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Jan 15, 2008 09:22 AM

Need restaurant help .....

My best friend will be coming from Irvine and I from the San Fernando Valley. What is a good/great half way point dinner stop for us ? Really flexible on Cuisine BUT NO RED MEAT! and, prefer NO chains- Thx KQ

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  1. Hey Kitchen Queen,

    Wow, between Irvine and the San Fernando Valley? That's a lot of land (and restaurants) between you two. :)

    Hm, for something inbetween... you could try:

    * Musha (Torrance) - it's very near the 405 Freeway & Western, and easy to find. Fun Japanese Izakaya (FYI: like "Japanese Tapas" small dishes, good Food, Sake & Beer).

    1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501, USA
    Phone: (310) 787-7344

    * Gaja Moc - Really fun, different (and tasty) Japanese Okonomiyaki restaurant. I think it's the only Okonomiyaki restaurant in LA (focusing upon all those insane variations of Okonomiyaki). Basically like making Japanese "uber omelettes or crepes," with tons of variations on interesting ingredients you can mix and match. Fun and different.

    Gaja Moc
    2383 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717
    Phone: (310) 534-0153

    If you have specific Cuisines you're looking for that'll help narrow the search a bit. (^_~)

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    1. re: exilekiss

      Great idea - I love oknomiyaki. Esp. w/cupie mayo and furikaki spread all over!
      Where's Lomita????

      1. re: Kitchen Queen

        I second Gaja for okonomiyaki. Lomita is nestled between Torrance and Palos Verdes. You can cook your own, or they can cook for you.

        Also you might try Chantilly Bakery next door for their excellent cream puffs

    2. Think outside the 405. I live in Sherman Oaks and my mom lives in Irvine, so we do that drive sometimes. This is how we go: 101 to 134 to 5 to 10 to 710 to 405. It sounds crazy but it avoids the 405 until it's somewhat tolerable. It's not even very much longer, mile-wise, than just taking the 405, and I live very close to Fashion Square so the 405 is convenient. That said, think of restaurants along the 710. Maybe take a look at the recent thread looking for new adventures along the 105 for Dommy! and P. I know they were thinking of the 105, but that's another zig-zaggy alternative that isn't necessarily the worst idea. My geography might be off, but how about something in Artesia off the 91? Couldn't that be somewhat in-between?

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      1. re: Debbie W

        Debbie W -

        Thanks for the suggestion- It's great but, my friend is not of the "thinking outside the box" type. I actually like driving the 605 What's out thata way?? Whittier? Anything of significance? If not, I like the ideas of exilekiss. We're open to eating ideas..


        Cheers KQ

      2. I just did the exact same thing last week with a friend of mine from Laguna Woods. We met at Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken Dinner Restaurant. However, something tells me that's not what you're looking for. But the chicken was yummy, and we walked around the Knott's Market Place a good couple of hours afterwards. No admission to the Amusement Park required, and there was plenty of free parking. Of course, this was on a Wednesday. Things there are still decorated for the Holidays. It was all quite festive.

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        1. re: omakase

          Omakase -

          Love this place. Actually was just there a couple of weeks ago and, it would be ok. I'd would have to drive farther however and was trying to avoid that. :)