Day 3 - The Rose Bowl - Presented by Vizio.
We started our Monday in San Diego, planning to catch the L.A. light rail from Union Station to the Rose Bowl. On the drive up to L.A. we decided to try to go to Philippe the Original for lunch. Using my Roadfood POI app, it popped right up on my GPS. We then wondered if Philippe's would be open for lunch at 10:00 on Monday. A call to the number on the POI contact confirmed they they were open.
As we neared our destination, it appeared that Union Station & Philippe's may be fairly close together. Golly, were they ever. We passed Union Station on the way to the Philippe's.
Which was about 2 blocks away.
There was ample free parking at Philippe's, but we were skeptical about the possible lines after reading a recent posting at Roadfood. No lines today, it took only minutes to place our order. Wearing my Badger red, I had some nice conversations with the Los Angelenos who were also ordering.
We weren't overly impressed with our french dip sandwiches, they were good but not particularly special. We ordered two soups, and the tomato bisque was particularly good - that picture turned out blurry.
Bonus points to the first one to identify what Martin's t-shirt in the above photo says.
Philippe's was not at all crowded last Monday. We were surprised at the number of people ordering breakfast there. Anyone had Philippe's breakfast?
After our sandwiches, we found all day monitored parking for $5 and were off to the light rail. Union Station is a beautiful structure with a reassuring law enforcement presence. For $1.50 each we took the 20 minute light rail ride to Pasadena.
These folks were making themselves useful at the Pasadena light rail stop. I think it was Occupy Rose Bowl.
Then a short walk, a long wait, a short shuttle bus ride, a long walk around the stadium, and we were in our seats. Only an hour and a half until kick-off.
Not bad for $85, four rows from the top.
On Wisconsin! The Badger Band plays it for us.
The USAF was kind enough to pay tribute with their "W" shaped aircraft. OK - you've got to believe to see the "W."
Then they played a football game or something.
And it another long walk, another long line, a longer shuttle bus ride, a short walk, a 20 minute light rail ride and we were back to Union Station. We fired up the GPS and entered the route to our hotel near LAX. Let's try out that Roadfood POI app again ... B&R's Old Fashion Burgers sure sounded promising ... RECALCULATING ...
I don't know why, but upon entering it was reminiscent of the roadhouse scene from Animal House - "Hey Otis" and "Can we dance with your girlfriends?" Although we made out better than they did (with the exception of Otter).
The chili cheese fries were off the charts. I wish I had ordered a bowl of that spicy, meaty chili. The burgers were just as good. B&R's is a Roadfood winner. Philippe the Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781 http://www.philippes.com/ B&R's Old Fashion Burgers
3512 W. Rosecrans Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
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