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Mar 19, 2009 03:03 PM

Eagle Rock lunch places?

I just started working in Eagle Rock, and so far the only place I've been to for lunch is Auntie Em's, which - at the risk of annoying some die-hard fans - I think is a bit overpriced. Usually I either bring my own food or meet friends in Pasadena or Glendale, but I'd rather stay closer to work. I haven't tried Casa Bianca yet, but I don't think they're open for lunch. What are some other good (and on the cheaper side) places for lunch around here? I'm open to pretty much any type of food, as long as it's tasty (which is why I'm here, obviously). Thanks!

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  1. Head down York to My Taco in Highland Park. Or for that matter, explore other Mexican options in HP, such as El Huarache Azteca.

    My Taco
    6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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    1. re: Vaya Con Carne

      I have had great food every time I have gone to The York, including last night.

    2. The Oinkster
      Brownstone Pizza
      Senor Fish

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        I completely and wholeheartedly second the Oinkster.

        1. re: a213b

          The only thing good at Oinkster is the fries. The burger is okay, but can definitely get a better one and the pastrami is bland and disgusting. The BBQ is horrible as well, especially for the price they charge.

          1. re: A5 KOBE

            The burger I had was delicious; one of the better ones I've had in the city. The fries, as you mentioned, were outstanding.

            And they at least get the sauce right for a North Carolina-style Pulled-Pork Sandwich, though the one I ate there was pretty tasty in general.

            1. re: a213b

              I cringe at the thought of spending another eight dollars on a pastrami or pulled pork sandwich of that caliber.

              The only thing I get there is the cheeseburger and fries. But if you like, I can't argue with that. I'll travel to Gardena and get my pulled pork fix at Jaybee's. hahaha

            2. re: A5 KOBE

              Do you have taste buds? This is one of the best pastrami sandwiches in town! Bland? House cured pastrami and the red cabbage combo is amazing. The Oinkster gets very high marks from the real critics for a good reason, the food is excellent.

              2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

              1. re: Food Guy 1

                "Do you have taste buds?"

                Evidently he has his own and doesn't have to share yours.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Well said Servorg.

                  I found the Oinkster to be uneventful but I'll have to give it another try soon since it's been getting some positive reviews.

                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                    1. re: mrshankly

                      I visited the Oinkster last night and while it's not my favorite pastrami, it wasn't too bad. The texture was a little gristly but the flavor with their smoked curing was unique and tasty. Yes, the fries are great. I'll definitely go back for them.

                      2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                      1. re: mrshankly

                        Add me to the list of people that just don't get Oinkster. If it was a short walk from me, I'm sure I'd go but over all the food just disappointed me. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't really impress either.

                        2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                        1. re: rednyellow

                          I'll jump on the anti-Oikster band wagon. That is with the exception of the fries.

                    2. re: Food Guy 1

                      It is not even in comparison to the likes of Langer's or Brent's. And JayBee's is by far a much better pulled pork sandwich. And I do not base food off of what critics say.

                      You better call up the James Beard Foundation then, because apparently you and your critics have found next years obvious winner for Best Restaurant.

                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                        Norm Langer taught Andre how to make pastrami, and the student learned very well.
                        Good pastrami sandwich indeed.
                        Brents is not even in the same class for pastrami.
                        As a quality restaurant, yes, but the pastrami is not his strong suit.
                        Consistency is.

                        1. re: carter

                          I am sure the owner's of Langer's happily handed over the recipe. I asked them for a photocopy just last week and they were happy to oblige.

                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                            As an out of towner hoo occasionally visits, I don't go wen places get mixed reviews like this. Thanks guys.

                  1. re: Chowpatty

                    I recently tried Brownstone in Pasadena, and I'll respectfully disagree if it's similar to teh Pasadena location. I don't know how similar the two branches are, but while I enjoyed the ultra-thinness of the crust, I found Brownstone's pies to be curiously devoid of flavor. They didn't taste bad; they just had no flavor whatsoever. Not in the sauce, not in the cheese, not in the sausage topping.

                    Oinkster, on the other hand, is a definite yes!

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      I've never tried the one in Pasadena but the one in Eagle Rock surprised me in the exact opposite way... a thin pizza with so much flavor. I wonder if the preparation/proportions are different between the two locations.

                      BTW, Brownstone now offers (some of the best, IMHO) calzones that are off the menu but available for order. HIGHLY recommend their calzones as I was floored at how light but flavorful their's is.

                      In any case, I recommend Brownstone as well as the Coffee Table which is right up the street from there as well. Dave's Chillin' and Grillin' is good, not great, but the guy is so passionate about what he does that it's worth patronizing the place.

                      1. re: Jack Flash

                        Jack, I tried the Brownstone in Pasadena today and you are right. It is noticeably different and lacking in flavor. Really a disappointment compared to the flavor and texture of the Eagle Rock branch (which I personally love).

                        1. re: mrshankly

                          It's good to know that (a) I'm not the only one who found it lacking and (b) other branches are different. I'm now interested in trying the one in Eagle Rock; it's not too far away.

                    2. Senor Fish, Oinkster, Spitz (those are just off the top of my head, so to speak, and are "tasty")

                      2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                      Senor Fish
                      4803 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                      2506 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                      1. re: oldiebutfoodie

                        The Bucket (great burgers - and I mean great)
                        Dave's Chillin' & Grillin' (sandwiches & smoothies from a guy who cares)
                        Folliero's (NY style pizza a couple of minutes away in Highland Park)
                        Polka (Polish - more reasonable lunch menu)
                        Coffee Table (excellent salads and sandwiches - and a not too bad burger)
                        Camilo's (a little more formal, but I believe they have salads & sandwiches at lunch)
                        Lemongrass (good Vietnamese I like the bahn mi)
                        Panang (decent Thai)
                        Sicha Siam (ditto)
                        Mediterranean restaurant in the CVS/Super A shopping center is pretty okay
                        La Fuente (some CH'rs love it)
                        OK Chinese (same strip mall as La Fuente - surprisingly decent fast food Chinese - always a line at dinner)
                        Stoney Point (on the Eagle Rock/Pasadena border - similar to Camilo's)
                        Sorrentino's on the Eagle Rock/Pasadena border
                        Finally - Fresh & Easy has good prepared sandwiches that are ridiculously cheap if you want to grab something quick.

                        Think these might be a good start?

                        FWIW - BIG yes to My Taco & Senior Fish. You also have the York on York (duh), for some very decent, but pricy bar food). IMHO, Oinkster is NOT the second coming (Dave's C&G has better sandwiches and he works harder to please). I agree about Brownstone - not terrible, just meh.

                      2. Armon's
                        O.K. Chinese
                        Classic Thai
                        Mediterranean Triangle
                        L&L Hawaiian
                        Dave's Chillin and Grillin
                        Jerry's Mexican Grill

                        1. All great suggestions!

                          Also, the Glendale Zankou is really quite close to E.R.-- just head West on Colorado and you're there in 5 minutes.