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Eats around Stan Lee's LA Comic Con (Comikaze)

As Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con (formerly called Comikaze) is around the corner, many of you are doing last minute prep for the con, getting costumes ready, figuring out where to stay, transportation, etc. We at Concon don’t want to leave out the most important thing of all: OUR TUMMIES. Going to cons is like running a marathon, it takes lots of energy and stamina. We put together this list of con eats after we did some heavy research (YUM!) on the food options around LA Convention Center. We hope that this list can help your con planning. If you enjoy it, please share.

What are some of the options?

A. Grab and go prior to arriving at con:

For those of you who want to save some extra bucks and don’t want to walk nor wait in line, grabbing something on the way to the convention might be a good option. If you are heading from the east, you can stop by Little Tokyo convenience stores or Grand Central Market for the following:

Marukai Market
Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
What to get: Rice ballz! Pocky, Nice selection of bento boxes and Rolls

Nijiya Market
Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sun: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
What to get: Onigiri to go please, Bean cake, Rice cake mochi, Green tea Kit Kat

Little tokyo

Egg Slut
Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sun: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
What to get: The Sausage Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Grand Central Market
Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
What to get: You gotta explore. They have everything!

Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri and Sat: Closed, Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
What to get: Expect to spend 1-2 hours here before you head to the con. They have lots of amazing eats there. Might be a fun detour if you have time to explore.

Downtown la new

B. Restaurants that are nearby

If you want to avoid long lines and don’t mind getting additional exercise and saving some extra bucks, below are a list of convenient, affordable, healthy, and quick bites that are only minutes away. Also recommend for lunch groups and can sit down!

EJ’s Bites
American (New), Middle Eastern
Walk time: 13 mins
Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sat: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sun: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
What to get: EJ’s Original, WOW-E, Grilled Chicken Bowl

Zamora Brothers
Mexican food
Walk time: 11 mins
Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sat: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sun: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
What to get: Carnitas Burrito, Capirotada

Uncle John’s Cafe
American Chinese
Walk time: 20 mins Price Range: $ (Under $10)
Hours: Fri: 6:30 am - 3:00 pm, Sat: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sun: Closed
What to get: Spicy Pork Chop with Fried Rice, Spicy Pork Chop with Fries and Eggs

Arashi Sushi
Sushi Bars, Japanese
Walk time: 12 mins
Price Range: $$ ($11-$30)
Hours: Fri: 11 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm Sat: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
What to get: Sashimi salad, Salmon sushi, Salmon skin hand rolls

Yojie Japanese Fondue
Japanese, Hot Pot, Sukiyaki, Shabu-Shabu
Walk time: 16 mins
Price Range: $$ ($11-$30)
Hours: Fri: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm, Sat: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm, Sun: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
What to get: Shabu-shabu, sukiyaki marinaded beef rice bowl

Walk food

C. Food within the convention center (If you are too tired to make it all the way across the street - laaaaazy :)

From our experience, some of the available restaurant food within the cons are pizza, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and also teriyaki rice bowls (I had those at the Anime Expo this year, they were pretty good). Normally the prices are high and the food might not the best dollar to quality value. However, if you are really tired, you may want to just stick through the line.

D. Food trucks that are across the convention center (If you want to go out and get some fresh air)

List TBD. We are still trying to find out the options from the officials. We will definitely update you all as soon as we find out.

Last but not least, if you read all the way here, we have a surprise for you. If you stop by our booth at LA Comic Con (Comikaze) at booth #SP34, join us for a game of “What would you do for Ramen” and you can get a chance to win a lunch at a famous ramen shop from us at Little Tokyo. If you don't get to win the bowl of ramen, you can still win some additional prizes including Concon stickers, T-shirt, Horror Art, etc. In order to enter, all you need to do is to show us the Concon app on your phone. So if you haven't download it yet, you can click the download buttons here.

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See you at Comikaze next week!

By Chalsea Chen 10.22.16

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