Phlight in Whittier
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?
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.
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.
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.
Address: 6557 Comstock Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 907-7898
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
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.
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!