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Lunch between Torrance and the Airport

Bob Brooks Sep 13, 2006 11:35 PM

Going to be in the area tomorrow, with a fair bit of time to kill. Is there anything really interesting that one might suggest. I guess my only criterion is that it is not ridiculously far from the 405.

Thanks for any ideas.

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  1. DiveFan RE: Bob Brooks Sep 14, 2006 01:12 AM

    Havana Mania - on Inglewood Ave. at Manhattan Beach Bl, just south of the I405 - great Cuban food.
    Incredible Cafe - same corner as above. Downscale and clean joint with plenty of breakfast, Mexican, burger options and specials.
    Ohana Hawaiian BBQ - chain outlet on Redondo Beach Bl. at Hawthorne Bl. Convenient Hawaiian unless you want to visit downtown Gardena.
    Dijon Chicken - on Artesia Bl. about one block west of Inglewood Ave. Middle east style roasted chicken a la Zankou.
    Amigo Taco - same lot as D.C. Good basic Mexican (not old school Cal-Mex).

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    1. re: DiveFan
      CynD RE: DiveFan Sep 14, 2006 07:56 PM

      We tried the chicken from the Dijon Chicken branch on Torrance Blvd. @ Hawthorne. It doesn't hold a candle to Zankou, and was dry and tasteless. Three of us lunching agreed that even though it's close to the office and delivers, never again.

    2. wowimadog RE: Bob Brooks Sep 14, 2006 03:08 AM

      mitsuwa marketplace for ramen (see http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      1. monku RE: Bob Brooks Sep 14, 2006 04:05 AM

        All you can eat Chinese buffet with sushi, peel & eat shrimp, mussels and more. $6.99/person for lunch.

        Bamboo Garden Cafe
        20535 Hawthorne Blvd (Between Emerald St. & Torrance Blvd.)
        Torrance, CA 90503

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          young_chower RE: Bob Brooks Sep 14, 2006 02:32 PM

          Uhm... incredible cafe is not incredible. Nothing special.

          I think the clear winner is Al Noor in Lawndale. It's Pakistani/Indian and absoulutly amazing. Not to mention is is right off the 405.

          Get a rice, chicken or paneer tikka massala, and some plain naan, and feast away! if you have room, try a sweet lassi.

          This is my favorite restaurant. I think you'll enjoy it!

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          1. re: young_chower
            DiveFan RE: young_chower Sep 15, 2006 12:21 AM

            YC, thanks for reminding me of Al Watan, (Pakistani) on Inglewood between Rosecrans and El Segundo.
            Shafaa on Hawthorne Bl. serves Turkish/middle east type food, so it might qualify as 'interesting'.
            In the same stretch of Hawthorne Bl. there are Salvadorean and Ecuadorian restaurants.

          2. wilafur RE: Bob Brooks Sep 15, 2006 01:13 AM

            for great hawaiian food, hit up bruddhah's! be warned, it is a bonafide dive joint, but the food is damn good for the mainland.

            Bruddah's Hawaiian
            1033 West Gardena Boulevard
            Gardena, CA 90247
            (310) 323-9112

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            1. re: wilafur
              monku RE: wilafur Sep 15, 2006 03:36 AM

              Love the Bruddah's Loco Moco.

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