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longing for quick, good asian anything close to Glendale, for one

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french roast Dec 7, 2008 12:09 PM

I have a bad habit--I Tivo and watch all my favorite food shows on Sunday. Usually means I see some show where some lucky guy is in an open Hong Kong or Vietnamese market, slurping noodes or eating crab in a hot pot. And I want it. By then, it's afternoon, and I have no luck rounding up a friend (who are often seafood intolerant, or would rather go for burgers) to go and grab a quick bite.

What I REALLY want is something halfway authentic--could be ramen, a dumpling place, whatever--that is close to the Glendale area (Atwater, Loz Feliz, or Glendale, or Eagle Rock, or somewhere I don't even know) that has some decent, authentic asian fare that is NOT a super nice, sit down place--just somewhere I will not feel weird going in alone, grabbing a bowl of pork or rice or noodles or whatever, and eating it.

Surely there's a decent place that doesn't require a half hour's drive, but will give me more options than Panda Express, right?

  1. Chowpatty Dec 7, 2008 04:13 PM

    Indochine in Atwater has decent phoo and other Vietnamese dishes. There's supposed to be a good pho place -- Pho Hut on Brand, but I haven't tried it.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/476253

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    1. re: Chowpatty
      Grog Dec 8, 2008 07:36 AM

      I use to eat at Indochine. That is until I discovered Viet Noodle Bar across the street. Haven't been to Indochine in about 2 yrs.

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      condiment Dec 7, 2008 05:48 PM

      Indra Thai on Verdugo is a classic steam-table restaurant. Choose a couple of things from the items on display, get them served on rice, you're out in a couple of minutes for almost nothing. For some reason, the actual made-to-order dishes are never quite as good as the items on the steam table.

      1. Chandavkl Dec 7, 2008 06:13 PM

        Eagle Rock Plaza for Pilipino food?

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        1. re: Chandavkl
          Das Ubergeek Dec 7, 2008 08:58 PM

          That was going to be my suggestion, though I don't really love Filipino food myself, especially turo-turo places (this means "point-point" and is Tagalog for a steam table restaurant) -- though I will give props to the breakfasts, fried eggs, garlic fried rice and your choice of meat, with fresh tomatoes and coconut vinegar. (My usual place for this is Manila Good-Ha, on Colorado Blvd. near Chevy Chase.)

          Another possibility would be to take a tour of the HK (that's Han Kook, not Hong Kong) market on Pacific Ave. in Glendale, between Glenoaks and the 134. You can buy pre-marinated meat for barbecue (just apply fire), you can tour the fantastic Wall O' Kimchi along the left side of the market, or browse the seafood selection.

          Nearby-ish is the mini-Thai town on Sherman Way in NoHo between the 170 and Woodman... or frankly in Glendale you're not terribly far from Thai Town itself in East Hollywood, if you head out Los Feliz Blvd.

          Finally, if you head east on the 134 a bit until it turns into the 210 you're in Arcadia and it's the northern reaches of the SGV of Chinese food wonderfulness. Not exactly Glendale-adjacent but if you avoid peak times driving it's not too far at all.

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          Briggs Dec 7, 2008 07:53 PM

          Lemongrass on Eagle Rock Blvd.

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            laeditormatthew Dec 8, 2008 08:18 AM

            You HAVE to try Kozy Korner on Wilson just east of brand i think...
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/kozy-korner-t...

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              french roast Dec 29, 2008 09:19 PM

              Wow--just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, sometimes you find happiness in your own back yard. Pho Hut on Brand has fantastic pho, better than anything I found at Lemongrass or Indochine. And who would have thought that a place called Kozy Korner would have great Thai food? But they do! Thanks for all the recs for good Asian food in Glendale.

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                laeditormatthew Dec 31, 2008 10:35 AM

                Yea they are both SO amazing!!!
                BUT remember cash for the PHO joint!

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