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Nov 4, 2010 12:01 AM

My High School Culinary Society is going to...

I know. Kind of surprising; I was all for Thai food and Scoops. I am the teacher- and i was out-voted! Maybe next time.
My question: are there any other interesting tastes around there? Olvera Street is there, but most of my kids wake up to churros and huevos Revueltos every day. Chinatown is right there- is there anything within walking distance worth tasting? Not sitting down for a three-course meal, we'll have just had French dips! But a Chinese pastry shop a Hound could recommend? We'll be there around 4 in the afternoon on a weekday.
If nobody comes up with anything, we'll probably just wander over to Union Station and look at the great architecture.

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

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  1. Chinatown is a great jaunt. Go to Phoenix Bakery and get some char siu bao (barbecued pork in a bun) and a dozen or two of dan tah (egg custards).

    Phoenix Bakery
    969 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: J.L.

      ... and you can wash down those char siu baos and egg custards with some boba at JC Cafe.

    2. Bahn Mi My Dung (Vietnamese sandwich)
      314 Ord Street---closes at 3:30 pm
      (213) 617-7094

      Family Pastry (Chinese char siu pork buns)
      715 N Spring St (just north of Ord)

      Daikokuya (ramen)
      327 E 1st Street (two blocks west of Alameda)

      Mikawaya (mochi ice cream)
      118 Japanese Village Plaza (1st street, two blocks east of Alameda)

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      1. re: film_score

        Skip Daikokuya, in my opinion. The ramen has gone downhill, and the wait isn't worth the bowl; Much better ramen to be had at Mottainai or Santouka.

      2. I second Banh Mi My Dung for Vietnamese sandwiches.

        Also like LA Sandwich for Banh Mi and Thai Iced Tea/Boba.

        Next to Mayflower restaurant is a pastry shop which sells yummy egg custard tarts right off the bakery rack.

        Depending on the time of day, you could swing by Homegirl Cafe for some treats.

        Homegirl Cafe
        130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        LA Sandwich
        736 N Broadway Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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        1. re: d_doubleyew

          Haven't tried Homegirl Cafe, but if they show any of the brilliance that Homeboy Bakery does, then I'd throw my hat in this one also. Been really impressed with Homeboy's baked goods at their Farmer's Market stand in Mar Vista on Sundays. The homies say that Homegirl uses Homeboy's products where ever it makes sense. Moreover, the whole group is a very worthwhile cause that has a lot of practical results.

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Boba sounds like the best idea. Kids love the stuff.

            Boba Cafe
            1223 University Ave Ste 110, Riverside, CA 92507

            1. re: Galen

              Wow. Thanks to all with suggestions. This'll be after French dips, so i don't think we'll be up for sandwiches and ramen. On the other hand, these are teenagers we are talking about, so Fourth Meal is a definite possibility. The Chinese egg custards sound best so far. I've always been interested in Homeboy's bakery and may go that way, just to show my kids what's possible. My kids LOVE no boba! But, once again, thanks.

            2. re: bulavinaka

              The pastry and cookies at Homegirl will BLOW your socks off... Beautiful things...

              Look at the pecans they use in their mini pies!!!


              An example of why you can now find some of their pastries at Intelligencia Pasadena... WOW!



              1. re: Dommy

                I've had the whole array of tarts/mini-pies from the Homeboys stand at the Grand View FM, and I keep bugging they homies to keep bringing them. They said that they weren't selling - I corrected him and said, "Yet." Sure enough, I got shut out last week on my favorite lemon tart (with the two blueberries in the top) and the pecan - they sold all of them. But I grabbed the last chocolate raspberry one, and it appears just like the photo - perfect berries completely bejewel the top of the dessert. With the right sales effort, they could be plowing into newly fertile ground here in the Westside.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  YAY!! I only visited the table once and they didn't have any of the fine pastry. SO glad they ARE bringing them! That will show those who just go "I'll buy a pitty loaf"

                  BTW, their artisan breads make AWESOME crustini. I just had some with a cheese plate tonight! :)


                  Then here's another reason to visit (especially during brunch!) they serve MIGAS! Just abou tthe only restaurant in L.A. that does! They make it regular red pork chorizo, but I LOVE the green turkey chorizo... SO good!



                  1. re: Dommy

                    Ooh - your photos are makin' me weak in the knees! I recently viewed an episode of, "Mexico - One Plate At A Time," where R. Bayless was talkin' chorizo, and he pointed out the green version as well as did a recipe. I recalled a, "Green Chorizo" thread from the not-too distant past, and was going to search for it - you just saved me some time. Looks like a visit is in order. Thanks!

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      Yeah, I actually have a standing order to my Mom (who lives near the market with Green Chorizo sighting) so hopefully next time I visit, I can try it. :D