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The Guide to Gold Line Foodieness (Plus Maps!)

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With the opening of the Gold Line Eastside Extension this Sunday, it's been quite the foodie fever here on the internetz. It's almost feels as if the six miles between Union Station and East L.A. never existed. Nevertheless, the laying down of light rail tracks means people are ready to explore the tastes and wonders there are to offer and with no car in tow. Here's what others are saying.

Metro itself has put together quite the dining guide, even going as far as printing a glossary of Japanese and Latin dishes such as "yakitori" (that's skewered meat or seafood, they say) and "guacamole" (gee, thanks, like we didn't know). The highlight of the printable PDF download are the thorough listings of restaurants, from unique to fast food, station by station (eight in total). Other maps include the functional Destinations Map (.pdf) and the so-called Fun Map (.pdf), which you can see a portion of in the above image.

Metro's in-house blogger Fred Camino has also been going station by station, spreading the word about the most popular places, as based on Yelp reviews, that are within half a mile (about a 10-minute walk) from stations. So far, he's created guides for the Little Tokyo/Arts District, Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza, Indiana and Soto Stations. And for every restaurant he mentions, there is a spot for it on his Google map: