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Feb 17, 2008 04:18 PM

Lunch in Whittier?

I have to be in Whittier (actually not sure where it is yet) tomorrow and would love to take the opportunity to visit a hound worthy place while in unfamiliar territory. Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern, Pizza, Classic American Diner Fare (not burgers or dogs) all appeal. My stepson will be with me, so no Sushi, seafood centric, or Thai (how sad) is allowed.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. The "no Thai" rule is tough, but I can skate by on a technicality because Whittier has a great Burmese restaurant called Golden Triangle. It's in uptown whittier and it's probably the best foodie option in all of Whittier.

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    1. re: glutton

      Unfortunately the stepson will not appreciate the difference between Burmese and Thai food. Thanks.

      As we will be on the 105 to the 605, I was thinking about taking him to the Mexican restaurant that is right off the 105- Huesteca (sp)? Any thoughts on this restaurant?

      Anymore thoughts?


      1. re: Densible

        There's a Santa Maria-style BBQ two blocks south of Golden Triangle right on Greenleaf, then you can head a few blocks uphill and eat a tasty crepe at Crepes and Grapes.

        La Huasteca is, of course, wonderful. Or you can try fish tacos at El Taco Nazo (or Senor Baja) -- your route will take you past probably half of the branches of either.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Red Oak BBQ is terrible and the service is worse.

          Golden Triangle has gone downhill since the early 2000's.

          I'm a fan of Joe Peeps, much better than the Joe Peeps in the Valley.

          Golden Triangle
          7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

          Red Oak BBQ
          7051 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

        2. re: Densible

          You could probably grab lunch at The Dal Rae in Pico Rivera -- that's a great spot for upscale American steaks, fish, etc. It's got blue hair waitresses, tableside preparation, dimly lit booths, a good wine list -- it's a good spot. Without alcohol, you can count on about $40 per person at lunch (and more if you are a steak person).

          1. re: glutton

            I think $40 per person at lunch is a little high. They have some good sandwiches and pastas that would run you about $15, plus your beverages etc. That said Dal Rae is fantastic. If you're looking for something a little more casual, can't recommend Maggie's Pub enough. Great fish & chips, bangers and corned beef sandwiches.

            Maggie's Pub
            11900 Telegraph Rd, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

            1. re: Oh Robin

              I really wanted to like the fish and chips at Maggie's Pub, but they were soggy and the cod wasn't fresh.

              Maggie's Pub
              11900 Telegraph Rd, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

      2. Isn't there a pretty good Hawaiian BBQ plate lunch place on Whittier? I remember eating at one a few years back and really enjoying it.

        1. Longtime local here.
          Ambrose Pizza on Greenleaf can be great or crap, depending on the bakers. It's looking good now. Down the street is a place for CEREAL WITH TOPPINGS called The Milky Spoon; they also have frozen yogurt and are very nice people.
          Datillo's Italian (all these so far are on Greenleaf) looks good, but we had a very mediocre meal last year and the staff didn't seem too concerned about our troubles.
          The Golden Triangle (yet again, on Greenleaf!) is awesome, but if you don't look Burmese or Thai, expect a request for your dish to be 'really spicy' to be ignored. Seriously...I asked them to hurt me, I said I meant it, I told them I had lived in Asia...I ended up with the equivalent spice level of mild Del Taco salsa packets.
          Good tacos near the movie theater on- guess which street?

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          1. re: flowerofhighrank

            Thanks Everyone!

            We ended up at LA Huasteca. What a treat-so much better than I imagined (Mexican food in the South Bay is rather bad). I had the shrimp cocktail and something called a Memelo (sp is wrong for sure)-a flat tortilla with a thin filling of black beans, covered in a salsas roja and verde, sprinkled with cheese. Simply delicious-spicy and cool The cocktail sauce was too sweet for me but the price ($4.95) was a bargain for the amount of small but plump and juicy shrimp. My stepson had the beef tinga (he was going to order chicken enchiladas which he orders every time we have Mexican, but I talked him out of it), which he said was spicy and tender. He ate every bit of it in awed silence. Served with beans and rice and too many fresh corn tortillas (how good are they!), this dish as another bargain at $13.95. The only thing I would change is the chips-too commercial looking and tasting IMO.

            I am so glad we tried it-we now have a real option for great Mexican food and we can take the train next time and try their Margaritas!

            1. re: Densible

              Datillos is right in the downtown area, and the other poster is right about the service/attentiveness sometimes being less than desired, but they do have an exceptional bolognese sauce, and some other specialties that are pretty good.

              1. re: MaryT

                Datillo's used to be where the 'families' from back East would eat when in town. I don't know why. Food is mediocre to good and the staff argues a lot with each other (waitstaff shouldn't date if they can't handle the stress). Ambrose Pizza, just up the street, can be very good. It's been here for decades. It'll be great for a few years, then it'll become a drug-dealer hangout, then it'll get sold, then back up, back down...the lady who runs it now is great; really believes in making a good pizza. I still miss the garlic loaves.

            2. re: flowerofhighrank

              Is Ambrose Pizza affiliated with the Ambrose in La Mirada?

              I like Joe Peep's and That's Amore for pizza in Whittier.

              I can't pass up the puffy tacos but keep forgetting the name of the place.

            3. Great Mexican food at Los Sanchez on Whittier Blvd west of Greenleaf.

              1. Any college student in Whittier will tell you Molca Salsa is the way to go. Honestly, their carne asada fries and nachos are pretty darn good. It is a small, hole in the wall type place that serves decent greasy Mexican food.