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Anaheim and Hawthrone help for travelling family

We are headed to CA with our two preschoolers (great eaters). Have no interest in eating at Disney. Looking for some dinner recs in Anaheim, or within a 15-20 minute drive. Also need one dinner near Hawthorne for our last night...we are staying in a hotel right near the airport for convenience.

So far I've come across for Anaheim: Cortinas, Rufinos, Baci, Doner Turkish, Blakes BBQ, La Palma Chicken Pie Shop, The Mad Greek

And for Hawthorne I was thinking about Indian's Tandoori. But we'll also be close to Manhattan Beach...is there anything over there?

The two boys are great eaters and usually well behaved. However, I'm sure they'll be tired with the jet lag and fun in the parks/sun. So I'd like to avoid higher end dining. We do go around 5pm though, so we get out of there before the date crowd enters.

So am I finding good options? Or do I need to look elsewhere for dining?

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  1. In the Hawthorne area Indian's Tandoori is good but Al Noor next door in Lawndale is even better, I like El Pollo Inka and Saigon Dish both in Lawndale In El Segundo you have The Counter for burgers, The Veggie Grill and Sammy's Woodfire Pizza. In Manhattan Beach there is Mama's D's Italian Kitchen (very kid friendly) plus the beach and pier are one block away, Tin Roof Bistro in the Manhattan Village Mall, Houston's, Il Fornaio, the very casual North End Cafe and The Kettle (a 24 hour coffee shop and diner). Welcome to LA.

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    Al Noor
    15112 Inglewood Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

    Saigon Dish
    15725 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 108, Lawndale, CA 90260

    Kettle
    1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    El Pollo Inka
    15400 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260

    Il Fornaio
    1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Veggie Grill
    720 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

    Houston's Restaurant
    1550 Rosecrans Ave Ste A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Mama D's Italian
    1125 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Tin Roof Bistro
    3500 Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    North End Cafe
    3713 Highland Ave Ste 1, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    1. Don't go to the Mad Greek. It's disgusting. La Palma Chicken Pie Shop is just okay. Swap in Los Chilangos and Prime Cut Cafe instead.

      1. Thanks! Keep the help coming!

        weinermobile- I think Kettle looks like a great option for our last night. Great menu for the kids, casual, and then we can hang out near the beach for a while before heading back to the hotel.

        ubergeek - thanks for the tips. i was concerned about how cheap mad greek is and whether or not it was any good. i'll check out those two you mentioned now.

        1. Decided on OC Poultry and Rotisserie for our first night in Anaheim. No idea how I found that place....figure we can get the boys a rotisserie chicken and have leftovers for lunch the next day (sandwiches!).

          And definitely The Kettle on our last night.

          Now to fill in the blanks.

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          1. re: rizzo0904

            OC Poultry is great. They have lots of sandwiches (the chicken is best, obviously) and they have rice with shredded chicken, vegetables, and fried shallots, soups. It's totally a hole-in-the-wall but the kids can take it over.

            Just don't go to the pho shop next door. I mean it, don't, it's awful.

            Around the corner, just a building or two up State College from Ball Road, is Natural, a Mexican ice-cream-and-fruit store. It's fantastic.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              yah, i see a strawberry and creme in my future...

              1. re: rizzo0904

                I also recommend an escamocha if you want a fruit salad, or a biĆ³nico.

            2. re: rizzo0904

              I would strongly suggest skipping The Kettle, where the food and service are mediocre, at best. Go for Mama D's instead

              1. re: coleberd

                okay, will do! thanks! i was debating between the two...

            3. If your great eaters haven't already seen this, they might like the cotton candy dessert at Sammy's Woodfire Pizza (Rosecrans & Sepulveda). It comes to the table on a platter, a huge mound of colored spun sugar. (Something to tell their friends about.)

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              1. re: vickie2172

                omg, i'm imagining the sugar high now!

              2. Avoid the Chicken Pie Shop and Made Greek.