Places to Eat Near Dodger Stadium for Every Kind of Dodger Fan
Whether you're a super-fan decked out in Dodger blue or just tagging along with your baseball-loving friends for the beer, the stadium's famous hot dogs can lose their novelty, and peanuts and Cracker Jack sometimes just don't cut it. Luckily, the neighborhoods surrounding Dodger Stadium, Echo Park and Chinatown, are prime eating destinations.
Here are eight Dodger Dog alternatives within three miles of the stadium for every taste and budget:
Taco Zone in Echo Park
WHERE: Taco Zone Truck, North Alvarado Street and Montana Street, Echo Park
GOOD FOR: Late-night eaters
WHY: If you need something quick and cheap to soak up those extra-inning beers, swing by Taco Zone, the most popular taco truck in Echo Park. There might be a line stretching from the silver, sticker-clad trailer into the Vons parking lot next to it, but the carnitas tacos and carne asada mulitas are worth the wait.
Phat Thai at Pok Pok
WHERE: Pok Pok Phat Thai, 727 N .Broadway #130, Chinatown; (213) 628.3071, pokpokphatthaila.com
GOOD FOR: Traditionalists
WHY: Chef Andy Ricker's L.A. outpost of the famous Portland, Oregon, stir-fried noodle shop specializes in recipes straight from street vendors and home kitchens in Thailand. The tiny shop's namesake dish — thin rice noodles cooked in rendered pork fat, served nearly bare with your choice of meat and a side of condiments — is delicious. And if you prefer your noodles wider, there is phat sii ew (which is also available vegetarian), along with a handful of other street-food favorites such as hoi thawt (crispy broken crepe with mussels, eggs and bean sprouts) and phak buung fai daeng (water spinach stir-fried with garlic and chile).
Taix French Restaurant, Echo Park
WHERE: Taix, 1911 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; (213) 484-1265, taixfrench.com.
GOOD FOR: Carpoolers (and French food lovers)
WHY: Taix has been serving reasonably priced, classic French country cuisine such as coq au vin, tureens of potato leek soup and escargots de Bourgogne to devoted diners since 1927 (several members of the staff have been working there for decades). But the charmingly vintage vibe isn't the only reason to dine at the old-world Sunset Boulevard haunt. If you meet at Taix before the game, you can leave your car in its parking lot as long as you pick it up before the restaurant closes (10 p.m. during the week, 11 p.m. on weekends).
The "Bowl of Soul" at Sage Vegan Bistro, Echo Park
WHERE: Sage Vegan Bistro, 1700 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; (213) 989-1718, sageveganbistro.com
GOOD FOR: Baseball fans who don't eat meat
WHY: There is a serious lack of plant-based food options at Dodger Stadium, so if that's your game, save your appetite for Sage's locally sourced vegan menu. Trade the greasy hot dog for a "Bowl of Soul" — vegetables, beans and quinoa topped with a gluten-free mac-and-cheese ball. Sage is BYOB, too, so stop at nearby Sunset Beer for a bottle beforehand. If you're already in detox mode, the fresh-squeezed juices are killer.
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