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Jul 6, 2010 11:23 PM


I've just started working in Downey. Any good places to eat? Or ANYTHING interesting around at all?


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  1. I think they are opening a Portos in the area this summer.

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    1. re: annapurna7

      They are, and there's also an existing, quite good Cuban bakery called Tropicana on (I think) Paramount Blvd.

      There are two branches of the superlative torta ahogada shop called La Chiva Loca (the crazy nanny-goat). This is where you get the hellfire Cinco de Mayo answer to a French dip... meat and maybe cheese in a bolillo roll, then dipped (media ahogada) or drenched (bien ahogada) in fiery guajillo salsa.

      Very near Downey, in Huntington Park there's Pal Cabrón, which specialises in cemitas poblanas (an enormous sandwich on a sesame-studded roll—make sure you get quesillo, or Oaxacan string cheese on whatever you order), clayudas (enormous crispy tortillas spread with porky black beans, then topped with queso fresco, shredded cabbage and whatever you order: try cecina y quesillo) and tacos árabes (think shawarma, pita and all, but with a chile kick to it).

      La Chiva Loca
      7952 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        those tacos arabes sound good, is it pork filling or beef or lamb/

    2. Seafood and Taco's Raul on Firestone just east of the 710 Fwy.

      1. how about the joint with the pastrami pizza in Downey, haven't tried it yet, but it sure sounds pretty good.

        1. "interesting" ?
          The third franchised and oldest operating McDonalds is in Downey.
          10207 Lakewood Blvd
          Downey, CA 90241

          1. If you're desperate for Japanese food Sambi's has been in Downey since 1973.
            They have your standard Japanese fare.

            8649 Firestone Boulevard (right around the corner from the oldest MCD's
            )Downey, CA 90241-5242
            (562) 869-1171