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Jun 24, 2004 01:53 AM

Lunch help downtown: Jury duty on W. Temple

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I need lunch help. I'm reporting for jury duty at the 210 W. Temple criminal justice center. Any walkable lunch recs? Open to all suggestions.


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  1. I had jury duty today and walked to Grand Central Market for some pupusas.

    1. Go south one block to 1st Street then east about two block where you'll find the Korean Barbeque that is very good, a lot of different Japanese restaurants and a little further, Senor Fish on the corner of 1st & Alameda. From 1st and Spring Street go north about 3 blocks to Olvera Street where there is La Luz del Dia, a cafeteria style restaurant that has great carnitas with tortillas a mano. There is also La Golondrina in Olvera which is a little upscale and serves good fish dishes. There is also the cafe at the Cathederal of Our Lady of the Angels which is a block to the west of the criminal courts building. I've never eaten there but I heard it was good. And, of course, the Grand Central Market which has a lot of good eats, especially Ana Maria's for gorditas.

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      1. re: Neta

        The carnitas burrito (more like a burro) at Ana Maria's is, in my opinion, one of the culinary wonders of Los Angeles. You walk up to this (always mobbed) little stand the in GCM, and ask for a carnitas burrito with everything on it. The guy behind the counter warms up a large flour tortilla, and then plasters it with a big dollop of creamy refried beans, followed by, like three cups of carnitas, salsa verde, chopped onions and fresh cilantro. At this point, there's what looks like about a quart and a half of carnitas and other goodies piled on a tortilla that is visibly too small to contain such a mass of food; somehow, they always manage to get it rolled up. Cut in half, with a squeeze of fresh lime juice -- it's just fantastic. Easily enough for two good sized meals, for a grand total of $4. (To tell the truth, I sometimes feel guilty that they're not charging enough so I walk away without waiting for change for my $5.)

        1. re: David Kahn

          That stand also does some great flautas (big taquitos) and I like how they serve it with a big mound of beans, cilantro, onions, crema, and salsa. A meal in itself!

          1. re: Ernie

            You know, I've never tried the flautas even though I have lunch there once a week. I usually just get a torta (which, like the burrito, also involves about 5 lbs. of meat along with a spread of beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, salsa, cilantro, sour cream and several slices of avocado...bigger than the biggest deli sandwich you can imagine, and only four bucks) or a burrito.

      2. You're very close to Chinatown, so the possibilities are vast. You'll probably get 1-1/2 hours for lunch so you could walk to the cafeteria in the DWP headquarters building across the street (west) from the Music Center or to the cafeteria in the Hall of Administration. The DWP is superior. Avoid the cafeteria in the civil courthouse.

        1. A couple of places that's a few blocks away, in Little Tokyo:

          - Daikokuya Ramen (1st St., between San Pedro and Central)

          - Shabu Shabu House (in Japanese Village Plaza Mall)
          (get there early, before 11:20, to line up.. the place opens at 11:30 to avoid a wait)

          1. By all means go to Chinatown. I love a little hole in the wall called O.K. Seafood. It's on the ground floor of the same building as Ocean Seafood.

            Lunch specials start at $3.95. Do try the somewhat pricier scrambled egg shrimp. It's outstanding!