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Jul 27, 2010 04:23 PM

Lunch near the LA Convention Center?

Looking for cheap lunch spots near the LA Convention Center. Staying at the JW Marriott, but prefer not to eat at LA Live. I read that there are excellent spots on Pico, but I am female and will be walking alone, so I would want to stay safe. Are there any taco trucks nearby? I know you can take public transportation to Chinatown and stuff, but it would be great if I can just walk somewhere. Ethnic eats are a plus. Thanks!

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  1. Wood Spoon is a Brazilian restaurant in the area that's not to be missed.

    Wood Spoon
    107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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    1. re: JAB

      Second Wood Spoon - it's excellent. I would also recommend that you walk up to Mendocino Farms at 4th and Flower for a delicious sandwich. Also, though it has its detractors, I really love Bottega Louie, as much for the people-watching as for the food (although there are some things it does really well, such as coffee, pastries, BLTs, arugula salad, potato salad, etc.).

      Wood Spoon
      107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

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

    2. I'm also excited to try Mexican bacon wrapped hotdogs. Any place nearby that serves them?

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      1. re: krystle920

        In that area of Downtown no, but if you walk east and look around bus stops in the whole McArthur park area you will. It's technically illegal, usually sold by women and sometimes men in their jerry rigged carts. Police have stepped up their harrassment (or code enforcement if you want to see it that way). Your area of Downtown is safe to walk 24/7 but avoid MacArthur Park at night--and only because you are a female and new to town. Definitely avoid the area around skid row at night--South of Little Tokyo. I am guessing this is obvious, but while venturing on foot around Downtown stay in well lit areas, avoid alleys, etceteras. The thing is your area of Downtown has been upgraded, and you walk a distance east or west you are in a "sketchy" neighborhood--which is normally safe but unsuspecting tourists/students especially women get robbed occasionally because they are targetted by a few bad apples. Explore in the daytme--avoiding alleys, and you will be safe--since you are asking about lunch you will be. Otherwise make a friend at the convention to join you.

      2. The Original Pantry Cafe is walking distance, and you could do a lot worse after dark than Figueroa. Advantage that it;s open 24/7, and it's certainly cheap. Some look down their nose at it, imho it's simple comfort food and fine for what it is, and certainly cheaper than most of what you'll find at LA Live.

        Original Pantry Cafe
        877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017