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Jan 4, 2007 01:03 AM

Ever go to a restaurant just to wait out the traffic?

Rather than the usual "In Search Of" or "Trying to make dinner plans" or "where is the best" type of topics that float around, I thought I'd mix it up and post something that while isn't wholly unique to LA, but is certainly an element of life in Southern California:

The traffic.

I'm wondering if anyone's ever decided "Screw it, I'm just getting something to eat instead" rather than sitting in traffic. On surface streets, the temptation is more immediate, but on freeways, the alternatives are more far reaching.

Here are my traffic pit stops:

405/22 interchange - Brodard behind the 99c store.

101 near Encino - Chili My Soul

Robertson near Beverly Hills - Natalee Thai

Wilshire near Westwood - Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

405/University - Pho Bac Ky

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  1. Domenico's or Wang's Palace in Monrovia, just off the 210 and Myrtle Avenue. But we go there regardless if it is to avoid traffic or not.

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      1. My BF and I stopped at Duke's in Malibu on our way to a cousins high school graduation in Oxford...the traffic on PCH was horrible! We stopped more for the drinks and view than the food though.

        1. Tacos Baja Ensenada, which is right off the 5/Atlantic, really helps to steel myself for the drive through the ELA interchange or the route around it!

          1. If I am stuck on the 10 downtown, I will sometimes swing by the Chinatown farmers market or Philippe's to kill two birds with one stone -- I fill my belly/refrigerator and wait out the traffic.