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Jury Duty, Downtown LA, lunch recs?

Hi everyone,

I did a search, but the most recent threads I found on jury duty lunch choices in downtown LA are all from 2007 and 2008. I think this info may be a little outdated. So, let's get the most recent recs from the hounds - where would you go for lunch if you had jury duty in downtown LA? Thanks!

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      1. Medicino Farms. Great sandwiches. Just added as a spring special Slow Braised Lamb Sandwich with mint pesto, Drake Family Farm’s goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, pickled red onions, and arugula on toasted ciabatta. Are you hungry yet?

        Mendocino Farms
        300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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

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        1. re: wienermobile

          i second that....great place. went there a lot when i was on a trial for two and a half weeks.

          1. re: perk

            I third Mendocino Farms. I knew nothing about any restaurants near the courthouse when I was on jury duty. I just let the lines serve as a visual endorsement.

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

        2. It's not that far of a walk to the grand central market - I hear there are great pupusa's to be had there! Mary Sue Miliken likes Sarita's pupusas - as do folks on yelp --


          In the other direction, you can hit the Spring Street Smokehouse for barbecue, right on the edge of chinatown.

          As I recall when I had jury duty downtown, my jury badge got me a discount at the Walt Disney Hall cafe - and their salads were surprisingly good - pear and pecorino, anyone?

          1. i just served in downtown last week and Mo-Chica was the perfect lunch option

            3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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            1. re: Perceptor

              Yeah Mo-chica if you have a car...

              I have liked that cafe inside the Disney Concert Hall.

              When I worked downtown I used to like Leon's in the LA Mall at the City Hall complex, a traditional stop for jury duty attendees. Plus you need to see the Triforium.

              If you get out early enough and can beat the crowds try Pitfire Pizza.

              Pitfire Pizza
              108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            2. redline to langers

              1. Pupusas in Grand Central Market would be my first choice. The cafeteria in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels is decent.

                Grand Central Market
                317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                1. re: raytamsgv

                  A short walk to Phillipe's French dip. An L.A. institution. Very informal. Or for something more upscale, there is Traxx at the Union Stattion. And there is China town. Hop Li would be a good choice.

                  Traxx Restaurant
                  800 N Alameda St Ste 122, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                2. http://nickeldiner.com/ 524 South Main -
                  A bit of a walk, but worth it for exceptionally consistently well-prepared diner food, remarkable onion rings. Beyond diner fare: an avocado quinoa salad, pozole and its claim to fame, bacon wrapped donuts.

                  1. Actually, not much has changed. Mendocino Farms, Grand Central Market, Starry Kitchen, Little Tokyo (Daikokuya, or however it's spelled, Suehiro Cafe, Orochon Ramen), Philippe's.

                    Suehiro Cafe
                    337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    Orochon Ramen
                    123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 303, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    Grand Central Market
                    317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

                    Starry Kitchen
                    350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                    1. You're not that far from LIttle Tokyo's First Street. Along there is Daikokuya for good ramen, Suehiro for very inexpensive lunch specials.

                      Chinatown isn't too far either. Check out the current ongoing discussion of what's decent there. I really JR's Bistro on Hill.

                      327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                      Suehiro Cafe
                      337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                      1. During my jury duty stint a few months ago, I enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Colburn School Cafe - that would be my go to spot in a heartbeat. Walking distance, menu changes weekly - you can check it out ahead of time, to see if anything is appealing. Set up like a hospital cafeteria (for lack of a better description), grab a tray, visit a food station, get your food, pay at the cash register and find a seat. Quick, efficient - and very hound-worthy!


                        1. Thursdays there is a farmers market at city hall. Lots of prepped food stalls. I didn't pay much attention to the choices cause I had brown bagged it, but many had long lines. Tables and chairs are out on the lawn and lots of people were sitting on the stairs soaking up the sun on a nice southern california january day.

                          1. Grand Central market: Tomas y Tumbras. Awesome tortas (I go for the milanesa) and tacos. It will be mobbed but the line moves fast. I find the food at the farmers market at city hall way overpriced.

                              1. re: BSW6490

                                I second Lemonade. Great Salads and love that pot roast sandwich.

                                505 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                              2. My picks:

                                Somewhat close and expensive: Water Grill, Drago Centro
                                Somewhat close and moderately priced: Cafe Pinot ($20 two-course spa menu is a good deal)
                                Somewhat close and not very expensive: Mendocino Farms, Lemonade, and Casa
                                Further away but worth the drive: Wurstkuche, Mo Chica, Sushi Gen (and lots of other Japanese options in Tokyo Town)

                                Water Grill
                                544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                Cafe Pinot
                                700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

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

                                1. I'd get some taquitos from Cielito Lindo. http://www.cielitolindo.org/

                                  Then head over to Velarde's fruit either for some elote or a Tamarindo paleta. http://www.velardesfruit.com/