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Apr 27, 2011 12:44 PM

Sunday Anniversary Dinner between Manhattan Beach and La Mirada

We are staying in Manhattan Beach, and will be taking out a couple of friends for their anniversary who are in the La Mirada area. Willing to drive a bit. Anything in between would be fine. I've heard great things about Darren's, but they are not open Sunday.

Cuisine open with the exception of Indian. Great California and/or adventurous cuisine suggestions appreciated. Non-drinkers, so food is more important that wine & cocktails. Upscale, but no dress code (not that we intend to look like slobs).

I know I'm not narrowing it down very much, but feel free to chime in with your favorite place.

Mirada Restaurant
9102 Edinger Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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  1. If you want to stay in the Manhattan Beach area there is the brand new MB Post from the former chef of Downtown LA's Water Grill David LeFevre. Small plates to share and lots of seafood from a wonderful chef.
    1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    also in Manhattan Beach I recommend Petros for very good upscale greek food and wonderful homemade deserts with a great patio.

    Petros Restaurant
    451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Further to my note below about La Huasteca, Petro's is also a very good suggestion. The OP noted that they are "staying in Manhattan Beach" which suggests they're visiting from out of town (?) If by chance you're visiting from somewhere with outstanding Greek food (Chicago, Toronto etc.) you'll probably find Petro's nice but nothing really unique. On the other hand, if you're visiting from Houston or Albuquerque, you might prefer Petro's to La Huasteca...

      1. re: Bradbury

        We're coming from Minneapolis. Solid Greek would be great, and the take on Petro's seems to be very positive. Our friends have now indicated a preference for some place close to MB. MB Post looks fun, but I'm concerned it will be packed.

        Petros Restaurant
        451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

        1. re: kevin47

          MB Post will be busy but they've only been open one week so word has not spread everywhere yet... you can make a reservation.

    2. If you'd like to meet (roughly) halfway, I'd suggest La Huasteca. It was already one of LA's premier "nice" Mexican restaurants when Rocio Camacho took over the kitchen last year and, in my recent experience, has gotten even better since.

      La Huasteca
      3150 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

      1. If you are interested in Thai, I would recommend Renu Nakorn in Norwalk which is next to La Mirada.
        They have excellent Sai Oua (Issan spicy and sour sausage), respectable Drunken Noodle with seafood, green Curry and cheap corkage fee ($10 I think. You'd better check.)

        Renu Nakorn Restaurant
        13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

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        1. re: jblee

          I'm actually in town for my college reunion, and we'll be hitting one of my favorites in the Pomona area. I'll be sure to pass along the recommendation to our friends though. There is nothing like a great Thai sausage (cue giggles).

        2. We decided on MB Post. Looking forward to a piece of the midwest, but with better weather. Will post a review.