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Report on Downtown Dining on Jury Duty

jenn | Sep 25, 200302:10 PM

Jury duty started on Monday and I was tagged for a 15 day trial. I was more than excited---15 days of lunch! Alas, the parties settled before the deal got started so I can only provide meal reviews and suggestions based on three days of eatting.

Every day I took the B DASH bus from the Superior Courthouse to Chinatown. Its quick, its regular and it gets you there in ample time to eat and return without being found in contempt of court. You can pick up the bus going towards Chinatown on the east side of Hill Street.

I went to Mandarian Deli, Chinatown branch. All I can say is "Yum!" The first day I had the beef soup [spicy] with homemade noodles. The soup really isn't spicy but it is very very good with great beef flavor and chewy noodles. I can see sending the husband down here for soup the next time illness kicks in. Caution, when I ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day, the noodles had gotten soggy although the broth was still great. Oh, while the portion was huge, I think its probably fair to attribute the existance of leftovers to a stop by Queen's Bakery to buy a cookie for my chowpup and a cream bun [.75] for me.

Day Two, back to Mandarin Deli for boiled dumplings and a scallion pancake. I read my book and pretended I was back in a restaurant in Beijing. 10 dumplings to an order makes a tasty lunch---the scallion pancake was unnecessary but tasty.

Day Three---the case settles. Boo hoo. I call the family and we meet for lunch at Mandarin deli. For 3 adults and one 5 year old pup who eats as much as his dad, we ordered:
the jellyfish,
scallion pancake,
boiled dumplings,
preserved veg and pork soup with homemade noodles, and
dry pork sauce with homemade noodles.

The jelly fish was fantastic--just the right amount of chewy and well seasoned. Sometimes I find jellyfish to be a bit bland or fishy or rubbery---this was great. Scallion pancake was inhaled by all. Both noodle dishes were good although I suspect we ended up with the pickled veg dish and not the preserved by the taste. I added a little hot sauce to the dry pork sauce but only because I was coming down with a cold and wanted some additional heat. The chowpup inhaled most of the dumplings and pronounced them excellent.

If a person on jury duty is not inclined towards Chinese food, the B DASH also goes right by Phillippes and Olvera Street. And after it leaves Chinatown, it heads towards the public library by way of MOCA, California Plaza etc.

I can hardly wait until I get the summons again next year!

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