I formed a Food Club a few years ago at the high school where I teach. I got tired of watching kids eat Flaming Hot Cheetos all day. We try alternatives that are fairly cheap, fairly healthy and very delicious. With parents as drivers, I can take up to 25 diners out on a school-day afternoon or a weekend morning. We're in the Montebello/Monterey Park area.
Two weeks ago, we went for Thai food in Thai Town, followed by Scoops for ice cream. We plan to go for dim sum soon and we'll hit the Hollywood Farmer's Market for a boys against girls shopping/cooking contest.
Can you Chowhounds suggest other places we might try? It needs to be fairly cheap. but we're tasting, not grubbing, so the cost is shared. We avoid chains and look for variety, flavor and healthy food (fairly healthy- if all the kitchen has is a deep-fryer, I'd prefer to avoid that spot.)
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