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tissue Dec 3, 2004 12:46 PM

HI everyone! I am going to be working Whittier for the next 2 weeks and would appreciate a list of good places for lunch. All cuisines welcome and I would prefer to keep it under $20 per person. Thank you in advance.

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    Local Dec 3, 2004 01:06 PM

    Try the Golden Triangle. See my previous comments at link below. The Ginger Salad is outstanding...would make a great light lunch w/leftovers for later ;-)

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      megan Dec 3, 2004 04:40 PM

      Like others, I'll recommend Golden Triangle. Also, Uptown Mexican Cafe (next to the movie theater) is one of the other places I miss from when I lived in Whitter.

      California Cafe (corner of Painter & Philadelphia) is nothing special, but decent. We used to get the ribs (their fries are pretty good) or the mahi mahi on pasta dish.

      And, for cheap, somewhat fast foodish food, we used to frequent Ruby's (not the chain burger place) in the shopping center at Whittier Blvd and Painter (there is a Ralphs, OSH and Olive Garden in the place. Ruby's was over in the corner near the Staples).

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      Wendy8869 Dec 3, 2004 01:43 PM

      Veggie Bistro is my favorite restaurant in Whittier (I haven't been to the Golden Triangle yet but it is a priority:-) Veggie Bistro is a vegetarian restaurant- My husband and I are not vegetarians but we love the food and have been frequent eaters there for the last four years. The place doesn't look like much but the owner is extremely friendly and many students from the college eat there also. The owner is buddhist and vietnamese and many of the recipes he uses come from home and is very very secret. They also serve american dishes, italian dishes, chinese and thai dishes. It's also very inexpensive, less than $10 a person. The link below comments on many of their dishes. My favorite is the eggplant curry soup and the vermicelli with beef. My husband always gets the spring rolls and the sesame chicken. Yes, they serve fake meat (along with other vegetarian dishes) so you must have an open mind if you choose to eat there. I don't eat there because they serve fake meat. I eat there because the food tastes darn good!

      Veggie Bistro
      6557 Comstock Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
      Phone: 562-907-7898
      Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Inexpensive

      Link: http://www.vegparadise.com/dining312....

      1. w
        Wendy8869 Dec 3, 2004 01:53 PM

        One more place to try... Arturo's Puffy Taco... it was featured on the "Best of" show on the food network. They do have good food but it is definitely a hole in the wall with a very small place to sit inside. It's almost a shack. But it is very good mexican food and very inexpensive.


        Arturo's Puffy Taco
        Address: 15693 Leffingwell Rd, Whittier, CA 90604
        Phone: (562) 947-2250

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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          nubi Dec 4, 2004 12:59 AM

          I wonder if there's a special link between Whittier and the Food Network ...

          In addition to Puffy Taco, they've featured a mexican market on Greenleaf for carne asada (Food Finds) and a wedding cake place, I forgot where.

          It seems like an inordinate number, considering the size and population of the area. I don't know ... maybe my pattern recognition is all screwed up. I've been staring at the computer too long.

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          Wendy8869 Dec 3, 2004 02:11 PM

          One more place to try... Arturo's Puffy Taco... it was featured on the "Best of" show on the food network. They do have good food but it is definitely a hole in the wall with a very small place to sit inside. It's almost a shack. But it is very good mexican food and very inexpensive.



          Arturo's Puffy Taco
          Address: 15693 Leffingwell Rd, Whittier, CA 90604
          Phone: (562) 947-2250

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            TeaEye Dec 3, 2004 02:28 PM

            I concur on Golden Triangle - I eat lunch there practically once a week. The ginger salad is outstanding, but I usually go for Lunch Special 6A - noodles with chicken, cabbage and onion + samosas.

            1. w
              Wendy8869 Dec 3, 2004 02:29 PM

              One more thing, not exactly on topic but if you have access to a grill or stove for dinner, there's a market in Whittier that sells the best carne asada I've ever had. I've been told that people come from all over so cal to get the carne asada. One woman in particular comes from Diamond Bar to buy about 40 lbs of it about once a month. The store was also featured on the food network show Food Finds for selling Mis Padres Salsa- an excellent smoky salsa.

              Link: http://www.countryfreshmarket.com/

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                Funwithfood Dec 3, 2004 07:24 PM

                Thanks Wendy--I'll put this on my "to go" list!

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                Funwithfood Dec 3, 2004 07:43 PM

                Very close (La Habra) is The Cat & The Custard Cup--very good, more "upscale" environment & cuisine.

                I like the Seafare Inn--a great Seafood Louis and wonderful homemade chocolate cream pie! (The tartar sauce is excellent!)

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                  nubi Dec 4, 2004 01:21 AM

                  Search laweekly.com for La Taquiza, home of the mulita. (Note: Review was written before Whittier location opened).

                  Also, I recall Merrill Schindler recommending the fried chicken at Jack's. Anybody been here?

                  LA Taquiza Restaurant
                  15334 Whittier Boulevard Suite 5
                  Whittier, CA 90603
                  562-947-3505

                  Jack's Whittier Restaurant
                  13221 Whittier Boulevard
                  Whittier, CA 90602
                  562-693-8713

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                    brettkelf Dec 9, 2006 07:05 PM

                    One of my staples is que buena taqueria on whittier blvd just east of the 605... try the seafood burrito (huge!) or the asada nachos (weird... with ranch dressing). The albondigas are good but way too spicy for me (and I can usually handle it). Also, chema's tacos (on whittier west of hadley) does just tacos but they're good. Both places have screwy hours, so call first. I've encountered meat issues at Tacos Yadira and Tacos El Atacor, but I eat there anyway because they're open late.

                    Yeah, veggie bistro is good but has screwy hours.

                    There's an italian place (north of Datillo's) on Greenleaf south of Hadley that my wife likes... they've got a good antipasto salad. I usually don't go to Ni's Buffet without a coupon. My wife likes the sushi place next to Ni's Buffet.

                    Jack's is bland and boring, and so are Lascari's and California Grill for that matter. Gotta cater to the Whittier retirees I guess...

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                      thedalialama Jan 5, 2007 07:24 PM

                      I just moved recently from Hollywood to Whittier and have to say that Gaetano’s restaurant in La Habra/Whittier is great.
                      Excellent North Italian fare and really good service. I enjoy the risotto alla rustica and the crab filled mushrooms.
                      The specials never disappoint.
                      Cat and the Custard Cup is also really nice for special occasions. Pricey but well worth it.
                      Phlight is also a favorite.

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                        Cali Jan 5, 2007 11:11 PM

                        Zumaya's in Uptown Whittier (across the stret from The Radison) has two dishes that you have to try. Their Enchiladas Del Mar which are Shrimp stuffed Enchiladas that are covered with a Chipotle sauce are delicious. Also their Tortilla Soup is very very tasty. You won't be disappointed.

                        I agree that Golden Triangle is a place that you should check out. They make the best Tom Kha Khai that I know of.

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