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Apr 1, 2011 11:05 AM

Cheap eats near The Standard Downtown

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

In short, what are your favorite cheap eats downtown?


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  1. 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

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    1. re: mlgb

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

      1. re: mlgb

        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

          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

        2. Colori Kitchen, for authentic Italian.

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

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          1. re: J.L.

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

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

          2. 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. 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. 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

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                1. re: sushigirlie

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