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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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    Jack Flash RE: Michelly 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.

    1. ipsedixit RE: Michelly 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. RE: ipsedixit Dec 11, 2011 01:18 PM

        Spring Street Smokehouse
        Several Mexican places along Olvera Street
        Homegirl Cafe

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          ipsedixit RE: Sam D. 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 RE: Sam D. Dec 12, 2011 02:11 PM

            Sadly Homegirl is not open for Dinner...


        2. perk RE: Michelly 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.

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            andytseng RE: Michelly 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 RE: andytseng Dec 12, 2011 03:00 PM


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                Robert Thornton RE: samtron608 Dec 13, 2011 03:51 PM

                Lazy Ox is what came to my mind as well.

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              d_doubleyew RE: Michelly 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.

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

              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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