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i've been working in el segundo for almost 2 years and have tried most of the restaurants around the rosecrans area.

pachanga, red sesame, sansai, qdoba, L&L, joey's bbq, cpk, corner bakery..... what else should i try?

it is time for me to find a new restaurant. any suggestions?

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  1. How long can you be out for lunch? Southbay is big. Plenty of Asian food in Gardena and Torrance. Mistuwa Market (Santouka) Hawaiian (Loft, Back Home at Lahaina...) Korean (Cho Dang for Tofu Soup, My Secret Recipe (Redondo Beach Blvd)

    You're gonna have to narrow it down.

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    1. re: ToroTaku

      i have about 45 mins to an hour for lunch so sometimes i can make a trip to redondo but it's mostly el segundo/manhattan.

    2. The Japanese place next to P.F Changs...Taiko,,,or something like that ...Sushi and noodle bowls are great

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      1. re: nyfoodjoe

        yah, i had taiko yesterday, it's pretty good but my lunch was $15.

      2. In the Manhattan Village Mall, (the parking lot not inside) Koo Koo Roo.

        Bristol Farms Cafe on Rosecrans.

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        1. re: mlgb

          that's across the street from my work and i've had lunch at every single restaurant there.

          1. re: chowfun784

            The Whole Foods on Sepulveda in El Segundo. Salt Creek Grill in same center. Tony Maroni's Pizza on Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, there is a Rubio's next to it. Rinaldi's subs in El Segundo. El Segundo has a few sit down restaurants worth a shot too. Having a senior moment so all the names escape me. Valentino's Pizza on Sepulveda in El Segundo. Chipotle on Rosecrans. There is a Cuban restaurant on Inglewood and Manhattan Beach Blvd. There is a Daphne's Greek on Inglewood and Marine.

            1. re: Densible

              ooohhh... thanks! i'll try something new today.

              1. re: chowfun784

                You are welcome. Please let us know how lunch went.

              2. re: Densible

                I've had a couple of good lunches at Second City Bistro in El Segundo. Very pleasant place, good service, lunch + tip around $15.

          2. Check out this thread on El Segundo area places. Might be a few on here you haven't tried. My favorite El Segundo spot is La Paz.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/400077

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            1. re: LisaStitch

              i didn't like la paz as much after they moved from their main street location.

              1. re: wowimadog

                The food seems exactly the same to me, what do you find has changed? I'd agree if you are talking about the location itself - it is a bit too big for me, I liked the ambience of the tiny Main Street location better.

            2. Try
              - North End caffe for truly excellent sandwiches. (3421 Highland Ave) ( I have some of the best ever from this place .. yes even better than Bay Cities)
              - Petros for a some Greek food on the Patio. Not super cheap but they have a reasonable lunch menu.
              - Pachanga for burritos.( On Rosecrans near bristol farms) Not exactly authentic mexican, but better than most chains. They flame grill all their chicken and steak.

              1. I live around this area. These place are not the best but are ok and reasonably priced

                Raul's Tacos - on Inglewood Ave near Rosecrans. Decent Mexican food - get the feeling the place was decorated in the 70's and has never been remodeled - lunch specials $7-$9
                Rice Things on Artesia in Redondo Beach - cheap Japanese food $5-$9
                Chicken Dijon Rotisserie and Grill - on Main in El Segundo and on Artesia in Redondo Beach - a 1/4 chicken plate with 2 sides is around $6
                El Pollo Inka - on Hawthorne Blvd in Hawthorne. Peruvian food. Their rotisserie chicken is yummy, but kind of a dive. $6-$9

                About 6 mos ago I had some awesome fried calamari (appetizer) at Il Fornaio – ymmv

                1. before i got broke we used to go to lunch in and around el segundo a lot:
                  the richmond for sandwiches, burgers, homemade chips
                  rinaldi's as mentioned already
                  big mikes or the cuban sandwich place for more sandwiches
                  the shopping center with the rite aid has a meditteranean place that's pretty good, fish co for fish and chips which is kinda expensive but good if you're craving fried food.... round the corner is bad dog ale house which has some good burgers but can be slow...
                  thai dishes on aviation
                  zacatecas on inglewood/el segundo for mexican... there is also a pupuseria on el segundo past the 405 that direction that i never ate at but meant to try...

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                  1. re: csrbeach

                    I love Richmond Street Bar and Grill. I especially like their schooners of Firestone!

                    I recommend Big Mike's for a Philly cheesesteaks and also the Cuban sandwich place (Havana Sandwich Co.?) for the obvious.

                  2. You could hop on the 405 south, exit Western and try The Local Place (same owners of King's Hawaiian). The breakfast and lunches are quick and well prepared. I've ordered both the teriyaki chicken and Hawaiian Fried Chicken for parties and everyone enjoyed both.