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Mar 3, 2013 10:22 AM

Relocated from Venice to Whittier

Hi all you greater LA foodies! I recently relocated from Venice Beach to Whittier. I am stressing about food related options over here after doing extensive searches and not finding places to eat and shop. I have been living on healthy, mostly local, sustainable farming produce, etc.. This is generally also embraced by restaurant in the west side and other LA neighborhoods (that I am spoiled by). Now that I'm about an hour away from all that, I am wondering if there are any suggestion as to how I can find the few gems that I'm sure exist in Whittier and surrounding areas. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Let me preface this rec by stating that I've never eaten in Whittier, but have put this place on my "To Try" list if I am around the area. Whittier doesn't appear on this board much, but I remember Bizzara Capital getting a fair amount of play on this board and elsewhere when they first opened, but haven't seen much lately. Here's a couple of paragraphs from J. Gold's write up in June of last year:

    "Bizarra Capital is a Mexican-flavored gastropub, the newest project of Ricardo Diaz, who is also behind the sandwich place Cooks Tortas in Monterey Park, the spectacular taqueria Guisados in Boyle Heights and the cevicheria Dorados in Monterey Park, all key restaurants in the evolution of Eastside Mexican cooking. Diaz's family owns a chain of Mexican seafood houses, and Bizarra Capital, named for an allegorical poem by the symbolist poet Ramon Lopez Velarde, is barely disguised from its origins as an El Siete Mares, which is to say, a faintly nauticalized coffee shop.

    The restaurant has the names of its specialties painted on its windows — "Mole, Capirotada, Guacamole," rendered in the elegant, blocky letters a Parisian brasserie might use to advertise its oysters — and a bar stocked with top-shelf tequilas and mezcals that go for about half the price you'd pay on the Westside. There are about a dozen beers on tap, including craft ales from the likes of Cismontane and Allagash as well as the Mexican brews you'd expect."

    I hope it might be a good start. Talking with others there might open up other recs as well...

    Edit: Here's the link to the full article if you're interested:

    1. My favorite place out there is golden triangle - a Burmese restaurant. You're lucky to have a legit Burmese place nearby, I live in irvine and gt is the closest one to me. Good Burmese is a rare find.

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      1. re: BrewNChow

        +1 re. Golden Triangle. I lived in Whittier during my first 34 years and spent my first seven married years there; once we discovered the Triangle a bit more than two decades ago, we knew we had a keeper.

        I know I'm going to be sliced, diced and pureed for this next rec, but my husband and I love Jack's as a solid option for super-traditional comfort fare. Sure, its menu offerings won't push the envelope for culinary creativity nor finesse: a half roasted chicken and mashed potatoes topped with hearty chicken gravy, as well as fried chicken and pork roast entrees. It's not a bit fancy, and I doubt if anyone but yours truly will give it a happy thumbs-up, but there are times that nothing but old-time dinners will do -- and Jack's more than fills the bill for accomplishing that task. :)

        Neighbor city La Habra includes The Cat and the Custard Cup; it's a sold and dependable option for your nicer dinners. LH also has CH favorite El Taco Nazo (haven't been there yet but plan to do so soon), as well as a long-established Claro's Italian Market; I'm an unabashed fan of the handmade three-salami sub available as a custom deli item. Finally, across the street from Taco Nazo is a Costco with an open-air food court; go there whenever your next craving for a Polish dog hits.

        BTW, you'll find Dal Rae in Pico Rivera, a burg that neighbors Whittier.

        Golden Triangle
        7011 Greenleaf Ave
        Whittier, CA 90602
        (562) 945-6778

        Jack's Whittier Restaurant
        13221 Whittier Blvd
        Whittier, CA 90602
        (562) 693-8713

        The Cat & Custard Cup
        800 E Whittier Blvd
        La Habra, CA 90631
        (562) 694-3812

        El Taco Nazo
        121 S Beach Blvd
        La Habra, CA 90631
        (562) 690-8078

        Claro's Italian Market
        101 W Whittier Blvd
        La Habra, CA 90631
        (562) 690-2844

        Costco/La Habra
        103 N Beach Blvd
        La Habra, CA 90631

        Dal Rae
        9023 Washington Blvd
        Pico Rivera, CA 90660
        (562) 949-2444


      2. Well, that's sort of a culture shock.

        That's like going from driving a Prius all your life to a '69 Mustang.

        You might give this place a try.

        1. While it won't change your life I would be remiss in not pointing out that you have moved to the land of the "Puffy Taco" and should take advantage of that fact...

          You are also close to one of my all time favorite "old school" restaurants, the Dal Rae:

          If you like fish tacos not too far to sample the ones at Baja Ensenada:

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          1. re: Servorg

            I love those puffy tacos with the smooth piccadillo (sp?). Great stuff, Tex-Mex at it's finest hour.

            1. re: kevin

              Thanks man.

              Wow, my report is only from months ago, yet I hadn't been in years.

          2. I think you're pretty close to Portillos, yum! And you are also close to...Pollys Pies! I know, but before you roll your eyes, they have this Backburner soup that is my absolute favorite soup in the world, its a thick beef-based broth with pasta shells and kidney beans...but you MUST eat it by dipping your buttered dinner roll in it! I still get sad when I drive by the old Santa Monica location (now a Panera).