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Sep 11, 2007 12:22 PM

Dinner in Norwalk

A friend of mine is in Norwalk for work, and I'm meeting him there for dinner tonight. He's from out of town, and I'm in Santa Monica so I don't know the Norwalk area at all. Any recommendations on a fun, under-$25-entree place I can take him to in the area?

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  1. I don't know of any actual restaurants in Norwalk worth eating at, since Renu Nakorn is closed for "remodelling". La Huasteca in Lynwood isn't far from Norwalk, and the best fish and shrimp tacos in the history of history are right over in Guadalahabra, at El Taco Nazo (there's another on Alondra west of the 605 in Bellflower).

    1. Without a doubt, Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs. Kick back and enjoy a schooner with a plate of freshly fried fish & fritters or savory bangers & mash. Also great corned beef sandwiches. This place is huge and old school. You will love it.

      Maggie's Pub
      11900 Telegraph Rd, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

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      1. re: Oh Robin

        Perhaps I have overdosed on Maggie's because I work nearby, but I generally regard the food here as sub-par. I like their beer and I'll definitely take some of their fried finger foods, but after that, I'm always a bit disappointed.

        1. re: glutton

          I do understand how working near a place can take it out of context for you. But Maggie's just does good pub grub so well to me. Those fritters are evil. Service is also amazing there. Can't remember waiting more than 5 minutes after ordering for my food.

          1. re: Oh Robin

            The rumor here at work is that the sandwiches at lunchtime are pre-made, so they're all sitting on a counter in the back. That's why they aren't so keen on substitutions.

            I will grant you that Maggie's does decent fried pub foods well. But beyond that, I'm not so impressed. I would hope people don't go in expecting to replicate the pub experience in Ireland or England because it's nothing like that.

            1. re: glutton

              Well I always order the corned beef on a french roll (instead of rye) and it's never been a problem. Very fresh. I've also frequently ordered the roast beef and no way is it pre-made. To be honest with you, their bangers and mash and fried fish reminds me of ones I had two Novembers ago in London. Love the pineapple in the coleslaw as well. What other fried stuff do you get? I've always wanted to go for their happy hour because it sounds interesting. Lancastire cheese sticks or something...

              1. re: Oh Robin

                the deep fried appetizers are mostly what you describe -- fritters, cheese sticks, and the like.

                If you like fried appetizer foods, then you can also check out Geezer's (a bit further east on Telegraph, just before Norwalk Blvd.). They've got some chicken and beef "firecrackers" that are good, as well as cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, and the like.

                1. re: glutton

                  Geezers is okay (good fries) but the service is spotty and slow. I'd take Maggie's any day. Since you're in the area, have you ever been to Juan Pollo? Imperial & Valley View. Amazing rotisserie chicken with no ambiance.

                  1. re: Oh Robin

                    For lunch on a weekday, Geezers is horrifically slow -- they pack more people into the restaurant than they can competently serve. However, for happy hours, I've always had good luck. Of course, there are usually 25 of us and we drink a ton and eat a ton, so the regular servers know us and take care of us.

                    Maggie's service, as you mention, is really fast, which is a plus. However, I prefer the TVs at Geezers because they're HDTVs and I've become a high resolution snob.

                  2. re: glutton

                    I like Maggie's trifle, but I've always found the rest of the food to be a bit of disappointment. That said, I haven't tried any of Robin's suggestions, and to their credit I will say that they have a large, lively pub for watching a game.

                    Re Geezer's: Good sandwiches - and they deliver.

        2. I think your best bet would be to drive over to Artesia and get some Indian food at Woodlands, Udupi Palace, or one of the other Indian places on Pioneer. You're probably a 7-minute drive away from these places if you're on Norwalk Blvd in Norwalk.

          Alternately, you could drive over to uptown Whittier (15-20 minutes in traffic) and check out Golden Triangle, which is a Burmese restaurant. It's a very short list, but it is probably the best Burmese food I've ever had.

          Lastly, you could drive over to Santa Fe Springs and check out El Camino on Telegraph Road, near Florence. They've got really good chicken fajitas with corn tortillas. The rest of the menu is so-so, but the chicken fajitas with corn tortillas are damn good. The corn tortillas are key -- they're homemade. Their avocado is weak, so skip that and opt for loads of pico de gallo instead.

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          1. re: glutton

            Artesia's Woodlands and Udupi Palace serve South Indian fare - vegetarian. And for South Indian fare, our current favs are Tirupathi Bhimas and Jay Bharat.

            If you want North Indian, Ashoka and Ambala (not the old location which is now a sad buffet of terrible food - the newer full sit-down location a bit north on Pioneer Blvd.) would be the 2 choices. Little India grill for just their tandoori offerings is also OK, not their regular dishes.

            Tirupathi Bhimas
            18792 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

            Jay Bharat
            18701 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

            Ashoka the Great
            18614 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

            Ambala Tandoori Grill
            18189 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

          2. Too late for the OP, but some well under $25 places in the area are Enriques for Mexican, Johnny Rebs for Southern. Most of the Taco Nazo locations are now Senor Baja - still fine fish tacos.

            17244 Downey Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706

            Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse
            16639 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

            Taco Nazo
            10316 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

            Senor Baja
            11833 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650