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Jul 23, 2007 12:58 PM

Help!! Where to eat..walking distance of Staples

Going to American Idol concert with daughter tonight, and I don't know the area at all. The Palm is too pricey, and I don't like the Pantry. Can anyone help me? We leave at 5pm. Thanks SO MUCH in advance!!

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  1. Roy's or maybe Engine Co. 28.

    Whoops, didn't see the walking distance caveat. How about the venue at the Staples Center?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Could you tell me where/what those are?

        1. re: cupcake

          I just googled Engine Co. 28, and it looks good. Do you know if it's too far to walk? I can't figure out the map. Sorry for my inability to do this. Thanks for your help.

          1. re: cupcake

            Looks like it's only a couple of blocks from Staples. Shouldn't be too tough, especially since a lot of the street and lot parking extends in that direction already. Have fun!

            1. re: cupcake

              Head northeast on S Figueroa St toward W 11th St
              0.6 mi

              1. re: cupcake

                Also, Engine Co. might have a shuttle service from there to Staples. You could give them a call and see if they are offering it on the night of your concert.

                1. re: cupcake

                  You can take the Dash up Fig and back. It's only $.25 each way.


                  1. re: cupcake

                    It is about 4-5 blocks away. About a 15 minute walk max so definitely walkable. The walk also goes through the good part of downtown so you'll be safe.

                    FYI- Dash ends at 6:30PM. The one that runs along Fig that drops you off near staples is pretty infrequent.

              2. Liberty Grill. www.liberty-grill.com

                Not the best food, but within walking distance.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Engine Co. No. 28 has valet, so after dining you could just zip on over to one of the Staples Center-designated parking lots.

                  At Engine Co., I recommend the southern fried chicken and the meatloaf; both of those entrees are about $19. Stay away from their soft shell crabs if they are still on special - not particularly eventful. You may need reservations.

                2. Just keep in mind that those Staples center area blocks are long blocks.
                  Liberty Grill is the closest walking distance aside from the Palm, but the food IMO sucks. Yes, sucks. Big, boring, bad food.
                  I've also walked to Zucca for their happy hour (one block closer than Engine Co.). Small menu, decent food and a really good deal at HH prices. Or you can just eat in the restaurant. It took about 20 min. to walk there from Staples, and I'm a very fast walker (my friend was worn out, trying to keep pace with me).

                  Zucca Ristorante [CLOSED]
                  801 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                  1. re: slacker

                    I totally agree: the food at Liberty Grill sucks big time. Also agree that Zucca is best bet within walking distance.

                    1. re: mollyomormon

                      Agree re Liberty Grill. Don't go there.

                  2. fernando's taco inn.