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Jan 31, 2008 06:27 PM

LAX to Palm Springs-Lunch Stop

I will be driving from LAX to Palm Springs with my spouse next month, en route to a long weekend getaway.

Are there any recommended restaurants anywhere along the way (which I believe is I-10) for a good late breakfast/early lunch? Not looking for anything particular, but good roadside food would be ideal (e.g., good burger, deli; even an In-N-Out might suffice, but prefer something other than a chain).


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    1. In and Out Exit Vineland just before Ontario airport. make a left at the exit and you are there. Small place with picnic tables in the parking lot. Not bad,, Not great but if you like In and Out your in..

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        1. Stop at Monterey Park. Dumpling Houses, hundreds of dim sum places...loads of choices right off the 10.

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          1. re: sku

            This is the correct answer.

            Dim Sum for breakfast is awesome. It'll take only 30-40minutes to Monterey Park....but then you can eat again when you get to Palm Springs.

            Exit on Atlantic Blvd....

            I like Ocean Star.... as a starting off suggestion...

            1. re: Xericx

              What about the Mission Inn in Riverside?...Historic and beautiful.


              1. re: Xericx

                Xericx, nice call never thought of that.. Hmm Dim Sum..

                1. re: Xericx

                  I'll say dim sum, too. You'll be passing by the biggest concentration of Chinese restaurants in North America on your drive. Don't miss it.

                  Ocean Star is good old school Hong Kong style dim sum. Elite Restaurant is another mile or so further south on Atlantic Blvd, and is a more modern take on dim sum. Both are well liked on this board, and you can't go wrong either way.

                  Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant
                  145 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 201, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                  Elite Restaurant
                  700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754