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Where to eat on the way back from San. Fran?

From OC and in San Francisco this weekend. Coming back down Monday and will be in So Cal around dinner time. Any suggestions for something in LA county that's pretty close off the 405 or won't take us too far east since my end destination is Costa Mesa? Not anything over $15-20/pp and casual since we're not driving in our finest attire. I don't eat too often in LA area, where should we go? My initial thoughts:

- Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
- Apple Pan
- Versailles
- Pita Kitchen - or anywhere with some good falafel?
- Papa Cristos
- Best Fish Taco in Ensenada - just tacos here? looks like just takeout?

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  1. Cafe Brasil on Washington Blvd. a few blocks west of the 405.

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    1. re: antob

      Our dinner here was unimpressive a week ago. Feijoada plain, not much to it; wife's chicken dish unmemorable. Almost fast food--you pick up your dishes and bus them at the end. Not the least relaxing or a break after a long trip. Though we are 4 blocks away we won't be back. Only street parking.

    2. I would suggest Chinatown, the New Seafood Dragon.
      It's a sit-down place, but very casual with quality freshness and cleanliness.
      It is off the I-5 at Griffith Park / Dodger Stadium area, just about a mile from freeway.

      I know you said I-405, however, If you look at the map, the mileage is about the same going the I-5 to the 55 freeway as it is I-5 to 405 south.

      Chinatown is cheery, unique, good food, and lots of reasons to take a little walk around before or after dinner and stretch those limbs. New Dragon Seafood has authentic Cantonese Chinese like you're in Hong Kong and also offer some American-taste Asian dishes (like broccoli beef, walnut shrimp, chicken and green beans)

      934 N. Hill Street
      Los Angeles, CA 90012
      (213) 626-6050

      I'd park in the pay lot ($3??) across the street and down a few blocks, but meter parking on Hill street is free after 6 PM.

      It's sign is on the street, but entrance to New Dragon Seafood is at the end of a hallway of shops.
      For a picture, see http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/VdpxYO...

      There's a map if you Google New Dragon Seafood Los Angeles, but here is the drive:

      I-5 South.
      Take the Pasadena Fwy/State Hwy 110 S exit toward Los Angeles
      Merge onto CA-110 S/Pasadena Fwy S ( 0.7 mi
      )Take exit 24C on the left to merge onto N Hill St ( 0.3 mi )

      934 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. Papa Cristos and Best Fish Taco in Ensenada are good picks but are a bit of a trek from the 405. My picks for "close to the 405" would be:

        - Apple Pan
        - Father's Office - 2 miles from the 405 (exit 51), near Culver City
        - Pann's - 1/2 mile from the 405 (exit 48), near(ish) LAX
        - Sanuki No Sato - 1/2 mile from the 405 (exit 38B), near Gardena

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        Apple Pan
        10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
        6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Sanuki No Sato
        18206 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

        Father's Office
        3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

        1. Two Van Nuys recommendations:

          -Puro Sabor (Peruvian) on Van Nuys Blvd near Victory. Most entrees between $10-12. Closes 9pm.

          -Mercado Buenos Aires (Argentine) on Sepulveda near Sherman Way. Closes 7pm.

          1. Langers, well worth the few extra miles.

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            1. re: wienermobile

              Definitely worth a detour, but only open until 4pm, so may not work for the OP.