Kim Tar is the kind of Chinese restaurant that looks dirty. I’d be surprised if they got a A or even a B from the health department. Fortunately I’m one of those people that thinks those kind of places are the most delicious. Kim Tar is a chain and there are several of them. I’ve been to the one in Cerritos and also the one in Anaheim.
Ten Ten is another great place for Dim Sum. It’s often very busy and there can be wait any day of the week. Again weekends are the best time to go as there is more variety. I’m not sure what hours Dim Sum is served there but I suspect it’s 11am to 2pm
Rubio’s is actually a fairly large chain in So.Cal. It’s specialty is fish tacos. Yes you read correctly, Fish Tacos. When I first heard about fish tacos it sounded kind of gross. I don’t know why when you think about it. Tuna sandwiches are one of my favorites as were Fillet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonalds when I was a kid. My mom told me I had to give them a try so I did. They are awesome. The one to order is the Fish Taco Especial.
Sagami is a good place for quick Japanese food. They’ve got various types of rice bowls and sushi. It’s only takeout but there are tables outside if it’s a nice day. It gets pretty crowed at lunch. There’s also about 6 other takeout places there if you’ve got a hunger for Japanese food and your friends don’t
Directions: Take the 405 south to Culver. Turn left from the exit on to Culver. Left at Barranca. Then left at the next light into the shopping center with a Target and a Mervin’s. It’s in the middle.
Some of my Japanese friends claim they don’t like Mexican food. I have to assume they’ve only tried Taco Bell and Del Taco. I suppose they could actually not like it but if I had to eat only one type of food for the rest of my life I wouldn’t be at all unhappy if it was Mexican food.
This is a great place for cheap Italian food. I’ve never had pizza there. I usually have Lasagna or Cannelloni or Manicotti. It’s all good and pretty cheap. This is really a local type of place and there is often a wait to get in.
Directions: Take the 405 south to Adams. Turn right and then right into the parking lot for the large Edward’s Theater. It’s in that shopping center.
This is a small chain and originally from LA. There are about 7 of them so far. They are Armenian and they make some super delicious chicken (and other stuff). My favorite item there is the Chicken Shawarma (sp?). If you’ve ever been to a Greek fast food place and seen the big cone of lamb or beef rotating on a machine and cooking slowly from which they cut off the edges to make gyro sandwiches out of, well Chicken Shawarma is made on the same kind of machine. Stacks and stacks of chicken are piled on the machine along with some stuff at the top that melts and drips all over it as it cooks.
This place used to be really hidden. It was at the corner of Main and PCH in Huntington Beach INSIDE the surf shop on the corner. If you didn’t know it was there you probably would never notice. But, a few years ago they moved down the street to the 500 block on Main (5 blocks back from the beach) There’s alot less foot traffic there but they say they get more business because there’s accessible parking.
Anyway they have a fairly small menu. A bunch of smoothies (and they were making smoothies long before they were popular) and they make a couple of sandwiches and soups.