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We rented a house for 5 days in La Habra..we will be hitting Disney with the grandkiddos. They are good and adventurous eaters..as we are. We love really authentic mexican, thai, sushi, vietnamese, etc. Is there any hope for us in or near La Habra?

Is there a place in LA area that we absolutely should not miss? Not looking at fine dining...we will be with kids.

Is the Chicken Box in La Habra any good??

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  1. Mario's Peruvian

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    Mario's Peruvian
    15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

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    1. You're close enough that you should definitely go for Chinese.
      There are a myriad of options in the San Gabriel Valley cities best known for this - San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Alhambra, Rosemead, etc. If you search the board for these cities, you'll get plenty of ideas and they're all very affordable and kid-friendly.

      1. El Taco Nazo is on Beach Blvd. just south of La Habra Blvd. Good fish and shrimp tacos (I think the shrimp tacos are better than the fish.) Arturo's Puffy Taco is just across the line into Whittier.

        Molcasalsa is a good general Mex-American place in La Habra, and there's Moro's, which is good Cuban, on Harbor almost as far north as you can go and still be in La Habra.

        Thai is better near Disneyland—search for Thai Nakorn—and also Disneyland is not far from Little Saigon. There's not much Vietnamese up in La Habra. As you head south on Beach you get into Orange County's ever-expanding Koreatown, so you may see signs for pho, but it's Korean-owned pho and made for Korean tastes, not Vietnamese.

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        Arturo's Puffy Taco
        15693 Leffingwell Rd, Whittier, CA 90604

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Damn, I almost forgot about Arturo's Home of the Puffy Taco. I really like that place, though I usually don't end up in Whittier that frequently. Those tacos are addictive though you will be completely spent for the rest of the day. It reminds of Tex-Mex cuisine, especially with regards to their sauce-drenched enchiladas.

          I'll also have to hit up Thai Nakorn. Is Thai Nakorn better than Renu Nakorn in your opinion (in fact did Renu Nakorn in Norwalk open up again and is still next door to a working dairy?)

          Thanks.

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

          Renu Nakorn Restaurant
          13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

          1. re: kevin

            I like Thai Nakorn and Renu Nakorn equally. Renu Nakorn opened up in a boring strip mall multiple years ago.

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

            Renu Nakorn Restaurant
            13019 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

            1. re: kevin

              Arturo's and Thai Nakorn are on the list!!! Thanks!

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

            2. Chicken Box is great. The broasted chicken has amazing juiciness and flavor. The mashed potatoes and gravy are a good upgrade.

              Claro's is an Italian market that makes great sandwiches. Try the Alpino salami, it has a hint of proscuitto in it. Amazing. They have a lot of good pre-made raviolis and lasagnas that might be good since you have kids if you cook at the rented house.

              Moros Cuban Restaurant is not to be missed. Cubano sandwich is amazing with their fries. The empenadas come 3 to an order. Chicken is better than beef. Make sure to ask for the spicy sauce. The roasted pork and crispy snapper plates are our favorites entrees. Both come with dirty rice and plantains. The agua fresca (Moros daily fruit water) is refreshing. They give free refills. Good for kids.

              If you go over the hill (either Fullerton or Hacienda) there is a treasure trove of Chinese and Korean food waiting for you in Rowland Heights. Very large population of Asians in this area due to the presence of a Buddhist temple. Some of my favorites
              - Earthen for house special chicken, green onion pancake, spicy garlic fried shrimp and fried potstickers.
              - Noodle House for steamed buns, dumplings and soups
              - New Garden for jja jiang mein, spicy seafood noodle soup, sweet and sour pork, steamed rolls and other specialties.

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              1. re: js76wisco

                Second the suggestion on Chicken Box. Call at least 30 minutes in advance since it's cooked to order. The Monday special is a good dea (available any day for a small markup from Monday's rock bottom price). The Claro's suggestion is excellent as well for a quick sandwich or if you want to cook Italian. GBurger is also pretty good for burgers if you want something local. Lots of the other suggestions for Asian are right on if you don't mind driving for a little way.

                1. re: stuffed

                  I like Chicken Box in La Habra too, and they serve blueberry juice there and I believe pickled watermelon rind.

                  And there chicken is broasted chicken, though not fried, if that helps matters.

                  Sadly, though, I haven't been to Chicken Box in ages.

                  1. re: stuffed

                    Added to my list. Thanks a lot!!! Claro's and Chicken Box.

                  2. re: js76wisco

                    My husband loves cuban sandwiches...real ones! New Garden for that spicy seafood noodle soup! Thanks!!

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                    New Garden Restaurant
                    18740 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

                    1. Agree w/ the Taco Nazo rec. Cheap, good eats in casual atmosphere. Unless get the crema on the side, try not to get to go as it'll get soggy/messy.

                      If lucky, Kogibbq truck rolls thru the area once in a while (more often in nearby Fullerton). If lines aren't long, worth a try for Korean-Mex fusion. kogibbq.com

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                      Taco Nazo
                      1267 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA 91789

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                      1. Golden Triangle in uptown Whittier for Thai/Burmese.

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                        Golden Triangle
                        7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

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                          1. P.S. See my recent review of Bruxie in Brea, perfect for kidlets!

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                            1. re: Funwithfood

                              Great call. Bruxie is great for kids. Went there at 11:30 on Saturday morning and there was already a line out the door in the rain.