Eating along the Gold Line Eastside Extension: What didn't we include?
After eating our way from Little Tokyo to Atlantic Boulevard (and beyond) in East L.A., we had the difficult task of deciding which restaurants to include in an article about the many, many places to dine along the Gold Line Eastside Extension. (Trains are scheduled to start running on Sunday.)
The Little Tokyo stop presented some particularly difficult choices, because the area is packed with so many restaurants, without even including the Arts District. In this case, an editorial decision was made: The story focuses on those restaurants that are closest, within about a block or so of the stop at 1st and Alameda streets. So it doesn't include anything south of 2nd Street or much further west of Central Avenue. Unfortunately, that omits a lot of great restaurants.
And we heard about it from readers. Please let us know what else you would have wanted included.
Here, a few additions from readers:
"I can't believe you left out (next to the Gold Line on 3rd Street near the East L.A. Civic Center) two of the oldest and VERY popular eating places ... Lupe's Burritos and King Taco. Shame on you!!!"
"I would venture to add that Weiland's Brewery should be mentioned as well -- they're such a guilty pleasure, and they're right smack in the middle of the Little Tokyo restaurants you mentioned."
"Your coverage of the culinary destinations at the Little Tokyo-Arts District Gold Line station featured only those in Little Tokyo. The downtown Arts District, which has evolved into a restaurant 'scene' all its own, was completely ignored. Your readers will not know, for example, that the highly-rated Wurstkuche exotic sausage restaurant is within walking distance of the station. So are Zip Fusion, E3rd Steak House and Cafe Metropol. These are just a few of the hip Arts District dining experiences in the shadow of the Gold Line station that your readers will not discover."
Hopefully, they will now. Thank you for all the recommendations. Please keep them coming.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: The caldo de siete mares includes a heap of fish, squid, octopus, clams, mussels and crab legs, served at El Rinconcito del Mar. By Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times.