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Looking for New Adventures for Dommy and P..... Along the 105 Maybe?

Dommy and I were talking about our must try list this year and and it has become pretty short. I was thinking today we generally travel the same routes to get chow from our base in Culver City. We head for the 10 the 101 the 405 and the 60 almost exclusively for our travels. We have been on the 105 once for Chow at La Huasteca. There is a lot of area covered by the 105 [and the Green line] and it can't all be bad. Help Dommy and P. continue their adventures and keeping with the motto must go someplace different [and at least 30 minutes away ;-)] for food.

Take Care

- P.

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  1. Hopefully Dommy and P have one of those credit cards that gives at least 5% back for gas, or one of them drives a Prius.

    You get EVERYWHERE! No wonder your to-do list is getting smaller. Time for revisiting classic places or best new finds. If you want to revisit Porky's and eat in, give me a couple of days warning and I'll meet you. More mouths, more dishes!

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    1. re: nosh

      I have a diesel which gets 40 MPG and when the warrantee runs out will run on Veggie Oil. Plus the 105 is the Green line and we'd [we'll actually I] would love to take it for our adventures.

    2. Just south of the 105 in Artesia why not have a gustatory whirl at The Magic Wok and see how Filipino food strikes your fancy?

      The Magic Wok
      11869 Artesia Blvd
      Artesia, CA 90701
      (562) 865-7340

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      1. re: Servorg

        Thanks! Filipino food is something I def. want to delve into. There was this great little pocket near Lomita that also seemed promising!!

        --Dommy!

        1. re: Servorg

          Magic Wok is a great Filipino restaurant. :) Check out pics below:

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_addic...

          1. re: pleasurepalate

            Thanks for that link to your photos, Abby. Elmo Monster had a nice photo review of this place also back in Jan. of '06: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

          2. re: Servorg

            I'll follow Servog's lead and go a little further South. I'm not familiar with the area around the 105 very much, but the area around the 90 has some great food. In Gardena, you could go to Spoon House for Japanese-style spaghetti, or Kanpachi for sushi. You can stop by Beard Papa's to pick up some cream puffs for dessert. A little further east on the 90, you could explore the little India area of Artesia...could go to The India Restaurant or Woodland's or any of the other good Indian restaurants in the area and then get some sweets at Indian Sweets and Snacks for dessert.

            1. re: Nicole

              Will say, we've explored more of the 91 area [the 90 goes to Marina del Rey] and skipped over the 105 since there seems to be a void in chowhound for the area and we've never got around to exploring. Plus the 105 is closer to our home and has the possibility of using light rail for the trek which is a great thing.

              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                You're right, I meant the 91. There does seem to be a chow-void in between the 90 and 91, where the 105 runs.

              2. re: Nicole

                What is "Japanese style spaghetti"?

                1. re: Rizza

                  It is psketti with Japanese stuff on top, like Uni and Squid Ink. It's an interesting blending of umami flavors and carby comfort...

                  1. re: Dommy

                    Yes, my favorite variation so far is spaghetti with uni sauce, cod roe, squid, and seaweed. At Spoon House they make each plate to order to that the spaghetti is always al dente and fresh. And they serve it with delicious house-made bread. Not a bad meal for around $9 (pre-tax and tip).

                    1. re: Nicole

                      Thanks Nicole! I've been wanting to try it for a while! That fresh bread really tipped me over the edge now! :D

                      1. re: Dommy

                        Spoon House is good. Also try Il Chianti in Lomita. I had spaghetti with seafood (calamari, shrimp, and clams) with a soy sauce type sauce and seaweed. Yummy! My friend had the traditional red type sauce and that was great too.

            2. Great quest - I hope you both report back on what you find.

              I'd suggest messing with the LA Public Health database. Pick some likely street +/or zipcode and get to work! It's the greatest info resouce on restaurants around.
              http://www.lapublichealth.org/rating/

              Also if you're based in CC - have you done much surface street roaming to the east on Jefferson, Adams, Washington, etc? I'm convinced there are some gems to be checked out there. For starters there's that bakery on Adams selling the very delicious Armenian lahmajoun (reminiscent of pizza - ask them to heat it for you). Then there's Kobbler King on Jefferson which has had a sign up saying they serve gumbo on weekends - that could be promising. Those streets are just lined with potential.

              ARMENIAN BAKERY
              5410 W ADAMS BLVD
              LA CA 90016

              THE KOBBLER KING
              3622 W JEFFERSON BLVD
              LA CA 90016

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              1. re: ks in la

                We have roamed a bit, but we tend to find more duds then gems. Thought there are some we haven't tried like Harold and Belles [on our list] and some we like; Earles Hot dogs, Normandie Bakery the Taco Van At Jefferson and Redondo it is tougher to explore that vast area without a hint to the possibilities. Same is true for the area around the 105 which is why I made the post.

                Take Care

                - P.

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  Hot dogs! Have you been to Carney's? The converted train car on Sunset in WeHo is unique, and the free parking is even more special. On the eastside, there is a place called Chronie's (on Whittier? perhaps, it's somewhat of a main drag) that makes good, basic chili dogs. Probably closer to the 60 than the 105, though.

                  1. re: nosh

                    I love Carney's dogs with Kraut and Mustard, and I am rarely a hot dog type guy. And you are so right, nosh, for the Sunset Strip there is no better (FREE) parking. Amazing!

                    1. re: nosh

                      It is on our list since Steve Doggie-Dogg put it as # uno on Hot Dog Spot. We just never get to that neck of the woods.

                    2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                      There's Art's Chili Dogs at the corner of Florence and Normandie for what else: chili dogs. It's an institution that never seems to get any fanfare.

                  2. Although I haven't tried anything there, Plaza Mexico in Lynwood at the 105 and Long Beach Blvd. has a lot of possibilities. Also, in South Gate, a little north, up the 710 about a mile, is Le Chef on Firestone, in the big shopping center (forget its name right now). And, further east, at the corner of Downey and the 91, is the original Enrique's. Fantastic Mexican food. Braised pork shank to die for. I'll think some more.

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                    1. re: vickib

                      The one place we have been is Plaza Mexico and La Hausteca. and it was good. I was disappointed when the disciple of Rick Bayless Restaurant Malverde closed. There were a few other places in Plaza Mexico we want to try but That can't be all the good eats to be found along the 105. but thanks for the suggestions and we'll add them to our ever growing lists.

                    2. Mme Zoe and I used to do almost daily runs from Westwood to various courts - Norwalk, Riverside, Orange County and I had this idea for a book "Fallling Off the Freeway Restaurants". That is, you should be able to see the restaurant from the freeway and it should be a worthy stop. We compiled quite a list - one of them was a sandwich place off Vineyard on the 60 which served the most heavenly feta cheese and green apple sandwiches. Closed down unfortunately (and also more than 30 minutes away from Westwood). I like the idea - I don't know if Al Watan is freeway close but that is a real treasure.

                      1. I would love to hear Dommy's impressions of a newer Oaxacan restaurant that's opened up in LA:

                        La Morenita Oaxaquena
                        http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

                        I'm not an expert by any means, but they were the best Oaxacan food I've had in LA so far.

                        1. You and Dommy have probably tasted the ribs from the Rib Nest in Gardena at one of the BBQ tastings of years past. It's one of L.A.'s old school, bulletproof glass `cue joints.

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                          Rib Nest
                          1766 W El Segundo Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249

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                          1. re: Professor Salt

                            Jaybee's BBQ is also near the 105. Just north of Alondra

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                            JayBee's BBQ
                            15915 S Avalon Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

                          2. There's an El Gallo Giro in Plaza Mexico, and a Gelaguetza down the road. There's also Black Rose BBQ on Wilmington and 112th (between the 103rd and Imperial/Wilmington stops on the Ghetto Blue) but HOLY BAD NEIGHBOURHOOD, BATMAN.

                            Speaking of terrible areas, there used to be a Korean place with the cheapest bibimbap I've ever had (but tasty) called Dosirak in Compton. I disremember what street -- LB Blvd., maybe, since that's where my friend worked.

                            1. Thanks so much everyone! We had our first adventure this week and ended up at Freshia Market in Torrance. It is a newish Korean Market, which IME didn't bode well for its food court, but the reason we went in was that they had a Kyo Chon in theirs!! I had been dreaming of that fried chicken since Ciceley first talked about it here..

                              http://www.chow.com/digest/3016

                              Plus, they had a a mini Manna outpost which meant I was able to get my Dol Sot Bimbimbap fix too...

                              We ordered their original Chicken Wings (Medium Order) which was may more than enough for us. They were on the small size, a bit too salty (The Daikon they provide helps contrast that) but perfectly crisp and tasty. We hope to take a group of hounds with us to try out soon!

                              Also, the Bimbimbap was wonderful. They let it stay in the pot for a bit before giving it to me so it got that crust going from the get go. Also, they do have an egg on top! YUMM!!!

                              P. got Mannas Handmade Noodles, which were very thin and he wasn't too happy with the broth. I found it a nice change of pace from the thick and salty Ramen broths we've been having lately though...

                              All in all, an excellent trip!! :D

                              --Dommy!