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The East LA extension of the Metro Gold line is set to open on November 15th!

Please see the map here: http://www.metro.net/projects_studies...

I thought it would be fun and in the spirit of past eating threads (i.e. where can i eat along the --- (red, blue, purple) subway lines?): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/436632

Metro also has some suggestions for us...
http://metro.net/projects_studies/eas...

Metro's recommendations By Stop:

LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT
Cuba
Weiland Brewing Company
Senor Fish

PICO/ALISO
San Rafael Bakery
Mom's Kitchen

MARIACHI PLAZA
Apache's Tacos al Carbon
Birreriaia Jalisco
El Canario Resteraunt
Homegirl Cafe
Jim's Burgers
La Placita del D.F.
La Serenata de Garibaldi
Santa Cecilia Resteraunt
Taqueria El Sol

SOTO
Antojitos del D.F.
Bahia San Carlos #2
El Nuevo Carioca
El Reconcito del Mar
El Sarape Taqueria
Lupita's Resteraunt
Restauraunte Los Antijitos
Mighty Donuts Super Coffee
Otomisan Resteraunt
Vicky's Resteraunt

INDIANA
Cemitas Elvirita
Donut Factory
Jack in the Box
Pizza Hut
Liliana's Tamales
McDonalds
Mexico Cafe
The Original Snow Cone Factory
Ranchero Burger
El Mercadito

MARAVILLA
Antojitos del D.F.
King Taco
Tacarbon

EAST L.A. CIVIC CENTER
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Gonzo's Pizza Plus
Juan Pollo
Linda's Bakery
Los Molcajetes
Maria's Corner
Quizno's Subs
Taco Real

ATLANTIC
Los Pollos #2
Happy Teriyaki
Manny's El Loco Restaurant
McDonalds
Neveria Las Delicias
Subway

So... what's missing?

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La Serenata De Garibaldi
1842 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Senor Fish
422 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cuba Central
114 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Weiland Brewery Restaurant
400 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tamales Liliana
3448 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

Mom's Kitchen
1224 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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  1. I believe that the Home Girl Cafe across from Mariachi Plaza has closed.

    1. A few off the bat:

      PICO/ALISO
      Purgatory Pizza (http://eatpurgatorypizza.com/

      )

      MARIACHI PLAZA
      Eastside Luv Wine Bar (http://www.eastsideluv.com/

      )

      Al & Bea's Mexican Food (half way between Mariachi Plaza Stop and Soto Stop) AWESOME BURRITOS!!

      SOTO
      Pollo Campero ( i know a chain, but I like their biscuits! http://www.camperowest.com/)

      INDIANA
      Cinco Puntos mmmm carnitas (http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/2007/05/...

      )

      ATLANTIC

      if you are willing to hoof it for some fish tacos... Tacos Baja Ensenada

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      Tacos Baja Ensenada
      5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

      Cinco Puntos
      3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

      Al & Bea's Mexican Food
      2025 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

      Purgatory Pizza
      1326 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

      Pollo Campero
      2320 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

      1. It may not be that close to walk to, but always worth it: El Tepeyac off of Mariachi Plaza.

        1. What are some of the must have dishes at these places? I plan to be there on opening day and am excited about the food!

          1. i work off the ELA civic center stop. I would have to add Lupe's #2 for bean and cheese burritos of many varieties. Moles La Tia is a quite a walk for an angeleno but not too much for a NY'r or SF'r. It's definitely worth it and probably necessary considering the portions.
            off Atlantic: again a walk for an angeleno Cook's Tortas

            1. I love this post. Thank you. I am going to ride the Gold Line and try some new places.

              Is Homegirl Cafe closed?

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              1. re: bsquared2

                Homegirl Cafe is allive and well - just at a new location near the Gold Line Chinatown stop.

                http://www.homeboy-industries.org/hom...

                Try the chilequiles for breakfast!

              2. How is it possible that no-one has mentioned that the Soto station is just THREE BLOCKS from the Big Save market on Breed St. and Cesar E. Chavez?? Go between 7 and 11 PM and across Breed St. from the parking lot you'll find a bunch of Mexican food vendors set up (usually, unless they're being harassed).

                Follow the scent. Bring your high-school Spanish. Try stuff that smells or looks good. My recommendation: a quezadilla de huitlacoche from Nina's (behind the low wall in the centre) with salsa seca. $3.

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Having just gone there this weekend only to find the lot empty, note it is not as reliable as all that. there are rumors they are being cleared out by Neighborhood Business who don't like the competition.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    If I remember correctly, I think you're referring to BIG BUY FOODS on the NE corner of E. Cesar Chavez Ave. & N. Breed St.

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                    Big Buy Foods
                    2233 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

                    1. re: Mr. Roboto

                      Sorry, you're right.

                  2. The new MTA (PR?) blog has been posting more food related articles in anticipation of this Sundays (11/15) opening:
                    http://thesource.metro.net/2009/11/12...
                    http://thesource.metro.net/2009/11/12...
                    http://thesource.metro.net/2009/11/09...
                    http://thesource.metro.net/2009/11/10...

                    They have linked back to this Chow topic and have included the Breed St 'food fair' on their Google map of eateries. Hmmm, I don't know if this is the kind of publicity this 'fair' needs.

                    Link to list of festivities on Sunday: http://www.metro.net/news_info/press/...
                    This day the fare will be free and usage at crush capacity!

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                    1. re: DiveFan

                      There was also this list written up in the LA Times and I linked the entire article over on the Food Media & News Board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/666415

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/666418

                      1. re: DiveFan

                        I'm a daily rider of the Red Line and I've been looking forward to this opening. That being said, next Sunday you wouldn't get me on the Gold Line at the point of a gun. I made that mistake the day the Red Line opened to North Hollywood, and it was extremely crowded and unpleasant.

                        My advice is to wait until the hoopla has subsided.

                      2. just a few steps south of Atlantic Station... Que Delicious a.k.a. Las Delicias

                        when i go there it's usually for the nieve de garrafa or smoothies. they also have bionicos, juices, tortas, fruit, dulces... various assorted fresh/natural goodies.

                        http://www.quedelicious.com
                        287 Atlantic Blvd, Suite A, Los Angeles CA 90022