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Downtown LA recs.

We are staying at the Sheraton Downtown for 4 nights, and would like to walk the restaurants around the Macy's Plaza.
We probably won't do "fine" dining, but something local or unique. I love a good noodle place, and fish and Italian are my faves,
Any and all recs appreciated. :-)

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  1. You might like the Wood Spoon. Ever had a Brazilian chicken pot pie?

    For Ramen noodles try Daikokuya.

    Good breakfast at the Nickel Diner and don't forget to try their maple bacon donut.

    and you can take the Red Line Subway just a few stops to Langer's Deli for some of the best pastrami on earth. Open till 4pm daily and closed Sundays.

    327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Langer's Delicatessen
    704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Wood Spoon
    107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks so much for the recs!
      Daikokuya looks marvelous.
      Nikel Diner is a on my list.
      Woodspoon's menu IS a bit differant, but interesting.

      327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    2. Lots of good food stands in LA's Grand Central Market. Just walk around and see what you'd like.

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

      1. Check out Casey's Irish Bar & Grille, The Original Pantry Cafe and Uncle John's Cafe. These are unique or interesting, each in it's own way. Google them.

        For noodles look at Kagaya in addition to Daikokuya, maybe Blossom as well.

        Close to your hotel is Bottega Louie for nominal Italian. I'd also walk down to LA Live, there are some fun places to drink and nosh.

        327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Original Pantry Cafe
        877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        418 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Bottega Louie
        700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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        1. re: scottca075

          Thanks scottca, I will Google them.
          I was reading about Bottega Louie.
          I heard about LA live, it sounds like fun. :-)

          Bottega Louie
          700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

          1. re: judyrem

            If you like clam pizza, they do it great.

        2. If you're eating during the day, you may want to check out LA's food truck scene. The upstairs area of the 7th & Fig shopping area has a rotating selection of trucks at lunch on Mon-Wed. You can view their schedule here:


          For ramen, I'd also recommend Chin Ma Ya for something different (tan tan men style ramen). The new Peruvian place, Chimu, at Grand Central Market has been getting a lot of press so you may want to try that.

          You can take the Dash buses all over downtown too. They run about every 5-10 minutes and cost only $.50 - http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/

          Chimu Peruvian Soulfood
          324 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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          1. re: matikin9

            Thanks for Chin and food truck info.
            You chowhounds are great.

          2. Great sandwiches and salads at Mendocino Farms. Two locations in Downtown.

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

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

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            1. Walk to Cole's on 6th and Main for their French Dip Sandwich

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              1. re: selfportrait93

                Thanks for the Coles rec. It looks wonderful
                I am spoiled for choice!!!!!!!!

              2. For Italian (lunch or dinner) in DTLA, I'd recommend Colori Kitchen (near the corner of 8th & Olive), which is a superb hole-in-the-wall eatery. They serve the best Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese in L.A. and the best ricotta cheesecake also. Affordable, too. They close for dinner on certain nights - call them at (213) 622-5950 to get latest information on when they're open.

                Bottega Louie serves OK to good Italian fare, but the dining room is deafeningly loud.

                Sushi: sugarFISH by Nozawa is a very good establishment in downtown, and the quality of the seafood is excellent. Sushi is one of L.A.'s strong suits; I'd recommend trying it.

                Daikokuya has slid downhill in the past few years since it opened, and may not be worth the long wait (1+ hour lines at peak hours).

                Agree with Cole's for the French Dip. Afterwards go imbibe at Varnish or the Edison; they're local "speakeasy"s with lots of character.

                For a great lunch burger, go to Arnie Morton's at Macy's Plaza.

                L.A. Live has lots of (very corporate) restaurants, and is very, well... lively.

                327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

                Bottega Louie
                700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                1. re: J.L.

                  Add Wurstkuche to the list, but it's a longer walk.
                  Any of the three coffee houses on Spring St. near 8th are worth trying.

                  800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  1. re: J.L.

                    I looked at Colori and wow, ti looks great!
                    Bolognese is my very FAVE!

                    1. re: J.L.

                      Other Italian within a couple of blocks, some of which may or not be open on Sunday night, include Cuccina Rustica (Wilshire and Figueroa) Bella Cucina (Fig and Olympic).
                      Sushi: Go to J-town, Gen or Go-55 are less "idiosyncratic" than Sugarfish; almost NO sushi places will be open on Sunday, so call first.
                      French dip: surprised the Phillipe's partisans haven't come out in strength; I think it's better than Cole's, and isn't "fake old" the way Cole's now is.

                      Bella Cucina
                      27430 The Old Rd, Valencia, CA 91355

                    2. mas malo on 7th street