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Planning a food tour along the gold line... help!

Hey everyone,

As opposed to planning a driving food tour, and risk getting stuck in traffic/ car sick/ parking issues, etc. I thought it would be fun to surprise my boyfriend with a tour along the gold line. We'd park at Sierra Madre, and start from the very end, getting off where there's good (cheap) places. No sit-down restaurants please. :)

Do you guys have any recs for places where we should go? Thanks!

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  1. thursday night farmers market in south pasadena has a ton of dining options

    1. Here is a resource that should help you find places http://www.la-electric-travel.com/LA-... and just for instance, Guisados Tacos http://www.guisados.co/ and Moles la Tia http://www.moleslatia.com/ are both mentioned and both worth visiting (if not now then another time). Both inexpensive as well. If you go to Guisados they have a "sampler" platter that is fun and exposes to you what they can do with a taco.

      1. Get off at Lake Ave for The Hat and their pastrami chili cheese fries.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            +1, skip the sandwich and just get the fries. bring a friend or 3.

            1. re: ns1

              Hopefully there will be 4-5 of us? So, splitting is a good idea.

              1. re: delleelise

                ....amazingly one order should be enough for all of you.

            2. re: wienermobile

              Looks like a pastrami and fries salad to me...

          2. On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon stop in Chinatown for a taste of Ricky's Fish tacos. You won't be sorry. Open from 11:30 am till they run out usually around 4pm.
            1100 N. Main st. Chinatown

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            1. How far would you be willing to walk from the station?

              If you're going north on Lake to the Hat, you may as well go to Roma Deli for a sandwich. Google says it's .7 miles from the station though.

              The other way is the first Europane.

              Del Mar Station has the Stone Brewery place for beer.
              Holly/Memorial Park has Everson Royce for wine.

              Philippe's off of Union Station for nostalgia.
              Some people like the taquitos at Olvera Street also.

              Mitsuru for dessert imagawayaki off Little Tokyo.
              and Demitasse for coffee.

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              1. re: andytseng

                +1 to Europane, and IMO a better sandwich than the sandwich.

                I would spend a small fraction of my time in Pasadena and most of my time in Little Tokyo. Hell I would skip union station/olvera street too, but that's just me.

                OP are you going strictly for food or are you actually trying to visit these neighborhoods?

                1. re: ns1

                  I mean, to see the neighborhoods is fun too. This is what I have so far in the process of adding stuff! We're doing it on a Sunday too, so need to check all the places to determine opening times. I really don't want any sit-down places. Stuff we can grab, eat, walk, repeat.


                2. re: andytseng

                  Not THAT far because we have a long day, and lots of stops. That's the problem.

                  1. re: andytseng

                    + 1 for Phillpp's The Original Lamb dip and hot mustard & save room for pie.

                  2. Memorial Park Station:
                    Slater's 50/50 burger
                    Cousins Lobster Rolls

                    Chinatown Station:
                    Ricky's Fish Tacos
                    Won Kok for baked bao's

                    Union Station:

                    Little Tokyo / Arts District station:
                    Imagawayaki and sushi balls at Mitsuru Cafe
                    Manju at Fugetsu-Do
                    Cafe Dulce for green tea donuts
                    Cafe Demitasse for iced coffee

                    Mariachi Plaza Station:
                    Al & Bea's for burritos

                    This is a great way to explore the City and learn how to use the Metro. I greatly appreciate what you're all doing.

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                    1. re: Ogawak

                      Love your suggestions, thank you! Yes, I think it'll be a lot of fun, especially with a group, and much easier than trying to hussle in cars looking for parking and avoiding traffic. >_<

                    2. I still like La Luz del Dia on Olvera St. Great fresh tortillas (get extra to eat there) and nice carnitas.


                      1. My .02ยข on places to go to which haven't been mentioned:
                        Chinatown stop

                        S. Pasadena
                        La Monarca Bakery

                        Regardless of where you go, make sure:
                        Every person in your group has a reusable TAP card. ($1) at the ticket machines.

                        Each person loads a $5 day pass which will give you unlimited rides on Metro for the day.

                        Each person taps their card on the validator before boarding each time.

                        Happy Chowing!

                        1. Lucky Boy across Arroyo Pkwy from the Fillmore Station and a block north. A bit closer to that station than The Hat is to the North Lake one, and much the same kind of food, only not in such overbearing quantity.

                          Second the rec for SoPas Thursday FM, if you don't mind going on a Thursday, but there are several snacky places near the station on Mission and Meridian - some newish ones on the ground floor of the apartment bldg. facing the tracks. After that, nothing close, really, until you get to Chinatown. Got no recs for takeout there; we always go to sit down and eat too much.