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Where to Eat During This Year's FYF Fest at LA State Park

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgThis year's FYF Fest at L.A. Historic State Park has some pretty great performers lined up, from My Bloody Valentine and Toro y Moi to Beach House and Washed Out, along with comedians. While there's seemingly something for everyone, there may not be the kinds of food one might want to eat while famished out in the open. Instead, there's actually a slew of great ethnic places available, since Chinatown is within walking distance. Check out this handy guide on where to eat during this year's festival, all relatively easy-to-access restaurants, either a decent walk away, a short drive, or a hop on the Metro.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Philippe the Original

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1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781
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Definitely one of the closest eateries to FYF's venue, Philippe has some pretty terrific and inexpensive french dip sandwiches that are good any time of day. Throw in some super cheap coffee and a glass of lemonade for the perfection mid-festival recharge.

2. Chego!

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727 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 380-8680
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One good thing about Roy Choi's move to Chinatown is that it's closer to all the Eastside hipsters, and this year's FYF. The funky interior locale makes for great communal dining while Choi's hefty bowls are great fuel for all-day revelry at the fest. Try the pork belly or hen house, or maybe the Mr T's bowl, studded with chunks of beef and spices.

3. Mexicali Taco & Co.

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702 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0416
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There's nothing like great tacos enjoyed before, during, or after a music fest. Tacos might be the ultimate festival food. And Mexicali's authentic, giant-size carne asada tacos or vampiros will be a pretty amazing place to grab a bite nearby FYF. The salsa bar is one of the best in town. Note: Closed Sundays.

4. Guisados

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1261 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-7600
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The stewed tacos at Guisados are an Eastside favorite and this slightly closer location (compared to the East LA original) is a short hop away down Sunset in a rather desolate area in between Downtown and Dodgers Stadium. Try the sampler taco platter for a little bit of everything.

5. Eastside Market Italian Deli

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1013 Alpine St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 250-2464
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This classic Italian deli has some straightforward, fulfilling sandwiches that are hard to beat for the weary festival-goer. The Italian sausage and meatball with peppers is a gut-buster, though the cold sandwiches would make for ideal picnicking.

6. Allumette

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1320 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 935-8787
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Looking for something a little more refined? Check out the cuisine at Allumette by chef Miles Thompson, especially the bar area where snacks like fried oysters or olive oil poached tuna can be had with some fantastic cocktails like the Last Ango, which uses bitters with rum, orgeat, pineapple, and lime. For something heftier, try the lamb saddle roulade for two.

7. El Huarachito

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3010 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 223-0476

One of the classic Mexican breakfasts around town, the huevos rancheros are great hangover cures. The chilaquiles wouldn't fail to help fill a hungry belly either, with red and green version available with a fried egg.

8. Kendall's Brasserie and Bar

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135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7322
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Tired of the grab-and-go, stand-up-and-eat type fare of the festival? Sit down with some refined French fare at this brasserie on the northern throes of downtown, where classics like homemade charcuterie, moules frites, braised short rib, and maybe a plate of oysters await.

9. Cortez

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1358 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 481-8015
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For a departure from ethnic or casual food, there's always the farm-to-table temple of Cortez, which serves dishes with a Mediterranean take. Try the pork shoulder or the roasted tomato and beet salad. Or head over for brunch and get the merguez sausage with yogurt sauce on grilled flatbread.

10. Phoenix Inn Chinese Cuisine

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301 Ord St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 629-2812

The late-night Chinese food isn't going to compare to the stuff available in SGV, but for something in a pinch, the rice porridge, noodle soups, and garlic wings are pretty good. And prices are very low, meaning plenty of things to share with a group of friends.

11. Wurstküche

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800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-4444
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This hipster sausage-and-beer spot in Arts District is always reliable. A good variety of sausages that are well-grilled and placed in plush buns, there's something for every taste. The beer selection's impressive too, though not quite up to beer geek status. That's okay, no one's going to argue over a massive stein of lager.

12. Al & Bea's Mexican Food

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2025 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 267-8810

Burritos. They're awesome. And at this East LA institution, they're simply satisfying. The bean-meat-cheese trio is pretty much a required order, though some other ingredients, like guacamole or green chile relleno mix things up a bit.

13. Yang Chow Restaurant

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819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0811
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One of the better Americanized Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, there are things like moo-shu, chicken lo mein, slippery shrimp, and kung pao anything available on the menu.

14. Buu Dien

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642 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-8355

This casual Vietnamese joint might not have the best banh mi ever, but it's pretty great for the price (hovering just over two bucks). And the pho and other hot soups are pretty good too.

15. Spice Table

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114 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-1801
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Bryant Ng's inspired Southeast Asian eatery serves flavorful takes on traditional dishes, like kaya toast, satay, beef rendang or maybe a grilled pig's tail. The warm, brick-lined interior will make one feel like miles away from the festival.

16. LAX-C inc.

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1100 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 343-9000

A true find, this Thai version of Costco has a handy lunch steam table area with some nifty, and very authentic Thai dishes available a la Panda Express. Group up two to three items and pair with rice before hunkering down on the tables laid out inside. It's dirt cheap too.

17. Starry Kitchen

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943 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-2285

Recently relocated to this Chinatown dive bar-cum-live music venue, Starry Kitchen still makes their classics like Malaysian curry chicken, the super-spicy Singaporean chili crab, and of course those crispy tofu balls. Dinner only at the moment, 5-10 p.m. on Saturday.

1. Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Definitely one of the closest eateries to FYF's venue, Philippe has some pretty terrific and inexpensive french dip sandwiches that are good any time of day. Throw in some super cheap coffee and a glass of lemonade for the perfection mid-festival recharge.

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. Chego!

727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

One good thing about Roy Choi's move to Chinatown is that it's closer to all the Eastside hipsters, and this year's FYF. The funky interior locale makes for great communal dining while Choi's hefty bowls are great fuel for all-day revelry at the fest. Try the pork belly or hen house, or maybe the Mr T's bowl, studded with chunks of beef and spices.

727 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

3. Mexicali Taco & Co.

702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

There's nothing like great tacos enjoyed before, during, or after a music fest. Tacos might be the ultimate festival food. And Mexicali's authentic, giant-size carne asada tacos or vampiros will be a pretty amazing place to grab a bite nearby FYF. The salsa bar is one of the best in town. Note: Closed Sundays.

702 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

4. Guisados

1261 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The stewed tacos at Guisados are an Eastside favorite and this slightly closer location (compared to the East LA original) is a short hop away down Sunset in a rather desolate area in between Downtown and Dodgers Stadium. Try the sampler taco platter for a little bit of everything.

1261 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Eastside Market Italian Deli

1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This classic Italian deli has some straightforward, fulfilling sandwiches that are hard to beat for the weary festival-goer. The Italian sausage and meatball with peppers is a gut-buster, though the cold sandwiches would make for ideal picnicking.

1013 Alpine St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

6. Allumette

1320 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Looking for something a little more refined? Check out the cuisine at Allumette by chef Miles Thompson, especially the bar area where snacks like fried oysters or olive oil poached tuna can be had with some fantastic cocktails like the Last Ango, which uses bitters with rum, orgeat, pineapple, and lime. For something heftier, try the lamb saddle roulade for two.

1320 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. El Huarachito

3010 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031

One of the classic Mexican breakfasts around town, the huevos rancheros are great hangover cures. The chilaquiles wouldn't fail to help fill a hungry belly either, with red and green version available with a fried egg.

3010 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031

8. Kendall's Brasserie and Bar

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tired of the grab-and-go, stand-up-and-eat type fare of the festival? Sit down with some refined French fare at this brasserie on the northern throes of downtown, where classics like homemade charcuterie, moules frites, braised short rib, and maybe a plate of oysters await.

135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

9. Cortez

1358 Allison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

For a departure from ethnic or casual food, there's always the farm-to-table temple of Cortez, which serves dishes with a Mediterranean take. Try the pork shoulder or the roasted tomato and beet salad. Or head over for brunch and get the merguez sausage with yogurt sauce on grilled flatbread.

1358 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

10. Phoenix Inn Chinese Cuisine

301 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA

The late-night Chinese food isn't going to compare to the stuff available in SGV, but for something in a pinch, the rice porridge, noodle soups, and garlic wings are pretty good. And prices are very low, meaning plenty of things to share with a group of friends.

301 Ord St
Los Angeles, CA

11. Wurstküche

800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This hipster sausage-and-beer spot in Arts District is always reliable. A good variety of sausages that are well-grilled and placed in plush buns, there's something for every taste. The beer selection's impressive too, though not quite up to beer geek status. That's okay, no one's going to argue over a massive stein of lager.

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

12. Al & Bea's Mexican Food

2025 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Burritos. They're awesome. And at this East LA institution, they're simply satisfying. The bean-meat-cheese trio is pretty much a required order, though some other ingredients, like guacamole or green chile relleno mix things up a bit.

2025 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

13. Yang Chow Restaurant

819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

One of the better Americanized Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, there are things like moo-shu, chicken lo mein, slippery shrimp, and kung pao anything available on the menu.

819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

14. Buu Dien

642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This casual Vietnamese joint might not have the best banh mi ever, but it's pretty great for the price (hovering just over two bucks). And the pho and other hot soups are pretty good too.

642 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

15. Spice Table

114 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Bryant Ng's inspired Southeast Asian eatery serves flavorful takes on traditional dishes, like kaya toast, satay, beef rendang or maybe a grilled pig's tail. The warm, brick-lined interior will make one feel like miles away from the festival.

114 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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16. LAX-C inc.

1100 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A true find, this Thai version of Costco has a handy lunch steam table area with some nifty, and very authentic Thai dishes available a la Panda Express. Group up two to three items and pair with rice before hunkering down on the tables laid out inside. It's dirt cheap too.

1100 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

17. Starry Kitchen

943 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Recently relocated to this Chinatown dive bar-cum-live music venue, Starry Kitchen still makes their classics like Malaysian curry chicken, the super-spicy Singaporean chili crab, and of course those crispy tofu balls. Dinner only at the moment, 5-10 p.m. on Saturday.

943 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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