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Mar 20, 2008 09:48 AM

Started working in Downtown area...need lunch advice

Hi everyone,

I recently started a new job and my office is off Central, near 14th or so. I've checked out a few places in Little Tokyo, which I love and have found a couple of interesting places to go but...I just know there has to be some hidden or not so hidden little gems around here, please help! What are some tasty lunch spots in this area? I'd especially love some Mexican suggestions but am open to all types of cuisine. Thanks!!

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  1. Grand Central Market seems to be a hot spot for Chow folks, particularly for fish tacos. I plan to hit the GCM when I start my new assignment downtown in April. Also, the following website will give you an update on exisiting, new, and upcoming restaurants in DTLA.

    1. There's a Senor Fish location at the end of the street where Little Tokyo is (422 E. 1st St.), there's also a Cuban restaurant there (right around the corner). I discovered these the last time I had jury duty downtown.

      1. Close to you is a branch of King Taco and El Cihualteco.
        GCM Mexican stands are more known for meat than for fish.

        If you can find parking nearby, we need a Fashion District chow reporter!

        In a more favorable traffic direction, Mike's Sandwich serves a good burger and roast beef sandwich on Armenian bread.

        Too bad DASH doesn't run down Central.

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

        King Taco
        645 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        Senor Fish
        422 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Cuba Central
        114 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Mike's Hockey Burger
        1717 S Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

        El Cihualteco
        2325 1/2 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90011

        3 Replies
        1. re: DiveFan

          El Cihualteco is a 20+ year favorite of mine. As a point of clarification, I believe it's Mike's Hockey Burger.

          1. re: DiveFan

            JAB, thanks for confirming I'm not going nuts. I'll update the title in the place link.

            Fisherman's Outlet gets mixed reviews on CH; I haven't been in forever.

            Fisherman's Outlet
            529 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            1. re: DiveFan

              GCM is not just for meats!. The fish stand (near the massage place) makes great fish tacos ($5 for two fish tacos w/ rice and beans)! I always see people order the 7 mares soup from there but I've never had it. I think more people are starting to discover it because they hired more staff and there is a semi-crowd.

              One of the best deals in town is the Olive Branch in the Bonaventure Hotel. For under $6 you can get: a quarter chicken, tabouli, hummus, babba ganoush (sp), bread, greek salad, salsa, and chip. Everything is fresh and tasty.

            2. I live and work downtown. Here are my favorite places.

              Roy's. Upscale chain, one of my favorites nonetheless. The macadamian nut mahi mahi is terrific.
              Bar-B Kosher. Huge portions of good Israeli food.
              Tiara Cafe. Hit and miss and a bit pretentious (though casual), but definitely enjoyable overall.
              George's Greek Cafe (7th & Fig): The salmon and chicken gyro salads are delicious; everything else is iffy.
              Charlie Kabob (7th & Fig): Satisfying basic Persian food
              Senor Fish
              Cuba Central
              Lots of Little Tokyo places (Sushi Gen, Sushi Go 55, R22, Komasa)
              Angelique: more for the sunny atmosphere than the food, but the food is generally good enough.
              Blossom: Tasty Americanized Vietnamese
              Water Grill: For very-high-priced creative dishes with a seafood emphasis.
              Cafe Pinot: A solid restaurant focused on the business crowd.

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              1. re: aventinus

                Pasta Primavera, on 7th; lunch only, basic but tasty Italian;
                The Persian and Turkish places in the alley in the Jewelry District (off 7th at Hill? Broadway?)
                I've found the Guerrero Taqueria on 8th and Broadway to be pretty good, if kinda basic;
                Gill's Indian in the Stillwell Hotel (AYCE buffet lunch).

                Some more.

                1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                  If you want pasta for lunch you gotta go to Colori Kitchen.

                    1. re: HastaLaPasta


                      Colori Kitchen
                      429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                2. re: aventinus

                  How is R23 lately BTW? I haven't been there in a while, as I wasn't too impressed on my last visit there several years ago. Am tempted to try it again (probably for dinner though), but only if still worth the risk (it's not in the greatest part of Downtown).

                3. Is the Yorkshire Grill still open? I thought their matzo ball soup was passable.