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Oct 2, 2008 01:07 AM

Lunch in Lakewood??

Want to meet my BF for lunch. She's in Irvine and I in Santa Clarita. She say's Lakewood is 1/2 way... I don't know anything about the area. What about La Casita in Bell?? Any better suggestions. Thx Chow Pals. You've always offered up the best!

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  1. If Lakewood, and you don't mind crowded diner settings, I would recommend Jongewaard's Bake N Broil, just south of Lakewood for their hamburger/pie combo and a red velvet cupcake for the road. There are plenty of posts about Jongwaard's on this board.

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    1. re: Ogawak

      Yes, thank you. Have read about this restaurant. Good choice! Anything ethnic out there??? Ethiopian, Indian, Asian/...

      1. re: Kitchen Queen

        If Indian is an option, Artesia is right next to Lakewood, although parking can be difficult. Woodlands is a South Indian veggie buffet, including dosas and is in a shopping center with a big parking lot. There are lots of other choices in Artesia as well.

        Benley near the 605 Freeway near Wardlow (quasi-Vietnamese). (NE corner of Warldow and Norwalk in the shopping center at the far end.

        Woodlands Indian Cuisine
        11833 Artesia Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

        1. re: mlgb

          as much as i love my bnb, i have to go along with mlgb. Woodlands would be a much better solution. a) it's right off the 91 freeway, so transportation-wise it's quite easily accessible. b) they have a weekday lunch special that is absolutely insane. It's like $10 for all you can eat ... and though it's steam-table stuff, Indian stews, etc., hold up really well. Get your choice of 2-3 side dishes, they make a fresh dosa for you ... c) it's really, really good.

    2. Just north of Lakewood, in Bellflower, there is Johnny Rebs' for southern cooking.

      Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse
      16639 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

      1. Lakewood the exact midpoint b/w Irvine and Santa Clarita? :) La Casita is not exactly near Lakewood, but is a great CH-y sorta place. Great moles and chilaquiles. Renu Nakorn Thai in Norwalk is not too far from Lakewood, just off the 5 for each of you. As already mentioned, Artesia has many CH recommended Indian spots.

        How 'bout each take Metrolink into downtown LA? Gots Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Olvera St. Just a suggestion, as it'd probably be cheaper than the cumulative amt of gas spent driving.

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        1. re: pharmnerd

          Yes! I agree. She is at the advantage. No go on the Metro - She's not very adventurous (if riding the metro is) What about the 605 fwy. Something along the route that is go lunch eats and fair in drive for us both??

        2. Your friend needs a new map service -- Lakewood is much closer to Irvine than to Santa Clarita.

          Other restaurants mentioned here are good, but in the general vicinity of a midpoint, I highly recommend La Casita, one of our top Mexican restaurants. Try the Chiles en Nogada -- delicious pepper, stuffing, and sauce -- always accompanied by an outstanding soup and excellent chips dripping with two or more moles. Homey, charming service, as well.

          1. Thai Basil

            Thai Basils
            5466 E Del AMO Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808