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Nice lunch - redondo // inglewood'ish area ???

Going to the Cirque de Solei saturday and need a nice early afternoon lunch -dropping our child with my parents in Redondo, any suggestions for a nicer meal around this area Redondo -Inglewood ??? I should ad that I'm feeling a bit picky these days ....

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  1. "Picky" overall taste or "picky" in terms of types of food you will entertain. Please elaborate.

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    1. re: torty

      By picky I meant that I'm just in a mood for something new, fancy and refreshing in the above mentioned area.

    2. there is fantastic pakistani food at al noor in lawndale.

      not nice per se but awesome eats.

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      1. re: wilafur

        Haven't been there myself yet but the El Pollo Inka in Lawndale is supposed to be the only one in this chain that broils their chickens in a wood-burning rotisserie oven.

        1. re: bulavinaka

          Not sure about the other locations. But my son and I refer to the Lawndale location as "Chickens in the Window" They actually have a rotisserie in which the window faces the parking lot, you can see the chickens roasting from the parking lot! We like this place allot.. We normally share the 1/2 chicken dinner with rice and salad and a side of fries well done. The home made rolls with the green sauce is our first course. This is what we choose for dinner. I have been here for lunch as well and they have many specials to choose from and soup is included as well at lunch time.. think cilantro chicken rice soup..

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          El Pollo Inka
          15400 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260

          1. re: Foodandwine

            Ahh, the green sauce - aji. My friend from Peru thinks people in So Cal are crazy to put the stuff on bread - I told him he doesn't know what he's missing... Glad to hear this El Pollo Inka is Foodandwine-worthy - definitely worth a try...

      2. I'm not sure if by "nicer" meal you mean a special occassion feel, but the suggestions below (Al Noor and El Pollo Inka) are super casual. I'm also not especially impressed with either of them...decent choices if I am craving that type of food, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat either. Al Noor does get a lot of positive reviews on this board though, so maybe it's just me. For a "nicer" meal you may want to try the area near the Manhattan beach pier. Rock n' Fish and Cafe Pierre are good choices that are open for lunch. I also really like Gina Lee's Bistro in Redondo and Christine in Torrance, but I'm not sure if they are open for lunch. Actually, my first choices for a nicer meal in that general area would probably be Gina Lee's and Christine. Gina Lee's is Asian fusion...a lot of good cooked fish dishes. Christine is Cal-Mediterranean.

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        1. re: Nicole

          Thanks Nicole, I will most likely go with your choice and try Gina Lees by picky and nicer - I meant that I do not really want casual dining. I have tried most restaurants in the Redondo area and none of them really left a "I must return" mark.

          1. re: CZ 101

            To clarify, Gina Lee's isn't fancy, but it's not casual dining either...niceness is somewhere between casual and special occasion. So I'm not sure if it's as upscale as you are looking for, but the food is definitely excellent and I think you'll really enjoy your experience. Excellent service, to boot. Christine is more upscale than Gina Lee's, but it's a little out of your way.

            1. re: CZ 101

              Is Gina Lees open for lunch? I am unsure of that..

          2. how about truxton's in the lax area?

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            1. re: wilafur

              oh yeah thanks -on Manchester right ??? hmmm now I'm torn.
              GInas or Truxton's???