HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
What have you made lately? Share your food adventure

Cheap eats near The Standard Downtown

dezinerg Apr 1, 2011 11:05 AM

Looking for inexpensive, but innovative or authentic food near The Standard Downtown..

In short, what are your favorite cheap eats downtown?


  1. d
    d_doubleyew Apr 7, 2011 09:43 PM

    You could try St. Vincent's Court (I think it's called), a collection of Armenian/Persian restaurants and cafes in the Jewellery District off 7th and Olive (?) or thereabouts. If you do a search, there will be some recommendations...

    1. s
      sushigirlie Apr 2, 2011 08:17 PM

      I don't think there's anything that's going to knock your socks off within short walking distance. You could try Lemonade, Mendocino Farms, and Cabbage Patch. They're all decent lunch options for downtown professionals and easy walks from the Standard. I have no idea if they're open for dinner. I don't think there is any good ethnic restaurant within normal walking distance.

      If you're staying at the Standard, I suggest you go to the rooftop and eat there. The food is fine, and IMO the stunning views and fun atmosphere more than make up for anything you're missing out on at the restaurants people have mentioned so far.

      Cabbage Patch
      214 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA

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

      1 Reply
      1. re: sushigirlie
        mlgb Apr 3, 2011 08:27 AM

        Disagree about eating at rooftop of the Standard. Overpriced and undergood, with lots of douchebag scenery. But to each their own!

      2. n
        New Trial Apr 2, 2011 01:41 AM

        Look at Lemonade for an intriguing array of salads and stews, Sultan for great chicken and decent other Middle Eastern fare, and Wood Spoon is not too far (for inexpensive Brazilian fare). There are also some good places in Grand Central Market.

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

        311 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

        505 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        1. d
          d_doubleyew Apr 1, 2011 06:22 PM

          Mendocino Farms at 5th and Flower.
          Starry Kitchen at 3rd and Grand.
          Ocho Mexican Grill at 6th and Hope.
          Tamales at the Wednesday Farmers Market at Pershing Square.

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

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

          1. J.L. Apr 1, 2011 12:28 PM

            Colori Kitchen, for authentic Italian.

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

            1 Reply
            1. re: J.L.
              J.L. Apr 2, 2011 02:38 AM

              Forgot to mention the bacon doughnut at Nickel Diner...

              Nickel Diner
              524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            2. m
              mlgb Apr 1, 2011 11:13 AM

              I'm not exactly sure how to work "authentic" into this, but if you're willing to take the DASH bus or Red Line to Little Tokyo I think Suehiro will fit inexpensive and authentic. You might also like Lazy Ox Canteen.

              As for innovative but expensive, you have lots of choices nearby.

              There are lots of threads on Downtown but I'm not ifeeling linking to them for you at the moment.

              If I had to chose one place to eat downtown it would be Rivera.

              If you can get to Mo-Chica I think that fits all three but it isn't walking distance.

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

              3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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

              3 Replies
              1. re: mlgb
                dezinerg Apr 1, 2011 12:20 PM

                Yes, no need to link back to all the other Downtown threads, I'll search for those myself, thanks!!

                1. re: mlgb
                  happybaker Apr 2, 2011 07:31 PM

                  Suehiro has a miso/ginger meal special that I ADORE.

                  It tastes homey. Love it.

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

                  1. re: mlgb
                    Akitist Apr 2, 2011 11:12 PM

                    The sashimi lunch special at Sushi Gen is good and an outstanding bargain. Show up early as there's always a wait. Second Street near Central.

                    IMAO Lazy Ox may be good but doesn't belong on an "inexpensive" list.

                    Clifton's Cafeteria on Broadway is a dose of freaky old-style Los Angeles. An experience if not a transcendent one.

                    Clifton's Cafeteria
                    648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                  Show Hidden Posts