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jury duty downtown on a budget?

So I've been poring over <a href="http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36595... thread</a> in anticipation of potential jury duty next week, and have come up with a few suitable options, but was wondering if anybody has some more recent suggestions that might fit my needs.

I'm not on a Patina budget; I'm on more of a taco truck budget. I also have to keep carbs to a minimum because I'm pre-diabetic - I can do a couple tortillas, but I can't do sandwiches, for instance. And, thanks to a recent bout with norovirus that I don't care to re-live anytime soon, I've been temporarily scared off of anything raw (this includes salads).

So basically I'm looking for cheap, good, possibly Mexican, Chinese, or Thai, and definitely no sushi, sandwiches, pasta, or salads. Something simply grilled with a cooked veg side dish would be divine, but probably out of budget.

I'll likely be heading to La Luz del Dia, which is fine, but would definitely be up for trying something new.

Anyone up for the challenge of suggesting something that might make me actually look forward to my day(s) downtown? Thanks in advance!

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  1. There's a Koo Koo Roo that you should be able to do for lunchtime. One Original (skinless chicken breast) and two veggie sides.

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    Koo Koo Roo
    255 S Grand Ave # 102, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: mlgb

      That's perfect, thanks. I actually didn't know they were still there - so many of the KKR locations have closed over the years.

    2. Good Cheap Mexican can be found at Grand Central market

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

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      1. re: Skunk2Racer

        There's also an El Pollo Loco across the street from GCM.

      2. Senor Fish is located on Alameda and either 1st or 2nd. They have ceviche and grilled fish with a side of beans, forego the carbo-rice. There's also a taco truck that parks in front of Central Juvenile Hall on 1605 Eastlake Avenue, that makes fantastic spicy chicken or carnitas tacos. I know you prefer to avoid salads, but the chicken or carnitas can be order as an ensalada con todos (with avocado and tomatoes). This is what I usually order when I'm slumming at JH. Beware of Thai -- too much sugar.

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        1. re: Waverly SGV

          Also try the Cathedral across the street from the courts. There's a restaurant and nice patio for diners. Plus, The California Endowment Center, located at 1000 N. Alameda, just north of the old post office (it's the wooded building that looks out of place), has a small cafe and large patio with a socially-conscious vibe. Parking is in the back and is free of charge.

          1. re: Waverly SGV

            Thanks! Despite my current hesitation to eat uncooked food, the salad at that taco truck sounds really good - I don't spend a lot of time downtown, so I'm unfamiliar with JH/Eastlake Avenue. Is it walkable/DASHable from the Criminal Courts Bldg?

            I agree, Thai is tricky because of the sugar, but it's navigable if I avoid dipping sauces or obviously sweet things. I tend to do well with a limited selection of dishes: tom yum goong, any variation of BBQ chicken/beef/pork, and a few of the Thai/Chinese dishes, as long as I skip the rice.

            1. re: garvanza girl

              Eastlake is not walkable from CCB. It's located off of Mission, close to the LAC+USC Women's Clinic -- go north towards the bridge/overpass, veer right towards the powder blue building, and follow the barbed wire. It's probably a good thing that you're unfamilliar with the Juvenile Hall. Good luck finding a place to eat.

          2. You can try the Spring Street Smokehouse on Spring Street at the southern edge of Chinatown.
            http://www.sssmokehouse.com/

            1. You didn't say whether you're in the Criminal Courts Building or the Mosk civil courthouse accross from the Music Center. If the latter, the cafeteria in the DWP building just to the west of the Music Center should have good stuff for you. It's clean, safe and has a tremendous variety of quite good food. I don't know if it's subsidized by the County (doubt it as it's open to the public) but the prices are very reasonable.

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              1. re: TomSwift

                The DWP cafeteria is not especially memorable, although not awful. Sort of hard to recall anything that I ever had there that was worth walking out of my way for.

                1. re: mlgb

                  I agree, it's nothing special but I've found it to be reliably consistent at what they do and IMO is one of the best of the choices available within walking distance in the time alloted for lunch. Alas, though, it remains a cafeteria.

                2. re: TomSwift

                  I'll be in the criminal courts building, but this still sounds walkable so I may check it out.

                  Memorable isn't necessary, but inexpensive and with a wide range of options is, so this still sounds like a good option - thank you!