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llbcsbiggs Feb 17, 2007 07:50 AM

Hey all,

We are based in San Diego and are lucky enough to be able to fly our little airplane to our food fixes. We've just discovered that El Monte Airport is excellently situated to the San Gabrial Valley food scene (airport is on Santa Anita). We flew in for Din Tai Fung last weekend (4 mile cab ride from the airport) . And yesterday we hit Lu Din Gee for the duck (a 3.5 mile cab ride) (I'll post reviews asap). Both cost us around 15 dollars each way, so that is about the radius we are probably comfortable with.

Oh what fun, so many restaurants, so many reasons to fly. So, food friends, say you had access to a five mile radius of restaurants around El Monte Airport. Where besides Din Tai Fung and Lu Din Gee would you wander and what would you get?


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    robl Feb 17, 2007 01:28 PM

    What about Bahooka on Rosemead Blvd (right where Lower Azusa Road Ends)


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      crystaw Feb 17, 2007 04:32 PM

      Dumpling House on Rosemead across the street from the Hometown Buffet/ K-Mart. Be sure to get their scallion pancakes.

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        WHills Feb 17, 2007 07:27 PM

        Full House in Arcadia for dim sum off of Golden West and Duarte.
        Dumpling 10053 for super dumplings in El Monte on Valley Blvd. and Baldwin (it's really close to the airport).
        Tasty Garden in Arcadia on Duarte/Baldwin for Cantonese rice casserole w/ sausage and other HK style food.
        888 for dim sum (it's in the plaza across of Lu Din Gee)
        Chang's Garden in Arcadia on Duarte/Baldwin in plaza behind Din Tai Fung for Northern cuisine.

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          llbcsbiggs Feb 19, 2007 01:55 PM

          Oh my goodness. Are these those little buns they sell at the markets in Taipei - like gyoza except juicer with a cha siu bao bun? I still have dreams about them. We will definitely be going.

        2. Professor Salt Feb 17, 2007 08:21 PM

          Noodle House in Arcadia. It's a Taiwanese hole in the wall. Happened to stop in w/ fellow hound Mattapoisett in LA, and ate phenomenally well for cheap.

          This photo shows a steamed pork bun that's pan fried: the bastard child of gyoza and cha siu bao. We both liked the smoked cold chicken dish, too. Sorry to be brief in my desciption tonight...

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            llbcsbiggs Feb 19, 2007 01:52 PM

            Excellent idea. I shouldn't have limited it. Please, please, any ideas near any LA airports. We have often frequented Hawthorne and Torrance airports. They are fantastic airports with really nice controllers. Also, I enjoy your blog.


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              llbcsbiggs Feb 19, 2007 02:15 PM

              Ooops. Showing myself to be a new format newbie. Used to post in San Diego before the new format and before San Diego's Chowhound slowed down so much. Thank you for the info on the pork bun. Did a little more research, and it does appear to be that awesome dumpling we used to get in the markets in Taipei. Will definitely be making that trip. And, I do like your blog.


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              B Minus Feb 17, 2007 09:46 PM

              Perhaps this is a bit off topic, but both Torrance and Hawthorne airports get you pretty close to some delicious grub too.

              If you're in the mood for a truly great $100 hamburger, B & R's Old Fashion Burgers is about 3 miles from HHR.

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                llbcsbiggs Feb 19, 2007 02:12 PM

                Excellent idea. Sorry I attributed it to another in my post. We will be expanding our search.


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                  B Minus Feb 19, 2007 03:15 PM

                  No worries,

                  Two of my favs near HHR are Al-Noor and Al-Watan (both Pakistani).


                  In my opinion Al-Watan has the better Tandori and Nehari, but Al-Noor is better at just about everything else. My work-mates and I have been eating there once or twice a week for 5+ years, and never get tired of it. Their Nuratan Qorma is like crack, once you've tried it you'll always need it. Also try the (forgive my spelling) Palak Paneer, Chicken Jal-Farizi, Chicken Karahi, Mutton Quorma, Nehari, and/ or Aloo Quema.

                  This site is not helping me lose weight!

                  15112 Inglewood Ave
                  Lawndale, CA 90260

                  13619 Inglewood Ave
                  Hawthorne, CA 90250-5610

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                RoxyGrl Feb 18, 2007 07:03 AM

                You are almost walking distance to the best fish tacos I have found outside of Baja. There's no atmosphere but the food and little salsa bar is really good

                Tacos la Bufadora
                10990 Lower Azusa Rd
                El Monte, CA 91731
                (626) 575-7174

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                  Das Ubergeek Feb 21, 2007 09:09 AM

                  I've had La Bufadora and it's quite tasty, but the best fish tacos are at 9611 E. Garvey in South El Monte -- El Taco Nazo / Senor Baja.

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                  Ernie Feb 19, 2007 02:42 PM

                  There is an outpost of King Taco in El Monte on Garvey Ave. Great place for al pastor tacos and sopes

                  1. raytamsgv Feb 20, 2007 06:50 PM

                    Here are some restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley:

                    Here are my recommendations:

                    Dumpling 10053 (very close to El Monte Airport
                    )Dumpling House (in Temple City)
                    Tasty Garden (close to Din Tai Fung)

                    Young Dong Tofu (San Gabriel)

                    Phong Dinh (Rosemead)
                    Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa (Rosemead)

                    El Monte airport is very close to the 10 freeway, so most places in Valley Blvd in San Gabriel and Alhambra will not be too far.

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                      chowmominLA Feb 20, 2007 07:15 PM

                      I think I already recommended this on a different thread, but Babita is just down the street from Lu Din Gee. It's on San Gabriel Blvd. just a few blocks north of the 10. Babita gets a lot of praise in these parts, deservedly so.

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