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The Guide to Gold Line Foodieness (Plus Maps!)
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:
View Foodie Guide to Gold Line Eastside Extension in a larger map
Not to be outdown, a group of LA Times writers have also produced a major foodie guide, complete with their picks and a map, too:
View Gold Line extension restaurants in a larger map
Of course, the folks at Chowhound have their picks and Curbed asked the Mayor and others on a ceremonial media ride what their spots were. Within the last year, LAist has told you about La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights and the very popular Wurstkuchein the Arts District.
The Gold Line Eastside Extension opens this Sunday with free rides, but also with a handful of events attached, some offering, what other than, food!