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Sep 28, 2012 01:04 PM

Carmageddon Teen Chow along Metro Red Line

Hi Chowhounds.

I'm taking 6 teens to Halloween Haunt at Universal on, I just realized, Carmageddon II. Traffic and parking are expected to be ghoulish (ha!).

I was hoping for ideas on a place to park and have a 60-90 minute dinner along the Metro Red Line, between downtown and Universal. Langers won't be open. The guys palates are developed about 1/2 way between pizza and foie gras. Those areas are not local for us, so we've only destination dined in the proximity.

Here are the stops.

7th St/Metro Center

Westlake/MacArthur Park



Vermont/Santa Monica





Universal City

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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  1. Thai food? Ord Hoyka is near the Hollywood/Western stop.

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    1. Hollywood/Vine is easy: Wood+Vine is right off the stop. Fancy American comfort food. Hard not to like. Make reservations on the weekends.

      Wilshire/Vermont: BBQ Chicken (Korean fried chicken, not bbq'd) and Bobawoo are both very walkable.

      Hollywood/Highland has BoHo/25 Degrees, etc. etc.

      Vermont/Sunset: Mother Dough/Umami/Yai Thai

      But seriously: use Yelp's "Redo search when map moved" and plug your train stops into a Yelp map. There are way too many options, no one knows your price range, preference of cuisine, how far everyone's willing to talk, etc.

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      1. re: TonyC

        I'm a bit of a luddite, so I didn't know about the map. I'll give it a go.

        From your list, Umami near the Vermont/Sunset station(.2 miles is what the map says) might be a good choice. My son's wanted to try Umami. And I like the original one quite a bit.

        Budget is probably sub-20 per person entree. Probably not Far, South or Near East cuisine.

        1. re: notsuperwoman

          The Salsa Bar off the Universal City stop is pretty good. Joe's falafel may be walkable depending on how far you're used to walking.

          I would walk to these 2 places vs eating anything at Universal Citywalk/Universal Studios, but that's just me...

        2. re: TonyC

          Ooooh! I just looked up 25 Degrees. Uber-burgers in the historic and notoriously haunted Roosevelt Hotel, a block from the station. Perfect!!! Thanks.

          1. re: notsuperwoman

            And you can sneak out for a cocktail (or 3) at the Library Bar across the lobby while the little beasts are snacking on fancy-arse onion rings. That's a major plus when you have a brood with ya?

            1. re: TonyC

              Heck yes. With public transportation, how fortuitous!

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          1. This 2000 article from the LA Times on eating along the Red Line started my love affair with Korean food.

            A friend and I got off at Vermont/Wilshire and walked to Soot Bull Jeep, and I've never looked back.


            Many of the recommended restaurants are still around.

            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              Wow. Talk about en pointe! I'm inspired too.