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Mar 10, 2008 11:57 PM

Visiting Cerritos next week, need recommendations

Visiting my brother next week and looking for good places to eat. Open to any cuisine, budget, open to price range from $5 - $100 pp, just want good food. Doesn't have to be high-end... hole-in-the-walls equally appreciated. Just want to have and to experience good food. Prefer within 30 mins drive of Cerritos. 2 lunch dates and 2 dinners to fill. Thanks guys.

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    1. honestly cerritos is pretty much a chain/franchise-only place.. it's also like another ktown (after garden grove and LA of course) sagan in buena park has decent bbq as well as korean-style sashimi. a couple other places that has generally good food are jang soo jang (cerritos- south and bloomfield sts.) and aria (buena park). gil mok or "the corner place" is on gridley and kitty corner from the cerritos mall... the thing to get here is the cold white noodle... VIP (pioneer blvd betw. artesia and south) has semikorean-influenced chinese.. get some variation of jja jjang mien. go to india restaurant on pioneer, the original fish co. in los alamitos, katella deli for kosher in los al as well, aroma ristorante in la palma for the best italian in the area (which isn't saying much hehe), cafe hiro in cypress for fusion (have not tried this place yet but have heard pretty good reviews)... and u could always drive around norwalk or hawaiian gardens. for mexican. best thing to do: drive to LA!! hehe :)

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      1. re: namstermonster

        Katella Deli is NOT kosher. It's Jewish-style deli.

        Right next to Cerritos is Artesia -- on Pioneer are several blocks of really awesome Indian food, including Tirupathi Bhimas and Kabob Korner, both of which have been reviewed recently on Chowhound, as well as Jay Bharat, Rajdhani, Woodlands...

        There's a Ten Ten Seafood (Cantonese, they serve dim sum) in Cerritos; I've only been to the Anaheim branch, where the service is shockingly rude, but Cerritos may be better.

        There are several branches of El Taco Nazo and SeƱor Baja near Cerritos if you want the very best fish and shrimp tacos in LA. La Huasteca is in Lynwood, not too far from Cerritos, for "alta cocina" type Mexican place in a fairly non-stuck-up environment, or La Casita Mexicana in Bell which is similar. In Downey is the Dal Rae, for your throwback-to-the-30s food (honestly, steak Diane? Lobster Thermidor?)

        In Stanton, not very far from Cerritos at all, you have Park Avenue, with its steaks-and-chops menu and its very cool Googie bar, and Thai Nakorn, which might be the best Thai restaurant in Southern California if you believe the reviews on this board.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          haha.. oopsy.. my brain doesn't function too well in the morning.. i meant jewish deli.

      2. also cafe hiro for fusion japanese (try the osso buco) and the hottest asian clientele around.

        1. No need to concern about high end places in Cerritos. There aren't any. In addition to the above recs, try El Rocoto, a very good Peruvian restaurant.

          1. Appreciate the input guys. I did realize that Cerritos isn't necessarily high-end but was hoping there might be a good place 20-30 mins away.

            Any rec dishes for El Recoto?

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            1. re: SDJoe

              Although Cerritos is an area in which many can afford to spend more $$, they tend to go outside of the area for upper end food. But there are some good little places than many do frequent as Das mentioned. I grew up in Cerritos and now live in Long Beach. Long Beach is just a hop, skip and a jump away and we have many options here. Pine Ave. (Downtown Long Beach) and 2nd Street and Naples area have many places that you can choose from including Tract's, 555, Open Sesame, Michaels, Frenchy's, Cafe Gazelle, Magic Lamp...oh the list goes on. For some great sushi, you can go to Restaurant Koi in Seal Beach, also close by. Enjoy and let us know what you chose.

              1. re: SDJoe

                re El Rocoto, I've only been there once so far, had the Saltado de Pollo, it was nice, sorry don't rememeber details enough, just recall it was good. The dishes that come with pasta didn't look too good to me. But lots of other dishes coming out of the kitchen all looked really good.