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May 18, 2014 02:55 PM

Seeking recos near convention center

Middle aged couple seek good food at moderate prices downtown LA in July. We will not have a car so walking distance from convention center would be great.

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  1. Wood Spoon. Great food. Try their Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie. Closed Mondays.

    Many great new places at The Grand Central Market. Open Daily till 6pm.

    & Langer's Deli is just a few red line subway stops for the best pastrami on earth. Open Till 4pm Closed Sundays

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      1. re: wienermobile

        You can take the subway to Grand Central Market as well. Catch the blue or expo line from Pico Station to 7th and Metro and then switch to the red or purple line (towards Union Station). Get off at Pershing Square and take the 4th Street exit which will put you right at Grand Central Market.

        1. re: wienermobile

          El parian for some birria and some very good carne asada tacos.

        2. Not surprisingly, eats near the convention center don't come cheaply. If you can find your way over to LA Live, Lawry's Carvery and Rock N Fish provide decent food at relatively affordable prices.

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            1. re: mc michael

              Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill for Chinois Chicken Salad

                1. re: jofrommer

                  You might want to define "moderate" and "pricey." ;)

                  Having said that, Spago's is pricey. Wolfgang Puck would probably in-line w/ the recs you've rec'd.

                  Colori Kitchen (slightly further away than Wood Spoon).

            2. What's "walking distance"?

              For example, the aforementioned Wood Spoon is about a 25-30 minute walk from the CC, depending on which exit you come out of. (And Grand Central Market is even further.)

              Is that walking distance for you?

              If it is, I would just as soon head west towards Koreatown and hit up a place like Cheonggukjang or Dae Bok, both of which are about a 30 minute hike from the CC.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Born and grew up in NYC so 30 minute walks are completely ok, unless uphill at this point in our lives. Thanks for details!

              2. 1) Get a redline pass
                2) Go to Langers / Grand Central Market / Little Tokyo
                3) Spend all your money and get fat

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                1. re: ns1

                  Koreatown is just off the redline also…so get even fatter.

                2. Nice inexpensive food court at the Fig & 7th Shopping Center (Target).

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                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Just beware things in that food court close early and are not open on weekends which is why the line for CPK in that location are around the block on evenings and weekends when we go to that target.

                    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                      Burger at bar in Morton's there a good option for a chill hound.

                      1. re: jessejames

                        only available at lunch and happy hour no?

                        1. re: ns1

                          Don't know. But it would be a nice lunch and chill out zone from the convention center.

                          1. re: ns1

                            Lunch only.

                            One of the best burgers in LA.

                        2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                          Fig & 7th Food Court apparently open on weekends - we were there for lunch Saturday. Tried Oleego (good bulgogi), OOO (good tempura), and Indus (suprising decent - tandoori was tender, saag paneer had good flavor, and naan was fresh. Most things were open - including Loteria (with bar).

                          1. re: thranduil

                            Good to know that things are picking up.

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            the old georges greek in that food court was great, one of my favorite american style gyros in the city. is it still there?

                            oleego was great when I had it @ some food event last year.

                            1. re: ns1

                              I also really like Oleego. There is also a Mendocino Farms in the food court for great sandwiches. 11:00am-9:00pm Mon-Fri