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Lunch for one near Pershing Square

blkery Apr 21, 2010 10:48 AM

I'm going to be on foot downtown this Friday, visiting from the Pacific Northwest. I'll be starting from 6th and Broadway - what's not to be missed?

Edit: am I correct in reading Kogi's schedule that they'll have a truck at Grand Hope park on that day? I've never tried them. http://kogibbq.com/#friday

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  1. yinyangdi Apr 21, 2010 12:41 PM

    bikery: What kind of food are you looking for and what's you budget?

    I like MENDOCINO FARMS a lot; it has two locations downtown (5th & Flower and 3rd & Grand/Watercourt) serving gourmet famers market inspired sandwiches, salads & soups.

    Monday - Friday Hours 11am - 3pm

    444 S. Flower St. Los Angeles, CA 90071

    300 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071

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    1. re: yinyangdi
      d_doubleyew May 15, 2010 02:01 PM

      The Mendocino Farms on Flower Street is open for dinner now (until 7 p.m.?).


      444 S. Flower St.
      Los Angeles, CA 90071

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      chuck Apr 21, 2010 07:31 PM

      From the North East corner of Pershing Square you can get an the Red Line Subway and go north to China Town or Olvera Street and Phillippe's or go west and get a great pastrami sandwich at Langers.

      Olvera Street
      845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      China Town
      10935 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92505

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        cls Apr 21, 2010 07:58 PM

        If you don't do Kogi, walk a couple blocks to Bottega Louie

        Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

        Bottega Louie
        700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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          New Trial Apr 21, 2010 08:18 PM

          Closest, if that matters, might be Sultan (no atmosphere but delicious Middle Eastern food, including a really good roast chicken). This link (and the one referenced therein) might help provide some additional selections:


          311 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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            lac582 Apr 21, 2010 09:57 PM

            I second the suggestions of Mendocino Farms and Bottega Louie.

            Bottega Louie
            700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

            Mendocino Farms
            300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            1. aching Apr 22, 2010 08:30 AM

              I also recommend Mendocino Farms (better food) and Bottega Louie (better atmosphere/people-watching and really excellent coffee). But given your location and since you're visiting from out of town, my highest recommendation would be Cole's. It's an LA institution and has a great old-timey feel. I was there last weekend and was pleasantly surprised at how great my lamb French dip and bacon potato salad were - it's a really satisfying, unique experience.

              Mendocino Farms
              300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

              118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

              Bottega Louie
              700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

              1. wilafur Apr 22, 2010 05:50 PM

                or head to grand central market place and choose from a plethora of food stalls. iirc, GCM is about 2 blocks from pershing.

                i enjoy the cabeza and lengua tacos from tacos tumbras.

                Tacos Tumbras a Tomas
                317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  aventinus Apr 22, 2010 09:08 PM

                  Water Grill.

                  Water Grill
                  544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                  1. re: aventinus
                    OmChef May 16, 2010 07:09 PM

                    I am a former water grill fan and devotee, and imho water grill has gone downhill since chef Michael Cimarusti left, but their prices are as steep as ever.....

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                      OmChef Oct 7, 2010 09:11 AM

                      update: Water Grill is back of my favorites list! had an incredible experience there during a visit a few weeks ago...the raw bar is amazing, the iced shellfish platter is a must have and a perfectly decadent meal in itself

                      Water Grill
                      544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                    HastaLaPasta Apr 23, 2010 12:41 PM

                    I'd take the Red Line to the MacArthur Park station and go to Langers for pastrami, or in the other direction and go to Union Station and walk over to Phillippe's for french dip. Unless you want to spend a lot (Water Grill), there's nothing that close to Pershing Square on foot that I'd go out of my way for. Another idea would be to head to China Town (from Union Station and go for Dim Sum at one of the places there - ABC Seafood, CBS Seafood or Empress Pavillion.

                    CBS Seafood
                    700 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    ABC Seafood Restaurant
                    708 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    1. Chowpatty May 15, 2010 06:00 PM

                      There are some good suggestions on this thread, but I'll add another: Starry Kitchen. Really nice people, tasty Vietnamese/fusion comfort food.
                      It's in California Plaza, 350 S. Grand.

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                      1. re: Chowpatty
                        ipsedixit May 15, 2010 07:05 PM


                        Do you think Starry Kitchen is a bit overpriced? I've tried them once, and while I thought it was good, it seemed the prices were a bit out of whack. I mean, $7.50 for a banh mi? Granted the rents are significantly higher in DTLA and the fillings are definitely on the avant garde side (e.g. vegan options, meatball curries, etc.), but still, that's about 3x more than the average banh mi sandwich in either SGV or OC.

                        If I'm in that area (Cal Plaza), you better be good AND cost-effective for me to pass up Mendocino Farms.

                        Mendocino Farms
                        300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          Chowpatty May 16, 2010 05:56 PM

                          I don't think you can compare banh mi prices to the San Gabriel Valley or Westminster from anyplace else in L.A. There are virtually no banh mi west of Monterey Park under $6 or $7. I had the Chicken curry with coconut rice, Korean noodles and coleslaw, and that was a lot of food for $9. I don't think Banh Mi Che Cali is using free-range chicken. I'd say if you worked around there it would make a good change of pace from Mendocino Farms, at about the same price.

                          Mendocino Farms
                          300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                          1. re: Chowpatty
                            Dommy May 16, 2010 06:25 PM

                            And in all fairness, Medocino Farms also offers a Bahn Mi... for $2 more than the Starry Kitchen one!!


                            And I happily bought it because it sounded delicious (and it was!) and I know what they are trying to do is quite different from most Bahn Mi places... Anyway, I don't think it's fair just because they choose to serve a Bahn Mi approximation they should automatically be in line with other Bahn Mi prices. I mean, I don't expect Animal to charge Rutts Hut prices just because they also serve Loco Moco...


                            1. re: Dommy
                              ipsedixit May 16, 2010 06:45 PM

                              Well, that's why I don't ever get the Banh Mi at Mendocino Farms. :-)

                              In fairness (and in agreement with both of you), I suppose banh mi sandwiches at places like Mendocino and Starry shouldn't really be compared to the genuine article. Sort of like getting a burrito at Chipotle and then complaining the taquería down the street is so much cheaper.

                              Mendocino Farms
                              300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                Dommy May 16, 2010 06:49 PM

                                May I ask what you get? We got one close to work I'd like to expIore more and while I liked the Bahn Mi a lot, but It's so rich, I think I'll make it a once in a life time thing... LOL! I wasn't too impressed with their Tuna Sandwich (I like the one at Huckleberry SO much better), the French Onion Soup Sandiwich was a hair short of a culinary joke and their Salads are rather unexciting sounding...


                                1. re: Dommy
                                  ipsedixit May 16, 2010 09:02 PM

                                  Steak BLT
                                  Roasted Chicken

                                  1. re: Dommy
                                    d_doubleyew May 17, 2010 09:45 AM

                                    On the regular menu, I like Mendocino Farms' Highway 128.

                                    From their current seasonal menu, I like their Braised Lamb sandwich and the Full Nelson.

                                    From past seasonal menus, I've enjoyed their Fish and Chips, and Lobster sandwiches.

                                    Mendocino Farms
                                    444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                          Bruce Kerr May 15, 2010 09:47 PM

                          I'm rarely in the area anymore, but I've always loved Yorkshire Grill at 610 W 6th. It's been there for 50 years that I know of, and is still getting great reviews. 1 1/2 blocks from Pershing.

                          Yorkshire Grill
                          610 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                          1. re: Bruce Kerr
                            silverlakebodhisattva May 17, 2010 10:21 AM

                            I'm curious; I've been officed two blocks from Yorkshire for five years, been there once and haven't felt any need to go back, as I thought it entirely unremarkable. Did I miss something?

                          2. J.L. May 15, 2010 11:52 PM

                            Skip Bottega Louie, and head to 8th & Olive for Colori Kitchen.

                            Colori Kitchen
                            429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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