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Recommendations in Artesia or Cerritos?

Ambala Dhaba in Artesia is very good. From what I've read here, there's an older location (18413) also on Pioneer, but the restaurant (vs. lunch counter) is at 17631 Pioneer, in the shopping center with the Little India market. The food is fantastic, service is really friendly and warm and the atmosphere is casual while still having some style. The water feaure, with a fountain/fall on one wall feeding a little stream under plexi beneath you feet, and the groovy decor, with tiny little mirrors set in the stucco in beautiful patterns, is worth the visit anyway.

Feb 07, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area

Cheap, yummy lunch in Canoga Pk. Any suggestions?

Hey, thanks everyone! Gorikee is definitely next week's destination but now I'm going to have some hard choices the next few visits. The list I'm compiling looks awfully tasty and I'm looking forward to having a good mix of options in the Valley again. Thank goodness they're a good client and I'll have to see them pretty regularly.

Feb 07, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area

Cheap, yummy lunch in Canoga Pk. Any suggestions?

Mmmmmmm ... garlic! Speed be damned when garlic is involved. Thanks for the rec.

And thanks too for the food court suggestion. I'm always inclined to assume them pits of food despair unless someone tells me otherwise and I'll be in CP often enough to want a good handfull of options.

Feb 07, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area

Ambala Dhaba on Pioneer - expanded?

The Boss & I stopped into the new Ambala Dhaba while picking up some pantry needs at the Little India Market. I can see why it is so highly recommended here. We could not resist ordering the same main course, since we're both huge freaks for goat curry, and were, in the end, a little bummed out to have not sampled more of their menu. Everything we had was superb and the atmosphere was relaxed, warm and cozy with fun elements like the water feature and Bollywood movies playing. We'll definitely be going back soon. It's some the best Indian we've had since moving back to SoCal.

Feb 07, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area

Cheap, yummy lunch in Canoga Pk. Any suggestions?

I'm visiting a new customer in Canoga Park next week, have spent no time in that area and am looking for a place to pop in for a cheap, relatively quick lunch. My general preferences tend toward hole-in-the-wall sort of places for the tasty and exotic (well, not run of the mill American stuff, anyway), but I'm also a back-easter so any pretty good NY-variety deli or pizza would be great too. I'll be on Canoga between Nordhoff & Roscoe so recommendations in that general vicinity are most appreciated.

Thanks all!

Feb 07, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area

Huntington Beach

Frankly, I wouldn't even feed our cats much of anything from around the pier tourist vortex. With the exception of Wahoo's, the food situation down there is sad. But if you go a bit outside the designed-for-wallet-drain area, there's some great places to eat. North on PCH, there's Daimon Sushi (next to the 777 motel), which is a groovy hang too. Bukhara on Edinger is quite good as well. I also have to second Rombi's; it's excellent. Then there's very good Szechuan at Ruby Palace (on Beach S. of Talbert). Unfortunately, most folks from outside the area, like azhotdish, never make it far enough beyond PCH & Main to find the good food in HB. The HB Pier is good for walking but for gods' sake don't try to eat there!

Jan 27, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area

The Ubergeeks are moving to north OC!

Ditto on Ye Olde Ship and Rutabegorz (Don't forget their yummy, yummy coffees too!).

Also, if you feel the Italian or pizza jones come on, Angelo & Vinci's sounds like it would be up your alley. Fun, festive and totally casual with great food and pizza a native Jersey girl can feel good about eating. I haven't lived in NOC for a while but still trek from HB for A&V's.

Jan 26, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area

Which LA/OC grocery chain is best?

I've heard good things about Northgate from friends who shop there and have read lots of good feedback about Altayebat (a Halal market on Brookhurst @ Ball). We'll be heading there soon, so I'll pop up a post if it's worth all the gushing.

For my money, you can't beat the Vietnamese markets in Little Saigon. Great (and very fresh) seafood with lots of selection and live items, fantastic meat and innards, produce as good as the chains with a better selection of ethnic ingredients and lots of staples, all at steal prices. Depending on where you are in Mouse-town, it shouldn't be too much of a trek. They do tend to get really packed on weekends so I'd definitely recommend visiting during the week if you can.

As far as the bigger chains go, we prefer Stater Bros. but they can vary by neighborhood so your mileage may vary.

Welcome to the land behind the orange curtain!
~Mich

Jan 26, 2007
mich_oc in Los Angeles Area