The Bamboo Inn, One of Many Great Places to Check out at CicLAvia

I was gratified recently when I spoke with Ramon who owns the HMS Bounty to learn during the Iconic Wilshire Blvd. CicLAvia in June the place was so busy he was helping out the bar staff serving drinks. Since that was one of the three eateries I gave a shout out to I was gratified to confirm businesses along the route benefited from it, something which a just released white paper from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs confirms as noted on Curbed L.A..

Just as the Yelp reviewers describe it...a hole in the wall. Photo: Dana Gabbard

With the CicLAvia Heart of LA due this Sunday I want to share another great place to try along the route, in this case near the MacArthur Park hub — the Bamboo Inn at 2005 W 7th St. (1 block east of Alvarado).

I pretty much agree with the reviews posted on Yelp. It is not a gourmet place. My term for it is 70s retro Americanized Chinese food. My reliables are the egg rolls, pork fried rice and almond chicken. Many of the patrons seem to especially enjoy the noodle dishes. And the patrons include folks from the neighborhood which is predominantly immigrant Central American (a guy from the kitchen often comes around and offers for $1 to sell you a mashed avocado to go with the meal).

Just a reminder what a diverse city L.A. is.

Oh, Bamboo Inn does not take credit cards. They’ll open at Noon and I bet they do a brisk business all afternoon.

Giving credit where it is due my friend and fellow transit advocate Joseph Dunn turned me on to this place. Joe who was prominently mentioned in this blog’s coverage of the press event last year for the Wilshire bus lanes due to health issues some months ago moved back east to live with family but in our phone conversations often laments how much he misses L.A. So while dining on Sunday make a toast to Mr. Dunn and his passion for bette5r public transit. And enjoy the magic of CicLAvia!

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