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Jul 30, 2009 10:44 AM

Favorite spots off the 405? (West LA --> Long Beach)

I commute from West LA to Long Beach a few times a week and often times, I try to time it around lunch so I can stop somewhere along the way. The problem is that I'm starting to exhaust my "usual suspects" list of places to eat and would gladly welcome other suggestions.

Right now, I tend to hit up either:

Jasmine Market (Culver City, Washington/Culver exit)
(Tito's is right there too)

Santouka (Mar Vista, Venice exit)

In the past, I've also done:

Al Watan (Hawthorne, Rosecrans exit)

Gardena Ramen + Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen (Western exit)

The main criteria is that the food be 1) relatively fast, 2) moderately priced (or cheap!) and 3) within 5 minutes of a 405 exit. A superior taqueria is most welcome, as is any Asian ethnic places.


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  1. Just east of the 405 on El Segundo Blvd. is a pupuseria (can't remember the name, but it's within two blocks of the 405) on the north side of the street. It's not incredible food, but it is pretty good, fast and cheap.

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    1. If you pass Tito's going east bound and then cross Sepulveda and immediately park you can have lunch at Metro Cafe (the Serbian/Continental place). Speed of dining would be the question but they have always brought my food pretty quickly. Check them out sometime.

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      1. re: Servorg

        Sorry - forgot the link:

        Metro Cafe
        11188 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. re: Servorg

          i normally go to metro for dinner,
          in my experience they normally have a slow kitchen at dinnertime (which is completely ok by me).

        2. Pollo a la Brasa in Gardena fits all those criteria. Smoky, wood roasted rotisserie chicken.

          A quick jog onto the 110 north, first exit, quick dash to Vermont, and a short climb to the pinnacle of Peruvian chicken

          Pollo A La Brasa
          16527 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

          1. I haven't timed the drive from I 405 but El Taco Loco #3 is just west of Long Beach Bl at Anaheim. It has a great selection of tacos at $1.50 I believe, maybe less (the usual suspects plus things like tongue, brain). Tortillas are hand made. Tortas are great. Combo plates run from simple to fairly elaborate. The salsa varies from visit to visit but is always great. The best hole-in-the-wall Mexican food in Long Beach

            El Taco Loco #3
            1465 Magnolia Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

            1. Oh, I've been lightly obsessed with Lousiana Best Seafood lately. It's off of Atlantic Ave, easily a 5 minute drive south of the 405.


              Expertly fried, southern style (cornmeal dredged) seafood. Basic but brilliant. Food is slow because of the care they put into the frying. Expect 15 minutes from the time you order under ideal conditions. More if you hit them while they're busy. Call in your order ahead of time, you'll thank me later.

              Louisiana Best Seafood
              2400 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA