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Fashion District rec's

Hi Fellow Chow Hounders! I am flying in for a day of shopping with my mom and her three sisters. I'm looking for a good place to eat before we head back to LAX to catch our flight back to Phoenix.

I've read a few threads, and one rec that was pretty consistent was Paul's Kitchen. Is this still so? If so, are they open for dinner?

Otherwise, got any other good rec's? In the garment district would be perfect (ESPECIALLY if we could walk there!!!), but as long as it's on the way to the airport, we'll still be okay. We're good with hole in the wall cheap, as long as they serve good food. And nothing that would take too long--we're there to shop, not to spend more than an hour on our meal. (*shudder*)

Thanks so much CHers!

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Paul's Kitchen
1012 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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  1. I've worked in the Fashion District for quite a long time and have never heard of Paul's Kitchen. Where did you read this, and when was it?

    The best in the area is Bottega Louie - it's a little bit of a walk, but worth it.
    Wood Spoon is also very good, as is Colori Kitchen. I love Tiara Cafe and Blue Moon but that's because they're great work day lunch spots.

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

    Paul's Kitchen
    1012 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

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

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    1. re: yogachik

      You work in the Fashion District and never heard of Paul's Kitchen?
      Been there 50+ years.
      Never heard of Blue Moon....could it be "New Moon"?

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      Paul's Kitchen
      1012 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

      1. re: yogachik

        Colori Kitchen is only open for dinner.

        THere's a great french dip sandwich place called
        Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet at 6th street. They claim to have invented the french dip roast beef sandwich.

        http://colesfrenchdip.com/

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

        1. re: granadafan

          Sorry, meant New Moon! Thanks Monku. No, never heard of Paul's.

          Colori is open for lunch, I eat there all the time.

          1. re: yogachik

            Indeed Colori is open for lunch - but only during the week when the work force is downtown....

      2. Paul's Kitchen is a hole-in-the-wall old school Chinese American joint. Used to be where the original Chinatwon was located along with the original produce market.

        Been there 50+ years and looks like it (fresh coat of interior paint a few months ago).

        You either like it or hate it. I love place....finishing off some leftovers right now.

        They are open until 8pm every night (but don't try and walk in at 7:45, they may turn you away).

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        Paul's Kitchen
        1012 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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        1. re: monku

          It's former Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda's favorite place for lunch.
          They got the Tommy Lasorda Special for $10.25/person.
          You got 5 people, you can ask for it for 4 people and there's still plenty of food for everyone.

        2. If you're still interested in Chinese food New Moon may be a little more civilized. It was originally one of the "original" Chinatown restaurants but they moved to the other side of the fashion district (after a 10+ year hiatus). They're only open until 5pm M-F and 3pm on Saturdays (closed Sunday). Their self proclaimed claim to fame is their Chinese chicken salad (they claim they invented it). It's good and their most popular to-go order. The food isn't bad, but not authentic Chinese food, but good enough for the fashion district crowd.

          New Moon
          112 West 9th Street
          Los Angeles, CA 90015-1549
          (213) 624-0186

          1. STRONGLY second the Wood Spoon recommendation - it's perfect for your needs. Order the chicken pot pie or the pork burger (although really, everything I've had there has been excellent). It is closed on Mondays though. IMHO, the food at Wood Spoon is better than at Bottega Louie, although Louie is much more of a scene and is a great spot for coffee and a pastry, or a cocktail, depending on your mood. Tiara is fine but nothing special food-wise. We used to love Angelique Cafe, but after a series of bad service incidents, gave it up a couple years ago. However, it is convenient to the Fashion District. Corkbar is more of a hike (about the same distance as Louie), but is definitely do-able and I really like the food. It's an especially good deal during happy hour, and even better on Tuesdays, when they have $2 "test kitchen" items. Hope that helps!

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            Angelique Cafe
            840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

            Corkbar
            403 W 12th St, Los Angeles, CA

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

            1. I'm not sure if this is in the "garment district " or not, just looking at the addresses, it can't be too far. Think it's in the "toy" district, but whatever!! If you're close enough GO to Lazy Ox Canteen.

              Incredible food & really thoughtful wine & beer list.

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              Lazy Ox Canteen
              241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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              1. re: Phurstluv

                Little Tokyo. Short drive but long walk - great food!