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freeway friendly chow - 405 between lax and irvine

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i have the misfortune of doing this drive twice a week. would like recommendations for any type of good food within 10 minutes of the freeway. ethnic, burgers, pizza, donuts and sit-down places where i can call ahead for take-out. recently been to bake and broil in long beach and that was a fantastic find! five minutes off the freeway for heavenly pie and great down home food. anything to help the drudgery of the 405 is appreciated.

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  1. Bamboo Teri House is on the same street as Bake N Broil, but just off the freeway (across from Chevron). Also, in Fountain Valley, off Brookhurst, there are several Chow worthy places like Shin Shen Gumi (yakitori on one side and ramen on the other), Honda Ya and Ebisu Plaza has several places as well.

    1. Just places that also do take-out? Al-Noor [Indian/Pakistani] would work nicely for dine-in or to go; Shin Sen Gumi [yakitori plus] is great but would probably be best dine-in. Lots of other great Japanese in Torrance area just off the 405.

      Al Noor
      15112 Inglewood Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

      Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori
      18517 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

      1. the local place which is rigth accross shinsengumi.....owned/operated by kings hawaiian and has good and reasonable hawaiian/japanese dishes.....i usually get the kalua pork plate lunch ....they have good lomi lomi in my opinion......further south you will be near/in the area of little saigon by the harbor blvd exit from the 405....go east.....even further south and off the john wayne airport exit....is gulliver's (right by the airport)for quality steak/potatoes in the usual way

        good luck

        1. Glad you found Jongewaard's Bake and Broil. Great hamburger as well.

          In Carson, near Carson and the 405 is Back Home Lahaina. Try the Hawaiian fried chicken with fried rice. Really good. Also in that neighborhood is Rosario's: great little neighborhood Italian. Good pizza. Probably as good as you'll get off the 405.

          In Torrance, in a Korean supermarket at Crenshaw and Torrance Blvd is Kyochon. Incredible Korean fried chicken.

          If it's donuts: Randys is a little north of LAX on Manchester. Some of the best around. Glaze, chocolate.

          Porky's is just past Randys on Manchester. Some say the best ribs in town. I wouldn't say that, but they're really good. Actually I like their fried chicken.

          Inglewood's version of Bake N Broil is the famous Pann's. It's also a little north of LAX on La Tijera. Maybe the best fried chicken around. Others like their patty melt. Get the biscuits; so fluffy.

          In Long Beach is the Golden Eagle. Good burgers and a terrific breakfast burrito. Quality fast food.

          1. If you like Ropa Vieja, go to Havana Mania-- Inglewood exit, at the corner of Inglewood and Manhattan Beach Blvd. I wouldn't recommend anything else on the menu-- the other few dishes I tried there were downright disappointing-- but the Ropa Vieja was always delicious. They also have a neat variety of mojitos.

            At Manhattan Bread and Bagel, a bit further away on Sepulveda Blvd., you can get a straightforward sandwich on good bread. But they close at 6 pm.

            1. In terms of take-out, I'll second 2 places already mentioned.

              The Local Place because Hawaiian plate lunches are perfect for take-out and it's literally right at the Western exist of the 405. I've developed a taste for spam musubi as well which is good and cheap there.

              And KyoChon in the Freshia market on Torrance and Crenshaw is great for take out since the way they double fry the chicken means they're still good even after an hour drive.

              1. looks like it will be some fried chicken, either korean or hawaiian next week. have never found randy's donuts very consistent, but just had great chocolate raised and raspberry filled donuts on the drive home. anyone know about mustard's hot dogs on atlantic in long beach.... just noticed it. thanks for all the tips so far!

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                1. re: jay 1

                  sorry, haven't tried that, but Bamboo TeriHouse right next door is very good.

                  1. re: jay 1

                    Yes mustards is good, consistently, I prefer Carney's but if i want a bit of a kick closer to home we go to Mustards, surprisingly good find!
                    There is a chinese place in Fountain Valley off Brookhurst & the 405, at Heil called Fu Wing Lo, it's pretty good or Sagemi Tei off Magnolia at Heil, they have sushi & a teppan bar, been around for years and always good.

                  2. I had a similar question, but didn't see any Mexican places; and at least one (Manhattan Bread & Bagel) is really far off the fwy.

                    Any easy on/off places off the 405 in that Torrance/Carson area?

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                    1. re: cant talk...eating

                      Ramona's in Gardena, just past Torrance is a good hole in the wall, good tamales, get it with their meat sauce and great chips & salsa

                      1. re: cant talk...eating

                        Well, we ended up at Leo's, which is in Lawndale (exit Inglewood, go 1/4 mi so.). Actually perfect. Sort of "old school" SoCal Mexican (est. 1948!) - tostada was a mountain of shredded lettuce; my rellenos were mild, albondigas solid; all definitely tasted homemade, even the sauces (good fresh chips too).

                        Didn't find anything recently on this place (I think I just typed "Mexican restaurant" into Google maps near this intersection), but it would make a great break from traffic on the 405 some night, so worth keeping in mind. Oh yeah - super easy on/off the freeway.

                        Leo's Mexican Food
                        16006 Inglewood Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

                      2. Gardena Bowl

                        15707 S Vermont Ave
                        Gardena, CA 90247
                        (310) 532-082

                        Call ahead, the Portuguese Sausage mix or the Portuguese Sausage Loco Moco are my favorites. Tempura plate is also good as is the fried rice.

                        1. for Mexican, Casa Brito on westminster blvd. East of the 405. Not casa gamino which you could see from the freeway., though that place isn't that bad. Also Thai Goldenwest on goldenwest off of westminster.