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Jan 15, 2008 11:21 AM

Ethnic, Eclectic Recs Near The Financial District

I'll be staying in the financial district 2/4-8. Looking for markets, deli's, cool and eclectic ethnic food. Little Tokyo is fairly close; any recs there? Adventurous and I'll have a refrigerator in the room. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks hounds.

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  1. You've got to hit this place nearby for a hot roast beef sandwich:

    1. Grand Central Market. Everything from tacos to shish kebab to pupusas and produce

      1. I've been meaning to get out to Wood Spoon (Brazilian).

        1. If you get on the Redline at Pershing Square and head west two stops (to Macarthur Park), you will exit the subway about 100 steps from Langer's Deli, which produces a pastrami sandwich so fine it's hard to believe it's even pastrami. Langer's has been praised many, many times on this board, but my favorite is still Thi N's post from a couple of years back: .

          Also, I agree with JAB about the Eastside Market and with Ernie about the GCM (and, Ana Marie's carnitas burritos therein, in particular).

          Lastly, Philippe's is an LA institution for French dipped sandwiches. Take the Redline east to Union Station and it's right across the street. I recommend the double-dipped roast lamb.

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

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

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          1. re: David Kahn

            . . . and if you walk across MacArthur Park diagonally (I suggest doing this only during the day, and avoiding actually walking in the lake) , and then another block west, you'll be at Chichen Itza for Yucatecan food.

            There's a prior thread which maps out, stop by stop, the other Chowing available by Gold and Red Line train stops.

            J-Town: Gen or Takumi for sushi, Izayoi or Haru Ulala (sp.?) for izakaya, Kokokeko for yakitori (that one's evenings only, I believe)

            Depending on where you're staying, the J-Town markets may be the closest real markets to you.

            r gould-saltman

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            1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

              Thanks for the recs. I'll try to stay out of the lake!

          2. Here are the MTA rail threads:
            Gold Line:
            Red/Purple Line:

            The LADOT 'DASH' bus line has several routes around downtown, someone else will have to chime in about their timeliness.