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911! Surprise guests coming in on the train: where to eat close-ish to Union Station?

Michelly Dec 11, 2011 11:51 AM

Yes, Dad and friend announced arrival on Union Station at dinnertime this Tuesday! 80 They'll be hungry, so where to eat?

Stipends: close to Union Station and points west/southwest thereof
NOT high-high end, nor cheapy hole-in-the-wall. 75-yr-olds like good service & atmosphere along with good food.
Pref. not Asian; Dad just came back from the Philippines & will be riced-out.

Many thanks. Gotta go clean...

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    d_doubleyew Dec 11, 2011 06:06 PM

    For dinner, Traxx is an option.

    You can also hop on the Gold Line from Union Station and go one stop to the Little Tokyo/Arts District station. There are plenty of restaurants in Little Tokyo that offer non-rice meals. I would recommend Spice Table or Wurstkuche.

    If not, you could venture downtown to the newly-opened Artisan House, on 6th and Main.

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

    Wurstkuche
    800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    The Spice Table
    114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    Artisan House
    600 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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      andytseng Dec 11, 2011 01:49 PM

      It's a bit crazy to me that "Asian" food just gets lumped into one category. Do people (generally, non-Asians) really consider all Asian food to be the same? Would people not find it weird if I said, "I just got back from Spain, so I definitely don't want to eat any French, Italian, or German food... you know, nothing European."

      Sorry, this just came to mind because the first few restaurants that I thought of in the area were all Asian. Aside from that, you could consider Lazy Ox (or Baco Mercat) if they're okay with the small plates, or Colori Kitchen/Wood Spoon as safer choices.

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        samtron608 Dec 12, 2011 03:00 PM

        agreed!

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          Robert Thornton Dec 13, 2011 03:51 PM

          Lazy Ox is what came to my mind as well.

      2. perk Dec 11, 2011 01:35 PM

        I haven't been to Traxx in ages...but used to like it. Like Jack Flash said...certainly fits the "location" bill. I was at Drago Centro Friday night, before a concert. I hadn't been there for a year, but was really impressed. Food is really good....especially the pasta. Lovely service. I have to go back more often.

        1. ipsedixit Dec 11, 2011 01:12 PM

          How about Wood Spoon? http://woodspoonla.com/

          It's about 3 miles or so southwest of Union Station. At that time of day a cab ride would probably be in order. If that's ok, then it should be a good option.

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            Sam D. Dec 11, 2011 01:18 PM

            Philippe's
            Spring Street Smokehouse
            Several Mexican places along Olvera Street
            Homegirl Cafe

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              ipsedixit Dec 11, 2011 01:25 PM

              Per the OP:

              "NOT high-high end, nor cheapy hole-in-the-wall. 75-yr-olds like good service & atmosphere along with good food."

              I think that would knock out Philippe's and SS Smokehouse.

              La Golondria and La Luz Del Dia on Olvera St. might fit the bill however.

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                Dommy Dec 12, 2011 02:11 PM

                Sadly Homegirl is not open for Dinner...

                --Dommy!

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              Jack Flash Dec 11, 2011 01:00 PM

              Well, there's always Traxx right there IN Union Station. Otherwise, maybe Nick & Stef's steakhouse? It definitely isn't cheap, but it fits the bill re: atmosphere & service. And definitely not Asian.

              Cafe Pinot or maybe even Drago Centro.

              There's always Taix on Sunset, not too far away.

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