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StanJo

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  • Joined: 9/29/2005
  • Location: Glendale, CA
Beef Thu, 09/29/05 10:13 PM (permalink)
In guide to roadfood must include the Harris Ranch just off the I-5 near Coalinga (birthplace of Jo Stafford). Harris Ranch is actually the only decent place to eat on the I-5 and it's about half way between LA and the Bay Area.

Yes, it is touristy but the food is excellent. It is a working ranch and as you drive north from Harris you can see the vast herds of cattle waiting to be transformed into steaks and roasts. The beef is outstanding. In addition, there are a range of other selections, including fish and great Tex-Mex dishes like fajitas. For those who want to buy as well as eat, you pass a butcher store and a small produce stand as walk along the corridor to the restaurant. The produce is good but can be a little more expensive than elsewhere. There's also a bakery that sells spectacular fresh fruit pies and other goodies.

Dress is casual. Most of the people eating are in the state uniform of California--T-shirt, shorts and sports shoes or flip-flops.

Roadfood really should recognize the vast array of really authentic ethnic restaurants in California. We don't just have Chinese restaurants. We have restaurants from every region and culture in China: Shanghai, Beijing, Shantung, Muslim, Hakka, Taiwan, Szechuan and many others. A lot, but now all are listed in a great book called "How to Eat in Chinese in Los Angeles." We have restaurants from every region in Mexico and Latin America, other parts of East and South Asia and the Middle East. Another great book is Jonathan Gold' "Counter-Intelligence" that describes a lot of the ethnic restaurants as well as some basic American restaurants. Some of these places are classy others are dives or someplace in between.

I live in Glendale. We have the largest Armenian population outside of Armenia. This population comes from all over the Armenian diaspora and the food they produce is wonderful. Zankou Chicken which features spit-roassted chicken and a blinding white garlic sauce that will have you smelling of garlic for a month is one of the best. But Carrousel is first-rate.

And we also have Porto's, which many of us consider the best Cuban bakery and restaurant west of Tampa. It started as a small bakery but has expanded into a large restaurant and once you taste the media-noches or the chicken croquetees or the croissants (Cubans have always loved French food) you will know why.

If anyone is planning to come to Southern California and would like restaurant recommendations feel free to contact me. Stanton J. Price
stan@wkrklaw.com
 
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    1bbqboy

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    • Joined: 11/20/2000
    • Location: Rogue Valley
    RE: Beef Thu, 09/29/05 10:20 PM (permalink)
    Hey Stan, welcome to Roadfood. As you can tell, there's a whole lotta places east of the Mississippi represented, both joints and posters. That's partly because Jane & Michael have always lived that direction, partly because they're still exploring the west. You're welcome to bring up anyplace you think worthwhile, or write reviews, as many are doing, and post them to the website.(There are guidelines somewhere).There's a few of us out this way on the west coast, and we're vocal, but we can always add to the chorus. You might edit your post to put "Harris Ranch Beef" in the title slot. It'll get a lot more responses.
    Bill in Southern Oregon
     
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      mr chips

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      • Joined: 2/19/2003
      • Location: portland, OR
      RE: Beef Sun, 10/2/05 11:40 PM (permalink)
      Another greeting from the left coast. Please continue to post about ethnic eateries . When i visit L.A. I love to eat ethnic.
       
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        V960

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        • Joined: 6/17/2005
        • Location: Kannapolis area, NC
        RE: Beef Sat, 10/15/05 9:12 AM (permalink)
        Got to work on the description...could we geet more general?
         
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          trudyn

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          • Joined: 6/17/2003
          • Location: Portland, OR
          RE: Beef Fri, 10/28/05 1:55 AM (permalink)
          Please tell us more about unusual ethnic eateries in Southern California.
           
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            lleechef

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            • Joined: 3/22/2003
            • Location: Gahanna, OH
            RE: Beef Fri, 10/28/05 6:47 AM (permalink)
            Do a write-up on some of these SoCal eateries! We finally got Alaska on the Roadfood map, thanks to Al-The-Mayor initially and then one we did ourselves.
            We'll be spending 3 weeks in SoCal in January (yay! out of cold dark Alaska!) so any recommendations would be welcome!
             
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