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Feb 26, 2008 01:06 PM

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. 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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