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nankivell Feb 24, 2009 08:39 PM

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..
Paul

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  1. ipsedixit RE: nankivell Feb 24, 2009 08:57 PM

    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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      nankivell RE: ipsedixit Feb 25, 2009 12:20 PM

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

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      delishdonna RE: nankivell Feb 25, 2009 02:01 PM

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

      1. Chowpatty RE: nankivell Feb 25, 2009 04:33 PM

        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?

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        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

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          nosh RE: nankivell Feb 25, 2009 05:45 PM

          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.

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            ceviche RE: nankivell Feb 25, 2009 06:03 PM

            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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              nosh RE: ceviche Feb 25, 2009 07:45 PM

              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.

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                nankivell RE: nosh Mar 3, 2009 12:51 PM

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

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