Re: Insight: After Civic bruising, Honda fights for its soul
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Torque wrote: ...
I am born and raised in NJ and I can definitely vouch for the food part. Short of going to those countries, you will find some of the best Mom & Pop ethnic eateries. Domino's, Papa John's, etc. never opened up locations near where I grew up because of all the authentic Italian restaurants. If you want some of the best paella, go to Jersey City. The Jewish Delis and bagel shops are the real deal. Little India in Iselin has some of the best Northern/Southern Indian food you can find. Whenever I go back to visit I always make sure to stop by some of the old favorites.
Well.. paella wise I beg to differ... I make a KILLER PAELLA and so do my mom and aunt. In the West Coast.
Also, you can get good paella at La Espaņola in Harbor City CA (just north of Long Beach).
And Indian food is very good and strong in the West Coast as well.
Pretty much, I think the West Coast has the lock on Pacific Rim cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Polynesian etc... we even have some reasonably good Cuban... folks that sort of took a left turn onto the I10 instead of keeping heading up north on the I95.
And we got In'N'Out which pretty much seals the Burger World Cup towards SoCal.
Jewish, oddly is strong too in the Westside (Westwood) and The Valley because of the rich New Yorkers that moved here.. it is however gentrified and not gritty (re: real)....
But mostly, Italian, Spaniard, Portuguese.. we got NOTHING. It sucks to walk into a "Spanish" restaurant and find that it's owned by Argentinians.
BTW- I AVOID "The Olive Garden"...
But, since this is TOV after all... there are excellent Japanese restaurants in Torrance.. all around AHM (and yes... TMS as well). ;-)