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Downtown Lunch recs (week-long jury duty at Metro court) - help!

The Oracle Mar 19, 2013 09:27 AM

Need some lunch recs for Metro court (Washington/Hill).

Thanks to ipsedixit for the SaladFarms rec yesterday.

I have a car, and don't mind driving... but, don't have any cash on me, and am concerned I'm going to get stuck in a pinch with parking and needing to pay to park.

I could hop on the blue line at Grand...

Ideally, I'd like something healthy - added bonus for organic anything :) but anything a step above the options around the courthouse (Subway/McDonalds) will be a 'win'.

The location would also need to take credit cards.

Thanks in advance for making jury duty a little more bearable!

  1. Servorg Mar 19, 2013 10:05 AM

    It's a straight shot of 5 minutes by car east on Washington to Tacos El Gavilan and the "repurposing" of a McDonald's location, continuing the "latinofication" of Los Angeles, at Central and Washington, (and I believe they accept credit cards). Don't forget it try their mulitas if you go.

    Although I note that Dommy http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/358249 didn't like their food (although a couple of other hounds had things there that they thought were good).

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      Mattapoisett in LA Mar 20, 2013 06:37 AM

      Since the photo links on that post are dead, I'll have to see if Dommy or I can dig up the original photos and repost them.

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        The Oracle Mar 20, 2013 11:07 AM

        Thanks for this, Servorg. I was going to try it today, but got dismissed. I appreciate your help (and, I called, Tacos El Gavilan does in fact take credit cards).

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          Servorg Mar 23, 2013 05:20 AM

          Forgot two. Directly across the street from Mike's is Mo Mo (it says "Best Korean BBQ" on the building and I thought for the longest time that was the name). I've never been but it's such a divey looking building it's intriging.

          http://losangeles.menupages.com/restaurants/mo-mo-korean-bbq/

          Yelp photo of their kimchee fried rice (which would be a good addition to our DOM this month) http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/momo-korean-bbq-los-angeles?select=rCXUFuQh6zLSJlquVuRzdw#ac8L61bHkGGjpDIOmNROaA

          One more I've driven by after picking up the material for my wife, but have never tried: http://www.joeksdeli.com/joeks/index.html and their complete menu can be found here: http://www.joeksdeli.com/JoeKsMenu201...

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        nosh Mar 19, 2013 09:39 PM

        Pay to park? I'm pretty sure parking at the courthouse is free with your jury ID badge.

        Dino's is less than ten minutes west and north -- go west to Vermont, north to Pico, and Dino's is two blocks west on the N/W corner of Pico at Berendo. A burger stand, Dino's does good burgers, huge pastrami sandwiches, but almost everyone will be ordering the chicken special -- a marinated, flame-grilled half bird served over a huge mound of thin fries with a cup of cole slaw and tortillas -- all of $5.50. I order mine with extra "sauce," the vinegary/garlicky/spicy marinade that will sog the fries a bit but well worth it.

        I think there might be a King Taco on Washington east of the courthouse -- good mini-chain with excellent hot sauce.

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          The Oracle Mar 20, 2013 09:52 AM

          Not pay to park at the courthouse (yes, it's free with juror badge) - pay to park when 'hounding for lunch!

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            Ogawak Mar 20, 2013 10:16 AM

            Most meter parking in Downtown uses credit cards nowadays

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              The Oracle Mar 20, 2013 11:06 AM

              Good point! ...now to just find a coveted space :)

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          set0312 Mar 19, 2013 11:33 PM

          Chichen Itza is right by USC. Check it out if you have time

          1. ipsedixit Mar 20, 2013 08:18 AM

            Within walking distance of Metro Courthouse is Wood Spoon, L'Angolo Cafe, and Mikoshi (a quick and decent spot for a teriyaki plate).

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              Servorg Mar 20, 2013 08:27 AM

              Also a short hop by car to Mike's "Hockey" burger sandwich shop just down Washington @ S Soto.

              Mike's Sandwich Shop
              1717 S Soto St
              Los Angeles, CA 90023
              (323) 264-0444

              1. re: Servorg
                ipsedixit Mar 20, 2013 08:33 AM

                Is the Hockey Burger actually any good? Or more just a novelty item sort of like the turducken?

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                  Servorg Mar 20, 2013 08:34 AM

                  It's not bad. I wouldn't drive across town for it, but I stop and get one when I'm down there picking up material for my wife's business. I'd certainly go and get one if I was serving on a jury at that court.

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                    Servorg Mar 20, 2013 08:58 AM

                    One more place I'd be sure to eat at if I was juroring down there would be Blue Star Cafe on E 15th Street just off of Alameda. Maybe 2.5 miles or so from the courthouse.

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                      The Oracle Mar 20, 2013 09:53 AM

                      Thank you!! I'd been meaning to try Blue Star for ages! Forgot all about it

            2. Mattapoisett in LA Mar 20, 2013 11:59 AM

              If you don't want to Drive from the court house the DASH D line runs a bus by the courthouse every 6 minutes and goes as far north as Union Station. you could get to Wood Spoon or Grand Central Market using it and it is only 50¢. If you have a Metro TAP Card with Cash value Just use that at the fare box.

              http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/rout...

              Also inside the USC Campus there is Lemonade and that might be a good option for you.

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                SmartgyrlinLA Mar 22, 2013 08:04 PM

                Take the Dash to the Spice Table on Central between 1st & 2nd. Sushi Gen on 2nd. Koraku on 2nd near San Pedro. Redwood-- burgers & pub type food.

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                1. re: SmartgyrlinLA
                  scurvy Mar 23, 2013 01:14 AM

                  Sadly, The Spice Table isn't open for lunch anymore

                2. Servorg Apr 23, 2013 07:19 PM

                  Did you end up anywhere that was suggested (or have you not "done your duty" yet)?

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                  1. re: Servorg
                    The Oracle Apr 25, 2013 02:33 PM

                    I did one meal at Salad Farms (thanks to ipsedixit) and the next day was planning on Tacos El Gavilan, but we had an abnormally long break and I high-tailed it to Langers. Then, miracle of all miracles - I was excused from the jury and didn't have a chance to check out the rest.

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