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Pre.Game at Dodgers Stadium.

Tomorrow: (Monday 10-14)
I'm hosting a few people in downtown SM for lunch and pre-game activities. Taking a shuttle to Dodgers Stadium - Now I'm lost.

I'd like to take them for a couple of beers and small bite near dodgers stadium, and walk over - but I'm not familiar with the area. Traditional pre-game is what we are looking for and we are Cardinal Fans...Recommendations please...thanks.

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  1. Walking to Dodger stadium not really possible...never heard anyone do it. Some people park at bottom of the hill and trudge a mile to the stadium to save on parking, though.

    And some words of wisdom: DO NOT WEAR OPPOSING TEAMS COLORS IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE. This would include anything with the color red. Especially true if you plan on long walks through surrounding neighborhood and parking lot.

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    1. re: manku

      They do have a free shuttle from Union Station for the game. Chinatown or Olvera Street are the closest areas to the Stadium for eats and drinks. Philippe's The Orginal French dip is in the area too. (I like the lamb dip).
      We are going to the game also and are have a late lunch at Langer's Deli (home of the worlds best pastrami) From Langer's there is a red line subway stop that will take you right to Union Station.
      http://www.langersdeli.com

      1. re: wienermobile

        Love the idea, It's even a hassle to get to Langer's, but well worth it. I love the idea of Phillippe's ... but sure as hell seems easier to let it all out in Santa Monica Pre-Game small plate and good beer hoppin' and just take Uber...?

        1. re: wienermobile

          hmmmmm...Wondering if there is a great don't miss spot close to Union Station. Reverse Tailgating of sorts...?

          1. re: CharlesKochel

            I've been a season ticket holder for 20+ seasons and think people largely over-state the unsafeness of Dodger Stadium.

            That said I wouldn't walk TO the stadium in opposing garb. It isn't the classiest of areas. I never take those shuttle buses from Union Station, but the have allowed them some dedicated lanes so it is faster than it used to be and faster than driving from there. I'd still allow an 75-90 minutes for the shuttle wait and the trip up to the stadium.

            If you take the shuttle you really have two options: hang around Union Station or build-in an extra leg of traveling and start somewhere wher you could take the red-line in. Then you have to be even earlier AND park elsewhere.

            There isn't much classic pre-game or Dodger games. The most is over on sunset at Shortstop or El Compadre for drinking, or a bunch of noshing at Phillipe. If you show up at one of those bars as 10 people in Cardinal gear, with the home team down no games to two, I wouldn't count on having a lot of fun revelling with Dodger fans. Hopefully you're not sitting near me :)

            Ipse's suggestion would be mine as well. Phillipe or Spring Street BBQ are the places I usually grab a bite around there. Both have beer if you want to just hang and have those. Or Olvera Street for mexi-grub and Margs. The latter are best at La Golondrina, though the food is just decent. Traxx would be easiest, though priciest, right there in Union Station. If you're planning to be decked in red and have the most gentile experience. The food there is actually pretty good. IIRC, only the bar items would be available as they have that downtime in the restaurant between lunch and dinner. But they have ambitious selections in the bar.

      2. Pre game - Philippe
        Post game - Tommy's

        Tums or Rolaids recommended

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        1. re: A5 KOBE

          Tommy's - as in "the man" Tommy Lasorda? What would you order at Tommy's?

          1. re: CharlesKochel

            Wrong Tommy. Tommy's http://www.originaltommys.com/ chile cheeseburgers at the original location on Beverly at S Rampart Blvd. (maybe 3 miles from Dodger Stadium).

            1. re: CharlesKochel

              Tommy's chili cheeseburgers, Kotchels.

              But yes, you most definitely will need the whole antacid container especially if you are partaking in a half dozen D dogs at the game too which are crappy though quite mandatory to get the full game experience.

          2. Give up the idea of walking around Dodger Stadium. I enjoy a beer and garlic fries from Gordon Biersch in the stadium.

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            1. re: AlkieGourmand

              Nice call. Been to bunches if baseball venues in my day, and this may be the toughest to provide the full experience. Feel like they married UCLA football. With dodger dogs at $1 and beer specials walking distance from the house - feels a bit rediculous

              1. re: AlkieGourmand

                or get a doyer dog (chile, cheese, jalapenos, more) but just don't let your brother take a photo of you eating it George/U.S. Open style.

              2. Charles,

                This is what I would do if I were you.

                Given that Dodger Stadium parking tomorrow will be a cluster-fuck of a mess, I would park at Union Station and then take the shuttle to the stadium.

                Right next to Union Station (where you should park if you listened to my advice up above), you can try Philippe's for french dip sandwiches, or go across the street and try La Golondrina for margaritas and Americanized mexican. For something a bit more upscale you can try Traxx inside Union Station.

                If neither of those suit your fancy, walk over a bit to Little Tokyo and try either Fickle or Lazy Ox.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  wow. you just gave me the reverse tailgate theme before I even asked...Thanks Bunches. I have a great plan now for an entire day of LA food and drink with a bit of NLCS mixed in - I'll report back. ck

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Or walk a bit further and try the newly opened Zo.

                  2. The Plan, if interested:

                    10:45 meet friends for strong coffee and a shot of espresso and a few pastries...my office SM and 5th. (pastries are from Huckleberry) http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/menus/...

                    11:30-12:30 Taberna, Croquetas Dias & pig ears with a few Prosecco. http://tabernala.com/

                    12:45-1:45 Blue Plate Oysterette, Fried Clams and local brew. http://blueplatesantamonica.com/bpo/h...

                    2:00 - 2:30 walk through palisades park.

                    2:30 - 3:15 Uber to Phillipe. http://www.philippes.com/

                    3:15 - 4:15 split a French Dip to go on the way for a Margarita at La Golondrina

                    4:30: onwards to Dodger stadium. . . sounds involved, but one hell of a day if I can pull it off!!! Thank You everyone for the help. I'll report back.

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                    1. re: CharlesKochel

                      Give yourself a little more time for the shuttle. First, it will be crowded so you might not get the first one. Second, even the shuttle gets caught in that traffic mess, during rush hour, around Dodger Stadium.

                      To their credit, the Dodgers (albeit under great pressure) have increased security. You are not at risk in the stadium, particularly in a group. If you take the shuttle you will not be taking long walks in the parking lot, where things can get ugly if the Cards beat the Dodgers. Just keep things understated going to and from.

                      Phillippes is not my favorite dipped sandwiches in the area (Eastside Deli on Alpine west of the 110 are much bigger) but it is classic. I like the lamb and the pork better than the roast bef, which can be dry. The chili or the beef stew are good ways to bulk up your meal.

                      Tommy's Burgers is another classic old-time place, with chili-cheeseburgers (I order mine without mustard) and dogs. But my favorite near Dodger Stadium is Carnitas Michaocan, a taqueria on North Broadway and the N/W corner of 19th, a straight shot up Broadway past Chinatown and before Lincoln Heights. Good carne asada, even better al pastor from a rotisserie spit, but the best salsa roja (hot sauce) I've found in SoCal. Brick-red, thin,smoky, spicy, complex -- amazing. You could go with a burrito or special nachos with cheese sauce, jalapenos, and meat, but for a latenight bomb, the carne asada or al pastor fries, a huge container of fries, cheese sauce, jalapenos, meat, and ask for extra hot sauce. Gotta weigh three pounds. 24/7, order at outside window, pickup at inside, covered picnic table seating.

                      Go Cards!

                      1. re: nosh

                        Carnitas Michoacán is, without a doubt, the best 'hole-in-the-wall' Mexican burrito place in L.A. The unique flavors of their meat are unmatched anywhere.

                        1. re: mucho gordo

                          I wish that I could taste what you guys do there. I've tried it several times and have been unimpressed.

                      2. re: CharlesKochel

                        You have a one hour work day ?

                        What do you do, if I may ask ?

                        Maybe you should grab an espresso from Cafe Luxxe. Or milo.

                        1. re: kevin

                          I have a 24 hr work day.

                          I am a wealth and investment manager, helping people do more of what they love...

                          LOVE Luxxe ~ Milo and Olive Huge fan I am ~

                        2. re: CharlesKochel

                          Charles,
                          I thought Dodger fans don't arrive to the game until after the third inning.

                              1. re: emglow101

                                Damn, on the LA board by a local !!

                                GO DODGERS !!!!
                                Cards fans should be relegated to Yoshinoya Beef Bowl for their pre-game meals.

                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    I'll raise your Yoshinoya & Arby's. Cards fans should be fed a steady diet of Olive Garden. Go Blue!

                                    1. re: JAB

                                      Those garlic breadsticks are killer.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        ...and if you order a special dinner now you get a second dinner to go for free that you can take to the stadium.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Freshly defrosted for your dining pleasure.

                            1. re: CharlesKochel

                              Sounds like a good plan! I would skip the park and perhaps the Margarita... Just give yourself some time and be patient with the shuttles going to and going from the game. 99% of Dodger Fans (There are lots of us), even on the shuttle are really good folk.

                              Also, next time realize that one of the best things about the Dodgers Stadium is that they allow food to be brought into the stadium. My usual MO (but this won't work for a Monday game) is pick up some Godmother's at Bay Cities. They hold really nicely until game game... You can also bring some take out salads and sandwiches from Huckleberry.

                              Best!

                              --Dommy!

                              1. re: Dommy

                                Dodger fans have been so good to me, I have come to love dodger blue, second only to Cardinal Red...I had no idea you could bring food into the game. . . what a grand idea - a few Godmother's will feed the entire row!

                                1. re: CharlesKochel

                                  We to would bring Bay Cities but alas they are closed on Mondays.

                                2. re: Dommy

                                  Yep. I go to 25+ games a season and bring something in for 20+ of them. I always bring a sealed bottle of water or two.
                                  My fave bring ins are Langers, Panini Cafe, Phillipe, Flor de Yucatan, Carnitas Michoacan, Guisados is pretty convenient but can be a parking/waiting challenge.

                                  I cross my fingers each year that the Dodgers do not do away with this privilege. It's pretty rare in MLB and with the $$ involved in the purchase of the team, and the fact that few people take advantage of it, it wouldn't shock me if some bean-counter pushed for a change.

                                  1. re: john gonzales

                                    I didn't think this was rare. I did it all the time at Busch when I lived there (and still do when I visit) and went to watch the Cards, and pretty sure I used to do it at Pac Bell/At&T when I lived in SF. In fact, at Busch, there's a family that sets up a grill right across the street from one of the main entrances and sells brats and dogs (along with Gus's pretzels, which are a StL treat), all of which you can bring in to the stadium and save a ton of money. The outside grilled dogs are a fraction of the cost of stadium dogs and a zillion times better.

                              2. So what did you finally end up grabbing Kochels ?

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                                1. re: kevin

                                  Start in SM: Fried Clams at BP Oysterette, always good to me

                                  Phillipe: Near Central Station for the original French Dip, it was, meh and I made a horrible choice sitting in the boiler room with a crazy echo.

                                  Golondrina: nice atmosphere out on the patio, pitcher of Margarita's and great service.

                                  Dodger Dog, well it's a Dodger Dog.

                                  1. re: CharlesKochel

                                    hmm.

                                    doesn't sound too great.

                                    golondrina sounds good though.

                                    where you catching all the cards games at ???????