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Oct 21, 2007 05:03 PM

Breakfast at Union Station?

I haven't been to Union Station for several years, but I'm going to be taking the train very early a week from Saturday. Is there any decent sit-down breakfast restaurant in the station any more? Last time I was there, there was only a rather threadbare bagel counter.

I'm taking the Red Line to the station and will have luggage, so I'm probably not interested in nearby places unless they're immediately adjacent. And I note that Traxx is not open for breakfast.

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    Check for opening hours (according to their website 6 am)

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    1. re: Servorg

      Do you know if Philippe's serves their beef and lamb dip sandwiches in the morning (around 9am)? Wondering if it's a good choice for bringing onboard the train.

      1. re: littlegreenpea

        You can get them in the morning. Might get a little bit too "falling apart" soggy though, (just a thought).

        1. re: Servorg

          I had that thought. Maybe I can ask them to pack the meat and bread separately? What do you think? (I ask be/c I'm from out of town). Can you suggest anything else nearby that might make a nice portable lunch (to be picked up in the am)?

          1. re: littlegreenpea

            It's the fact that they dip the bread into the meat juice that makes it go soggy. Maybe they can give you a to go container of meat juice to pour onto the bread, but I don't know if that will work or if they will do so.

      2. re: Servorg

        I would second Philippes, although the wait can be long.

      3. Actually, that threadbare bagel counter has some of the better bagels in LA... it's my destination for breakfast three times a week.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I actually really enjoy the bagels there too. Every time I fly out of LAX, I grab a pizza bagel on the way. Oily, heavy, and with tons of cheese, it really hits the spot when I know I have to deal with the airport.

          1. re: MeAndroo

            When Dommy! and I took the train to San Juan Capistrano We had breakfast at Union Bagel and the bagels are decent for LA and She got an Egg and Cheese on and onion bagel and went to their hot dog toppings bar and pilled on jalapenos and it was good.

            Take Care

            - P.

            1. re: MeAndroo

              I agree! The bagels at Union Station are the best outside of the East Coast.

              1. re: tablefor1

                Bah... I went today for the first time in a while and the bacon and egg bagel was skimpy, and they don't have the half-and-half in jugs anymore, you have to ask for little half-and-half containers (though at least it's not creamer!).

                And they have put up the prices, but the new prices aren't marked, and they get snippy if you ask.

                They get one more chance.

          2. Cannot remember exactly what time they open, but there is a cafeteria in the MWD building has okay breakfasts. Exit the "train tunnels" to the west and turn right. It is right across a courtyard. You do not even need to cross a street!

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            1. re: WildSwede

              I think that WS means 'Turn Left' at the west end of the tunnel and station waiting area :-). I'd be surprised if the MWD cafeteria is open real early on Saturdays, likewise anything on Olvera Street.

              If you haven't already, call Metrolink and Amtrak to find out the availability of luggage lockers; they used to have some but after 9/11 I'm not sure. Maybe a Metrolink or Gold Line commuter could ask... I'm assuming you're not on the Coast Starlight which has checked baggage service.

              At the east end of tunnels, cross the Metro HQ plaza to Vignes Street and you will find Denny's :-\. Not sure if the Metro info number will know if their HQ has a cafeteria that's open to the public.

            2. If you like Mexican food for breakfast, La Noche Buena...across the street in Olvera Street...would really hit the spot.