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So it turns out LA has a subway...

I work downtown and noticed the other day that I'm only two blocks from a redline station. Seems like a great opportunity to get some tasty bites for lunch or after work... Unfortunately, since I live on the westside, the stations aren't really in neighborhoods that I know well and the restaurants I have been to, aren't really very close to the Metro Stops.

So, I'm hoping to get together a list of easy to get to restaurants at some redline (or I guess purpleline?) stations.

The easiest way I can think of doing this is that I will respond to this post additional posts of the metro stops. Hopefully, we can post our favorite restaurants under each stop's post and get a convenient way to browse? For example under the response titled "Westlake/MacArthur Park, people might respond with posts about Langer's and other restaurants within a few blocks.

I hope that's not too confusing. If someone else has a better idea let's try to get it to work!Anyway, one way or another, this will be an interesting experiment.

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    1. re: chowdown07

      Pitfire Pizza - two lbocks south on Lankershim.

      1. re: chowdown07

        Philadelphia Sandwiches for a good Philly cheese steak. Two blocks south on Lankershim and a half block east on Magnolia.
        Jarin Thai - south to Magnolia and west a half block
        Salomi Indian Cuisine - 1.5 blocks south on Lankershim on the west side of the street.

          1. re: chowdown07

            FWIW, City Walk ...

            Daily Grill
            Universal Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

            Wolfgang Puck Pacific
            Universal Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

            1. re: chowdown07

              Beard Papa
              Musso & Frank
              cool dive bar across Highland from Lucky Strike

              1. re: chowdown07

                25 Degrees - great burgers

                25 Degrees Restaurant
                7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                1. re: chowdown07

                  Uzbekistan (excellent weekday lunch special - multi-course lunch for under $10!)
                  Power House is the "cool dive bar across Highland from Lucky Strike"

                    1. re: Bob Brooks

                      My only meal at Vert was distinctly mediocre, esp. given the price.

                    2. re: chowdown07

                      My boss raves about the sushi joint that's in the strip mall on the northeast corner of Highland & Franklin. Can't think of the name of it....there's a Starbucks in there too.

                      1. re: katydid13

                        1900 N Highland Ave # 5
                        Los Angeles, CA 90068
                        (323) 882-6524

                      1. re: chowdown07

                        - Hungry Cat - Great seafood. Aguably over-priced, and under-portioned, but IMO, can't argue about the taste. Delicious.

                        1. re: chowdown07

                          Sushi Ike. Bowery. Lucky Devil's. Magnolia. Los Balcones del Peru.

                          The Hungry Cat
                          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                          Ike Sushi
                          6051 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                            1. re: chowdown07

                              Many of the Thai Town spots: Ruen Pair, Red Corner Asia, Sapp Coffee Shop, etc.

                                  1. re: chowdown07

                                    OMG how could we forget Panos Pastry?

                                    Panos Pastry Bakery
                                    5150 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                    1. re: chowdown07

                                      There is reportedly a Zankou Chicken here, although I've never been to this location.

                                      1. re: chowdown07

                                        Zankou's a bit of a schlep, since it's, IIRC, at Sunset and Normandie....
                                        This stop actually puts you closer to Paru's (vege. Indian), Cappriccio (on Vermont) and their pizzaria (on Hollywood right where it hits Sunset), Yai Thai Hollywood (Vermont at Hollywood), Vermont, Tiger Lily, the new Yuca's , and.....

                                        r gould-saltman

                                      2. re: chowdown07

                                        Los Feliz Village, two blocks north. Knock yourselves out.

                                        1. re: chowdown07

                                          Los Feliz, esp....

                                          Figaro Cafe Restaurant
                                          1802 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                          Fred 62
                                          1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                          Vermont Restaurant
                                          1714 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                          Tiger Lily Restaurant
                                          1745 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                          Palermo Italian Restaurant
                                          1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                          Electric Lotus
                                          4656 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                            1. re: chowdown07

                                              El Gran Burrito - it's like right there.
                                              Marouch - 4 blocks west on Santa Monica
                                              Scoops Ice Cream - 4 blocks south (go down 2 blocks to LACC, cut through the campus at the main entrance, then down Heliotrope at Melrose
                                              Pure Luck Pub - same as above
                                              Golfo de Fonseca (great pupusas) - 3 blocks south on Vermont

                                                1. re: chowdown07

                                                  Jollibee - 50 feet west
                                                  The Mexican Village - three blocks east
                                                  Tacos Mexico - three blocks east
                                                  Don Felix - three blocks east

                                                      1. re: chowdown07

                                                        Koreatown. Knock yourselves out.

                                                        Pollo a la Brasa - 2 blocks south on Western.

                                                          1. re: chowdown07

                                                            Mapo Kkak Doo Gee Restaurant

                                                            Banchan, purple rice.

                                                            3611 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                                                            1. re: chowdown07

                                                              Taco Stand on 7th St next to Southwestern Law School with really cheap and good Mexican food. Go south on Vermont and make a left on 7th staying on the northeast side of the street, and it's on your left hand side.

                                                              Korean BBQ AYCE Buffet when you go sotuh on Vermont.

                                                              1. re: chowdown07

                                                                Cassells - hamburgers, controversial here...

                                                                Cassell's Hamburgers
                                                                3266 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                                                                1. re: chowdown07

                                                                  - Langer's - No description necessary.

                                                                  1. re: chowdown07

                                                                    Isn't there a tamale place across the street, also? Mama's tamales?

                                                                    1. re: cjla

                                                                      Mamas Hot Tamales just along the Park on 7th from Langers. Some of the Best Tamales in the City

                                                                  2. re: chowdown07

                                                                    Chichen Itza - one block north on Alvarado, 2 blocks west on 6th

                                                                      1. re: chowdown07

                                                                        Antojitos Bibi - Honduran
                                                                        El Taurino - great taco, a longish walk

                                                                        Langer's Delicatessen
                                                                        704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                        Antojitos Bibi
                                                                        2400 W 7th St Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                        Chichen Itza
                                                                        2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                        Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe
                                                                        2122 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                        Paseo Chapin
                                                                        2220 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                        Rincon Taurino
                                                                        1104 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                        1. re: chowdown07

                                                                          Arnie Morton's - get the lunch-only burger - arguably the best burger in town! $14

                                                                          Arnie Morton's the Steakhouse-Los Angeles
                                                                          735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                                                          1. re: chowdown07

                                                                            Roy's Hawaiian Fusion - one block south on Figueroa

                                                                            1. re: chowdown07

                                                                              Yikes, the heart of DT! As Normal has said, knock yourselves out!
                                                                              Arnie Morton's
                                                                              Takami/Elevate (1 block north)
                                                                              Firehouse #28
                                                                              Ciao Trattoria
                                                                              Pasta Primavera (2 blocks east)
                                                                              Bella Cucina (three blocks south)
                                                                              Pantry (2 1/2 blocks south, for better or worse)
                                                                              Next Door Pizza (1 block south)

                                                                              etc. etc. etc.

                                                                              r gould-saltman

                                                                              1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                7th and Figueroa Farmers Market -- every Thursday. Tamales, Greek, Sweet/Savory Crepes, Seafood, etc.

                                                                                1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                  Drago Centro


                                                                                  Drago Centro
                                                                                  525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                  1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                    Chaya Downtown


                                                                                    Chaya Downtown
                                                                                    525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                    1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                      Food court http://www.figat7th.com/taste/ under Target at Figat7th complex has several eateries:

                                                                                      Oleego by Parks BBQ
                                                                                      Customizable rice and noodle bowls

                                                                                      Mendocino Farms
                                                                                      Sandwiches, salads and soups

                                                                                      Juicy Lucy
                                                                                      Burgers, fried chicken sandwich, veggie burger

                                                                                      Indus by Saffron
                                                                                      Indian meals, tandoori oven

                                                                                      1. re: chowdown07



                                                                                        735 south figueroa street
                                                                                        los angeles, california 90017

                                                                                        1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                          Colori Kitchen


                                                                                          Lunch: 800 Figueroa Street (8th and Figueroa
                                                                                          )Dinner: 429 W 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                          1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                            Il Caffe (next to Acne)

                                                                                            Tuna sandwich (al tonno); Bread Lounge baked goods

                                                                                            855 S Broadway
                                                                                            Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                            1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                              - Grand Central Market - Market with numerous eateries in stalls. Think Pike's Market in Seattle with a decidedly more Latin American feel. Good Mexican lunch and a place that makes some really good fresh tortillas, among others.

                                                                                              1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                Use "4th Street" exit for Grand Central Market, which now includes Sticky Rice, Valerie Market, Belcampo, DTLA Cheese, G&B coffee, Olio Pizza, Berlin Currywurst, Egg Slut, Horse Thief and Wexler's Deli.

                                                                                              2. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                St. Vincent Court - multiple options, see http://www.chowhound.com/topics/332467
                                                                                                Farid - Persian
                                                                                                Cliftons - for old times sake

                                                                                                Clifton's Cafeteria
                                                                                                648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                                Grand Central Market
                                                                                                317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                635 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1803

                                                                                                1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                  Mendocino Farms (two locations -- the one on 5th and Flower is open for dinner)


                                                                                                  Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                  300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                  Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                  444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                  1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                    Starry Kitchen for fusiony Banh Mi and more.


                                                                                                    Starry Kitchen
                                                                                                    350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                    1. re: d_doubleyew

                                                                                                      Starry Kitchen at this location is now closed -- they've moved to Chinatown's Grand Star Jazz Club.

                                                                                                    2. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                      Pershing Square Farmers Market -- every Wednesday. Tamales, Greek, Salvadorean, Peruvian, Afghan and more.

                                                                                                      1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                        Kitchen Faire

                                                                                                        Spicy Ahi sandwich, Beet juice, daily soup.

                                                                                                        512 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, California 90014

                                                                                                        1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                          Barista Society

                                                                                                          coffee, tea, pastries.

                                                                                                          US Bank Tower
                                                                                                          633 W. 5th Street
                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                          1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                            Semi Sweet Bakery

                                                                                                            Savory danish (prosciutto goat cheese), all day breakfast sandwich, blueberry cornbread, carrot cake, ding a lings.

                                                                                                            105 E 6th Street, Los Angeles CA, 90014

                                                                                                            1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                              Esaan Thai

                                                                                                              I enjoy the daily spicy curry - rotating Penang, Red, Green and Jungle curries. They also have a daily "mild" curry which is the Yellow curry. Also interesting weekly specials such as Noodle w/ Fish Curry Sauce "Kanom Jeen Nam Ya".

                                                                                                              601 W. 5th st | Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                              1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                Les Noces Du Figaro - French restaurant with in-house bakery. I'm addicted to the caneles here.

                                                                                                                618 S Broadway Ave
                                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                                                1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                  Maccheroni Republic
                                                                                                                  Good lunch pasta specials.

                                                                                                                  3rd and Broadway.

                                                                                                                  1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                    No much around here...Grand Central Market is near and this is the closest stop to Little Tokyo.

                                                                                                                    Curry House Take Out
                                                                                                                    Pit Fire
                                                                                                                    Patina- a couple of block north.

                                                                                                                    1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                      Redwood Bar and Grill


                                                                                                                      Redwood Bar & Grill
                                                                                                                      316 W 2nd St Ste 202, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                      1. re: chowdown07


                                                                                                                        Indian Gastropub

                                                                                                                        108 West 2nd Street #104
                                                                                                                        Los Angeles, California 90012

                                                                                                                        1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                          Pitfire Pizza

                                                                                                                          108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                          1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                            Good eats by Union Station

                                                                                                                            - Phillipe's - No description necessary

                                                                                                                            - Spring Street Smoke House - Decent BBQ. Not listed in many "top" lists, and probably not on my top list, but it's good and it's just off the redline.

                                                                                                                            1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                              and to make it even better, if you're a KCRW member, your KCRW card gets you 10% off including alcohol.
                                                                                                                              I keep hearing that the burger is really good...can't wait to try it.

                                                                                                                              1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                                Buu Dien - banh mi sandwiches
                                                                                                                                Olvera Street - multiple choices, see web site in Place link

                                                                                                                                Philippe the Original
                                                                                                                                1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                                Traxx Restaurant
                                                                                                                                800 N Alameda St Ste 122, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                                Cielito Lindo
                                                                                                                                23 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                                Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ
                                                                                                                                640 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                                Buu Dien
                                                                                                                                642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                                Olvera Street
                                                                                                                                845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                                1. re: DiveFan

                                                                                                                                  Thanks for mentioning Buu Dien - I love that place.

                                                                                                                                2. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                                  Asian Noodles - one block north on Alameda, two blocks west on Cesar Chavez, a few yards north on Spring.

                                                                                                                                3. Some of the other members can correct me, but didn't someone recently post a Google Maps mashup showing the various metro stops and all the nearby restaurants? I think a map that includes the subways and the rapid buses would be really helpful.

                                                                                                                                  Personally, I think the best chow line is the 217 bus. Downtown - Silver Lake - Los Feliz - Hollywood - a little bit of West Hollywood - and then down Fairfax.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                                                    I didn't see that map, but obviously would be v. helpful.

                                                                                                                                    Here's one I did find, but covers only bars - It's pretty cool, but isn't likely to help my 3 martini lunch habit.


                                                                                                                                    1. re: chowdown07

                                                                                                                                      Found it. It's a work in progress, so I envision a map coming from this thread also.


                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                      you can take metro to south pasadena and they are all very short walking distance:

                                                                                                                                      firely bistro
                                                                                                                                      mike & ann
                                                                                                                                      bistro del la gare
                                                                                                                                      bistro k :(

                                                                                                                                    2. As long as you are including other lines that connect with the Red Line you can take the Gold Line to Lake Street in Pasadena and walk 2 blocks North to Fredo's.

                                                                                                                                        1. Fun tour to put together.

                                                                                                                                          (Red Line at MacArthur Park)
                                                                                                                                          Mama's Hot Tamales Café (Tamales)
                                                                                                                                          2124 W Seventh St
                                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90057-4001
                                                                                                                                          (213) 487-7474

                                                                                                                                          (Red Line at MacArthur Park)
                                                                                                                                          Langer's (Pastrami, request hand cut. open for lunch only
                                                                                                                                          704 S Alvarado St
                                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90057-4020
                                                                                                                                          (213) 483-8050

                                                                                                                                          (Red Line at Hollywood and Vine)
                                                                                                                                          Monastery of The Angels (2 lb. Pumpkin Bread $8, 1 lb. Peanut Brittle $10 & Hand Dipped Chocolates)
                                                                                                                                          1977 Carmen Ave
                                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90068-4098
                                                                                                                                          (323) 466-2186
                                                                                                                                          8:30 to 5:00 M-Sat.
                                                                                                                                          Exit 101 Frwy at Gower St., Cross Franklyn

                                                                                                                                          (Red Line at Union Station) Visit Olvera Street
                                                                                                                                          Cielito Lindo ( Taquitos )
                                                                                                                                          E-23 Olvera Street
                                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90012
                                                                                                                                          (213) 687-4391

                                                                                                                                          Mr Churro's
                                                                                                                                          15 Olvera Street
                                                                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                          1. I didn't notice a mention, but the downtown subway stations also have the Purple Line, direct to Koreatown. Or is that a whole nother subject?

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Akitist

                                                                                                                                              The two Purple Line unique stations are posted above, seems like too short a line for a separate topic post :-).
                                                                                                                                              Advance warning - due to the number of vocal and enthusiastic Pasadena/Highland Park hounds I'm going to post a separate topic for the Gold Line ASAP.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: DiveFan

                                                                                                                                                I just missed 'em. Gettin' old, I guess.

                                                                                                                                            2. Please post Gold Line vicinity restos to this new topic:

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