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tony_brisbane Dec 26, 2010 01:27 PM

Hi

My family & I are stuck in an airport hotel at LAX till Wednesday after our connecting flight (we just flew in from Oz this morning,) to DC was cancelled this morning due to the blizzard over there. I'll rent a car tomorrow and take the kids to Disneyland then Getty museum Tuesday. I don't have a car today - are there any decent restaurants near here (Renaissance LAX) for dinner tonight - perhaps Italian or Cal/Mex? Any recommendations for dinner near to Disneyland for tomorrow night? lastly how about Tuesday night - maybe around Malibu, Beverley Hills or Hollywood.

Many thanks for any advice

  1. Das Ubergeek Dec 26, 2010 08:37 PM

    I'm going to demur on Napa Rose. Not because you won't have a good meal—you will—but because it's likely to be shockingly busy and you may not get a reservation. (If you want to try, call 714-781-3463 as soon as you can to make a reservation.)

    If you don't mind a hole-in-the-wall type experience (which are, here in LA and OC, the very best experiences), here are some more suggestions very near Disneyland.

    1. El Moctezuma #2, on Harbor and Lampson in the city of Garden Grove. This is Mexican food, but it is Oaxacan, from a southern state known for its glorious blends of spices and layers of flavours. These are not beef mince tacos or goopy enchiladas, no: these are pieces of bone-in chicken simmered in a sauce with 40 ingredients ranging from dried chiles to bitter chocolate to avocado leaf. These are tamales the size of dinner plates but just 2 cm tall, wrapped in banana leaves with stewed meat inside. These are tart salads of cactus (Opuntia) paddles and homemade tortillas the size of moped tyres. The prices are stunningly low, too.

    2. Los Chilangos, on Lincoln Avenue west of Euclid St., Anaheim. Another Mexican place, but this one is Mexico City-style, with bread rolls dipped in chile sauce and griddled, then stuffed with potatoes and sausage; handmade tortillas filled with tangy string cheese and your choice of filling (try huitlacoche, a black mushroom that grows on corn, or stewed squash blossoms); tlacoyos, a paddle-shaped thick tortilla with broad beans pressed inside, then dressed with grated sharp cheese, freshly made Mexican crema (sour cream) and lettuce. Try champurrado, like a less-sweet hot cocoa made thick with corn masa.

    3. Thai Nakorn, on Garden Grove Blvd. east of Palm St., Garden Grove. I'm sure you have Thai in Brisbane, but this is different: look at the House Specials menu and order anything off it. Nothing except whole fried fish is more than $10. Make sure you order beef Penang curry; it's out of this world.

    4. Johnny Reb's, on Chapman Ave. between Yorba and Prospect Sts., Orange. A little further from Disneyland but I find myself craving their Southern (US) food. Fried catfish, chicken-fried steak, collard greens cooked with pork hock, banana pudding. Their barbecue is serviceable. Just be aware that their portions are enormous even by U.S. standards; you could quite easily share each plate with two adults and be completely sated.

    5. Olive Tree, on Brookhurst St. north of Orange St., Anaheim. A Palestinian owner and a Jordanian chef; this is an amazing place for Middle Eastern food. Make sure to ask what the specials are, and order them. Portions are huge, but try to wangle some of their yoghurt dip (which will come complimentary with any lamb order). If they've got lamb shanks on top of seventeen-spice rice, you are in huge, huge luck.

    6. Al-Amir Bakery, Ball Rd. one traffic light west of Brookhurst St., Anaheim. Kids seem to love this place, which specialises in manakeesh, Lebanese flatbreads that resemble pizza. In point of fact, they make a "pizza" with vegetables and mozzarella cheese. What's best is their normal "cheese", which is a tangy, wonderful, rich sensation, or their za'atar, which is a blend of thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and oregano.

    7. Punjabi Tandoor, Anaheim Blvd. half a block south of Broadway, Anaheim. Nice, comforting, really well-made northern Indian food. I love their chana masala and their kormas; I'm told their chicken and lamb dishes are amazing as well (but I don't usually order meat in Indian restaurants).

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    Napa Rose Restaurant
    1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

    Thai Nakorn Restaurant
    12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

    Johnny Rebs
    15051 7th St, Victorville, CA 92395

    El Moctezuma Restaurant
    809 N Fairview St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

    Olive Tree
    512 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804

    Los Chilangos
    1830 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

    1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 26, 2010 02:56 PM

      unfortunately a cab ride to some of the good options up here in the Marina del Rey/Venice area will run you at least $25 each way, so i'll limit my thoughts to El Segundo & Manhattan Beach...
      - Teresa's Mosaic Cafe for Mexican
      - La Sirena Grill for Mexican (note, i didn't love my meal there, but i only went once and a lot of people enjoy it)
      - Tin Roof Bistro for Californian/wood-fired pizza

      your best option for dinner near Disney is Napa Rose, but it's pretty pricy/upscale...though still family-friendly if you're willing to spring for it. search the board for "Disney" or "Anaheim" and you'll turn up tons of links to check out.

      and finally, Malibu, BH & Hollywood are three very different neighborhoods spanning a wide area, so it would at least help narrow it down if you gave us an idea of your price range/budget or the type of food you're looking for on Tuesday. i'd normally immediately suggest Jitlada for Thai, but i don't know if you're from Sydney, and given the wealth of good Thai there it would be silly.

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      Jitlada
      5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      Napa Rose Restaurant
      1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

      Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
      150 S Sepulveda Blvd Ste G, El Segundo, CA 90245

      La Sirena Grill
      3931 Portola Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92602

      Tin Roof Bistro
      3500 Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

      5 Replies
      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        Servorg Dec 26, 2010 02:59 PM

        I'd asked them which city they are from and it's Brisbane.

        1. re: Servorg
          goodhealthgourmet Dec 26, 2010 03:15 PM

          ooh, i missed that, thanks! in that case, Jitlada would be a good option for Tuesday.

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          Jitlada
          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
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            tony_brisbane Dec 26, 2010 06:53 PM

            Many thanks again for all the responses - what a great benefit it is to be a "chow hounder"! We took the trolley bus to Manhattan beach and had Avery pleasant meal at Ton Roof Bistro just home & ready to crash! We'll check the recommendations for Disney area tomorrow - thanks again to all

            1. re: tony_brisbane
              goodhealthgourmet Dec 26, 2010 07:07 PM

              excellent, glad it worked out!

              and i just realized your hometown is in your screen name - sorta spaced on that earlier. please forget i even commented above about not knowing where you were from in Oz ;)

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet
          wienermobile Dec 26, 2010 07:03 PM

          Another vote for Napa Rose at Disney's Grand California Hotel. A wonderful dining experience. This time of year the resort will be very very crowded, make sure you have reservations first. Also what is nice is that you will not have to move your car, you can leave the park and just walk a few short minutes to the hotel.
          http://disneyland.disney.go.com/grand-californian-hotel/napa-rose/?name=NapaRoseDiningPage&bhcp=1

          For more casual try Storytellers Cafe in the same hotel but still make reservations, it will make your life so much easier.
          http://disneyland.disney.go.com/grand...

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          Napa Rose Restaurant
          1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

          Storytellers Cafe
          Anaheim, CA, Anaheim, CA

        3. m
          mc michael Dec 26, 2010 02:20 PM

          You might see if Antica Pizzeria works into your plans. Or La Cabana.

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          Antica Pizzeria
          13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

          La Cabana Restaurant
          738 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

          1. Servorg Dec 26, 2010 01:40 PM

            It's a short cab ride to either Truxton's American Bistro or Ayara for Thai food. Both are kid friendly too. In fact you could walk in to one of them to check out the menu and then walk around the corner to the other one to check it out to.

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            Ayara Thai Cuisine
            6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

            Truxton's American Bistro
            8611 Truxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

            6 Replies
            1. re: Servorg
              Servorg Dec 26, 2010 01:44 PM

              One other very close by option.

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              Chalet Edelweiss
              8740 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

              1. re: Servorg
                t
                tony_brisbane Dec 26, 2010 02:05 PM

                Thanks for the input I think we can get to Manhattan Beach fairly easily from here - any suggestions for that area.

                1. re: tony_brisbane
                  Servorg Dec 26, 2010 02:10 PM

                  There are some Manhattan Beach recommendations in this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7327... prior thread. Are you from Melbourne by any chance? One of the places mentioned is Greek, and if you are from Melbourne you may be burned out on Greek food. On the other hand, Darren's sounds like it may be what you are looking for in the Cal end of the dining spectrum.

                  1. re: Servorg
                    Servorg Dec 26, 2010 02:26 PM

                    Here is a thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725594?tag=search_results;results_list about dining near Disneyland. Das Ubergeek (one of the LA boards very active posters who is tuned in to Orange County especially) has some good recommendations. One of them, (Gabbi's Mexican) would be a great choice.

                    Up in Malibu there is a pretty new place called Savory http://www.savorymalibu.com/ that sounds quite interesting, but we have not been so can't give you a direct recommendation.

                    1. re: Servorg
                      t
                      tony_brisbane Dec 26, 2010 02:40 PM

                      We're from Brisbane and have nearly as strong a Greek influence as Melbourne! Unfortunately Daniels is closed Sundays - sounded ideal.

                    2. re: tony_brisbane
                      wienermobile Dec 26, 2010 03:58 PM

                      There is a $5 trolly bus that leaves the hotels on Century Blvd and goes to Manhattan Beach on the hour. Lots of dining choices.
                      http://www.gatewaytola.org/index.cfm/...

                2. hill food Dec 26, 2010 01:36 PM

                  boy that blows, sorry, no recommendations, although think of the cultural contrast (food, architecture, attitudes) between the 2 cities you'll get to compare now. 2 very different places (but oddly similar in not-so-obvious ways).

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