Let’s say that I had to spend my entire day in Downtown Los Angeles, and I could choose ANY Three Eateries in that area at which to have my Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner meals.
I took me about two minutes to make my decisions. I will add that these choices reflect my own personal taste of what I find to be the most delicious, satisfying, consistent quality, service, value and atmosphere. I’m not trying to name the Best of “L.A.”, this is more like the Best of “AL”. Also, most people will understand when I say that, even if I had unlimited funds to go anywhere I wished, I would still pick these same places. So, here are my picks……..
3026 S. Figueroa St.
• My Order: Omelette Mexicana– Ay Cabron! this is good. Hot, fluffy, fresh & spicy! avocado slices in the salsa that smothers this beautiful dish. Eat the eggs first, because if you fill up on the irresistibly creamy, fresh real-tasting refried beans or the hot crispy on the outside, gently seasoned home style potatoes or even the warm and thick hand made tortillas. Visit the salsa bar and splash your huevos with any of the dozen or so huge bowls of various fresh authentic, tasty salsas.
• My Drink: They make real “Liquados” with fresh fruits and milk. I go for the strawberry/banana.
“PHILLIPE”S THE ORIGINAL”
1001 N. Alameda St.
• My Order: Beef Dip (double-dipped) with Swiss Cheese. Sides of sliced kosher dill pickle and macaroni salad. If I’m feeling piggy, I’ll add a bowl of Beef Stew or Chili.
• My Drink: Lemonade
• Dessert: (I rarely have enough room for dessert, but if I must: Chocolate Cream Pie)
Alternate Lunch choices:
1013 Alpine St.
The #3 Italian Sausage, Meatball, Cooked Peppers & Cheese Sandwich
“LANGER’S DELICATESSEN” 704 So. Alvarado St.
Pastrami on Rye with Deli Mustard
337 E. 1st St.
• The Curry Udon Bowl is out of this world. I’d also go for their House Special or the Suriyaki.
• Drink: Tea
• Dessert: Plum Wine Ice Cream.
• Note: Near the counter they have a space where numerous past customers have taped up notes leaving little messages behind. Look for the delightfully inappropriate one that simply reads: “Viva Mexico, Cabrones!”
Alternate Dinner Choices:
“LA LUZ DEL DIA”, Olvera Street
The Picadillo Plate
Also, years ago there was an Italian Restaurant on Broadway in Chinatown named “LITTLE JOE’S”. If it still existed, would be one of my choices.
Here are my choices for other parts of town:
The Eastside: Ciros, El Tepeyac, La Barca de Jalisco
Los Feliz: Yuca’s, Mako, Palermos
Hollywood: Greco’s Pizza, Raja, Hoy’s Wok
Silver Lake/Echo Park: Alegria on Sunset, Pho Café, El Cochinito, Song Hay Inn
San Gabriel Valley: Titos Market, Mandarin Noodle House, Tokyo Lobby
I must add that I believe it would be physically impossible for me to actually eat at all of these great places in one day. My stomach couldn’t handle that much of a good thing and it would probably spoil that special quality of visiting one’s favorite restaurant as an occasional treat. But, my ulterior motive for this post is also to get some reader’s responses as to what their three Downtown & Out-of-Downtown eateries would be. Which three would you choose?