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Lunch in Downey

BunnieBear Apr 15, 2009 09:22 PM

I have recently been called to work in Downey for a few months and need some lunch recommendations that are not fast food, but are relatively healthy, quick and inexpensive. I am only interested in going to NON-CHAIN restaurants. I am willing to drive to the nearby adjacent areas. I'm located near Woodruff and Firestone and Imperial Highway... Thanks in advance!

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  1. Das Ubergeek Apr 16, 2009 08:23 AM

    What about La Chiva Loca? You can have a torta ahogada -- the Mexican answer to the French dip sandwich.

    La Chiva Loca
    7952 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

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      attran99 Apr 16, 2009 10:16 AM

      My husband's family used to go to a diner-like place near the Stonewood Mall called Pieloon. They're prime rib was surprisingly good at a reasonable price. I've had their turkey dinner, which was fine, though not fantastic. Their pies, however, are quite good.
      I can't remember if Sambi Japanese is open for lunch, but we've gone there for dinner, and the specials were at a really good value. I'm more of a fan of their cooked items than I am of their sushi.

      10822 Lakewood Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

      Sambi Restaurant of Tokyo
      8649 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

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        kevin Apr 16, 2009 03:38 PM


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          BunnieBear Apr 17, 2009 09:22 PM

          What's Arthur's?
          I have tried Tropicana (cuban) and been to Sizzling Thai and lots and lots of bad fast food... I am really willing to drive to get something nourishing that isn't from a chain!

          1. re: BunnieBear
            kevin Apr 18, 2009 08:19 PM

            arthur's is an old fashioned coffee shoppe, with omlettes, burgers, sandwiches, you know the drill. but done pretty well. it's been there for ages. and your post about tropicana reminds me that they have a killer Arthur's OJ, not to be confused with the OJ on the menu. It's not a chain per se (his son owns a location of Arthur's Coffee Shoppe in Orange, but that is loads different than the original in Downey). There's also LA Chef Cafe for reasonably priced Cal-French cuisine in either Downey or nearby South Gate.

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              BunnieBear May 1, 2009 10:21 AM

              I went to Arthur's (on your recommendation). Nice huevos rancheros...I was the only female in the joint, which was a little odd, but the OJ was great! Thanks!

              1. re: kevin
                Will Owen May 1, 2009 05:56 PM

                As I go through there more or less frequently (we always take the Scenic Route from Pasadena to Long Beach) I'd like to know where Arthur's is. I do know about Pieloon; we've never stopped there but now we might. We'd just discovered Henry Moffett's when they shut down, and need a nice funky replacement.

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                  kevin May 2, 2009 04:28 PM

                  arthur's is located at 8813 Lakewood in Downey.

          2. love2eat May 1, 2009 05:32 PM

            I asked a similar question in 2006. Here were the responses:


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              BunnieBear Dec 2, 2009 09:28 AM

              Thanks! I'm not at that location anymore, but have to stop in occasionally. I'm just excited for the Porto's!!!! Of course, they don't even have a foundation poured yet, but I'm still psyched!

              1. re: BunnieBear
                Das Ubergeek Dec 2, 2009 11:06 AM

                In the meantime while you wait for Porto's to be built, try Tropicana Bakery on Paramount Blvd. Also a very good Cuban bakery, though without the massive range of products that Porto's had. I actually like their guava-cheese better than Porto's.

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                  RamFan Dec 2, 2009 01:24 PM

                  Where is Porto's going to be at?

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                    Das Ubergeek Dec 2, 2009 09:10 PM

                    8233 Firestone, at Downey St.

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                    BunnieBear Dec 8, 2009 08:12 PM

                    I tried out Tropicana--good, very authentic. Maybe not somewhere I could go every day, if I wanted to still fit in a booth, but still yummy for a treat. I'll definitely try the guava-cheese next time. Thanks for the tip!

              2. Local May 2, 2009 05:05 PM

                I have a friend who worked at Rancho Los Amigos a while back- a colleague recommended this place ...El Salto del Frayle.

                Their ceviche and escabeche de pescado was pretty good. My buddy had a shrimp fried rice w/ nuances of asian spices- the chef was supposedly Chinese/Peruvian. Saltido etc., usual Peruvian menu items also. Inexpensive, a small dive of a place, if it's still there.

                7639 Firestone Blvd. Downey, CA 90241 (562) 928-6395

                El Salto Del Frayle
                7639 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

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                1. re: Local
                  nomo_fan Dec 3, 2009 04:30 PM

                  Get the molcajete at Gloria's Cocina Mexicana.

                2. slowrider Dec 4, 2009 09:00 AM

                  Try Cuca's on Slauson - cross st. is Passons (across from Chase Bank).
                  I think it's technically Pico Rivera - not a far drive from Downey though.

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                    kevin Dec 4, 2009 09:25 AM

                    what is cuca's

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                      slowrider Dec 4, 2009 12:23 PM

                      It's a Mexican place........real down home cooking.......the Chile Colorado is really good........
                      Very strange place.....thrashed vinyl booths and a couple of the tables have small TV's chained to them.........
                      Almost seems as though some of the women who work there live in the back or something......they kinda keep their own hours, but are usually open by 11:30.
                      Food is really good and home-cooked style.

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