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Downtown LA for Lunch

dabruins07 Jul 10, 2008 10:33 AM

I'll be in down town LA for lunch tomorrow for a job interview on wilshire blvd. Since i am from Simi Valley, i always take the opportunity to eat a new place since all we have are Fridays, Applebees and Chilis.

What would you recommend for a place to eat. I know Langer's Deli is right around the block and i have never been there. Will everything be packed around 12:30?

What else there is worth trying.

  1. JeMange Jul 10, 2008 01:16 PM

    There's also Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe, which is on 7th street, diagonally across the park from Langer's. It's an interesting co-op that teaches Central American immigrants how to cook and sell tamales from their home countries. The choices are much more varied than you'd regularly find at an LA tamale vendor. I've had amazing mole tamales and some great sweet dessert tamales there. Plus, you can't beat the prices.

    Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe
    2122 West Seventh Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90057

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    1. re: JeMange
      dabruins07 Jul 11, 2008 07:45 PM

      I ended up going to my interview and paying $14 to interview because they don't validate parking in there building.

      But i ended up at Langer's at 2pm. Sat at the counter and got the #19 and a side of fries and was not disappointed. It was very good and I am still full now. I probably could have saved half of it, but had to travel quite a way back so it probably would hold up. And it was too good to waste.

      for $12 or $13 for just the sandwich, i am glad i dont live closer because i would be poor and weigh twice what i weigh now.

      This actually was a sandwich that lived up to the hype...I still think my favorite sandwich is the Godmother from Bay Cities Deli, but this is a close second.

    2. d
      Diana Jul 10, 2008 11:46 AM

      I say go to Langer's, if you've never been. It might be a little crowded, but a seat for one shouldn't be too bad.

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      1. re: Diana
        andytseng Jul 10, 2008 12:31 PM

        Agreed. Just sit at the counter. There's always space, and it's quick.

        1. re: andytseng
          nosh Jul 10, 2008 01:31 PM

          Langer's is so superior to the other choices it is no contest. Get the hot pastrami on rye. I order mine handcut (there have been recent debates about whether this is irrelevant or not) but also specify untrimmed (I like my pastrami fatty with the crisp edges). If you are moderately hungry this with their pickle will be enough. If you want to save half the sandwich for dinner, supplement with a cup of matzoh ball soup or a plate of crinkle cut fries, ordered well done. If you are driving, Langer's is on the S/E corner of Alvarado at 7th, and their free validated parking lot is a block east and across the street on the north side.

      2. ipsedixit Jul 10, 2008 11:33 AM

        Where on Wilshire?? Wilshire actually runs several miles through downtown ...

        If you are going to be around the McCarthur Park area (you mention Langer's), then in that area I'd also suggest Chichen Itza.

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          dabruins07 Jul 10, 2008 11:48 AM

          3400 block of wilshire. I'm not familiar with downtown LA, only dodger stadium and back usually.

          1. re: dabruins07
            love2eat Jul 10, 2008 12:26 PM

            That part of Wilshire is actually Koreatown/Wilshire Center. There are numerous Korean options but I would go to Cassel's. Some say the quality has declined since the ownership changed several years ago. I say it is still delicious as ever. It's a casual burger place and has been there for years. My favorite burger in Los Angeles. It gets pretty crowded at lunch with nearby government workers. Their potato salad is addictive. It will clear your sinuses with all the horseradish. On the corner of 6th and Berendo. Practically walking distance from your location.

            1. re: dabruins07
              Bob Brooks Jul 10, 2008 03:39 PM

              Although I strongly second Langer's, since you've never been, if you're in the mood for bibimbap, there's BCD Tofu house at 3550 Wilshire.

          2. Jigsaw Jul 10, 2008 11:15 AM

            I'm going to have to recommend a friend's establishment. The Redwood Bar.

            Redwood Bar & Grill
            316 W 2nd St Ste 202, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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              kevin Jul 10, 2008 10:52 AM

              You can hit up Phillipe's the Original for French dipped sandwiches.

              Morton's for an exceptional almost full pound ground chuck burger with cheddar, sauteed onions, and mushrooms.

              Cole's for French Dips unless it's closed for remodeling.

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              1. re: kevin
                lreeve Jul 10, 2008 01:51 PM

                Coles is closed. I learned this the hard way.

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