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lunch spots near LB airport/signal hill?

hi all. just started new job near the long beach airport. any suggestions for a great place for lunch around here?


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  1. Head north on Lakewood Blvd, turn left on Carson St, when you hit Paramount, go thru to the 7-11 parking lot and continue to Thai Corner.

    Thai Corner Restaurant
    2615 Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90712

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    1. re: mlgb

      Make a right on Carson and you get Dale's Diner, Subway (meh) and a pho place.

    2. If you are more on the Signal Hill side, I would recommend City Mex at the corner of Willow and Cherry. It is in the same center as Home Depot and Costco. There are a number of places in the area. Not all are great, but good enough a quick lunch. Everything is in the $5 to 10 range except the Japanese place on the north side of Willow across from Costco (name???).

      If you go down Redondo just past the crest of the hill, there is a place called Panini's that is pretty good. You can sit outside and enjoy the sun and traffic on Redondo.

      If you have some time, you could also explore the Cambodian places along Anaheim (from about Redondo going west to Long Beach Blvd). There are Cambodian markets to explore that range from interesting to down right scary. I have also scene a few Vietnamese places along the street, but I know nothing of their quality.

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      1. re: profhotsauce

        That reminds me, there's a Japanese Restaurant called Kinokawa on Wardlow between Cherry and Orange. They are not open all day (think maybe for lunch it's 12-2).

        Kinokawa Japanese
        1611 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90807

        1. re: mlgb

          I also work in the area so here are a few of my go to joints;
          Champs on Willow between Cherry and Redondo, nothing fancy but fresh food and pretty good sandwiches.
          Golden Eagle on Willow across from Costco, great fries, burgers, chicken salad and rocking breakfast burritos.
          Off the traffic circle there are lots of options, Wing Stop, Hector's for sandwiches.
          Taqueria on 4th has the best carne asada in town.
          If I think of anything else I will post again

          1. re: bubbles4me

            Traffic Circle, there is also a Chipotle, In 'n Out, a new Hawaiian place (sorry, can't think of the name) and Frisco burgers.
            Agree with you on the BB at Golden Eagle.

            1. re: bubbles4me

              Golden Eagle (for me) = chicken burrito with extra salsa!

              1. re: So Ho La

                That burrito is so cheesy it's more like a rolled quesadilla!!! Good stuff.

            2. re: mlgb

              Kinokawa changed owners fairly recently, it's not the same as it used to be.
              I started eating there in the late 70s and it had an authentic vibe with really good food. Then they added a sushi bar that was spectacular.

              I ate there a few months ago (no longer live in the area) and it was not nearly as good.

          2. Forgot..also on Carson a newish ZPizza, Red Mango, and Quiznos. In that little shopping center next to the Lakewood Golf Course.

            Z Pizza
            3221 Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90712

            1. OK...now Eastward of the airport. Baja Sonora on Clark and a Japanese place right next store to them.

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              1. re: justagthing

                Baja Sonora is the best mexican around that area - great value too, the Japanese place next door is Myako (not sure sp.) good value as well.

                1. re: ducattipilot

                  Miyako...that's right. Thanks and yes, I agree with you that Baja Sonora is very good. I remember having Chile Rellenjos (sp?) that were so good.

              2. Check out Tracy's Bar and Grill on Spring/Bellflower for good burgers, hearty sandwiches the place is a bit dark inside but the food is quite tasty and reasonably priced. Grounds on Spring/Palo Verde makes great sandwiches. They are remodeling so it's a bit dusty but otherwise fresh breads and bakery, too. They also deliver. If you have a bit more time, head over to North Long Beach... try Four Olives Cafe or Bake And Broil both on Atlantic Ave. At Bake and Broil there's usually a wait, but you can sit at the counter. Baja Sonora on Spring/Clark has deellissshhhh award-winning tacos. For Italian---try Picarelli's just down Clark on PCH. For excellent Sushi-- try Sushi Studio is on PCH.

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                1. All of the above are great recommendations. Golden Eagle is just amazing and you must try the breakfast burrito and turkey burger. For pics and more recs for that area... http://thatgirlcaneat.blogspot.com/20...

                  1. I have worked in the area for many years and for a quick bite that is fantastic, try El Taco Loco #3. It is about a 10 minute drive (about 3.5 miles, give or take, depending on exactly where you start) from the area but it is Mexican food that is far above anything else in the area. (The restaurants mentioned in the earlier posts, like City Mex, Golden Eagle and Panini’s, etc are all worth trying but if you like authentic Mexican food and have time to go a little further, El Taco Loco is the best). The menu is extensive. When your order is ready, listen for your number or item to be announced in Spanish. Enjoy the audio battle of TV, playing telenovas, and a Mexican juke box. If you have time, stop at the shop next door for tres leches or flan to go.

                    I have been eating there for years but here is what the LA Times had to say about it in a July 9, 2008 article in the Food section:

                    How much happiness can you buy for $1.25? A whole lot, it turns out. At El Taco Loco #3, it'll get you a handmade tortilla taco. There are all of the usual flavors: chewy carne asada and cabeza, crumbly chorizo, crusty carnitas, melting lengua . . . . But the star of the lineup is the tripas. Beef tripe is stewed until it is tender and richly flavored, then just before serving, it's crisped on the griddle for a little crunch. Wrap it in a warm, puffy, freshly made corn tortilla and spoon on a bit of spiky fresh red chile salsa. Honestly, it's better than half the foie gras dishes ever created. And you get to eat it in a veritable Sistine Chapel of taco-shop art. El Taco Loco #3, 1465 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-6228.

                    1. I can't believe nobody has mentioned 5 Star Terriyaki! This place is in the little shopping center across the street from Costco on Willow. Don't let the name throw you, it is a fantastic Thai place! It has the usual 2 or 3 item combo but if you order off the menu you can't go wrong with anything! The Pad Thai is great as well as the spicy noodle soup. The owner Gina is super nice and will remember you after you go a couple of times.

                      1. If you're in the mood for an excellent burger, two places come to mind. The Thirsty Isle at Lakewood and Carson makes about the best burger in the area. Close behind is Curley's (Cherry at Willow). Stop by Curley's on Friday for lunch and be sure to order a bowl of their Clam Chowder. Excellent!