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Nov 21, 2008 11:22 PM

Along the 10, from SaMo to Staples Center?

My new evening commute is going to be eastbound along the 10, from Bundy to Hoover to Alvarado and onto Olympic. I'm looking for places to stop and either grab a good take away or have a quick bite. Something right off the exit or at least easy to access. So far, I am thinking about Crenshaw for BBQ or soul food take out, and maybe El Taurino by Pico Union. Chinese/Thai and other foods that I can eat hot or cold are welcome along with pretty much anything else.

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  1. I do not know the hours for El Parian but if they are open during your evening commute they are worth a visit for what might be L.A.'s best asada or goat tacos.

    El Parian Restaurant (Asada or Goat Tacos).
    1528 W. Pico Blvd.
    Los Angeles
    (213) 386-7361
    Just West of the Harbor Fry. (They LOOK to be closed from the street but open the door).

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    1. re: JeetJet

      darn it! you took me suggestion! best barria tacos! perfect for nom and go.

      1. re: lotta_cox

        The barria is good but I like the asada even more. Fresh cooked with a char outside. I really like eating there because the inside of the place is so -- non pretentious and out of L.A. downtown feeling. Sure wish they made better chips and salsa instead of the crap thet serve you. Still, they know what they are doing with tose fresh made tortillas and meat.

        1. re: JeetJet

          yeah, the chips and salsa sucked. but that wall of beer is awesome. makes up for the chips and salsa.

    2. Two candidates come immediately to mind: JNJ Burger Shack and FO2

      JNJ Burger Shack
      5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

      Father's Office
      3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

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      1. re: Peripatetic

        JnJ Closes around 6 or 7, so call first. 323-934-5390
        Papa Cristo's is GREAT.
        There is a taco table on Vermont, just north of Washington on the east side, that sets up thursday, friday and saturday after 7pm, THE BOMB!

      2. Get off the 10 two exits before Hoover at Normandie and head north to Pico. At that intersection on the north side of Pico is C & K Importing, also known as Papa Christo's. A good and fun Greek deli and cafe, with very reasonable roast chicken, kebobs, lamb, and savory pastries like spanikopita.

        Your real find will be a few blocks further east, however, at what looks to be a burger stand on the N/W corner of Pico and Berendo, two blocks west before Vermont. Yes, the famous Dino's. Huge pastrami sandwiches, good burgers and dogs, a fine carne asada plate. But their specialty, and what most people will be ordering, is the crazy chicken special. A small half-bird, marinated and flame-grilled, served over a big mound of fries, with a cup of coleslaw and some tortillas, splashed with some of the garlicky, vinegary turmeric "sauce." Fantastic, and about $5.

        1. Get off the 10 at La Brea and head a few blocks north. Go to Luna Park and eat at the bar. I believe they have a happy hour. They go a great grilled artichoke and other nice veg, and I like their entrees.

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          1. re: lotta_cox

            FYI, that is more than a few blocks, that is like a mile and a half, all the way to Wilshire Blvd.

              1. re: lotta_cox

                No disrespect, but from Washington to Olympic, it is always packed, then it clogs up the from 8th to Wishire. I make that drive almost everyday from Washington up to Beverly. I am just saying it is a commitment to time, That is why I did not mention New York BBQ (The old Greeces). I thought he wanted quick, if time is no object, heck I have a few for you..........

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  Time is an issue. No way would i go all the way up to Wilshire and then back down again. I was at NY BBQ a few days ago and hated it. I used to be a regular at Mr. Greece's and went to NY BBQ a few times during their first month and liked it. Last week it was completelt different. The sauce was much darker and more bitter with a burnt taste. The smoked pork was fatty and the mac n cheese was bland and lifeless. I was bummed.

                  1. re: foh

                    I had the pulled pork about a month ago and it was good, but the mac and cheese was swimming in grease, really disgusting. I wonder if they were having an off day for the sauce and brisket. I hope they can correct any problems. I still love mes my JnJ Burger and BBQ, right off the 10 at Fairfax.

                  2. re: Burger Boy

                    As much as I like Luna Park for what it is (pictures and review of a recent meal over at my blog), I have to concur with Burger Boy and foh -- that drive to Wilshire is looong and almost always stop and go. At the rate of traffic, you'd think it was 10 miles away instead of 1.5.

            1. Pollo a la Brassa at 8th and Western. Get the green sauce!!