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This longtime-favorite ultra-casual Mexican spot is known for their crispy, quesadilla-esque Vampiro, but the secret weapon is the chorizo cachetada ranchero-style -- a meat tostada, topped with melted cheese, aioli chipotle sauce, and a fried egg. Bingo.
There’s no question that when you go to Yang Chow you order their Slippery Shrimp: each little fried shrimp glazed with a mild to spicy sauce and just the right amount of chewiness. Not a shrimp eater? Their kung pao chicken is also a home run.
With $8 cocktails, and beers less than $5, you’ll want to take advantage of the happy hour menu for a little pre- or post-game bevvy, since they’ve got both early- and late-night happy hours available. They also have a solid list of under-$10 personal pizzas for every kind of pizza lover, including vegans, and gluten-free people, so bring your friends (and then order yourself a pork-topped banh mi pizza).
Same Same is a dimly lit, casual wine bar tucked away in a strip mall that used to be the old neighborhood fave, Rambutan. While you can still order Rambutan’s food to go, if you eat in, Same Same is really more of a wine bar that serves food, which means the move is to order traditional Thai street food like chicken satay, Pad See Ew, and Tom Yum Gai, wash it all down with a glass of tempranillo.
A few months ago we put the long-standing Philippe vs. Coles French Dip debate to rest, so do yourself a favor and get the now-proven original Beef Dip, which you can take to the stadium to-go.
The Echo Park location of this beloved taco joint is practically right outside the stadium, so you really have no excuse not to stop by for a quick bite before the game. The handmade tortillas, topped with perfectly braised meats, are incredible, and at $2.75 a pop, you can have a few and still have money leftover for a beer at the game.