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We have to be in Palmdale this Wednesday evening. Any good places to eat in the area?

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  1. It's not fancy, but I'm a fan of the Blue Marlin West: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423967 .

    1. Maybe the California board will have more people that know about Palmdale.

      1. There are very few restaurants in Palmdale/the Antelope Valley that are good by chowhound standards, (believe me, I grew up there), but here are my picks:

        The Bakery Express Cafe: 2315 E. Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93550; 661-267-2233 www.thebakeryexpresscafe.com
        The Lemon Leaf: 653 W. Lancaster Blvd. (at Date Ave.), Lancaster, CA 93534 661-942-6500
        Cafe Fresca: 1983 W. Ave. L (at 20th Street West), Lancaster, CA, 661-948-6677 (In Ralph's shopping center
        )The Rusten House: 43546 N. 20th St. West, Lancaster, CA (Corner of Avenue K & 20th West)

        Or if you like chain restaurants, the antelope valley mall (visible from the freeway at the Avenue P exit) has everything Chilis, Applebees, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, El Torito, etc.

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        1. re: lalawgirl

          There's also the Pines Cafe (4343 Pearblossom Hwy., Palmdale, (661) 285-0455), which has some of the best chicken fried steak in Southern California, but unfortunately, I don't think they're open for dinner, so are not an option for the OP.

          1. re: David Kahn

            Hey David, I agree about the Pines Cafe's CFS, very good indeed! One of my lads aka BreadBoy loves their Biscuits too. Their larger 'Works Pineburger' is one of the best burgers in So. Cal. in the under $10 category.

            Also they are now open for dinner in the cafe but I'm not certain about which nights. And when I went for Saturday breakfest a week ago they were talking about $1 Tacos on the weekends that started the night before. Carne Asada cooked on a wood bar b q and a long list of other meats cooked on an outdoor stove. I'm going to check in out soon.

        2. I second the votes for the following:
          Blue Marlin (all home-cooked, made-from-scratch seafood; owner's family has a restaurant in Louisiana).
          Lemon Leaf (former culinary arts instructor owns/operates; very professional and good food. Menu is limited, but owner doesn't try to overextend himself).
          Bakery Express Cafe (wonderful food, but not open on weekends; salads are HUGE--including the "Lawnmower Salad." Owners plan to open a second location at the Antelope Valley Mall within the next six months).

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          1. re: GailMarie

            I've been to Blue Marlin 4 times in the last 3 weeks and have been happy with all the food and the very warm service! Not a big deal but Blue Marlin's other location is in Alabama. I have to try the other 2 places soon!