Started working in Downtown area...need lunch advice
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!!
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.
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
645 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
422 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
114 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mike's Hockey Burger
1717 S Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
2325 1/2 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90011
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.
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
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.
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).