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Hi folks,

I've seen a couple of older queries on here for people passing through the area... Thought I'd start a thread for this in hopes that folks will do a search if the need the information in the future.

-Sandra

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.
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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. Nice list. I drive through a couple times a year and am often there around lunch time. Any Thai places you recommend?

    3 Replies
    1. re: Tom Hall

      Hi Tom! I don't know of any Thai places off hand, but I will ask some friends who are more adventurous in their eating practices and post back with their recs.

      -Sandra

      1. re: Tom Hall

        Ok Tom, here you go, from my friend Jackie:

        "Salatip restaurant (formerly Thai Garden) in the plaza on 20th W & K (sorta behind Denny's). We eat there AT LEAST 1x a week. They have the bext kungpao chicken ever."

        Thai Garden Restaurant
        (661) 948-0522
        2011 W Avenue K
        Lancaster, CA 93536

        1. re: Tom Hall

          The Thai (Downtown Lancaster -- I think Sierra Hwy and Milling right on the corner) is a hidden gem. They're located near downtown in one of the few remaining brick buildings. My husband loves their curries and I feel warm all over thinking about their very delicate chicken-coconut-lemongrass soup. They're perfect for a week day lunch. But I'd call ahead to see about their hours for dinner/lunch on the weekends (I've been disappointed more than once.)

          Salatip Garden is also pretty good. My restaurant snob sister from San Francisco said their spinach in peanut sauce is the best she's ever had. I love their spring rolls. Their menu includes some Chinese and more Vietnamese items.

          44759 Sierra Hwy, Lancaster, (661) 948-6464

        2. I have to second everything on Sandra's list. And here's another one:

          Bakery Express Cafe -- Once you get over the this-has-to-be-a-mistranslated name, it is a wonderful restaurant. It is the only place where you I've had cream of carrot soup in the Antelope Valley. The food is carefully prepared. The menu changes every time I'm in, but everything I've had here is good. The desserts especially -- the creme brulee is delish, but the chocolate souffle is out of this world!

          Bakery Express Cafe
          2315 E Palmdale Blvd # B
          Palmdale, CA 93550
          (661) 267-2233
          www.bakeryexpresscafe.com

          1. Nice list, appreciate it, Lancaster/Palmdale has always seemed devoid of any presence on ths board.

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              1. Not quiet AV it's in Agua Dulce/Sanat Clarita. It's Le Chene Pricey but very good and very charming.

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                Le Chene French Cuisine
                12625 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390