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Feb 24, 2009 08:39 PM

Easy dinner between downtown and mid-city i know this is pretty generic, but it's still a bit of an issue for me. I work downtown and live in mid-city (near Crenshaw/Wilshire). I've been doing this commute for months now, and when on my way home from work, looking for a bite to eat, i have no clue. I like to pick up easy, quick, relatively cheap food that's obviously good. If anyone has any recommendations on places like this anywhere between downtown and mid-city/koreatown, it'd be much appreciated.

thanks in advance..

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  1. How 'bout Bloom Cafe or Kyochon?

    Also, in downtown LA you could stop by WoodSpoon or Cafe Metropol before heading home.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Cool thanks...definitely gonna have to try the first three...Metropol is a little too far outta the way, but much appreciated regardless...

    2. Marouch on Santa Monica Bl. near Western...excellent Lebanese food .....moderately priced ...I"d go there all the time if I lived closer.

      1. Ha, I go the opposite direction and sometimes think the same thing. I recommend Pho Saigon, Kyochon, Pollos a La Brasa and La Morenita Oaxacana, to name a few. How about Makkah Halal for Indian?

        Pollo A La Brasa Western
        764 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA

        Makkah Halal Tandoori
        401 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

        La Morenita Oaxaquena
        3550 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

        Pho Saigon Koreatown
        3831 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

        1. Your answer is the crazy chicken special at Dino's, which looks like a burger stand on the N/W corner of Pico at Berendo, two blocks west of Vermont. Good burgers, pastrami, a carne asada plate, but 80-90% of the people are ordering the chicken -- a half-bird marinated in a garlicky, vinegary, turmeric marinade and flame-grilled, served on a big mound of thin fries with a cup of coleslaw and tortillas. All of $5.50, and travels reasonably well. Amazingly tasty, I order mine with extra "sauce" for more flavor, though it does sog up the fries.

          1. i make the same trek all the time. lots of choices.

            - soon tofu soup travels really well, so it'll be good when you get home. two great choices at Olympic and Vermont.
            - the aformentioned Bloom Cafe is excellent, although kind of out of your way if you live on Wilshire.
            - there's a taco truck called Tacos La Fonda truck on the west side of Vermont just south of 7th st. plate of tacos to go sounds pretty good to me.
            - pollo a la brasa is very good and is right on your way home

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            1. re: ceviche

              OK, I've eaten at Dino's and also at Pollo a la Brasa, and my personal preference is Dino's all the way. Brasa's chicken is much smokier, it is more of a long slowcooked BBQ chicken rather than Dino's more tangy marinated, orange-glow, and quick intense fire-grilled. In my experience, Brasa's is sometimes more dry, while Dino's because of the volume once in a while is a tad undercooked, needing resting time in the box or a quick return to the grill. I like Dino's fries much better than Brasa's, or their rice or beans. I like the Dino's experience much more, even the lines with the anticipating, smiling people, and Dino's prices are much less.

              1. re: nosh

                awesome...i'm gonna have to try and bunch of these spots... thanks a ton...