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We just moved to the Cerritos/Norwalk/Downey area. It's a cess-poll of chains. I know that Asian/Indian cuisine is prominent in the area, but I'm just not feeling any of that tonight. Willing to try anything else. Price point is anything up to $50 - $75 per person. A bar with drinks would be good, too. We're looking to try something new, and am willing to drive to south Orange County or up to downtown LA, if there's something really great.

In the area, we've been to Marino's in Bellflower, Off-Street Cafe in Artesia, TAPS in Brea, and Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos. Please help!

Thanks!

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  1. You said no Asian, so I assume that means no Thai (Renu Nakorn). Have you considered Anticuchería Danessi (Peruvian) in Norwalk? Kentro Greek Kitchen in Fullerton?

    If you really meant it when you said south OC, what about trying to nab a res at Sol del Sur? Gabbi's Mexican in the Orange Circle? La Huasteca? La Casita Mexicana? Il Garage in Stanton?

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    La Casita Mexicana
    4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

    La Huasteca
    3150 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I'm a fan on Renu Nakorn. And FYI, we tried Kentro Greek in Fullerton. Super yum! Thanks. We'll have to make it a point to go through your list of recs. Thanks, DU!

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      Renu Nakorn Restaurant
      13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

      1. re: lapizzamaven

        I haven't been to the one in Hollywood, yet! ;) Feels wrong to hit Newport before Hollywood.

      2. Look at the Haven Gastropub near the Orange Circle, or even Felix Continental Cafe, actually on the circle.

        El Rocoto is good Peruvian near Cerritos, there is an old school Italian place in La Palma, Aroma Ristorante Trattoria. It is your basic Southern Italian place, but pretty good.

        Depending on how far you consider north county, Downtown Disney has a couple of decent places, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen and Joachim Splichal of Patina has Catal there. Napa Rose does a nice job as well especially at their Chef's Table.

        And for lunch (when you need it) there is a Porto's Bakery (Cuban) in Downey.

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        Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
        1590 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

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

        Porto's Bakery
        315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

        Felix Continental Cafe
        36 Plaza Sq, Orange, CA 92866

        El Rocoto Restaurant
        11433 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

        Haven Gastropub
        190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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        1. re: scottca075

          More to add to the list...I've been to El Rocoto, and can't remember if I enjoyed it as much as other Peruvian places. We like the Jazz Kitchen for lunch...the blue cheese burger is really nice, but they've taken it off the menu. I'm a fan of the chicharrones from Catal. And Napa Rose is still on my list to try...perhaps I should.
          And Porto's has been a once a month staple since we moved back into the area after a long absence.
          Thanks!

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

          El Rocoto
          1356 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

        2. Michaels in the Naples section of Long Beach. Great Italian. Good reviews ares spot on. (cant link)

          El Pollo Imperial off the 91 at Atlantic - best rotisserie chicken in town, good Peruvian food.
          Some good Korean BBQ in Haw. Garden/Cerritos area. Youll have to explore
          Benley's in N. Long Beach - Nice sit down VN kitchen that is very consistent.
          Enriques in Long Beach - Great Mexican - see reviews.

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          Enrique's
          6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

          Benley, a vietnamese kitchen
          8191 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808

          El Pollo Imperial
          5991 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805