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Busy Suburb of Los Angeles

Best of IgoUgo

An October 2005 trip to Cerritos by Ally

Quote: Cerritos exemplifies Southern California family living with it's multicultural denizens, ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods, and quiet suburban feel.

Busy Suburb of Los Angeles

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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Each time I'm in Cerritos, I think of all of the many small ethnic restaurant options available. There is Pioneer Street, which is where a plethora of Indian restaurants and business reside, South Street is lined with Chinese restaurants, bakeries, markets, and there are Japanese, American, Hawaiian, Mongolian, and most other types of food in-between. Notice an Asian theme here? Besides food, there is a very nice, relatively new Cerritos Performing Arts Center. I feel like it is the best cultural center in this part of LA County because they book many famous names, like Johnny Mathis, as well as offer audiences to s...Read More

Diamond Bakery

Restaurant

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If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat (as I usually am), a great place to stop is the Diamond Bakery. Although Diamond Bakery is a chain of Chinese bakeries, their desserts are not compromised. This particular shop is one of the smaller scale ones, but I’ll take what I can get nearby. Slices of assorted individual cakes (including chocolate mousse cake, strawberry, German chocolate, cheesecake), highly addictive Chinese Almond Cookies (my favorite), fresh breads, Chinese egg tarts, and buns are available (take out only) at low prices. Enjoy!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Mirak

Restaurant

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Mirak appears to have a nice clientele from the neighborhood. The sushi chefs are friendly and always willing to accommodate Sake toasts/shots with those sitting at the sushi bar and the wait staff are always ready to find something to satisfy the most unusual of Japanese tastes. I can’t say that the salmon teriyaki (overdone) or sesame chicken (a little soggy) entrees weren't quite to my liking, however, the tempura, free Edamame, chicken terriyaki and eel/California roll were delicious. As this restaurant is close to my friend’s house and serves some tasty entrees, I would certainly go back for a quick lunch (great lunch combo deals!) or a casual dinner.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Thai Villa Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Cerritos/Lakewood area contains so many Asian restaurants that it is sometimes hard to sort through to figure out which are the good ones. Thai Villa -is definitely an authentic Thai restaurant that Thai people actually seem to frequent! I typically try a new restaurant only if I see other people sitting inside, chowing down on appetizing entrees. When I arrived at Thai Villa at 7:30PM (on a Friday night), it was rather empty; only two or three parties eating. A friend, however had recommended this restaurant to me, so I entered with my friends and ordered Thai ice tea, papaya salad, curry chicken, and Phad Thai (I always use Phad Thai as a standard of measure for all Thai restaurants). How was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Cafe Camellia

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Restaurant

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Yum, yum, and yum. My favorite fancy restaurant in the Cerritos area is actually located in the city of Bellflower, just about 5 minutes away from the Cerritos shopping mall (since there's not much else in Bellflower that I would write about, I figured that I could throw this into my Cerritos journal). My family and I have been dining at Cafe Camellia over the past 10 years now, celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and graduations. Not strictly French, it is more a French-Asian restaurant, and is owned by a Chinese couple who have also opened up two other restaurants nearby. Although I've tried the other two, this one remains our favorite for the food and open atmosphere. One word of advice: ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Honey Bakery

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Restaurant

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My family and I love sweets, which is why this is the second bakery I'm reviewing in the Cerritos neighborhood. Honey Bakery deserves special notice as it bakes the most delectable Croissant Bread that I haven't been able to find anywhere else. For those who love carbs or Hawaiian bread, this is for you! Sweet, slightly layered bread that tastes like croissants but is a little less greasy and much more versatile. The loaf comes whole, but you can get it sliced when you purchase it. Best way to eat it is to toast it and spread on the Nutella. I've also just been eating it plain, as an accompaniment to soup. Nothing else in the bakery is really noteworthy, just this bread! T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2001

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Ally

Ally
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