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Civil Bear Jan 21, 2013 02:08 PM

Hi All-

I will be travelling from SF to Escondido and was hoping I could get some lunch recs while passing through on I-5. Preferably something that isn't done as well in the SF bay area, such as deli, cheep but good Chinese, Korean, Thai, etc. Open to almost anything along I-5 without a white tablecloth except Mexican.

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  1. Servorg RE: Civil Bear Jan 21, 2013 02:20 PM

    As long as it's not a Sunday it's a short detour off the 5 to Langer's and their wonderful pastrami http://www.langersdeli.com/

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    1. re: Servorg
      wienermobile RE: Servorg Jan 21, 2013 02:27 PM

      +1 for Langer's Deli, the best pastrami & rye on earth. Just a few miles west of downtown Los Angeles. Also they do close at 4pm.

    2. scottca075 RE: Civil Bear Jan 21, 2013 02:48 PM

      I think Langer's is too big a detour.

      Cheap, okay Korean, Seoul Garden off Red Hill Ave in Tustin.

      Cheap, great Chinese, Yu's Garden & AJ's in Irvine at the 5 & Jeffrey.

      Cheap good Taiwanese in the same center, Liang's Kitchen.

      BUT, depending on the day of the week and time of day I would not use the 5 Freeway to get to Escondido.

      I'd take the 210 Cutoff as you come out of the Grapevine and take the 210 to the 15 Freeway south to Escondido....

      And using the 210 instead opens up amazing Chinese options in the San Gabriel Valley.

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        ebethsdad RE: scottca075 Jan 21, 2013 04:11 PM

        I definitely agree the 210 to the 15 is a much better route.

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          Dirtywextraolives RE: ebethsdad Jan 21, 2013 08:49 PM

          +2 on taking the 15.

        2. re: scottca075
          Civil Bear RE: scottca075 Jan 21, 2013 10:22 PM

          Okay, as much as I've always wanted to try Langer's, I'm sold on the 210 to 15 if it is a better route around lunchtime. Are any of those amazing Chinese options close to the freeway?

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            Bradbury RE: Civil Bear Jan 21, 2013 10:37 PM

            210 to 57 to 71 to 15 is even faster, and lets you hit Din Tai Fung or 101 Noodle (both Arcadia) for lunch, Mother Moo (Sierra Madre) or Donut Man (Glendora) for dessert, and Dripp (Chino Hills) for fine coffee.

            [and yes I know you're not exactly hurting for fine coffee in SF, but you'll need something to get you past that carbohydrate crash...]

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              Civil Bear RE: Bradbury Jan 22, 2013 11:40 AM

              Both places sound great!. Are their any particulary unusual or outstanding items to choose from for a SF hound? I'm a fan of good dan dan mein wich can be hard to find up here.

              1. re: Civil Bear
                Servorg RE: Civil Bear Jan 22, 2013 11:45 AM

                "I'm a fan of good dan dan mein..."


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                  Bradbury RE: Civil Bear Jan 22, 2013 02:16 PM

                  Nothing *really* unusual, but here's what I'd suggest...

                  Din Tai Fung: juicy pork dumplings (xiao long bao), pork chop fried rice, green beans w/ garlic, cold tofu/sprouts appetizer, Shanghai rice cakes, black sesame dumplings (not on menu, but available)

                  101 Noodle: beef roll, oxtail & hand-torn noodle soup, shrimp&spinach dumplings, scallion pancakes

                  Mother's Moo: anything, really, though for a limited time now she has medlar ice cream (Persian winter fruit only grown commercially on 1 or 2 farms in CA)

                  Donut Man: tiger's tail, apple fritter (if fresh), maple cruller

                  Dripp: Turkish coffee

                  1. re: Civil Bear
                    ipsedixit RE: Civil Bear Jan 22, 2013 07:57 PM

                    I would skip DTF. There are plenty, and better, XLB options up in SF.

                    Instead, I would head over to Chang's Garden since you want Dan Dan Mein as they probably make the best iteration of that dish near the route you are taking. (Lucky Noodle King probably does make one of the better renditions of Dan Dan Mein, but it's too out of the way for you.)

                    And in that same strip mall (with DTF and Chang's Garden), I would also stop by Sin Ba La, even if you don't eat in, you should pick up some of their housemade sausages to-go.

                    A bit west of that plaza is Duo-Pot, which is another good place for lunch. A chinese hot pot restaurant, but if order correctly, noodles and Sichuan dry pot, you could probably make a pretty decent ghetto Dan Dan Mien.

                    Also, right off the 210 is Zelo Pizza, worth a stop.

                    In addition to Mother Moo for ice cream, consider also Bulgarini for some gelato.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Civil Bear RE: ipsedixit Jan 23, 2013 09:51 AM

                      Thanks for the suggestions. Too bad Lucky Noodle King is out of the way as their website looks awesome.

                      Re: Chang's Garden, I am having a hard time finding much info on it. A Yelper referred to it as formal. Is this the case? I am hoping to find a casual place where we can get in & out relatively cheaply.

                      I will be travelling with my wife, son, and mother, the latter of which loves Chinese food but her exposure is limited to the American/Cantonese standards (walnut prawns, kung pow chicken, etc.). It would be ideal to have her able to try more Sichuan or Shanghai dishes. I'm thinking XLB, dan dan mein or Shanghai fried rice cakes, and a spicy whole fish dish among others.

              2. re: scottca075
                Searching4Dunny RE: scottca075 Jan 21, 2013 10:29 PM

                I would trade Seoul Garden for Shik Do Rak off the 5 at Jeffrey in Irvine. Not AYCE buffet style like Seoul Garden but SDR's meat quality is much higher.

                Additionally, the 5 will be more scenic IMO than the 15 but you will miss out on the aforementioned Chinese options off the 210.

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                DWB RE: Civil Bear Jan 22, 2013 03:36 PM

                Renu Nakorn Thai

                13019 E. Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 105
                Norwalk, CA 90650

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                  Jase RE: DWB Jan 22, 2013 09:35 PM

                  Have you been recently? My last few experiences and several others here on the board indicate this place has gone severely downhill since it's heyday.

                2. Civil Bear RE: Civil Bear Jan 25, 2013 09:06 AM

                  Thanks all. We ended up at DTF and had a very nice meal. Although the food was good, what really stood out was the friendly service. I would highly recommend this place to anyone passing through.

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                    foodiemahoodie RE: Civil Bear Jan 25, 2013 09:28 AM

                    Well, Coni'Seafood fits the requirement except that is it Mexican. But it isn't typical Mexican (tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc) - it is Mexican seafood, with a heavy emphasis on ceviche.

                    3544 W Imperial Hwy
                    Inglewood, CA 90303
                    (310) 672-2339

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