Fig Newton | Oct 17, 201206:36 PM     9

I am working in Norwalk for a couple weeks and have been blown away by the number of great looking restaurants in the area. I honestly think that in the past few years I've only gone to Norwalk for Renu Nakorn, but am really surprised by the undiscovered (to me) gems that I keep coming across.

Going to use this thread to note anything interesting, and would also love to hear input from those in the area with thoughts of where I should be going.

To this point, here are some thoughts:

11600 Rosecrans Ave
(562) 929-0061

I was happily surprised when the office brought in Los Compadres for lunch. My family loves the Los Compadres branch in Long Beach (we like Pine Ave the best), and I had no idea there was a branch in Norwalk. Their green sauce tends toward pretty spicy, and the enchiladas verdes I had held up to my Long Beach expectations. From the LB branch, I like their chile colorado even though its preparation is different from what I grew up with (LC prepares it with pork vs beef, and LC doesn't make it as soupy as I'm used to).

11660 Firestone Boulevard
(562) 863-8203

Wow. I hadn't been to a Mexican market this size in the U.S. Really happily impressed with this market. I'm in constant search of super hard, crunchy tortilla chips. If you're like me, buy their chips that are "good for chilequiles." Their panaderia had a lot of options, and everything seemed fresh baked. I picked up about a dozen fruit-filled pan dulce for her, and she liked the variety. Picked up costillas in chile rojo con nopales from the hot food counter, and they are great. I actually have only nibbled on the costillas, but the chile has delicious flavor, and the heat has a nice build.

Is this store much larger than most Northgate Markets, or can I expect similar from their other branches?

Restaurante Peruano
14352 S Pioneer Blvd
(562) 929-3390
closed Mondays

Went here for a quick lunch today. I had a quite flavorful lomo saltado and will probably return.

14346 Pioneer Blvd
(562) 863-1277

Stopped in here because I was starving and was next door at Ci's Bakery picking up pan dulce for grandma (are you sensing a theme?). An order of taquitos was freshly made and delicious, and served with an honest guacamole and an addictively good side of salsa. Took home cocido that I was going to give to grandma but ended up eating it myself. Quite good, clean flavors, I would return.

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