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Stops along the 405 West LA to Irvine

I just started a new job that has me going from West LA down the 405 to the 22 then to Irvine near the 5. Anything right off the freeway worth stopping for? I'm looking for < $10 and I'm willing to try any cuisine but my favorites are Mexican/Chinese/Vietnamese.

Also, any Indian? This area is entirely new to me and I'm very excited to explore and will report back!

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  1. "Also, any Indian?"

    Both Al-Noor http://www.alnoor-restaurant.net/ and Al Watan http://www.alwatanrestaurant.com/ are just off the 405 Freeway, a little south of LAX, in very close proximity to each other (maybe one mile apart?) on Inglewood Ave. in Lawdale serving Indian/Pakistani style "halal" food.

    If you don't mind a jog onto the 105 Freeway on your drive to and from Irvine then Coni' Seafood, a place that features seafood from Nayarit and Sinaloa Mexico, is an absolute MUST try. You should read this review by one of the LA board regulars, Mr. Taster, to both whet your appetite and find out which dishes are high on the "stellar" taste curve http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8569...

    For location and photos of Coni' Seafood check out Yelp here http://www.yelp.com/biz/coniseafood-i...

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    1. re: Servorg

      Coni times a 100. Place is amazing. Aguachiles are perfect.

      1. re: Servorg

        Al Noor is highly recommended and don't miss their garlic Naan.

        1. re: Servorg

          Coni' Seafood has been on my list for a loooooong time, just never had a reason to make it out there! Thanks for the headsup, now I have an excuse to go yay.

        2. Stops along the 405 West LA to Irvine

          Yes, you will.

          Over and over again.

          1. At the Jeffrey exit of the 5, right off the freeway at Jeffrey and Walnut are 2 shopping centers on each side of Walnut for all kinds of Chinese restaurants as well as a 99 Ranch Market. I like S.W. Seafood for Cantonese and 101 Noodle Express for Northern Chinese.

            1. Good neighborhood Vietnamese at Saigon Dish in Lawndale right off the 405, truly the kind of place were the owner knows everyone's name even if you've only been there once.

              1. Brodards in Garden Grove.

                1. Newport can tang seafood Santa Ana

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                  1. re: jessejames

                    Is this related to the Newport seafood in San Gabriel?

                    1. re: luosanjee

                      Maybe some point not now.
                      Better. House lobster but not ten bucks.

                  2. For dessert, get pie at Bake -n- Broil at 3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, a few blocks north of the Atlantic off ramp at 37th St. You can park in the church lot across the street except on Sundays.

                    Ask to see the pie list. Sometimes there are cream cakes; those are good.

                    I also like the sour cream pecan coffee cake (not available every day) and the lemon muffins. Skip the blueberry muffins. Mr. susans is a fan of the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I'm not a frosting fan, so can't say a lot about it.

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                    1. re: susans

                      Yum, guess I shouldn't have bought that berry tart at TJs today, should have got a slice at this place. I'll keep it in mind next time I get a sweets craving.

                    2. Off the Brookhurst exit there is strip mall (surprise) which houses Ban Mi Che Cali and Afters.

                      BMCC has buy 2 get 1 free bahn mi. It comes out to around $5.50 to $6 depending on your choice of meat.

                      Afters is a new ice cream place that has been getting a lot of press. They take frosted donuts, cut them in half and put a scoop of ice cream. It's wrapped up and you devour it. The milky bun is actually very delicious and messy. The almond cookie flavor and Vietnamese coffee were both excellent. The lines are out of control on the weekends and at night.

                      1. Super Antojitos
                        Vien Dong

                        1. Jalapenos
                          In the shopping center at the corner of Harvard and Alton Parkway in Irvine.