Just completed 6 days of jury duty in downtown LA. I posted beforehand, looking for interesting places to go for lunch, thanks to everyone who responded. I thought I would post my favorites, in the hopes that I would help someone else.
Most days, I walked down 1st Street to the Little Tokyo area. Lots of places to eat there. My favorite was definitely the ramen at Daikokuya, on 1st St. It's a huge bowl of ramen, pork, green onions, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots and a hard boiled egg in a very tasty broth. I asked for extra rich (fatty) and extra pork. Very yummy!
I also went to Senor Fish, which is on the corner of 1st and Alameda. I go to the South Pasadena location often, so I know and love Senor Fish, in my opinion, the best fish tacos around! This was the furthest place I walked to, and was about a 15 minute walk from the Criminal Courts building.
I saw a Cuban restaurant right around the corner before Senor Fish, so I went there one day and had a yummy plate of roast pork, plantains, and black beans and rice. They have a pretty extensive menu and it all sounded great!
Another day I went to a place a few doors down from Daikokuya called Kobe (also on 1st St.) and had a very nice bento box lunch that included soup, salad, tempura, gyoza, entree and rice, all for $7.50.
I admit, I had to eat at the courthouse cafeteria one day as we were given less than an hour for lunch that day, I made a salad at the salad bar and it was good, if maybe a little pricey. And, one day I went to the LA Mall (the underground mall) and ate there, it was OK, I wouldn't recommend it, given all the other places you can go. If I would have had one more day, I would have gone to Phillipe's. Enjoy!