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Mar 14, 2008 08:38 AM

NE hound on a mad dash through L.A. needs help

Hello Fellow Hounds in L.A.,
I'm going to L.A. the week after Easter Sunday, and I really need some advice. I'm looking for
"roadfood" or "dives, drive-ins, and diners" kinds of places on any route between LAX -->
Fullerton --> Irvine --> Pasadena --> LAX. Alas, I don't have time for a fancy meal or off-the-beaten-path restaurant. I just like to eat things I can't get in New England/NY. I've
been to L.A. perhaps 7-8 times and was married there (to a local gal). My favs so far, to
give you an idea: In&Out burger, El Pollo Loco, and Marie Callendar's strawberry pie (the best
pie I've ever had). This time, my only must-try is Jay Bee's BBQ. You get the idea that I don't
really know L.A.! Anyone willing to share your culinary wisdom? Thank you.

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  1. On the way from LAX to Fullerton, stop in Norwalk and go to El Taco Nazo for the very best fish and shrimp tacos in LA.

    El Taconazo
    11833 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

    1. In Alhambra, just a few miles south of Pasadena is Shakas, Great Hawaiian Teriyaki and bacon fried rice. In Eagle Rock right next to Pasadena you have Oinkster for a great pastrami sandwich, also in Eagle Rock is Julio's the Bucket for a really good burger, new owners and the are doing the Julio tradition proud!

      2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

      The Bucket
      4541 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

      101 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

      1. In Pasadena, one of the classic diners is Pie & Burger.

        Pie 'n Burger
        913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

        1. If you head up to the 210 after Irvine, you can check-out the Donut Man in Glendora for strawberry donuts (many threads on this topic - one of the more recent has a photo of the luscious thing) and crullers.

          1. Thank you all for your terrific suggestions! I can't wait to get to L.A...not just for the weather! If you ever plan to drop by New England, drop me a line!

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            1. re: NYA Joe

              Another place that would fill your bill, (and your stomach) and is on the way from LAX to Fullerton if you are taking the 405 is Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro. It's been featured on Food TV's Road Food or Diner's, Drive-Inn's and Dive's (cant recall which one). Especially wonderful for breakfast with their fresh house made biscuits and white gravey. It comes with sausage on the biscuits buried under an avalanche of gravy and 2 eggs.

              You can see their menu here: