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Jul 27, 2010 12:41 AM

Norwalk & surrounding area help

Once again traveling with work and looking for some recs from the LA Board.

Got some great recs last time for Encino, so I'll know you'll come through.

Looking for ethnic restaurant recs. Already looking at trying Renu Nakorn for Thai.
Could use Korean or Vietnamese recommendations or anything you feel is worth seeking out.

I have my own car so I am willing to drive within reason.

Also it helps if the place is open for lunch or continuously from lunch to dinner.


Renu Nakorn Restaurant
13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

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  1. While this news will not help you today, a new branch of Porto's Bakery (of Glendale and Burbank fame) will be opening in Downey at Firestone & Downey Avenue, probably within about 1-2 months. Check here on chowhound and I am sure you will hear about the opening. The company website is down and being rebuilt/programmed, so no use there of the moment.

    Porto's Bakery
    3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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    1. re: carter

      They had a hiring fair two weeks ago. Opening is imminent.

    2. Try Pioneer for Indian restaurants . . . there are too many reccies to give based on different judgements. I will just throw out a few that are good--Jay Bharat--try the Italian samosa besides the thalis, Little India Grill--great all you can eat buffett with fresh naans coming out of the oven, Surati Farsan--go crazy on sweets, etceteras . . .

      Jay Bharat
      18701 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

      Little India Grill
      18383 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

      Surati Farsan Mart
      11814 186th St, Artesia, CA 90701

      1. Not a whole lot of decent Vietnamese food in that area, except for my Mom's house. Kim Tar in Artesia serves up some really good Chinese BBQ...I love the BBQ pork, and make sure you ask for extra's so good.
        Renu Nakorn is excellent. I've been only once, but was thoroughly impressed.
        If you're in the mood for Italian, check out Marino's in Bellflower. Homemade Italian food with soup, salad, and bread. Everything's great...lasagna, cioppino, linguine and clams, veal parmigana, chicken marsala...I've never had a bad dish there...and I've been going there for the last 15 years.

        Renu Nakorn Restaurant
        13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

        Kim Tar Restaurant
        18309 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

        1. Don't forget about Anticucheria Danessi for all your Peruvian anticucho needs, and head up to Downey for tortas ahogadas (the devil's own French dip) at La Chiva Loca.

          Anticucheria Danessi
          14531 S Pioneer Bl, Norwalk, CA 90650

          La Chiva Loca
          7952 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

          1. Most of my recs are in neighboring cities of Artesia/Cerritos.

            -Pho Jackie (corny-ish name I know) in Artesia is probably one of the better Vietnamese places around. Try the #1 filet mignon Pho. Kinda weird pounded meat texture but tasty nonetheless with an excellent full dark broth. A little skimpy with noodle portions though.
            -Pho Tasty (on Pioneer next to KFC near South St) is just avg overall.

            Korean BBQ:
            -Jang Soo Jang (corner of Bloomfield & South St) is solid for BBQ.
            -Corner Place (on Gridley near South St) is decent for BBQ too. Good lunch specials.

            Korean Tofu:
            -Cho Dang Tofu (on Artesia Bl near Norwalk Bl) or BCD Tofu (on Pioneer close to South St) for tofu hot pot. Hard to pick one over the other when they're both on with the broth.

            -Skip Little India Grill, which has decent naan but everything else is just avg. Often find myself picking-out bone bits from any chicken curry. Grilled items are ok, but the meat curries seem old/drab.
            -The India Restaurant (on Pioneer) is a solid but more expensive option. Better quality & fresher. Haven't tried it, but others swear by their buffet ($10.95?).
            -Jay Bharat: Haven't been but have heard good things about it.

            -Renu Nakorn is excellent, but really depends on who's cooking. If the regular chef/cook (not being mean, but she's 50+-ish shorter with permanent makeup'd eyebrows) isn't there, better to skip it altogether. Most dishes are spot-on if she is, otherwise there's a big drop-off in quality.
            -Kapow Thai in Lakewood (?): FWIW, haven't been, but have heard raves from my Thai friends (even over Renu Nakorn).

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            1. re: pharmnerd

              It might help you as to Little India Grill that I don't eat their meat items and it seems pharmnerd is anti-recc-ing it based on those dishes.

              Actually right near there are a bunch of Dutch and Portuguese bakeries. I don't know any by name.

              Little India Grill
              18383 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

              1. re: pharmnerd

                just a couple notes on pharmnerd's great recs. bbq @corner place is pretty darn mediocre. ppl go thr for the dongchimi gook su (white kimchi noodles). as for soon tofu in the immediate vicinity, cho dang is the only good one.. bcd's just a massive chain that caters to late niters and many non-koreans.

                1. re: namstermonster

                  I think BCD is gross to be honest . . . the one below was at least.

                  BCD Tofu House Restaurant
                  9520 Garden Grove Blvd Ste 9, Garden Grove, CA 92844

                  1. re: apple7blue

                    Yeah, I've found, no matter where, it all depends on the broth that day. Both have their less rich watered down days.

                  2. re: namstermonster

                    The white noodles are great, especially on a hot day. Forgot about that dish. We usually split a bowl amongst the group & they're cool with it.

                  3. re: pharmnerd

                    Had lunch today at Renu Nakorn

                    Northern red curry soup
                    Northern Thai Sausages
                    Beef jerk app.
                    (sorry I don't remember the Thai names of th dishes)

                    Everything was exellent, better than LOS's northern dishes in Vegas IMO.

                    Lakewood isn't to far (I think) maybe we can hit that up tomorrow and do a comparison.

                    Renu Nakorn Restaurant
                    13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650