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Dinner close to Home Depot Center?

vickib Jun 4, 2009 09:43 PM

It will be on a Wednesday night, between 8 and 9 pm, with about 20 tired, hungry adults who'll also want a cocktail or two. Oh, and just to make it more of a challenge, we'd like it to be moderately priced and tasty.
Who are we? High school teachers, administrators, and staff members coming from our school's graduation ceremony.

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    Rizza RE: vickib Jun 4, 2009 10:00 PM

    Where will you be heading back to? It might help to know what direction you will be going in. How about Buffalo Fire Department in Torrance? It is owned by Michael Shafer who also owns the Depot across the street. Burgers are pretty tasty.

    1250 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

    Buffalo Fire Department
    1261 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

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      vickib RE: Rizza Jun 5, 2009 02:23 PM

      Everyone lives in different places: Long Beach, Downey, Los Feliz, etc., so traveling too far in any one direction might be a hardship for a portion of the group.
      I was hoping someone had an unknown gem close to the Carson Mall.

      Those addresses sound like Old Torrance...?
      Thanks for the links, I'll look into them.

    2. wienermobile RE: vickib Jun 5, 2009 02:24 PM

      Five Guys Burgers at the Carson Mall.

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        Ogawak RE: vickib Jun 5, 2009 03:27 PM

        Carson is a bit of a foodie wasteland. I know because I work there. usually I travel to Torrance or Long Beach for better food.

        My recs for places to eat would be Back Home Lahaina. My fave is the hawaiian fried chicken with their fried rice. No cocktails

        My other go to place is Rosario's for down home Italian. Good for pizzas, sandwiches and pastas. Can't remember whether they served cocktails.

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          annapurna7 RE: Ogawak Jun 8, 2009 02:13 PM

          I second the Back Home to Lahaina recommendation. I like the Katsu curry plate and their Kalua pork. They usually have live music in the evenings.

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          JBC RE: vickib Jun 5, 2009 03:31 PM

          To Summarize ~ You're loooking for:

          1) As Close as possible to HDC - becuase you'll be tired and hungry.
          2) Full Bar is MANDATORY !
          3) Tasty.
          4) Moderately Priced - Ah here is the stumbling block (at least for me anyways) because it's too vague. If you could put a maximum per person price for food only (booze excluded) and whether your budget included tax & tip or not; you'd get more useful (IMHO) suggestions.

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            SilverlakePhil RE: vickib Jun 5, 2009 04:03 PM

            I agree with ogawak , Carson has no decent places to eat. Sadly, the only Restaurant that fits your criteria but not in the food dept, is Chili's Grill & Bar at the South Bay Pavilion formerly known as the Carson Mall.

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              SilverlakePhil RE: vickib Jun 5, 2009 04:16 PM

              The Doubletree Hotel (literally right off the 405) in Carson has a Lounge and Restaurant. Can't vouch for the place since I've never been there. You can check out the menus from this link:


              1. Funwithfood RE: vickib Jun 5, 2009 04:31 PM

                Has anyone been to the Fried Chicken place just off the freeway on the way to the Home Depot Center? (don't remember the name--drove by quickly)

                1. mpken RE: vickib Jun 7, 2009 12:08 AM

                  Maybe Paradise is close enough. Full bar with a serviceable Asian fusion menu. They also have steaks, pastas, and burgers for the less adventurous.

                  For better food with a full bar, you'll have to hump it to Torrance

                  Paradise Restaurants
                  889 W 190th St, Gardena, CA 90248

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                    vickib RE: mpken Jun 8, 2009 01:54 PM

                    Oh, yes, I've seen it from the freeway. Thanks. That may do the trick.

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