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TORRANCE: Best Ethnic Food Within 15 Minutes?

I'm considering a job in Torrance. Any thoughts on great ethnic food (excepting Mexican) within 15 minutes of Torrance?

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  1. There's Japanese and Korean every few blocks here. Hawaiian, Vietnamese of varying degrees, Thai. Depends where in Torrance, though.

      1. one suggestion:
        bombay grocery on pch at oak (south of narbonne)

        great ayce indian food with miniscule prices.
        also, since the ayce lunch is already prepared, you will be able to get in and out quickly.

        1. For Hawaiian style plate lunch try

          Bruddah's Hawaiian Foods
          1033 W. Gardena Blvd
          Gardena, CA 90247- 4957
          (310) 323-9112

          Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop (U.S.A., Japanese, Polynesian)
          15707 S. Vermont Avenue.
          Gardena, California 90247-4328,
          (310) 532-0820

          King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant – not so much for lunch but great to stop at for some baked goods to take to your fellow workers. Try the orange bunt cake – OMG!
          2808 Sepulveda Blvd
          Torrance, CA 90505
          (310) 530-0050
          www.kingshawaiianrestaurants.com

          or for Peruvian

          El Rocoto
          1356 W Artesia Blvd
          Gardena, CA 90248-3370
          (310) 768-8768
          End of the 91 fry, just West of the 110 Fry In the Ranch 99 Shopping Center at the South-East Corner of Normandie.
          http://www.elrocoto.com/

          And maybe...
          Kyochon Chicken. I have not been to this location and not sure whether it is there but check into it because the curry chicken fried rice is good – very different with a curry flavor but also the great taste of Portugese sausage – just the flavor and not sausage) .
          2515 Torrance Blvd (Inside Freshia Market
          )Torrance, CA 90503

          1. Just start on one end of Hawthorne Blvd. and follow your nose. There is eg. Chinese (Bamboo Hut, Seafood Port and Seafood Town, Grand Chinese Buffet), Vietnamese (Pho Hana), Italian (Olive Garden, Hank's Pizza, Vince's), and a few Mediterranean places up the Hill. Onami's in Torrance is an all-you-can-eat Asian seafood buffet for high-end spenders. Hawaiian places like the Loft, King's Hawaiian, and The Local Place are OK. The Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop is one I like as well as Bruddah's. Lomeli's for Italian which gives you a free glass of wine with dinner combos.

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            1. re: Clinton

              i have been thinking of this place and have been wanting to try them out.....i dont drink wine......what are they known for.....do you have anything to recommend?

              1. re: jaymor

                Lomeli's (I go to the one in Fullerton) is all about red-sauce pasta. That's what they do best. You don't have to drink wine, obviously. Enormous portions, good service. It's not bad for 70's-style red-sauce Ital-Am. If you're looking for Tuscan food or Italian a la Mario Batali, this ain't your stop.

                1. re: jaymor

                  Both locations are good. The dinner combos are about $10.95 which includes a complimentary relish tray, green salad or soup, choices of different pastas, garlic bread, and a choice of dessert...plus a complimentary glass of wine. In most cases, a "doggy bag" is required because one has to be really really hungry to finish it all.

                2. re: Clinton

                  Did you just recommend Olive Garden?

                  1. re: daftpunkxl

                    To be honest, I despise Olive Garden. The food is so-so but the service and management sucks big time! Had an encounter with the one in Pico Rivera a long time ago and have never been back. I just mentioned it because it was on Hawthorne Blvd. I'd eat at McDonalds before ever going there again.

                  2. re: Clinton

                    I just have to say that Pho Hana SUCKS.