Do you guys know of an Indonesian town in the Los Angeles area, I know of Japanese and Korean towns, but cannot find any town tie to the Indonesian culture.
It's not that unusual that the ethnic areas are in the suburbs. The current immigration laws basically shut out people without some college education. The exception is refugees, who can be of any class. Consequently, most immigrants to the US don't have a good reason to live in the city.
It seems that the cities tend to attract "city people" and people who can't handle the expense of living in the burbs.
I believe that the Metropolitan Hotel and adjacent shopping center were built by Indonesians perhaps 10 to 15 years ago (on Sunset Bl. right by the Hollywood Fwy. offramp), and that there were Indonesian restaurants in the shopping center. I'm not sure if the Indonesian character has survived.
The Metropolitan Hotel was definitely built by Indonesians, but the Indonesian character of the surrounding minimall seems to have evaporated.
I could be wrong, but basically the county's Indonesian population is prety dispersed. There was a big expat presence at USC (which suddenly dispersed with the crash of the currency a few years ago), with a couple of cheap restaurants in the Vermont corridor to serve them; and a similar pocket south of UCLA. A population pocket remains in the Artesia/Bellflower area -- which was a pretty heavily Dutch dairy-farming district before development claimed it in the '60s -- and the biggest groceries are down there. There are smaller pockets in Inglewood, the San Gabriel Valley and Van Nuys.
But nowhere, I think, will you find a strip with as many as three or four Indonesian businesses in a row.
Here is a list of Indonesian restaurants in SoCal I found on a site called www.hollandring.com
Indonesian restaurants in LA - S.California area
My husband and I found this little Home Shop/Cafe not far from us... we truly enjoyed it... the food tasted and smelled FANTASTIC!
The Banyan, 600 S. Pacific Coast HWY, Redondo Beach, (310) 316-0316 - for delivery: (888) 222-DINE - open: Mon-Sat, 11:00am-9:00pm (closed sundays).
There is also one in Manhattan Beach, 1140 Highland Ave. - (310) 545-9558
This list is from Dutch-Americans in S.California
I dont know how correct these lists are, so my advice is to phone first.
Agung Indonesian, 909 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004, 213-660-2113
Asian Deli, 320 E. Katella Ave. #J, Orange, CA 92846, 714-532-4588
Bali Authentic Indonesian, 7660 Fay Ave #I, LA JOLLA, CA 92037, 619-454-4540
Bali Place, 2530 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-204-4341
Batavia Cafe, 970 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-626-6738
Blue Orchid Satay House, 124 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006, 626-574-8871
Bunaken Indonesian Restaurant, 25616 Barton Rd, Loma Linda, CA 92354, 909-796-1612
Coco Cobana, 310 N. Citrus Ave. #E, Azusa, CA 91702, 626-334-2442
Dewi Indonesian Restaurant, 9606 Hamilton Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646, 714-962-4446
Gadjah Mada, 16440 S. Norwalk Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703, 562-404-1732
Indo Cafe, 10428 1/2 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034, 310-815-1290
Indonesian Garden Restaurant, 821 West Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776, 626-281-6521
Jakarta Restaurant , 3753 W. Imperial Hwy., Inglewood, CA 90303, 310-419-7975
Kristy's Kup , 1200 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina, CA 91790, 626-962-9963
Little Java Restaurant, 2099 S Atlantic Blvd. #J, Los Angeles, CA 90040, 323-266-0524
Litz Restaurant , 201 E. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755, 626-288-8882
Nickki's Indonesian Fast Food-Across from USC in the University Village Food Court, 3333 S Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90007, 213-746-7172
Ramayani, Near Santa Monica Blvd., 1777 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-477-3315
Sudi Mampir, An Indo Cafe-Restaurant Spec. Oriental and Indonesian Cuisine, 12728 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605, 818-764-1892
Surabaya Restaurant, 843 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina, CA 91790, 626-337-0256
Susie's European Deli, 12238 Artesia Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701, 562-860-7272
Toko Rame, 17155 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706, 562-920-8002