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Phlight in Whittier

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I had dinner on Sunday at Phlight in uptown Whittier. Anyone ever been?
Let me share my disappointing experience!! The food was way too seasoned. The crepes were disgusting (They have better crepes at Crepes and Grapes in uptown Whittier). They had entertainment which was way too loud. Especially since they did not sound good.
Don't waste your time going there!!
Any suggestions for a good restaurant in Whittier?

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  1. I've heard good things on this board about The Golden Triangle, a Burmese restaurant in Whittier.

    Golden Triangle Restaurant
    (562) 945-6778
    701I Greenleaf Ave
    Whittier, CA 90601

    Jonathan Gold on L.A. Weekly is also fond of it:

    Link: http://www.laweekly.com/ink/99/32/rou...

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    1. re: elmomonster

      Second on Golden Trangle. I had a wonde4rful set meal from there of goat curry, coconut rice, salad and homemade ice cream.

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      Big Belly Gourmet

      Unfortunately Whittier is virtually a restaurant dead zone. However, a few good places do exist.

      Italian: Lascari's in East Whittier and Dattilo's in Uptown are the best bets for Italian cuisine.

      Seafood: Seafare Inn on Whittier Blvd. (east whittier) is excellent and very inexpensive. Very fresh and large selection of fish and shellfish. One of the best Louie salads in California can be found here.

      Chinese: I like Silver Palace on Whittier Blvd. (east whittier). Really great house specialties and moderately priced.

      Mexican: Years ago Los Portales in Uptown was great. The quality began to slide and as a consequence have not been for quite some time. However, Los Sanchez (whittier blvd. and Greenleaf)is quite good and inexpensive.

      Coffee Shop: Jack's on East Whittier Blvd. is always reliable.

      These are a few of the places I like. Hope this helps.

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      1. re: Big Belly Gourmet

        Agree--The Seafare Inn's Seafood Louie is really good and only $10. (I always buy tartar sauce 'to go', best I've tasted.)

        1. re: Big Belly Gourmet

          Whittier is full of great restaurants! If you're looking for the unusual, The Golden Triangle on Greenleaf is the only restaurant I know of in So. Cal. that serves Burmese (Myanmarese) food. Try the ginger salad with coconut rice.

          Another gem is Azabu on Philadelphia. I've eaten at a lot of excellent sushi restaurants over the southlands and, for quality fresh fish, this is one of the best. They have a friendly atmosphere and the sushi chef will reveal seasonal specialties to the discerning.

          For low-rent fare, don't forget about Los Sanchez on Whittier Bl. because their potato tacos melt in your mouth. They have to be tried to be believed; I've got friends who drive from Santa Monica to eat them. I'm also partial to the beans and rice used in the very tasty burritos at El Atacor (on the other side of Whittier Bl.) because they have way more flavor than the usual bland filler used at taco joints.

          For vegetarians, the Veggie Bistro on Comstock serves fake meat Asian/Western dishes. The soups are good and the mu shu is the best.

          There are other worthy restaurants in Whittier but I'd like to point out that there are a lot of great restaurants in driving distance too. Consider The Cat and Custard Cup (nouveau cuisine) in La Habra, Happy Family (vegetarian Chinese) in Rowland Heights, Busan Sushi (Korean style) in Buena Park, My Hanh (Vietnamese) in El Monte, and NBC Seafood (dim sum) in Monterey Park.

          Happy eating!

        2. Two places that are regulars for me, although don't expect too much on the ambiance side:

          Veggie Bistro for vegetarian food. The sesame "chicken" is awesome and I love the vermicelli with "beef". I'm really into eggplant and curry so I always get a cup of the eggplant curry soup. The "shrimp" dishes are really good too.

          Hrazdan Chicken for meditertranean and armenian food. I actually just bought a big tub of their addicting garlic sauce to bring home since I've been unsuccessful in imitating it in my home cooking. They have excellent chicken, shwarma, gyros, good rice (and I don't like rice). They're along the lines of Zankou (although I haven't been to Zankou yet).

          I've also seen a ton of posts here on chowhound about golden triangle (you can do a search) and it is on my list of definite places to go.

          Country Fresh Market is just a grocery store but they have carne asada to buy and cook at home that is to die for.

          Veggie Bistro
          Address: 6557 Comstock Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
          Phone: (562) 907-7898

          Hrazdan Chicken
          Address: 12602 Hadley St, Whittier, CA 90601
          Phone: (562) 698-1530

          Country Fresh Market
          Address: 7601 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602
          Phone: (562) 696-1921

          1. Note: I haven't eaten in Whittier in about 4 years, so things may have changed...

            I have to disagree with an above poster's recommendation of Dattilo for Italian, I've been disappointed with every meal I've had there. Frankly, I'd rather go to Olive Garden.

            My favorite overall is Golden Triangle. Highly recommend.

            For Mexican, I'm partial to Uptown Mexican Cafe (next to the theater), and Los Sanchez is good, but more like a Taco stand than a restaurant. Also, IIRC, the Mexican restaurant across from the front entrance to the Hilton is pretty good too.

            While the food isn't anything special at California Cafe, it is decent.

            1. Wow! Our experience, and most I have talked to has been the exact opposite. Tasty food is a good thing. The atmosphere is urban, which is different for this area. It is nice to have a place in town that makes you feel like an adult yet you don't have to get on the freeway. The food is great, and the menu is different. Two thumbs up from us!

              1. I was very impressed with Phlight, I thought the food was fantastic.

                1. I'm a fan of the Mariscos taco stand on Norwalk, north of Los Nietos and south of Slauson. Very high quality fish tacos. They are not on par with Tacos Baja Ensenada in East LA, but they are definitely high quality.

                  For nice continental fare, I highly recommend the Dal Rae. Very good steak, fish, and chops. And definitely get the Bananas Flambee for dessert.

                  1. absolutely not! i love phlight. the food was fabulous, continues to be.
                    i live no where near whittier and continue to trek up there. it helps that uptown whittier is walkable and friendly. the sauces are perfectly paired with the foods. love it! great service as well.

                    1. We've always had good experiences at Phlight, although we go earlier before the music starts. With tasty and innovative food, competent service, it is the only bright spot in this culinary wasteland.

                      Speaking of Golden Triangle, we had a pretty bad experience a few weeks. On a Monday night, with only a few tables occupied, service was practically nonexistent. Took forever to order, nobody ever came back to check up on us, the waiter could totally have cared less. Food was just ok -- my Pad Thai had just two shrimps and a larger quantity some strange-looking chicken. I'm not going back.

                      1. I think that Phlight is a very nice restaurant and you should give it another try. Actually several restaurants have opened up in uptown that the owners are trying to make very nice restaurants. I haven't been to Sage, but I hear that's nice. I don't care for Crepes and Grapes although some people like it. Vintage Cafe is nice. We like Baciare. Seta looks fancy, but I haven't been in. Bambooze has good sushi.

                        There is a little unimpressive looking Mexican restaurant called Zumayas across from the Radisson that we like a lot.

                        Crepes and Grapes Cafe
                        6560 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

                        6724 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

                        1. DO NOT MISS Azabu! The Albacore sashimi is absolultey to die for as is the Nabeyaki Udon. I have ordered albacore sashimi pretty much every where else I've gone and been totally disappointed. No one does it like they do here. Honestly, you can't really go wrong no matter what you order there. I lived in Whittier for 4 years while I went to college '04-'08 and had tons of fun times with sushi, friends, and sake bombs.
                          Golden Triangle is really good. I always got the green curry with coconut rice. The papaya salad is also good. My friends always ordered different things and not once were we disapponted.

                          Also, not too far away in Brea near the Brea mall there is another awesome restaurant called TAPS - Fishouse & Brewery. They have really really good creamed corn. Also, their martinis are great as are their raw oysters. I had a couple martini and oyster lunches after shopping @ Brea mall with friends.
                          I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

                          Golden Triangle
                          7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

                          Azabu Restaurant
                          13119 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601

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                          1. re: AsheABQ

                            Taps is fine, but I wouldn't be so bold to call it awesome or great. It's the best option in that immediate area, but competition is not stiff. They've got a decent formula, so I'm not knocking it completely -- just trying to put it in perspective.

                            I've always been very happy with Golden Triangle. It competes with the great hole in the wall southeast Asian restaurants elsewhere in LA.

                            Golden Triangle
                            7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

                          2. Sorry about your plight at Phlight.

                            6724 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601