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Feb 18, 2009 05:55 PM

Metro courthouse jury duty: food options?

Help! I've got jury duty tomorrow at the Metropolitan courthouse (1945 S. Hill) and I need to locate chow for lunch. You'd think this would be simple, but there's a catch.

I fell, split my lip pretty badly, and loosened a couple teeth over the weekend. My teeth are wired in, I'm stitched up, and as a result, I can only have soft, somewhat bland foods. Nothing spicy, nothing boiling hot temperature-wise, nothing I have to bite into, preferably somewhere within walking distance of the courthouse (I'm still pretty sore, long walks are out.)

Anyone? I've never been to that part of downtown and don't know what's down there in the way of soups, custards, giant wodges of tuna salad on lettuce leaves, etc. etc. Thanks!

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  1. Can't recommend a place to eat, but the courthouse cafeteria is dire.

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    1. re: Akitist

      Unless they reopened it in the past few years, they closed the cafeteria in the Metro Courthouse over a decade ago. Note -- The Metro courthouse is also known as the Traffic court, and is on the south edge of downtown on Hill south of Washington.

      The one advantage is that jurors get free parking in the courthouse parking lot, and it is right under and alongside the building. Lunch breaks are long -- ninety minutes -- so you have some time. So you could easily get to Langer's Deli for some matzoh ball soup, supplemented by something like tuna salad or egg salad. Head west on Washington or Pico, head north on Hoover, and Langer's is on the corner of Alvarado and Seventh (where there is a redline station) with validated parking a block east on the north side of the street.

      1. re: nosh

        I stand corrected. Wrong courthouse.

    2. Nothing down there but fast food places. You're better off packing your own lunch.

      1. Across the street to the north are a Burger King and a McDonald's. There is a Furniture or Fashion Mart building just to the east with a pricey dining room for casual food. There are a couple of vendors outside and a hole-in-the-wall burger and grill place just to the south on the west side. On Washington, there are some places to the east, including a strip mall with an El Pollo Loco and a more-than-decent pizza/salad/lasagna place about four blocks over.

        The place discovered by people in the know (and this info could be very old) is the community college campus due west of the courthouse, Trade Tech. They used to have a pretty popular and well-respected culinary program, and they ran a pretty good cafeteria with better food than you'd expect for the money. No way to describe how to find it -- do your research online or by phone and then ask where it is.

        Other than that you have to drive or take public transport. If you are doing research, you are northeast of USC, so some of the threads about there are applicable. You are due south of downtown, close to the toy or fashion district. There is not much other than chains along Figueroa in between.

        1. Just served jury duty in December and here's what I found that's yummy:

          Mendocino Farms: Great Sandwiches, but if you need something you can eat, they have great daily pasta salads that are mostly pretty soft

          And Grand Central Market: I can't tell you what in particular you can order, but it's an open air market with various food stands. I'm sure you'll be able to find something amazing that won't hurt you too badly.

          Hope you feel better!

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          1. re: mawf1977

            Metropolitan Courthouse the OP is serving jury duty at is on Hill Street by Washington (near LA Trade Tech)....not the courthouse you might be thinking of on 1st Street & Hill.

          2. The OP does not have a car. Sadly the only soft food option is tuna salad from the Subway a block down. I'd say stop on the way in and bring food with.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              omg, you'd think a split lip and teeth wired would be a good enough excuse to avoid jury duty altogether, or at least postpone it.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I did not read that OP did not have a car. Did specify within easy walking distance, so that may be the case, but also might have prior experiences at the Criminal Court Building or other courthouses where the parking is so far away or restricted that you can't get in and out at lunch. At Metro, parking is just an elevator away, free with a jury badge, and as mentioned lunch periods are almost always quite generous. (Courts need a lot of time between sessions to take care of all sorts of business and conduct proceedings that jurors can't be privy to, and all of the various personnel need lunch too.)

                1. re: nosh

                  That was informational -- the OP is a friend of mine and I know she does not have a car. She was going to try to go to Langer's after jury duty today but of course they close too early...