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  • Fetchin Gretchen Aug 23, 2005 10:56 PM
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Any recommendations for good (I'd even settle for decent) eating on a 4 day business trip in this area- breakfast, lunch, dinner? Won't have time to drive into Pasadena or Burbank. Thanks.

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  1. Sadly, I'm certain this reply is too late to be of assistance to Gretchen. Thought I'd reply anyway, in case anyone searches for Lancaster/Palmdale at some point in the future.

    First, here's a link with information on many (but not all) restaurants in the Antelope Valley area.
    http://www.theav.org/index.htm

    Good Antelope Valley restaurants are few. I should note that nearly ALL of these are in strip malls.

    Mediterranean
    Fresco II, (661) 948-6677, 1983 W Avenue L, Lancaster, CA 93534
    Upscale Italian and Greek. One of the pricier places in the AV, but without a doubt one of the 2 or 3 best romantic dining choices in the area. Excellent service - best in town. Mixed greens salad is yummy - ask for dressing on the side though, it varies but sometimes whoever's pouring has a heavier hand than I care for with the dressing. The Quattro Formaggio is incredible. Friends rave about the steak... I think it's a filet but can't recall for certain. The Greek chicken is fantastic, and my best friend LOVES the bow tie pasta. They have a good selection of wine, beer, and whiskey - probably other alcohol too for that matter. I can't recommend this place highly enough (we love it so much we held our wedding rehearsal dinner there).

    Greek
    Mythos
    661-266-1802
    39340 10th St. West
    Palmdale, CA 93551
    Excellent gyros and gyro plates. Service is excellent. Recently threw my husband's birthday party here, most of our friends hadn't been there before and everyone loved it. One did mention the falafel wasn't very good. Their rice pudding and baklava are both yummy. They have belly dancers typically every Saturday night.

    Japanese
    Tokyo Steak
    Benihana Style
    661-538-1578
    2106 East Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale
    OR
    661-940-5641
    1024 East Avenue K, Lancaster
    We frequently eat here, good sushi, good sesame chicken, love the veggie tempura. Not to die for, but a good staple - consistent. Also fun, the guys who cook for you are always funny and entertaining.

    Uozumi
    Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
    661-274-7777
    38575 6th Street East, Palmdale, CA 93550
    My sushi-eating friends said this was the best sushi they'd ever eaten! The owner gets up every day at 3 AM to drive to LA to buy his sushi. I had the chicken teriyaki - presentation was fantastic and it tasted even better. Also had the mixed tempura (veggie and shrimp) - also wonderful. This is one of those hole-in-the-wall places - tiny place that you'd never expect such amazing food out of... but it's excellent.

    Mahli's Indian Cuisine
    661-945-8008
    2007 West Avenue J, Lancaster, CA
    OR
    39256 10th West, Palmdale, CA
    I haven't eaten here, but I have friends who love it and eat there regularly (once a week). Can't be too bad if they eat there that often!

    Italian
    Tina's Ristorante
    43953 15th Street West, Lancaster, CA
    661-942-9939
    Upscale (well, as upscale as we get in the AV) Italian - i.e. $$$. I've only been here once; the food and service were both excellent. Seemed a lot to pay for dinner in the AV, but then again, it was excellent! I had some chicken dish and several of my friends had the filet mignon and raved. (And admittedly, Fresco II, my favorite, is on about the same price scale.
    )
    American (burgers, etc.)
    Cousins Burgers
    661-948-3536
    2053 W Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93536
    My favorite burger place in town. Diner style. Excellent service, excellent burger and fries. They have a far wider menu, including salads and a variety of other sandwiches. I just love their burger & fries so much I never get anything else! Pricier than fast food - we usually feed two adults for just under $20.

    Katz n' Jammers
    661-945-6646
    44801 North Beech Street
    Lancaster, CA 93534
    Open 7 Days a Week 7am-2pm
    '50s theme place - staple of the AV for many many years. Good food, good prices, and friendly service (sometimes a bit slow at lunchtime because they get so busy).

    Mexican
    There are a plethora of Mexican places in the AV... Here's the two in Lancaster where I enjoy eating

    The Rusten House
    661-942-9025
    43546 N. 20th St. West, Lancaster, CA
    Corner of Avenue K & 20th West)
    Another longtime AV favorite. My parents have been going here for 30 years, it's passed from the parents to the son as owner/operator and he knows us by name (ok well really he knows my mom by name since she's the one who orders and picks up most often).
    Good prices (picked up takeout for 5 adults last week for $38), good food - typical Mexican fare. Service is good but can get a little slow when they are busy. I've been there when they were swamped and the service was super fast though as well. If you stop in and happen to see Ed, tell him Frankye sent you.

    Don Cuco's
    661-945-1048
    1106 W Avenue K, Lancaster, 93534
    Don't eat here often but when I have, the food is great and the service is good. Prices are reasonable too.

    Continental
    Downtown Bistro
    661-948-2253
    858 Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA
    DB's menu changes from time to time. With Fresco II and Tina's, it forms the romantic restaurant trifecta in the AV. Great atmosphere - gotta love a place with trees *inside*. It's also on the pricier side for this area, but I've never had a bad meal there. Service is variable - never bad, but varies from adequate to excellent depending on your server.

    Steak
    Outback Steakhouse
    661-274-9607
    1061 W Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale, 93551 (by the mall)
    Yep, it's a chain... but still one of the better steak places in the area. We have always had great service. A few times the food has been so-so, but we sent it back and it was corrected with no hassle. Got a free dessert a couple of times as a result :) Any place that has Newcastle on tap is good with me!

    Seafood (other than sushi)
    Choices very limited here in the desert!
    Red Lobster
    661-538-9707
    1041 W Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93551 (also by the mall)
    Honestly the only place in town I've had decent seafood! Their rainbow trout is delish, and those hot cheese rolls absolutely kill me because I can eat 5 and still want more. Lobster pizza is our favorite appetizer. They also broil a good lobster tail.

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    1. re: Sandra

      I am surprised that Crazy Otto's was NOT mentioned. It is an Antelope Valley landmark! There are several locations and can be found in any local directory. For over 30 years, it has been at the top of every Lancasterite's palate! They cannot be beat for breakfast and the service is unbeatable, too!

      1. re: Sandra

        Thank you so much for the list. I leave Sunday for three nights and needed something this comprehensive.