TA Away Game Travel Guide to Los Angeles

18 Apr 2011 8:47 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

—by Andrew Brawley

Editor’s Note #1: This is the first in a new series of our guide to cities where the Timbers are playing away games in 2011. I travel quite a bit for work and play, so I figured I could impart some knowledge on other cities throughout the country. I haven’t been to every city on this year's schedule, so not every one of them will be covered. Heck, even people living in Columbus don’t really “go” there. But for the cities I have been to, I’ll try to write something up for those who plan to make the trip.

Editor’s Note #2: To help really kick this series off, I requested the help of some LA locals. My former employers just happen to be musicians and all-around cool guys Joe Escalante and Josh Freese. They both play in a little punk band called The Vandals (I used to work for Joe’s record label Kung Fu Records). Joe hosts Barely Legal Radio, and was the morning man at Indie 103 FM for quite a spell. Josh currently drums for Devo and Weezer, and used to play for Nine Inch Nails, Ween, Guns & Roses and Disneyland’s child rock band Polo! On top of all this, they also actually reside in the area around the Home Depot Center, so they got some legit cred for this piece.

Our first stop in this away game travel series is Los Angeles. The Timbers play there twice this season (April 23 vs. LA Galaxy; June 5 vs. Chivas USA). I lived in LA from 2001 to 2006, and had plenty of business trips there since then. If you plan to travel there, you MUST have access to a rental car. I’m not even joking here. If you take your Portlandia butt down to LA thinking that they run on bikes and public transport, come find me at the next home match so I can smack you upside the head.

Now that you got your flight, hotel AND rental car booked, here are a few recommended spots from the three of us.

Joe’s picks:

  • 5 Guys Burgers and Fries in Carson. Unbelievably cool and convenient.
  • In the South Bay, there's no restaurant with more hype right now than Eatalian Cafe. There's two of them (Gardena 1 and Gardena 2), and they are strangely close to each other.
  • At night, go to Alex's Bar, it's awesome and it's the location of the original bar from True Blood.
  • If you need a place where you could take a prostitute, have a steak, and be invisible, try the anonymous JB's Dinner Room. Don't ask me how I stumbled upon this place.

Josh’s picks:

  • If you want the best Mexican food in L.A. order the carnitas plate or regular carnitas burrito at Super Mex on Atlantic in LBC.
  • There's a new Swiss Restaurant near LAX called Edelweiss Chalet. And it's not your grandfather's war criminal hideout...or is it?
  • If you only go to one place in Long Beach during the day or dinner time make it the oldest tavern in LBC, Joe Jost’s and order the special w/ pickled eggs and a schooner of Busch.

Andrew’s picks:

  • If you like your chicken cooked vertically, spiced Mediterranean style, and like to reek of garlic after a meal, Zankou Chicken has eight locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area. I can only vouch for the locations in Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and West Los Angeles. (Looks like the one on Sunset in the bad part of Hollywood has been closed down, which sucks because I’ve seen Justin Timberlake and Zach de la Rocha order food there, but not at the same time.)
  • Like music? You might be sick of it after a trip to Amoeba Music. They have just about every album ever made. Some albums they even have more than two copies of. It’s like the best parts of Music Millennium, Jackpot Records and Everyday Music all in one place, with all the indie music snobbery fully intact. A Portlander's home away from home.
  • Corner of Sunset Blvd. and Highland Ave. I once saw a transvestite (I think s/he was a transvestite) remove his/her clothing and throw it at a businessman’s head here during a Monday morning commute. Major bum-age for him. Major laugh-age for me.
  • Pink’s. You’ve probably seen this hot dog stand all over the Food Network. It’s the real deal. Nothing nutritious to be found here. The chili has a radioactive orange glow about it. And you’ll wait in line for at least 45 minutes in the chunky air to get one in your mouth. And you will like it!
  • If you find yourself in Burbank (which is very possible since it has the best airport in the LA area), check out Yummy Cupcakes. You probably heard about celebrities and talent agents sending their assistants to a place called Sprinkles for oversized (and overpriced) cupcakes. Yummy Cupcakes has better quality and less riff-raff. The Red Velvet cupcake here may cause dizziness due to extreme deliciousness.

Got any places to recommend? Post them here in the comments.

Joe Escalante's Barely Legal Radio airs Sunday nights on KTLK 1150 AM.

Josh Freese's EP "My New Friends" can be purchased in digital format for $5, physical CD format for $12, or with a ride in TOOL drummer Danny Carey's Lamborghini and other neat stuff for $75,000.


  • 11 Jul 2016 9:48 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Scott V Swearingen says:
    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Great write up and research! This post makes me want to go, is it too late? :)

    In the future include a link to the away link in travel (if we have stuff).


    Hotel discounts and ticket links are included.
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:48 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Andrew Brawley says:
    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Just added it to Away Travel.
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:48 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Lindsay Weber says:
    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    There’s an In N Out Burger in Torrance, about 5 minutes from the Home Depot Center. Order your double double with grilled onions!
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:49 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Megan says:
    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Avoid Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the entire West side. All of it. Just don’t go anywhere between the beach at Santa Monica (the city, not the Blvd) and Western Ave on the east/west, and the hills and the 10 freeway on the north/south. You won’t miss anything, I promise.

    That being said, DEFINITELY check out the Griffith Observatory. It’s supremely badass (but closed on Mondays and possibly other days due to budget cuts so check the schedule before you go). There is also an incredible exhibit at MOCA downtown right now (http://www.moca.org/) and you’d seriously be missing out if you didn’t catch it while you were here. Plus MOCA is right in the heart of Little Toyko and the arts district, and right by Wurstkuche (which means sausage, beer, and extreme happiness in German).

    If you aren’t staying in the South Bay and want incredible Mexican food, opt for Cacao Mexicatessen (http://www.cacaodeli.com/) and/or Yuca’s on Hillhurst. I say and/or because they are totally different kinds of Mexican food. Cacao has mindblowing mole, and Yuca’s has legendary carne asada tacos.

    If you want to go to the beach, do yourself a favor and either drive south to Seal Beach or north to Malibu.

    If you are willing to venture away from the South Bay (which I highly suggest) send me a twoodle at @pablovemegan. I’d be happy to share more!

    – Jaded hater of Los Angeles, Megan
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:49 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Megan says:
    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    And yes, I can spell Tokyo in real life. Don’t throw anything at me please.
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:50 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    John-Paul Tyler says:
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Hey, I’m a future resident of Portland who currently resides in LA. I’m a Timbers fan, flew up for the home opener and game against Dallas FC. Will be there in the Timbers supporters’ section on the 23rd. I live in downtown LA, which for a long time has had a bad rep because of its skid-row. However, I have found it to be very cool. There are lots of great bars and restaurants. I recommend 7th&Grand, Public School, and The Varnish. Border Grill is a DTLA upscale Mexican restaurant that is phenomenal. Also, DTLA is one of the only places in LA in which you can survive without a car. I’ll take the blue line and then bike to the game. Oh, and word of advice, the traffic in Los Angeles, don’t know if you’ve heard, is really really bad. I once went by car to see a Galaxy Redbull game, left my apartment at 5:30 for a 8pm kickoff…missed the entire first half. Get there early.
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:50 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Randy Wilson says:
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Good post Andrew. Though, for me, I’m with Megan on this one — a jaded hater of Los Angeles. I’m happy I left LA 16 years ago this June. Been there done that, moved on and never looked back.
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:50 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Andrew Brawley says:
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I’m not a hater, but there’s plenty of reasons the wife and I decided to move back to PDX. Not a lot of arm-twisting involved.
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:51 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Ryan says:
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Red Car Brewery (http://redcarbrewery.com) – approx 3.5 miles from the HDC…decent beer
    Eagle Rock Brewery (http://eaglerockbrewery.com) – pretty far from the HDC…but probably the best beer being made in LA right now (and I’m a native Oregonian)
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:52 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    John says:
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Yo! I hear your chainsaw wielding Timber Joey is cousin(or something to that effect) to one of our bearded lumberjack look a likes, that being said, you guys are more than welcome to tailgate with us in Lot 13, we will have a keg and food for those traveling, or we’ll just drink it all.

    Red car is pretty good.(torrance)
    Long beach is the best bet for you guys if you stay in the south bay, you go to the “pike” and there’s lots of bars and food joints, head to 4th street (in long beach as well) and there is nothing but sweet dive bars to fuel up.


    P.S. We aren’t to “fond” of Seattle so there’s no sense in hating all of the PNW haha!
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:52 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    John says:
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    By the way Fullerton has a few great micros.
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:53 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Bruno Valdez says:
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Very small world indeed. I have known Joe Escalante for years as we have many common interests. I live in San Diego and will head up for the PT/LA game at the HDC. My family and I just got back from the Rose City and were very fortunate to sit with the Timbers Army for the opener. We were behind the other net for the Dallas game and felt a little cheated not to be in it with the TA (but enjoyed Cooper’s lob past Hartman). I have followed the Timbers since the NASL and was thrilled to witness the amazing games last week. So, I will be there in section 116 with my wife and daughter making noise, RCTID!!!
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:53 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Gabriel says:
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I am driving on Friday at 6pm how is everyone else going or meeting. I should be getting to LA at 6am. What hotel would the group timbers army be?
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:53 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Allen Schmitz says:
    Friday, April 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    is there a way to avoid paying $15 to park at the game?
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  • 11 Jul 2016 9:54 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    John says:
    Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Park at the bar across the street OCP. I believe it’s $10 and maybe a free beer.
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