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crankySCUBA | Jan 28, 200511:21 AM     13

Moved today from Marina Del Rey to La Mirada. Need recs. Love all styles as long as they offer something half way special/fresh. Main staple is salad full of oily, un-salad-like things, so I can fool myself into thinking I'm doing right. Love tortas, sopes, ceviche. Hawaiian BBQ. Southern BBQ. Burgers, of course. Most Thai places: not ones that puts peas and carrots into thin, watery curries, or ones where most people order the Pad Thai. Low-end or take-out type places preferred, though occasionally I'll check out a sit down place (usually for seafood or steaks). I love little boutiques with limited menus who specialize in this or that. Makes me feel connected, like I'm in on some local secret. I know that's pretentious, but hey, it's true. Oh, yeah, and I love appetizers. What about bars/happy hours? I'm from South Africa, so I need my Fish 'n' Chips and Indian too, but I've made it for years without them in L.A. (so I'm not getting my hopes up). Lastly, I could live the rest of my life eating only Mexican, if that helps. Tijuana bacon dogs (I know they're not Mexican... or are they?) are my fav, though I haven't had one in years, and I'm not supposed to eat pork anyway. Willing to drive to Whittier, Downey, Norwalk etc., but would really prefer La Mirada. Thanks.

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