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Birdieyumyum Apr 30, 2011 02:45 PM

Going to the forum in Inglewood tonight but want to stop for a great dinner before. Looking for some suggestions for places between Long Beach and Inglewood. We love authentic Japanese places -- sushi or noodle houses, Mexican food, Brazilian, Cuban, American, etc. Would love some advice. Thank you!

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noodle house
46 W Las Tunas Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007

  1. Servorg Apr 30, 2011 04:22 PM

    You might take the opportunity to give one of the more brilliant and creative Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles a try. La Huasteca. Pretty much right on your way to Inglewood.

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    La Huasteca
    3150 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

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      bulavinaka Apr 30, 2011 03:07 PM

      I guess you can consider Torrance to be between Long Beach and Inglewood. Lots of Japanese choices there. Torihei would be my first choice - they're a yakitori/oden place that does a lot of other small dishes very well. I think they open at 5:30PM for dinner service - I'd rec calling to confirm their opening time and make reservations. I don't know what time your event starts at The Forum - you could be cutting it close by having dinner in Torrance and trying to jet over to The Forum's parking lot, park, and make the show.

      If you're up for excellent Mexican seafood, I'd pick Mariscos Chente on Imperial Highway in Inglewood. This would put you closer to your venue, and the food is excellent. The preeminent expert on this place is poster westsidegal. I'm hoping she will respond to my post and give you more detail as to what would be an ideal meal there. Regardless, order the pescado zerandeado.

      Mariscos Chente
      3544 W Imperial Hwy
      Inglewood, CA 90303
      (310) 672-2339

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      Torihei
      1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

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        Birdieyumyum Apr 30, 2011 03:20 PM

        Mexican seafood sounds perfect. Will look up both the places you recommended. Many thank you's!

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          bulavinaka Apr 30, 2011 03:26 PM

          Not to complicate choices, but I forgot that you mentioned noodles. For Japanese noodles, ramen is the most numerously represented around the South Bay area. Asa and Mottainai in Gardena, Yamadaya in Torrance, and Eboshi in Lomita are pretty easy places to drop in for ramen if you go early.

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          Eboshi Noodle Bar
          2383 Lomita Blvd Ste 116, Lomita, CA 90717

          Asa Ramen
          18202 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90248

          Ramen Mottainai
          1630 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite #9, Gardena, CA 90247

          Ramen Yamadaya
          3118 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504

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            Birdieyumyum Apr 30, 2011 04:11 PM

            Will be following up on these recs immediately. This is wonderful, and we're so excited about Mariscos Chente!

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            Mariscos Chente
            4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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              wienermobile Apr 30, 2011 04:27 PM

              Ramen Mottainai is so good. Love that flavor bomb.

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              Ramen Mottainai
              1630 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite #9, Gardena, CA 90247

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                bulavinaka Apr 30, 2011 04:41 PM

                I've only ordered the Sapporo Lover (miso) ramen which is super flavorful to me. Thus, I've never ordered the appropriate flavor bomb for it (I think it's called the white bomb) - too scared that my heart would seize half way through my slurping and I'd do a face plant directly into my bowl of ramen... My hat is off to you for being a bolder and braver soul than me!

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            westsidegal Apr 30, 2011 03:21 PM

            the wonderful thing about the inglewood location is that with sergio doing the cooking, virtually everything on the extensive menu is excellent.
            when i take groups of newbies there i alway order a MOJARRA FRITTA for the table.
            if the group is large enough i add a pescado zarandeado for the table as well, then make the others in the group pick out some cooked shrimp dishes to try.

            although the ceviche is one of my personal favorites, the texture is not what most americans associate with the dish--it is made to order and the shrimp gets less time to be 'cooked' by the lime juice than most american renditions of this dish, so i save this dish for my personal meal or for people who are open to being a little experimental.

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              bulavinaka Apr 30, 2011 03:27 PM

              Hi westsidegal, thanks for the recs - you're the best!

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                Birdieyumyum Apr 30, 2011 04:10 PM

                Love the suggestions on what to order. This place is perfect for us.

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