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If I were to ride the Gold Line this weekend...

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...where should I eat that is close walking distance from any of the stops (other than Chinatown)?

Link: http://www.la-pasblueline.org/opening...

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  1. Union station stop. Phillippe the Original for French Dips.

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    1. re: Me

      There is also TRAXX, inside Union Station. And if you take the subway to Pershing Square, you can cross the street to The Biltmore -- for breakfast, or afternoon tea -- or splurge and go right next door to THE WATER GRILL. The bar in the Biltmore is also a great place to have a cocktail.

      1. re: Tom P

        make sure you go to gallery bar, not grand avenue sports bar in the basement. very different vibe there.

        1. re: Me

          Exactly, thanks - I forgot about the sports bar.

        2. re: Tom P

          The Biltmore tea is not that good -- Try for the Tea Rose Garden www.trosegarden.com walkable from the Pasadena stop.

      2. Actually, I've already ridden the Gold Line, part of a preview trip. My favorite station is Mission in South Pasadena. Within a short distance, there are a couple of nice-looking places, with outdoor tables. Can't vouch for food, though. The DelMar station is a few blocks from Colorado with all the places there -- good, bad, and indifferent. The Lake St. stop is within a few blocks of some good, if not great, places, including Wolf's Hamburgers, Smitty's, Radhikas, the Green St. Cafe, etc. In any case, I'd get off at every station and scout them out. If you find some new finds, please report.

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        1. re: Jon W

          You mentioned the Lake Street stop, and a *huge* lightbulb went on over my head: Duh, Puebla Tacos.

          I haven't been there in a while, but I had one of the best carnitas burritos of my life at Puebla. I got the name off this board, and whoever rec'd it, please make your presence known!

          Puebla Tacos
          700 N. Lake Ave. (NE corner at Orange Grove Blvd.)
          Pasadena, CA 91104

          Yahoo Map: http://makeashorterlink.com/?R1EC22465

          Link: http://www.mta.net/metro_transit/metr...

          1. re: Jon W

            Closest to Mission in South Pasadena is Buster's coffeehouse, which is a great little place. Not far is Kaldi, another great coffeehouse, with outdoor seating facing a park-like setting.

            Firefly Bistro is also nearby, haven't been, but there have been good reviews on here and elsewhere. Additionally, there is a French market/deli (name escapes me) near as well that serves great lunches.

            1. re: Spike

              That french market is probably Nicoles. Gourmet shop full of good stuff.

          2. At the Highland Park Station: Chico's, which features a mural of a bilingual-talking-chili-pepper on its facade. The interior's a trip too, and the food's great.

            Del Mar station: Saladang Song

            Memorial Park station: Tibet-Nepal House, Shaab, La Fornaretta.

            End of the line: Pasadena Sandwich Company

            several of these are mentioned in slightly greater detail in this thread:

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. Delicious homemade Mexican at La Abeja at the Heritage Square Station. Only serves breakfast and lunch and gets crowded later in the morning. Our favorite waiter wears a free Martha apron. Gotta love 'em.

              1. Try La Fuente on Monte Vista & Ave. 57 - about a 2-block walk from the Highland Park station......
                Everything is good on the menu......some of the best Asada around - don't know what they marinade or season with but it tastes like nowhere else........try the El Rey burrito or the seafood caldo.........
                Not as heavy on grease as La Abeja.....
                Same courteous waiters the 15 years I've been going and great prompt service.......

                1. just a block or two away from the highland park station is la estrella tacos. awesome fish tacos. i also like the shrimp and my husband loves the carnitas (which i hv not had). just a stand, no seating. at corner of figueroa and ave 60.

                  1. I would agree you should try the Mission stop in South Pasadena. Bistro de la Gare (literally bistro at the station or depot) is a fine mid-end traditional french resteraunt. Kitty corner from this another place with California-Tapas cuisine if I recall, and a modest walk away is Bistro K, which many on this Board love, although we had less than fresh food when we went. Oh next to Bistro de la Gare is a nice wine and cheese shop that sells deli food and exceptional cheeses.

                    1. Yep - Busters is a swingin' little place. I would suggest going on a sultry Sunday eve to listen to the best free jazz you'll ever find and have a scoop of yummy ice cream. Sit and ponder over the L.A. Weekly and chat with the patrons. Cool little joint. My suggestion: Go another couple of stops to Holly St. You can walk to City Hall - under reconstruction and retrofitting or to Memorial Park for a free concert-www.levittpavilionpasadena.org . You can p/u from Gelsons across the street, eat at Holly St. Bar and Grill (also has jazz), or a plethora of other places within walking distance. (Not far from the Paseo). If you like to walk, take the Lake Ave. exit, eat at Go China on Lake and Walnut (next to Ralphs)- YUM! Then walk down Walnut passing the lovely grounds of Fuller Seminary and then to Memorial Park for a bit of music. P/U the gold line from Holly St. :) . If you're into burgers, catch Ricks before they close forever. It's a land mark and featured on the cover of a Cheryl Crow C.D. (Walnut and El Molino) Oh yeh, at Del mar station, there's Shakers- a great coffee shop stop, also a Houston's if you must :) KQ

                      1. I like the concept. Ones not mentioned-

                        GO to Tonny's - it's equidistant from Puebla Taco (1 block west of lake on Orange Grove. I used to go to Puebla reguarly until Tonny's moved in and I haven't been back since. It's not even close.
                        Europane is also a short distance on Colorado.

                        Highland Park: La Arca on Ave 54 and Figueroa - next to the Theater. It's my favorite Salvadorian restaurant around.

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                        1. re: oro3030

                          I agree with the Tonny's recommendation. Went there the first time because of a recommendation from this list, and couldn't believe a "fast food" joint had handmade tortillas! Yum!!!

                          And Europane...just down to Colorado and east a couple of blocks. I have dreams about their goat cheese and roasted pepper sandwich on rosemary olive bread.

                        2. Awesome! I've been meaning to do this too, but I'm afraid I'd end up eating all day at the Mission stop -_-;