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Quick Lunch in Torrance

PrettyPlaty Oct 23, 2007 06:01 PM

I'm looking for some recommendations for a quick weekday lunch place in Torrance. I'd love some suggestions for Japanese but any other interesting ethnic type of food would do. Thanks!

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  1. gaylenwaydelich RE: PrettyPlaty Oct 23, 2007 10:27 PM

    Shisen Ramen on the corner of Sepulveda and Western in the Spires coffee shop strip mall. Best Ramen, dumplings and chicken karaage I've ever had.


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      DiveFan RE: gaylenwaydelich Oct 23, 2007 11:32 PM

      Can't forget the Country Touch for good ole American breakfast and lunch items; closes at 2pm.

      Country Touch Cafe
      3717 W 190th St, Torrance, CA 90504

      1. re: DiveFan
        Clinton RE: DiveFan Oct 24, 2007 09:05 AM

        Good choice for breakfast. The place is hidden amongst the residential area.

        1. re: Clinton
          Joe Blowe RE: Clinton Oct 24, 2007 11:05 AM

          Or, from a different perspective, it's across the street from one of the largest petroleum refineries (Mobil) in California. That's why they remain in business...

    2. DiveFan RE: PrettyPlaty Oct 23, 2007 11:27 PM

      For a selection of Asian food stalls try Mitsuwa on Western. El Pollo Inka is well known for good Peruvian. Kabab Curry serves some good Indian in south Torrance, especially for a suspiciously corporate location. Loft Hawaiian is the best, er, Hawaiian in Torrance.

      Kabab Curry
      25332 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

      El Pollo Inka
      23705 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

      Mitsuwa Marketplace
      21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501

      Loft Hawaiian
      23305 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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        Clinton RE: DiveFan Oct 24, 2007 09:20 AM

        Sorry Dive Fan. Thumbs down to the Loft. The food is horrible designed for tourists and the service is questionable. Felt like I just walked out of a Gilligan's Island movie with all of the fake tropical decorations. Very similar to King's Hawaiian on Sepulveda.

      2. Foodandwine RE: PrettyPlaty Oct 24, 2007 06:32 AM

        If you go early you will be in and out otherwise a small wait for very good chinese food at rock bottom prices.. think SGV in the southbay with lunch prices cheaper than a Value Meal..

        Seafood Town
        22922 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

        Seafood Port
        21180 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

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          Clinton RE: Foodandwine Oct 24, 2007 09:10 AM

          Seafood Town has overshadowed Seafood Port recently even though they're owned by the same people. Too many complaints I have heard about Seafood Port concerning hygiene and service. I have yet to try Seashore Restaurant on PCH and Calle Mayor and have heard many a good reviews about this place.

        2. PrettyPlaty RE: PrettyPlaty Oct 24, 2007 07:50 AM

          Much thanks, everyone! I've got a series of meetings in Torrance and didn't want to get stuck eating in the cafeteria, ...

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            Clinton RE: PrettyPlaty Oct 24, 2007 09:13 AM

            Kozan on Arlington just southeast of Torrance Blvd is pretty good for Japanese. A little more upcale is the Depot on the corner of Torrance and Arlington if you have more time. La Capilla for Mexican just south of that is also pretty good. If you're really hungry, try Onami's on Cabrillo and Carson. Used to be an old Todai.

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              mar5195 RE: Clinton Oct 24, 2007 10:32 AM

              Kozan is on Cabrillo.
              1512 Cabrillo Ave
              Torrance, CA 90501
              (310) 328-4140

          2. CynD RE: PrettyPlaty Oct 24, 2007 10:54 AM

            Not ethnic, but for a quick sandwich or salad, and a small selection of hot offerings, try the Torrance Bakery. Very casual and quick (order at the register; nab a table inside or out). Sandwich w/chips and two cookies will set you back about $7.

            1341 El Prado, Torrance (in Old Town Torrance)

            1. mstinawu RE: PrettyPlaty Oct 26, 2007 01:02 PM

              For truly delicious, hole in the wall, Pakistani take out, head to the Green Leaf Halal Supermarket on Crenshaw!


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