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Jury Duty lunch?!?!?

I've got jury duty this week downtown at the courthouse on Hill and 1st....any recs for lunch walking distance from my civic duty? Quiznos or Mickey D's just ain't gonna cut it....

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  1. Did the same thing earlier this year. I had lunch at Daikokuya ramen in Little Tokyo more than a couple of times. Within walking distance, fast service, and one of the best bowls of ramen in town.

    1. Probably depends on how much time they give you - an hour?

      If you walk north on Hill, then turn left on Temple, you can eat outside at the Cathedral's cafe. They have pizzas, soups, etc. Not great food, but it can be nice to sit outside there.

      If you walk west on 1st (up the hill) to Grand, then turn left, you have lots of options in and around California/Wells Fargo Plazas: Mendocino Farms (pretty good sandwiches), Casa (overpriced Mexican), CPK, Skew's, etc. etc. Some days (Wed. and Fri?) one of those Korean taco truck imitators parks on Grand @ 3rd.

      If you walk east on 1st, you can head over to Little Tokyo. Tons of options there, of course: Daikokuya (ramen), Sushi Komasa (on 2nd), etc.

      But maybe the best option for you is to head a few blocks south on Hill. Go to the Grand Central Market, where there are tons of vendors crowded into a big space: Mexican, Chinese, Lebanese - whatever you want. All pretty good, cheap, and quick.

      1. You've got a few good recs so far: Mendocino Farms for sure, Grand Central Market (Ana Maria's for a burrito or torta), Little Tokyo. There's a new option. The Patinette Cafe at MOCA is now something called "Lemonade." They have sandwiches, salads & such. Just opened last week and I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it could be a good addition to the lunchtime options around the Civic Center.

        They have decent salads at the cafe in the Disney Hall, and I think they give a 10% or 15% discount if you're wearing your juror ID.

        1. Send out to Bay Cities for the Wall of Sound meatball sandwich. It comes on a rye bun.

          1. How abt the DWP cafeteria, China Town or even the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
            I remember being on a civil case on one of my many tours of Jury Duty and the court took us there for the lunch buffet.

            1. You'll have at least 1 1/2 hours for lunch. Exit courthouse onto Temple & take Dash B ($.25) east. De-Dash at Union Station & cross Alameda to Olvera St for splendid Mexican soul food served cafeteria-style at La Luz del Dia (top of Olvera) or good Mex at La Golandrina (mid-Olvera). Or ... exit at Philllipe's for a double-dipped lamb w bleu cheese lovely. Or ... exit at next stop in Chinatown & take potluck or have dim sum at CBS or Ocean (on B'way). Lots of quick-&-dirty choices. Dash back in plenty of time.

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              1. re: Mr Grub

                Mr. Grub just made precisely the suggestions I was going to make. Good work, Mr. Grub! DASH really makes good stuff easily accessible from the courthouse.

                1. re: Mr Grub

                  I did the Olvera Street trip, but on foot, and had plenty of time for a nice lunch at the place across from La Golondrina whose name I can never remember. Food not quite as great, perhaps, but they have a very nice covered outdoor dining area. Took me a little over ten minutes to walk each way, though the return trip is uphill...so don't eat too much!

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    The place across from Golondrina (I also can't remember the name) is really mediocre. Skip it and go to one of the other two.

                    I also like all of Mr.Grub's suggestions.

                    I would add KooKooRoo on Grand Ave for something fast and pretty good (I usually got the rotisserie chicken and sides, nothing too fancy).

                    And in the LA Mall, if it's still there, Leon's is good.

                2. I became addicted to the turkey sandwich at Mendocino Farms...kind of like the "day after Thanksgiving" one with all the good stuff piled on. It's quite something.
                  And Patina has a business lunch special that's a great deal. I don't remember the exact price, but it's two courses. And a glass of wine was just $5.

                  1. You can walk north and try Spring Street BBQ or get on the Red Line and go to Langers.