Downtown (Near 7th/Fig) Lunch Deals
Here's the task: Need lunch deals in downtown L.A. near 7th/Fig. Anything under $10 would be awesome. Recs under $15 (including tip) doable also. Walking distance is wonderful, but anything reasonably accessible by public transportation okay too.
Well, there's Pizza Next Door right on 8th (about 1/2 block east of Fig next to Roy's). Lots of pizzas by the slices (all between $2-3). http://www.pizzanextdoor.com/
Then there's off course the food court in the 7th St. Marketplace.
On 6th St. is the Sandwich Shop, which is pretty basic sandwich fare, but they do have a very good Curry Chicken Salad sandwich on naan bread. http://www.sandwichshopla.com/
Finally, should consider O Bar (inside the O Hotel next to the Macy's plaza). http://www.ohotelgroup.com/
If you're tight on time, one hop on the Red Line gets you to Pershing Square then walk north to Grand Central Market. St. Vincent Court is on 7th just east of Hill. Both have many inexpensive options to try.
Original Pantry at 9th and Fig gets little love here; it's close but usually crowded for 'normal' lunch hours; likewise the old school Yorkshire Grill at 610 W 6th St.
Showbiz Ribs is a new BBQ place at 520 W 6th St, haven't tried it yet.
Gill's (Indian) has been at 838 S Grand, but Google shows them at 949 S Figueroa, good idea to call them first :-).
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
St. Vincent Court
314 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
If you want to take the metro into Union Station, you can try Cielito Lindo for their taquitos (honestly not that big of a fan, but people seem to be into it), Philippe's, and Spring Street Smokehouse (Much better than Showbiz Ribs, imo).
Close to Langer's is Mama's Hot Tamales off the MacArthur Park exit on the Red Line.
I'm at 7th and Fig. for four years now. Here's what you got, that isn't a chain fast-food place:
There's Italian at about $10-15 per at Bella Cuccina at Fig and Olympic, and at Pasta Primavera, on 7th about 4 blocks east.
The food courts at 7th and Fig, and at the Macy's Plaza ain't much to write home about, though Trimana makes an OK turkeyburger. 7th and Fig may be a ghost-town within six months if they don't replace the Macys.
There's an acceptable burrito to be had at Tacos Guerrero at 8th and Broadway (SW corner). It's $4. Including tax. Horchata will set you back $1.25. They don't even HAVE a tip jar, that I can find. It's cash only. ( If you sound and look really gringo, like me ("no beans, lettuce, please!" in my 4th grade spanish) expect the folks there to look at you with some amusement. They've always been nice to me, but they clearly are amused by "that tall guy in the suit and hat who wants no beans or rice in his burrito...")
There's Gill's AYCE Indian buffet (definitely on GRAND!!!!) for about $10, which, as Bourdain would say, also doesn't suck.
The places in St. Vincents' Alley, which, as noted, are pretty good, can be brought in under your price-point if you're willing to split some stuff, and many things are pretty big, and therefore splittable.
I've never walked over the freeway to either the Thai place on 7th in the motel, or the buffet in the "historic Mayfair Hotel". Anyone done so?
feelin' like everyone's a dollar short and a day late.....
We used to go to the Mayfair when I worked in the City of LA Garland building and it is nothing special. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
That said, I haven't been there in at least 3 years, so who knows, maybe it's way different.
They still doing the Wednesday Farmer's Market near 5th/Flower? I always liked the Hawaiian huli huli chicken I got there, plus they had bacon wrapped hot dogs, tamales, empanadas, thai bbq, mexican, and was accessible easily by the Dash.
underground morton's steakhouse, sit at bar or bar tables, order the lunch special sirloin burger (comes with fries) and a water and be happy. It's pretty much huge, cooked to order, nice tomato, whatever, fries. You'll be close to 15 bucks with tip but you won't be hungry for a while.
Can I add to this request? I need lunch places in the same area that I can get to from Staples Center/Convention Center and back within 30-45 minutes. I'm going to can be spending a week downtown and would like to have some quick options within a few blocks.
Is Famima still located on Figueroa, south of 8th? It was there a few months ago.
I've worked at 5th and Fig and 7th and Fig for several years. The suggestions made are all sound, although I avoid the food court. Mama's is excellent and the subway will take you there and to Langer's as well. At Langer's, I'd advise against the no. 19, although it gets praise here. I'd stick to plain hand-cut pastrami, with new dills. Perhaps it's all those murkey meals from my SC days, but the Pantry suggestion gets my vote (at least for walking distance). Their short ribs are fatty but satisfying if you can return to the office and snooze. I almost always opt for fried or poached eggs with sourdough toast well done, and well done potatoes. As I have noted here before, their ham steak promises more in looks than its taste can deliver (I find it watery; flaccid and without the depth of flavor I expect from a ham steak that looks as appealing at their's does). Their bacon is generous and, if you're lucky, it won't be too fatty. Not applewood smoked, though. Usually west on 7th from Fig on the north side of the street there are a couple of taco trucks with darn good food. Happy hunting.
Worked at Fifth and Fig years ago, and also Olympic & Hope, The Pantry is always where we went for breakfast after pulling an all nighter, or for the pot roast, gravy, mashed potatoes, canned green beans, relish tray and sourdough at lunch.
Used to get a great cheap lunch at the Down Under bar, under the motel at Fig and Olympic. We'd eat at the coffee shop above it at street level too.
Used to cross the bridge from Union Bank to the Bonaventure to have breakfast at the Bagel Nosh (which for all I know is long gone), they had a great man on the grill who would make an awesome omelet with EVERYTHING in it.
All the rest of the good old places are long gone.
My personal favs in the area are:
Maria's Itailian Express (615 S. Flower St.), the pastas are reasonable for lunch.
If I start walking early enough (or take the DASH), I like Mendocino Farms for the occasional splurge on a sandwich.
Lemonade underneath the City National Building, has a great assortment of salads.
Also, Ralphs Fresh Fare can cure a soup craving or the hot service deli has some tasty deals.
Much though I want to like Maria's the amount of space they have, where they have it, plus a bar, plus late hours, pushes their price-point well above Primavera and Bella Cuccina, without making the food as good. You REALLY have to pick lunch carefully to get out of there for less than $15, and $10 isn't really doable...
Anything new since this thread was active?? Just started working here a few days a week, and had the worst sushi of my life in the Macy's Plaza food court (salmon roll). Consistency approaching flan. Absolutely tasteless. Wow.
That hot dog cart out front is starting to look better and better.
re: cant talk...eating
Yes, I'm replying to my own post. So probably old news, but now there are farmer's markets downtown on 3 consecutive days, Wed. - Fri. I wandered over to Pershing Square on Wed. on my quest, and found a half-dozen stalls set up. The carne asada tacos were fine, aguas frescas a fleecing $3/cup, but hey, the bonus is you can watch the homeless fishing through the trashcans as you eat. Also present was a kebab/gyros stall, said aguas fresca stand, a Thai-Mexican fusion bbq, a crepe stand, and maybe something else. Longest line was for fire-roasted peanuts.
If you can look past the human tragedy, it's a lot of fun.
Second all your recs!
On 6th btw Grand and Olive, where Cabbage Patch is located there is also the Sandwich Shop and Bruno's Cafe. On 6th btw Hill and B'way, there is Sultan's Kitchen, for Lebanese. Sometimes, I make the trek up to Starry Kitchen. Relative newcomers that I haven't tried yet are Isaan (Thai) on 5th and Grand (next to La Salsa) and Two Bits Market (sandwiches) on 5th and Spring.
311 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
502 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
I heartily second Mendocino Farms and Lemonade (haven't tried the other two). There's also Sugarfish (which isn't a deal in terms of quantity, but is in terms of quality) and Wood Spoon a little further afield. Also, I haven't been yet, but there's this new Piazza at Zucca that is getting some good buzz.
Zucca Ristorante [CLOSED]
801 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90017
107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Didn't see this thread's revival when I posted my "Inquiring Minds" post.
The economy's still killin' (I think Trimana's now gone from downtown...) BUT
The Jewelry Alley is still a hodgepodge of good and meh places.
Pasta Primavera and Bella Cucina are now joined by "Olive", on Olive right next to the Oviatt, for inexpensive Italian.
The 7th-Fig food court is officially history for the moment, and the Macy's Plaza one is looking sadder, daily.
For those who like their Mexican food cooked using recipes from Minnesota, we're getting a Chipotle. W. Puck Express is gone.
Aching: If you can get more than a salad at anything associated with Zucca for less than $10, I'll be astonished.
Pasta Primavera [CLOSED]
611 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
27430 The Old Rd, Valencia, CA 91355
According to Eater, "The Calamari Fritti with Arrabiata, and Tacchino Panini with smoked turkey, cranberries and romaine sound like safe lunch bets, especially with both priced under $10." But again, I haven't been there myself.
1825 Redondo Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755
More likely than not it's a hike up Fig to the Union Bank Plaza for George's Greek or La Salsa, or into the Bonaventure for Olive Branch.
Mendocino Farms is good .
404 S Figueroa St Ste 418B, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Okay, after working here for almost 3 years, here's an updated list:
WITHIN $10 TO $15:
Octopus on 7th: decent Japanese food combos, stick with the combos as sashimi and sushi not the best grade
Ralphs Market: good salad bar, good lunch combo, good sandwiches
Pam's Deli: Macy's plaza, go for the bimbimbap
Maria's Italian Express: so-so pasta, small portions
Georges Greek Grill: (across from Bonadventure, next to Border Grill) very good Greek food
Bonadventure Food Court: Korean place is good as is Captain Fish
Fernando's: good, cheap Mexican food by the car wash across from LA Live and Staples Center
Lawry's Carvery: LA Live
Yardhouse: LA Live, lunch specials
Kachi's Sandwich by the freeway on Wilshire: great salads, sandwiches and quiche
Mandarin West: decent Chinese food in Bonadventure hotel (not super authentic) but decent lunch specials
Food court under where Paul Hastings and Weiland Underground is at: Lemonade, great Indian place and cheap and yummy Italian place
Green Hut Cafe on 7th: healthy sandwiches and salads
Mendocino Farms: great sandwiches next to U.S. Bank tower, across from Patina
EXPENSIVE: $15 +
Roy's Restaurant: Japanese/Hawaiian fusion
Sugarfish: yummy sushi, best sushi in the area without going to J-town
1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
404 S Figueroa St Ste 605, Los Angeles, CA 90071
3333 Bristol St Ste 2601, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Georges Greek Cafes
735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
700 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
1111 S Figueroa St Ste 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90015