I appreciated the suggestions.
I took the metro rail to Langer's for lunch. Sat at the counter and had the regular pastrami sandwich with their cream soda. (free refill,). Very good meat. Not sure it was heavenly or the best I can remember though. I'd say I prefer more spicy or more garlicky. Sandwich was maybe too mild. But I scarfed it down so fast, I'm not sure! I was expecting piled high sandwich, but it wasn't. Crunchy pickle was yummy too.
Off to the library for a while. Then to Central Market for Sarita's fried plantains w/crema and frijoles. Okay, but plantains were too firm for my taste. Got a to-go carnitas gordita "with everything" from Anna Maria. Delicious. Also an asada taco from a busy place along the side. Also good.
Thanks for the suggestions for the places and the dishes! It was a good day for me.
There are so many people out and about Langer's 7th and Alvarado at ll:00-12:00, it seems like it "should be" safe enough. I'm no safety expert though. Only time I was not among people was walking into the MTA station from the street-- for about 10 seconds. That station is very close to Langer's. For me, I'll go back again.
attn: vent follows -g-
HOWEVER, I almost got arrested getting off the red line stop coming to Langer's by a cop who checked my ticket and said I needed a transfer when going from the green and blue lines to the red line.
I thought the cop was very wrong - I've got college degrees all over the place and I ought to know how to read and understand simple fare schedules. It doesn't clearly, explicitly state those transfer condidtions when purchasing a ticket or when looking at fares on the internet. I have never been stopped for this before. How could it be that the cop was right??? I wasn't about to argue though. I bought another ticket, and at the main transfer point I asked two other cops, who said that first cop was wrong. No transfer requried.
I called MTA next day to confirm--- uh. gulp...turns out I was lucky the cop didn't ticket me. (Thank you, sir) From what the customer service person said, when going from green to blue or blue to red, a transfer is required.
grumble, grumble. I still say the enforcers are not getting all the rules right and we passengers aren't either - age for senior citizen discount, whether a passenger can make several trips up or down per day on one round trip ticket (no), transfer conditions, etc. And I'm STILL not entirely comfortable that the customer service person is right about the transfer. Still... I'm glad I can vent here and am not doing it in front of a judge!