Easy dinner between downtown and mid-city
Ok...so 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..
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
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.
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.
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