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Sep 20, 2010 11:50 AM

Downtown LA- What's not to be missed?!!

Staying at the Westin Bonaventure for a few days, what is not to be missed, cheap eats, lunch, dinner, fine dining, desserts, etc.. All cuisines!

I will have a vehicle if needed.

Please let me know what your favorite spots are!!


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  1. Langer's Deli home of the worlds best pastrami is five minutes away. If you don't want to drive the Red Line Subway stops right in front of Langer's. Well worth the trip. They are open daily till 4pm and closed on Sundays.

    Langer's Delicatessen
    704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I 2nd Langer's and add Wood Spoon.

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

      1. Wurstkuche - Pommes Frites and Sausages (I like the Buffalo the best)
        Wood Spoon - Chicken Pot Pie and Pork Burger
        Daikokuya - Ramen
        Lazy Ox - everything
        Cole's - Lamb French Dip, Sweet Potato Fries, Atomic Pickle
        The Gorbals - Sticky Toffee Pudding (I highly recommend you stop in just for this dessert if you don't have time for a full meal)
        The Varnish - Cocktails
        Bottega Louie - Capuccino and Pain au Chocolat
        Corkbar - Wine, Cheese, and Small Plates
        Water Grill, Drago Centro, Chaya, WP24, Roy's - These are all good options for fine dining, but it would be hard for me to recommend one over another without knowing where you're coming from, what you like, and how much you want to spend.

        Others can give you great recs for sushi in Little Tokyo if that's your thing - I'm no expert, but I think Sushi Gen is generally considered to be the best.

        Hope you have a fun time!

        327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Water Grill
        544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        Drago Centro
        525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

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

        525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        Little Tokyo Restaurant
        150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

        900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        The Gorbals
        501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        2 Replies
        1. re: aching

          Adding Rivera for modern, latin cuisine. Mo-Chica for Peruvian and Sushi Gen for sushi - GREAT lunch specials. Sashimi plate alone is worth stopping by for

          3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

          1. re: bruinike

            Enjoyed Rivera's tasting menu with their wine pairing last night. Aside from the excellent food, drink and very attentive service, three things come to mind:

            Parking isn't so bad in this part of downtown. $5-$20 and many places offer valet or validate.

            Our kids will actually eat their way through a tasting menu. They may not like everything, but that goes for grown-ups as well. While my son didn't care for pomegranate foam, he liked sweetbreads - huh?

            Despite all the over-the-top electronic commercialism around the Staples Center (I personally hate crap like that), it appears there's actually a lot of good to great eats, all within walking distance.

        2. Assuming you are from out of town, I'm thinking Rivera.

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          1. re: mc michael

            Oh, how could I forget Rivera? Great for cocktails.

          2. Paletas at Paleteria La Michoacana

            Mochi at Fugetsu-Do

            French dipped sandwiches at Philippes

            Yucatan food at Chichen Itza

            Cemitas at Poblanas Elvirita

            Chef's Tasting Menu at Water Grill and Patina

            Water Grill
            544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            315 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            Chichen Itza
            2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

            Paleteria La Michoacana
            14720 S San Pedro St, Gardena, CA 90248

            5 Replies
            1. re: ipsedixit

              pass on philippes, go to Langers.

              1. re: ns1

                That was exactly my thought after I went to Phillipe's for the first time. And it still is, even though Langer's is almost triple the price of Phillipe's.

                1. re: mdpilam

                  As long as we are dipping into this, I was at Cole's the other night and saw a number of folks ordering french dips that looked pretty good. More to the point, I was at the bar and the drinks were righteously good. And there's various happy hour deals early in the evening. Later, for some serious drinking (after 8), you can go to The Varnish in the back and pretend you're in your Boardwalk Empire phase. But you don't have to dress like Buscemi.


                  118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                  1. re: mc michael

                    I really like Cole's. Phillipe's gets a lot more love on this site, but for me Cole's is a lot more convenient and feels a bit, well, cleaner (and I'm really not that fussy, but it does) - and the food is really satisfying! I like the lamb French Dip (with or without cheese) and the bacon potato salad or the french fries. My husband likes the cole slaw and the sweet potato fries.

                    1. re: aching

                      Phillipe's has great deals on good wine by the glass but Cole's has a hip vibe and real drinks.