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Jul 8, 2009 06:55 PM

Why is Western Avenue the Eastern Corridor for food?

It occurred to me only after having separately visited L.A.'s Thai Town, Koreatown and Torrance Japanese and other Asian spots that Western Ave. is the least Western foodie conduit I've seen in this city. Coincidence?

It looks like there's also a Western in Vietnamese-haven Westminster, but that doesn't appear to connect up.

What are your favorite spots in proximity to Western?

Here's a Google map of all the places with the word 'restaurant' and 'western ave.' in their descriptions, in proximity to Western Ave.

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    1. The Western in Orange County is unrelated to the Western Avenue in Los Angeles County.

      I call these roads "Chow axes" (as in the plural of axis, not the plural of ax). The Chow axis down here is Brookhurst Street, which goes through Mexican, Middle Eastern, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese areas.

      1. Favorite spots in proximity to Western? Here are a couple of mine.

        Papa Cristos on Pico at Normandie. Greek/Mediterranean grocery, deli & restaurant.

        Catalina's Market on Western just south of Santa Monica Blvd. This is an Italian-Argentinian deli, meat market & grocer. They make some really good sandwiches using their own freshly baked rolls (take-out only).. They also sell about 6 different varieties of sausages made on the premises. The Guatemalan ones are especially tasty.