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Downtown near (or easy from) Union Station

Bada Bing | Apr 3, 2011 01:31 PM

I'm a visitor, unexpectedly staying a day or two extra in Claremont (which I asked about in another thread). Matapoisett on this board suggested I might take Metrolink into LA proper, which would bring me to Union Station. I have work to do, though, and don't have a whole day for getting to places, but I'm cool with taking the train in and out of Union Station for something special.

I live in Indiana now, which means that the following things are hard for me to get normally:

--great Asian flavors, especially Thai, Vietnamese and Korean, but also Chinese. In fact, I've never tried or even seen a place near me making banh mi sandwiches. Even pho is rare.

--really fresh, good Mexican foods, like tacos made with excellent corn tortillas and great carnitas, fish, adobada, barbacao, etc.

I gather that Chinatown is pretty close to Union Station. Walkable? If anyone wants to suggest that I go on the subway or bus to somewhere, could you add in the realistic time involved?

Thanks in advance for all ideas!

p.s., does anyone know if Spitz in Little Tokyo, or anywhere in LA, has German-style Döner Kebab? (Note: totally not the same deal as gyros or even traditional Turkish style.) For THAT, I would do serious travel.

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