ISO: anything worth checking out in Downey?
Friscos is really pretty darn good. Lots of people on the board like it and I know someone here really likes it a lot, like a favorite place kind of thing or something like that.
I've only been once, but remember excellent diner food, good ice cream (at least the kid devoured the banana split) and very cold beer for Dad.
I worked in Downey for about a month, and concluded that the best thing there is the Mexican food.
AMAPOLA, 7414 Florence, has fish tacos with handmade tortillas.
EL AZTECA, 11917 Paramount, has good Mexican food, including alambres.
PARILLA'S CHE, 12121 Paramount, has excellent Peruvian roast chicken.
My co-workers recommended, but I did not try:
TOKYO GARDEN, 11946 Paramount, for sushi.
LE CHEF, 8724 Garfield, in El Paseo, for French fare.
Granata's Italian Villa 11032 Downey Ave. (562) 927-0014. They serve some pretty good Italian. Happy hour during the week 2 drinks for the price of one. Wednesday they have some cream of mushroom soup that is to die for.
Marisa's Mexican 11949 Paramount Blvd, Downey, 90242 - (562) 861-1783. Good Mexican food, love their quesadillas as they put a big green chili (It is Monday, I have brain fade as far as what kind of chile it is)
Also, I hate to share but for the best menudo ( I am a 43 yo LA native) I have had would be at @El Tiger Grill @ the northwest corner of Old River School Road and Stewart & Grey. Teri, the owner only serves it on Sat. & Sun. and they usually sell out quickly.
Oh, and a new Chinese restaurant opened up (Downey has been a veritable wasteland when it comes to Chinese and most food for that matter.) Fortune Cafe 8024 Imperial Hwy 562-923-2515. They make all their noodles by scratch.