Going out to a ball game? No need to get suckered into getting hot dogs and candy for lunch. Or, cheap sushi, stale popcorn or watery nacho cheese. LA's stadiums have a little something for everyone, and there are even some really good spots, especially at Staples Center. Below, find a handy guide for dining in and around Staples Center and LA Live. Have a favorite spot that we missed? Please feel free to leave a comment down below.
Staples Center's Three Standouts
1) WP24: Go big or go home, right? Jack Nicholson does it, and so can you. Wolfgang Puck's 24th floor ode to Chinese food is a great way to start off game night. We recommend the Szechuan Style Prime Filet of Beef “Au Poivre." Not in Staples Center proper, but within walking distance. [On the 24th floor of the adjacent Ritz-Carlton tower]
2) Yard House: Get there early for a seat at the bar. Take advantage of happy hour and try the impressive selection of craft beers. The Baja fish tacos are a good bet, especially in the summertime. [Located within L.A. Live, adjacent to the Staples Center]
3) LA Market by Kerry Simon: Kerry Simon's farm-to-table concept at LA Live isn't entirely as lost as it could be. While it's in the center of a tourist trap, it manages to churn out some decent food. The bucatini, flatbreads and mezzo plate are especially good options. [Located within L.A. Live, adjacent to the Staples Center]
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A Quick Meal at Staples Center
· Extreme Loaded Dogs: Get the Frito Pie Dog. (Section 118, Main Concourse).
· Corner Grill: Sandwiches and salads. (Section 119, Main Concourse).
· Shock Top Lounge: Sushi and snacks. (Section 113 & 118, Main Concourse).
· Camacho's Cantina: Mexican. (Section 117, Main Concourse).
· California Pizza Kitchen: Pizza. (Section 109, Main Concourse).
· Budweiser Pub Whistlestop: Bud and fried snacks. (Section 108, Main Concourse).
· Outtakes: Sushi and Kosher sandwiches. (Section 104, Main Concourse).
· Wetzel's Pretzels: Pretzels. (Section 103, Main Concourse).