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  • MaryT Aug 19, 2010 02:08 PM
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I have an expat friend from Sheffield UK back in the area for a visit. We can only meet for lunch, so that limits the choices. I am not looking for comfort food, bbq, burgers, bar food . . something a little higher end than the usual choices, no chains for sure! My friend eats fish, but no meat. Any help would be so appreciated. I used to live in Los Alamitos, but it's been a long time since I've eaten higher end food down that way. Thx folks.

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  1. A lovely place that has fish and salads is Shenandoah at the Arbor in Los Alamitos. You can eat inside or outside near a lovely koi pond. Modified southern menu - good food (not "heavy" fried food) under shady trees and usually a nice breeze. There's a lovely garden accessory spot adjoining the restaurant for garden "whimsies." Park in back and walk through pond area to reach reception area. (Front of building on street looks like a row of small cottage shops). This is a perfect place for relaxing and chatting with a friend.

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    Shenandoah At the Arbor
    10631 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

    1. Hi, MaryT!

      I’ll cast my vote for The Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos. A loved one recently acquainted me with it and I’ve only been but once. I enjoyed it thoroughly and left quite satisfied, vowing to return soon.

      TOFC specializes in fresh, and I emphasize fresh, mesquite-broiled seafood. A couple of steaks, surfs & turfs and pastas are offered as well. They purchase their seafood direct off the fishermen’s boats, caught fresh daily. Their selection is fairly extensive. I started with a perfectly shucked 4-oyster sampler followed by their superb white clam chowder and finished up with a splendidly rendered Chilean sea bass with garden vegetables. Even the sourdough was a cut above the norm. I eyed a couple of the desserts; they looked delightfully inviting but I was already stuffed.

      They offer inside or patio dining, a nice list of wines by the bottle or glass and a perfect atmosphere for two friends to reconnect. Food and service were both outstanding. Next time, I’m going for the bouillabaisse or the cioppino.

      Bon Appetit!

      The Original Fish Company
      11061 Los Alamitos Blvd
      Los Alamitos, CA 90720
      (562) 594-4553

      http://www.originalfishcompany.com

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      1. re: degustateur

        I lived in Los Al from 1983-2003! I agree it is a keeper! They get such a long wait on the weekend that I was thinking this might not be such a good idea. But thanks for reminding me. I sure miss the place. (And the Katella Deli.)

        I didn't realize Shenandoah had moved -- I assume this is the place that used to be on 2nd St in Belmont Shore?

        Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely have to check the Shenandoah next time I'm back down that way.

        We ended up at Beachwood BBQ, because of the beer selection, my friend has a beer and coffee website and blog. I was really impressed that they have such a great selection. They have a lot of side orders I'd like to try also (asparagus, hush puppies, greens).

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        Katella Deli-Restaurant
        4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

        Beachwood BBQ
        131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

        1. re: MaryT

          Thanks for reporting back! I think you're right about the Belmont-Shenandoah connection. When you were around in 2003, it was probably under a previous owner, and it had changed names just before that (I think it was called Michelangelo's or something like that - a famous artist of some kind seems to ring a bell). We're glad Shenandoah took over and has remained - it's a lovely, special place. Hope they can ride out the recession . . .

          Katella Deli is still alive and well, but business has slowed a little due to the economy probably. At least, it's been a much shorter wait for seating recently for us. We're usually there at least once a month or more for breakfast or dinner. Where else can you get stuffed cabbage rolls, or a mound of tender brisket with red horseradish and wonderful a jus in this neck of the woods?

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          Katella Deli-Restaurant
          4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

          Shenandoah At the Arbor
          10631 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720