Good Places Off The Red Line
We will be staying at the Universal City Hilton from Saturday through Tuesday and we'd like some good chow places that are off the red line because we would like to try the subway system. One of us is a vegetarian and the other has extremely eclectic tastes. As I don't want to wear a tie, casual places are preferred.
Well, Chinatown, Olvera Street and Little Tokyo are all within walking distnce of the metro, as are Hollywood and Highland.
You can also use the Red line to connect to the Gold line and ride to Pasadena, a but of a wonky trip, but totally on the metro..get a day pass to get the most rideage for your $$
A new Yum Cha opened in Chinatown, known for really great order at the counter dim sum. be prepared to throw elbows! also for Dim sum is Ocean Seafood and Empress Pavillion. no need of a tie, but remember to be prepared in Yum cha to throw elbows and push to the front, or that sweet little chinese lady will do it to you (not racist, serious, that's how things are done at Yum Cha) Oh, and in a sit down place, dim sum is served from around 10 am to about 2 pm..not for dinner.
Olvera street is fun to wander, look at the touristy and non touristy mexican wares, grab a churro, and visit a few cfes for middling to excellent mexican food. I also like the mexican candy stalls
If you can get to Little Tokyo, I would find Fugetsudo, a shop that is over 100 years old and sells the most amazingly delicious sweet mochi (bean paste, lotus paste and fruit paste, peanut butter filled or totally unfilled sweet rice paste balls). Go into the Japanese Village Plaza and stop at the bakery/ cafe there called Mitsuru. You'll see a person making little re bean filled cakey things, sort of like abelskiever. get a ton of those, they are YUMMY! there are good noodle houses, such as daikokuya, great fried cicken (kokoyekoko or someting) and great susi (Sushi Go 55 and Sushi Gen)
In the Valley, you could go just one stop North to North Hollywood, visit Thai Gulch (an area, not a place to eat, lots of good Thai in No Ho), the Eclectic cafe, Sitton's Diner or any number of really good spots.
none of the places I mentioned require a tie!
Ooh, if you make the teck from red to gold line to pasadena, there are a plethora of nice places...use the search function on here to look for "pasadena"
Or Red Line to Purple Line will get you into Koreatown, where there are numerous places within a block or so of the stops.
First and foremost, Langer's for pastrami (Mon-Sat, only until 4 pm). That doesn't work for the vegetarian, I realize, but we're talking about quite possibly the best pastrami in the universe. That's for the one with eclectic tastes, I suppose. The vegetarian will have to make do with some rye bread and maybe some cabbage soup, or an egg salad sandwich, cheese blintzes, etc. But seriously...the pastrami could convert the most devout vegetarian.
You can get to Los Feliz off the Red Line (Vermont and Sunset stop). Just up the street on Vermont from the stop is one of my favorite cheap italian restaurants called il capriccio. You can also walk to Fred 62 (decent 24 hour diner), Palermos (only good for their pizzas), and Vermont (a little bit pricier than the other options).
Also in Los Feliz, within a ten to fifteen minute walk of the Vermont/Sunset Station:
* Il Capriccio Pizzeria, the pizza cousin of the Italian place mentioned by TailbackU;
* Cafe Figaro, all-organic French bistro;
*Yai Thai, maybe the best Thai in the vicinity (although you'll find better Thai near the Hollywood/Western stop);
* Mes Amis, an interesting-looking new French place that I haven't tried yet;
* Square One, another place I haven't yet tried, but foodies whose opinions I respect say it may be the best breakfast in L.A.;
* Yuca, Jame Beard Award-winning Mexican food (original branch on Hillhurst, a new offshoot on Hollywood Blvd. nearer the station.
All linked below:
Il Capriccio di Carlo (was Il Capriccio Pizzeria)
4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Figaro Cafe Restaurant
1802 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1714 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Palermo Italian Restaurant
1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Il Capriccio On Vermont
1757 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Yai Thai Food
1627 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1739 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Yuca's On Hollywood
4666 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Mama's Tamales weekends only (sold out after lunch) is a must. @ South side of MacArthur park.
p.s. With luck Langers (near Mamas) will have veggie meatloaf!