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we're taking a niece to grad school at st marys and my SIL decided we'd stay at wilshire grand- any suggestions?? i've heard it's not a great area but is there anything we should check out ?

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  1. Could you help us out with the location-- is that right downtown? If so you will find tons of recommendations if you search Downtown.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      i'm not really sure- i know it's close to USC and Staples Center but i'm not familiar with that area at all- i was hoping someone would be!!
      thanks

    2. Wilshire Grand is on Fig/Wilshire and Fig/7th.

      There's a KBBQ joint inside called Seoul Jeung. No idea how good it is, but when the owner is in town (which is quite often) he has a kbbq table setup in his room. Pretty crazy.

      Nearby there's Roy's, Water Grill, Ciudad, Colori Kitchen (cheap), Morton's across the street, Pinot, etc, etc, etc. All these are walking distance.

      A bit further would be all your spots around Jtown, as well as bars/other nightlife.

      What are you looking for? Do you have access to a car? Where are you from? etc, etc, etc.

      1. Wilshire Grand is on Fig/Wilshire and Fig/7th.

        There's a KBBQ joint inside called Seoul Jeung. No idea how good it is, but when the owner is in town (which is quite often) he has a kbbq table setup in his room. Pretty crazy.

        Nearby there's Roy's, Water Grill, Ciudad, Colori Kitchen (cheap), Morton's across the street, Pinot, etc, etc, etc. All these are walking distance.

        A bit further would be all your spots around Jtown, as well as bars/other nightlife.

        What are you looking for? Do you have access to a car? Where are you from? etc, etc, etc.

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        1. re: ns1

          OK, you're across the street from my office: I could wave at you but for the fact, to quote Bob Wills, that "my window faces the South".

          Where are you from, and what are you looking for? Got a car?

          The walking distance list from ns1, above left out Zucca. There's also pretty tasty, but much less fancy Italian, down Fig to Olympic at Bella Cuccina.

          If you're heading down towards campus, during the day there's the Mercado branch of Chichen Itz. Their "fine dining" location, on 6th, is about a five-ten minute drive west, or a five-block walk from the MacArthur Park Red Line station.. Mama's Tamales is a two-block walk, but not, as far as I know, open for dinner.
          J-town's about 15 blocks away. There are a number of very good, if not brilliant sushi places, a couple of izakayas, some ramen places, and a yakaitori place.

        2. You will be within a couple of miles of Chinatown, Koreatown, Japantown and Downtown. For breakfast options consider dim sum at Ocean Seafood, Empress Pavilion or my less elegant but preferred, CBS Seafood (all of these in Chinatown, of course).

          For lunch, you have Phillipe's famous French dip, and you would not be far from Langer's Deli for the best pastrami sandwich this side of N.Y.

          For an elegant lunch or dinner, consider Water Grill for its superior seafood. Of course, less formal are the great Korean BBQ options in Ktown. Soot Bool Jeep uses real charcoal rather than gas grills, so be sure to wear a shirt/blouse you don't fancy too much.

          There are plenty of simple Japanese options in Jtown. For example, the sashimi lunch at Sushi Gen is well renowned as a great and delicious bargain. Plan to be in line by 11:00 a.m. though. They open around 11:15 or so, and fill up immediately.

          For a great bowl of ramen, check out Shin Sen Gumi, fun for lunch or dinner.

          1. There's also Engine Co. 28, and Zucca is a little further down on Figueroa as well. That's one thing you have to give Downtown LA, there's a pretty good selection of restaurants and they run the gamut from dirt cheap to have-to-hock-a-kidney expensive.

            1. I would try to branch out of that area to get a better feel of LA. Here are a few suggestions in case you don't have a car, but I would assume that you will have a rental.

              You'll be right next to the 7th/Metro Center stop, so I'd hop on the Red line for a visit to Langer's for lunch. For quality Korean BBQ, stay on the Red line and get off at the Vermont/Wilshire station, walk a few blocks south for Park's BBQ.

              You can take the Red line in the other direction to have dinner at Patina followed by a visit to the Disney Concert Hall. Or make the trek down to Little Tokyo for ramen at Daikokuya (and if your trip is this weekend, you can catch the Central Ave Jazz Festival). Take the Red line down all the way to the Union Station exit to get to Philippe's for a french dip and maybe catch a Dodgers game.

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              1. re: andytseng

                can't do that last one! coming from sacramento so am a SF giants fan!!
                and yes will have car and i so appreciate all your suggestions! am open to just about anything

                1. re: toncasmo

                  Note that parking @wilshire grand is like 20 bucks a night, and there are no other alternatives