good said ... there's no reason you can't do both.

            Definitely try out Philippes for one their french dip sandwiches (and grab a few to go to take with you to the game) but also make sure to try a Dodger dog or two and some ice cream. Might not be the best dog in the world, but if you end up hating it you at least have to experience it first hand to properly disparage it.

            Enjoy the game.

            1. I second Philippe’s pork sandwich double dip with coleslaw

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              1. re: RamFan

                The Hat at Garfiield and Valley went there last night before the game took the 10 to the 101 and went down alemeda to the game (take college uo to stadium way) great shortcut.. Philippes is solid as well. The Hat has pastrami and onion rings or fries ( just get a small order enough for the whole section..)

                1. re: RamFan

                  I third Phillipes and the Double Dip Pork. Yuuummmmmmy!

                2. Don't listen to anyone else here, they're all paranoid, sheltered, xenophobic suburban folk who believe the neighborhood around the Stadium is a few mortar shells shy of Baghdad. They like to make fun of the Angels for claiming the "Los Angeles" name, yet they themselves aren't actual residents of Los Angeles, and are the ones who show up in the 3rd inning because they have to spend time on the freeway. As a REAL Los Angeles local who knows the neighborhood, and don't even need the freeway to get to the stadium here's some places:

                  Echo Park has some nice places that are just within a mile or two from the Stadium. For Mexican, try El Compadre or Barragan's both on Sunset. There's also a place on Sunset and Logan I believe called Masa which is a little fancier but still affordable.

                  If you're there for a day game, check out Eastside Market and Deli for some Italian sammiches. This place is one of the last vestiges of Los Angeles' old Little Italy (which used to be where Chinatown is now, and Chinatown used to be where Union Station is now...most people don't know that).

                  I also just heard via word of mouth there's a new pizza joint on Figueroa between Cesar Chavez/Sunset and the 110 Onramp, it's a few doors from the Texas BBQ place. I don't know how the pizza is, but I heard the salads are good, they serve beer and in fact they stay open late AFTER the game, so you might wanna check it out then as well.

                  El Compadre
                  1449 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                  Barragan's Mexican Restaurant
                  1538 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                  Eastside Market
                  1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  1. Don't be fooled. A Dodger dog is a disgusting thing. They're limp and lukewarm, and have an unappealing mealy texture to them. There isn't the slightest hint of "snap" to them.

                    That said, for many folks, they're a tradition.

                    I second, third, whatever, the recommendation for getting something at Philippe's French Dipped sandwiches before the game.

                    There's also a BBQ joint, called BBQ King or something like that, at Sunset & Figueroa. I've never been; it gets mixed reviews on this board, but it's bound to be better than anything you might find at the game.

                    Same goes for another BBQ place in Chinatown called Spring Street Smokehouse.

                    I suppose it depends what direction you're coming from. On Broadway, just a bit north of Chinatown, there are a few places where you can get a darned fine burrito, if you don't need the whole restaurant effect. Carnitas Michoacan and El Tarasco (both at the corner of Broadway and Ave. 22, I think) are both quick, cheap and tasty options.

                    In Chinatown, you can get a decent bowl of Pho at either Pho 87 or Pho 97 (the latter was once Pho 79, and other than reversing the digits, not much seems to have changed).

                    1. the chow at the stadium may suck, but it's also one of the few MLB stadiums in the country to allow you to bring food, so read their rules (sealed drinks, no alcohol, no coolers) and bring whatever you want in your TJ's thermal tote.

                      1. I would recommend La Alegria on Sunset. Great Mexican. Cash only.

                        1. I agree with Jack Flash. Dodger dogs, while traditional, are overpriced, limp, soggy, and bland. There are a few stands that can sell you a grilled rather than steamed Dodger Dog or better a spicy link, but it is still on the lame side.

                          On the other hand, Carnitas Michaocan is a stone's throw from Dodger Stadium and Bandini's "The Great Taco Hunt" had it top-rated last year. On North Broadway, very close to the exits from the 5, at 19th. Order at one window, pick up at the other. Most order their excellent carne asada, but those in the know opt for the al pastor, sliced from a rotisserie spit. Their strength, however, is their superior salsa roja, a dark, smoky, thin, complex, spicy, hot bastion of brilliance. Get an al pastor burrito (I prefer without beans) with lots of extra hot sauce, maybe a carne asada and carnitas as well. Less expensive than a Dodger Dog and oh so much more satisfying.

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                          1. re: nosh

                            I love their al Pastor burritos. Highly recommended.

                            1. re: nosh

                              you know i've passed by that place practically everyday since i was 5 going to chinatown with my mom. i think it's about time i try this place. i do love me some al pastor.

                              at the dodger game, these days, it's usually a bottle of g.b. marzen, bag of peanuts, and a carnation chocolate malt to cool off. And i do mean cool off as it's almost instantaneous on a hot summer day/night.

                            2. Oh, if only Little Joe's hadn't closed nearly ten years ago....................

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                              1. re: Midlife

                                10 YEARS, has it really been that long? I miss Little Joe's too.

                              2. I'm going to the game tonight too! If we leave early enough, we'll probably stop at Red Lion Tavern for a German beer and bratsworth.

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                                1. re: Obessed

                                  as a "cradle" los angeles person, this is the ONLY correct answer. the red lion is about a five minute drive to chavez ravine, and is wonderful. the best part is that if you can't get there before the game, they're still open when the game is over!!!! great german food, deserts, and drinks of all nations. ENJOY!!! (PS: you should still get a dodger dog if you haven't had one before.)

                                2. First: I third (I think?) the recommendation for Carnitan Michoacan.

                                  Second: I'll be there, too, and will be very happy to see my Dodgers help the Phillies to loss number 10, 002.

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                                  1. re: jencounter

                                    CM is a good choice.

                                    Isn't there also a barbecue spot nearby?

                                    I want to say it's called King Barbecue or something like that. It's a place I've been to a bunch of times -- on Sunset -- but I just know where it is. I forget the name.

                                    I remember watching the verdict of the Simpson trial in there. Weird.

                                    1. re: PaulF

                                      You'd think BBQ King would be a good choice. Certainly conveniently located at Sunset/Cesar Chavez at Figueroa. Unfortunately, their service is VERY slow, their prices are no bargain, and their food is about my least favorite BBQ I've had in the L.A. area.

                                      1. re: nosh

                                        I haven't been in like 10 years -- I used to cover the Dodgers in the mid-90s.

                                        My memory is that King was a one item place ... one of the sandwiches or something ... something maybe with a good hot sauce?

                                        Or maybe they just went downhill. Thanks for the update.

                                        1. re: nosh

                                          Just get a double cheese burger and fries well done! and that still takes about 15 minutes, they are just slow.