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My friend works in Hollywood, I work in Anaheim- need to meet halfway!

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My friend works in Hollywood, I work in Anaheim. We are constantly looking for inexpensive or mid-priced restaurants to meet somewhat halfway after work (more towards my end).

Are there any restaurants that you guys can recommend in the following cities/areas?

Buena Park
Cerritos
Norwalk

I don't know these areas very well, but I'm sure there are some gems here. We're looking for restaurants that are not too far from the 5, 605, or 91 freeways.

As far as food type, we are willing to try all kinds (but i'm Korean, so i've got that area covered pretty well in buena park).

Thank you in advance!

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  1. While this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/517377 is from 2008 there are still a lot of good recommendations here.

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    1. re: Servorg

      thanks! it's exactly what i was looking for

    2. Renu Nakorn in Norwalk, right by the freeway.

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      Renu Nakorn Restaurant
      13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

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      1. re: BearCity

        Renu Nakorn is convenient to Anaheim, yet definitely not from Hollywood.
        In Downey, a new Porto's will be opening fairly soon on Firestone around Downey Ave. Not sure of dates, and probably not appropriate for an immediate meeting, yet for those in the future...

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        Renu Nakorn Restaurant
        13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

        1. re: carter

          Late June, and probably not appropriate for an after-work meeting.

          What about Anticucheria Danessi?

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          Anticucheria Danessi
          14531 S Pioneer Bl, Norwalk, CA 90650

      2. Greetings, lillian27!

        A few suggestions for you and your friend …

        Café Hiro
        10509 Valley View St.
        Cypress, CA 90630
        (714) 527-6090
        http://www.cafehiro.com/
        A small cafè that bills itself as French-Japanese with a splash of Italian. Whatever, owner/chef Hiro Ohiwa has created a winner. The focus is upon small plates offering delectable bites from land and sea. Not to be missed are the wagyu beef, crab cakes and fried chicken appetizers followed by the spinach and sea uchin spaghetti and the chilean sea bass. Nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Excellent, attentive service.

        Guelaguetza
        3100 E. Imperial Hwy
        Lynwood, CA 90262
        (310) 884-9234
        http://www.guelaguetzarestaurante.com/
        Located at Plaza Mexico. Oaxacan moles, clayudas, chilaquiles and superb chorizo. Everything is truly authentic and excellent. Weekend mariachis can be distractingly loud at times. However, after a couple of their potent Escorpion’s, Garra de Tigre’s or Coctel Donahi’s you’ll feel like joining right in. Superb vibe and service.

        La Huasteca
        3150 E. Imperial Ave.
        Lynwood, CA 90262
        (310) 537-8800
        http://www.lahuasteca.com/
        Also located at Plaza Mexico. Great upscale Mexican cuisine and powerful drinks. Rocio Camacho, the new executive chef has introduced a wonderful selection of her exquisite moles and other regional treats to tantalize your taste buds. Large, family-style restaurant with strolling mariachis; can get quite loud at times. Great atmosphere and service.

        Magic Wok
        11869 Artesia Blvd.
        Artesia, CA 90701
        (562) 865-7340
        Outstanding Philippine cuisine in a no-frills, family style whole-in-the wall restaurant. Crispy Pata (whole deep-fried pork leg), Sisig (chopped-up deep fried pork “parts”, Dinuguan (a delicious stew made with the internal parts of the pig, including the blood), Pancit Malabon (noodles w/ground beef & egg) are my items of choice along with the garlic fried rice. Be prepared to wait. Efficient, timely takeout when called in.

        Park Ave.
        11200 Beach Blvd
        Stanton, CA 90680
        (714) 901-4400
        www.parkavedining.com
        Outstanding cuisine in an unlikely locale. Owner/chef David Slay offers an exciting variety of superbly prepared dishes from the simple to the sublime. There’s something on the menu to suit just about everyone’s tastes. Dinner favorites include lobster mac & cheese and chicken croquettes followed by seared scallops, seafood pie and grilled ribeye steak among others. Seasonal specialties such as venison and antelope are also featured. Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown in the outside garden. Nice bar and wine selection. Great service. ‘50’s architecture, ambience and décor.

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        La Huasteca
        3150 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

        Plaza Mexico
        3100 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

        1. Buena Park= Portillo's.
          Great Italian beef sandwiches and the hot dogs and hamburgers are top notch too.

          1. Arte Cafe at the Cerritos Town Center (off the 91) is also quite good.

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            Arte Cafe
            12741 Towne Center Dr Ste B, Cerritos, CA 90703