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Where to eat off the Red Line?

pudd Jan 3, 2008 09:39 AM

I have today off so I was thinking of taking the Metro Red Line downtown for lunch. I was looking at Phillipe's Famous French Dip cause they are only a block or two from Union Station. Anyone else have a better idea that is in reasonable walking distance from the Red Line between NoHo and LA?

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    Ernie Jan 3, 2008 09:42 AM

    Langers Deli for excellent pastrami, 7th & Alvarado

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      Bon Vivant Jan 3, 2008 09:54 AM

      I second Langers but if you want to go upscale take the train to 7th and Fig/Flower and walk a block down to Fig and 9th and go to Roy's - they have a fabulous Hawaiianesque bento box for lunch.

      If you do go to Langer's, walk a block West and pick up some tamales at Mama's Hot Tamale Cafe on 7th (just across the street from the park).


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      Jack Flash Jan 3, 2008 09:52 AM


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        silverlakebodhisattva Jan 3, 2008 10:26 AM

        A few months ago, someone started a series of threads of stop-by-stop chow for all subway lines; haven't searched for it but it's there.

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          silverlakebodhisattva Jan 3, 2008 10:49 AM

          There 'tis:


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            SauceSupreme Jan 3, 2008 12:17 PM

            That's the link. It's fairly comprehensive.

            One thing that should be noted is that the Pershing Square stop leading to Grand Central Market can't be underplayed. There's LOTS to eat at the Grand Central Market.

        2. maxzook Jan 3, 2008 11:15 AM

          The Sunset/Vermont station is walking distance from the culinary delights of Los Feliz Village: vermont, Il Capriccio and Il Capriccio Pizzeria, Niko Niko, Lempira, Figaro Cafe, Fred 62, Cobras and Matadors, Electric Lotus, Palermo, Tiger Lily, Mes Amis, Yai's Thai, Square One, The Kitchen and probably others I've forgotten.

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            pudd Jan 3, 2008 01:49 PM

            I went to Mama's Hot Tamelles and they were the best I've ever had. I stopped at Langers on the way out and got a half a pound of pastrami and a loaf of rye to take home for dinner. Thanks for all the help.

            1. katydid13 Jan 3, 2008 01:56 PM

              I haven't done a lot of Red-Line-adjacent eating, but I once got off at Santa Monica/Vermont and walked to Marouch & had an incredibly delicious meal. It's at the corner of SM Blvd. and Edgemont.

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                Bon Vivant Jan 3, 2008 02:08 PM

                Excellent! When I was trying to think of places near that stop I was going South and East but realized, after reading your post, that one of my faves is really close by.


              2. katydid13 Jan 4, 2008 05:57 AM

                Is there actually a pedestrian path that goes under the freeway?

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                  Jack Flash Jan 4, 2008 09:08 AM

                  Does the sidewalk count?

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                    maxzook Jan 4, 2008 09:43 AM

                    There is a sidewalk on Lankershim under the 101 bridge just south of Universal City, and an adjacent pedestrian tunnel (which I do *not* recommend, especially after dark.)

                    You can also walk over the bridge west of the Red Line station to get to the Ralphs shopping center with City Wok, one of the better Chinese in the area. Across the street is Vivian's; just to the west of Vineland is the Bollywood Cafe and the Fox and the Hound Pub.

                    videolouis mentioned Fat Jacks at Ventura and Tujunga, but that's over a mile from the Red Line; I think the OP wanted places within walking distance. (Perhaps he was confused with Fatburger which is next to the subway at Ventura and Lankershim.)

                    And of course, you can cross Lankershim and take the shuttle to Universal City Walk and the hotels.

                  2. JAB Jan 4, 2008 03:38 PM

                    How's that Thai BBQ over there?

                    1. wyatt3290 Jan 4, 2008 11:22 PM

                      Fat Jack's at least used to be good but I haven't had it in years. City Walk is very close to the red line has Tommy's, Versailles, Daily Grill, Jodi Maroni and a few other places I can't remember. I do remember that Camacho's was horrible.

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                        maxzook Jan 5, 2008 11:20 AM

                        I've had Fat Jack's within the last year and it's still up to snuff.

                      2. wyatt3290 Jan 5, 2008 01:01 PM

                        good to know I used to LOVE Fat Jack's glad to hear it's still living up to it's motto "best meat in town".

                        1. streetgourmetla Jan 5, 2008 06:00 PM

                          MacArthur Park -Chichen Itza, Mama's Hot Tamales, and Paseo Chapin
                          Union Station-Olvera St.,and Chinatown.

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