long beach or within 30 minute drive hole in the wall ethnic
Chicago chowhounder will be in long beach traveling between redondo beach and long beach late sep early oct for 5 days. Have car and willing to travel. Looking for above vietnamese, thai, chinese, indian. Any ethnic restaurants in this area that I should not miss? thanks in advance for the advice
If you like Mexican food and haven't tried Enrique's in Long Beach (especially their off menu but always offered "pork shank in tomatillo sauce") with an excellent carne en su jugo, among other things, this would be an good opportunity to try it out.
6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
Thai Corner at Paramount and Carson next to the 7-11.
For Indian you can head to Artesia's Little India. Most of the restaurants are NOT the typical English style chicken tikka etc if that is what you want. Many more on the vegetarian side. I happen to like the lunch buffet at Woodlands but it is all veg and some dishes are quite mild.
You can search on 'best Indian in Artesia for more ideas on that.
There is also a nice little quasi-Vietnamese local restaurant in LB, called Benley.
There are also a few decent Peruvian if you are interested in that.
El Pollo Imperial
Also a few branches of El Rocoto (I prefer Gardena)
Best way to find Long Beach restaurants is actually Yelp. The only thing that ever gets recommend here is Enriques and Bake N Broil.
Another good hole in the wall Mexican is Riveras at 2901 E 7th.
You might also like to try one of the better "real" Mexican chains, El Gallo Giro. But definitely go thru the Yelp take on Mexican in LB for holes in the wall places.
Thai Corner Restaurant
2615 Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90712
A 30 minute radius from Long Beach will get you some great Vietnamese (in Little Saigon, head east on the 22 to around Brookhurst, then south) and Indian (in Artesia; Pioneer Blvd in the 180's). Great Chinese is a bit of a stretch unless the 710 north to Alhambra is really flying - good luck with that.
In Little Saigon, I like Brodard (not a hole in the wall, but hard to find) for the nem nuong rolls, duck salad, and soups, and Tay Ho for banh cuon. However, I haven't had the chance to explore newer places there recently, so the more clued-in 'hounds might find those ideas a bit unadventurous(?)
In Artesia, I like Ambala Dhaba for the Ludhiana chicken and [name escapes me] goat.
As you may know, the Torrance/Lomita area between Redondo Beach and Long Beach is best for Japanese holes-in-the-wall, as there are lots of Japanese expats working there for Toyota, Honda, various suppliers, etc. A few well worth trying are Torihei (upscale izakaya), Azuma (greasy-spoon izakaya), Kotohira (udon and soba), and Gaja (okonomiyaki).
Long Beach has a few Cambodian restaurants along Anaheim Ave., but I'm afraid I'd be of less help to you there than would a Chowhound search.
If you're in town on a Saturday or Sunday (the only days they retail) don't miss the goat's milk ice cream delights from Delicieuse in north Redondo.
1747 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247
16123 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247
9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844
2503 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
17631 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701
1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501