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Looking for a restaurant far away

Trying to get ideas for a good, cheap, exciting place far from the Westside. Not cheating on anyone, just want to try a place far from home.

Cost: $60 for 2 people or less, not including drinks.

Location: Echo Park, Downtown, Pasadena, South Bay, maybe the SF Valley or SG Valley, not Orange County.

Food wise, I want a place where a pescarian (fish/seafood eating vegetarian) will have more than one option. Cuisines I'm not interested in: Indian, pizza, Middle Eastern (unless the vegetarian mezze will blow my mind), bbq, Italian, sushi (like it but can get it close by), diner/American (though I recall liking Fred 62) or purely vegetarian/vegan/salad places. I like most Asian cuisines. Am neutral on Mexican or Central American food.

What I really want to try is a place that's exciting with good food. Somewhat unique would also be great. Don't care about decor or service. Dives are fine. This would be on a weekend afternoon if that matters.

Far away restaurants that I've been to: various Indian in Artesia and Renu Nakorn.

Thank you

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Fred 62
1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Renu Nakorn Restaurant
13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

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  1. Mariscos Chente on Imperial Hwy
    Mo-Chica
    Shanghai Restaurant

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

    Mo-Chica
    3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

    4 Replies
    1. re: sushigirlie

      Just read a few reviews of Mariscos Chente - sounds good.

      Where is Shanghai Restaurant?

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

      1. re: SusieGirl7

        fyi

        Mariscos Chente's (about to be renamed Coni'Seafood)

        310-672-2339
        3544 west imperial highway (it is on the southeast corner of W. Imperial hwy and Yukon)
        inglewood ca 90304

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

        1. re: westsidegal

          I really appreciate you tipping me off to chente aka coni's, westsidegal.

          1. re: kevin

            pleasure is all mine.
            ate there last night.
            sergio had some (off-menu) scallops and sea snail.
            delish.

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      1. Manhattan Beach Post (but they don't open till 5pm)

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        Manhattan Beach Post
        1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

        1. Since it seems you know your way to the Artesia area, two others in the same general direction that are worth a try:

          1) Golden Triangle in Whittier (Burmese) for the ginger & tea leaf salad
          2) El Rocoto in Cerritos for the Peruvian ceviche platters

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          Golden Triangle
          7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

          El Rocoto Restaurant
          11433 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

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          1. re: Bradbury

            You've reminded me that Golden Triangle has been on my to do list for a while. I just went to Jasmine Market in Culver City which has Burmese on the weekends and the fish soup was amazing. Seriously amazing.

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            Golden Triangle
            7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

            1. re: SusieGirl7

              For what it's worth, I prefer Yoma in the SGV to both of these restaurants, though Golden Triangle is a close second.

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              Golden Triangle
              7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

              Yoma Restaurant
              713 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA

          2. Babita in SGV - (626) 288-7265 ยท 1823 S San Gabriel Blvd - Oaxacan

            Daichan - (818) 980-8450 11288 Ventura Blvd, #F, Studio City (NOT open Sun) - Japanese

            Both far enuf away and esp. for good for cheaters. Daichan has a couple of "tucked away" tables. Great decor. Even better food.

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            Daichan
            11288 Ventura Blvd Ste F, Studio City, CA 91604

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              1. re: kevin

                Babita is very good but you do need to either enjoy -- or at least tolerate -- intrusive service.

                1. re: Peripatetic

                  You mean where the chef Berelleza comes to your table and chats you up for hour upon hours. ?

                  1. re: kevin

                    If that was the end of it, it would be mostly ok. The hostess, Elba (aka Mrs Berrelleza) kept encouraging us to order more than we wanted (we were having a light early dinner) and came by often to remind us how good everything was. And yes, the food is indeed very good, but when you're dealt with as if your previous experience of Mexican cuisine is limited to visits to El Torito, it detracts from the enjoyment.

                    We were first-time customers and only one of two tables at the time, so I can understand why they were so . . . interactive. I'm sure if you're a regular they're a bit more relaxed.

              2. re: Kitchen Queen

                Will look all these up. Not sure my dining companion will travel for Japanese food but will research. Thank you