Downtown near (or easy from) Union Station
I'm a visitor, unexpectedly staying a day or two extra in Claremont (which I asked about in another thread). Matapoisett on this board suggested I might take Metrolink into LA proper, which would bring me to Union Station. I have work to do, though, and don't have a whole day for getting to places, but I'm cool with taking the train in and out of Union Station for something special.
I live in Indiana now, which means that the following things are hard for me to get normally:
--great Asian flavors, especially Thai, Vietnamese and Korean, but also Chinese. In fact, I've never tried or even seen a place near me making banh mi sandwiches. Even pho is rare.
--really fresh, good Mexican foods, like tacos made with excellent corn tortillas and great carnitas, fish, adobada, barbacao, etc.
I gather that Chinatown is pretty close to Union Station. Walkable? If anyone wants to suggest that I go on the subway or bus to somewhere, could you add in the realistic time involved?
Thanks in advance for all ideas!
p.s., does anyone know if Spitz in Little Tokyo, or anywhere in LA, has German-style Döner Kebab? (Note: totally not the same deal as gyros or even traditional Turkish style.) For THAT, I would do serious travel.
Purple Line from Union Station takes you to the heart of Koreatown. 10 to 15 minute ride. Chinatown is on the Gold Line north, there shoud be some acceptable Chinese food there. It's a walkable distance, too. Red Line will drop you in the middle of Thai Town in Hollywood.
Check CH for recommendatons in those areas.
Thanks. To judge by browsing the board, it sounds as if Park's BBQ in Koreatown might be worth such travel. Perhaps also Jitlada for Thai. Will it be odd at either of these places to eat alone for lunch? They sound a bit upscale. I'd also travel for really great but cheap tacos or mexi, by the way, but it seems harder to nail down particular places.
It will take me up to 4 hours all told to get into and back from LA, but at least I should be able to do some reading on the Metrolink train. So I'm really trying to make sure this is a good bet before I jump.
Are these colored lines (purple, red. etc.) subways or buses? (The transportation website doesn't make that immediately clear to me). Sorry to be so out of it!
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All the colored lines (except the orange busway line) are rail lines and subways. The Red, Blue, Purple and Gold lines all leave from Union Station.
Park's BBQ is wonderful. The Seasoned Boneless Beef Short Ribs • 주물럭 are incredible. To me definitely worth the trip.
My favorite Langer's Deil is just a few minutes and a few stops on the Red Line Subway out of Union Station for some of the best hand cut and tender Pastrami you'll find anywhere. They are open till 4pm and closed Sundays.
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If you want a really quintessential LA sandwich experience, check out Philippe's French Dip - it's right across from Union Station.
Oh, and you don't want to leave Southern California, and the Inland Empire in particular, without hitting up In-N-Out. There are a couple right near Claremont - not walking distance, but a very short bus or cab ride will take you there.
Off the Mariachi Plaza station of the Gold Line about 3 stations from Union Station, is La Serenata di Garibaldi for more "upscale" Mexican. Personally, I haven't been too impressed with the eats in Olvera St.
For train accessible places from Un Station, I think K-town or Thai town will have more "best of LA" options than Chinatown for Viet/Chinese.
Also, not on your list, but Little Tokyo has various options, only 1 station away from Un Station.
FYI, there were threads regarding places to eat along the different train lines but haven't seen them in a while. May wanna search around for them.
BTW, I'm pretty sure you can travel free along any of the MTA train lines from Union Station with a valid Metrolink ticket. Check to make sure though.
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