The frustrating experience of jury duty can be modestly bearable by spending your princely $15/day chowhounding for lunch, which is thankfully at least 90 mins long. The Grubber's report on prior 7 days of service at criminal courts downtown follows. All restaurants were reached via LADOT's fast, convenient & cheap (25 cents/ride) DASH service.
Excellent: Pho Hoa (New High/Ord)--classic version of pho, altho a bit skimpy on the greens.
Angelique Cafe (Main/Spring triangle)--the most genuinely French restaurant in the region. Wonderful versions of everything, including estimable pates & charcuterie & dazzling cheeses (quality & quantity). Downside is bkfst & lunch only, no liquor license, very small, & loving MTA buses is helpful.
Sunnin (Bway/6th)--Lebanese as in Lebanon. Terrific kefta kabob redolent with herbs, spices, seeds.
Good: Spain (Olympic/Main)--brother to Silverlake Spain. Small, odorific joint serving Shaq-sized tapas well intentioned with lots o' olio y ajo.
La Luz del Dia (Olvera Street)--You can't go home again. The "beef stew" -- or my memory of it -- just ain't what it used to be.
El Adelito (Hill/11th)--classic old-time Mexican-American with combo plates as far as the eye can read. Kinda funky place, but kinda mediocre food.
Bad: Gill's (beautiful Stillwell Hotel @ Grand/9th)--Under old mgt, Indian lunch buffet was passable, a la carte entrees at dinner surprisingly good. Under new management, lunch buffet is barely edible & totally uninspired, so Grub-sahib won't be going there for din-din any time soon. The Stillwell is still, well, a trip.