DIG Appetit

BY: CAT TOMPKINS

Nestled in between Seal Beach, Long Beach, Cypress, and Hawaiian Gardens is the small town of Los Alamitos. Less than five miles away from The Beach, this little town provides an immeasurable amount of cuisine to be discovered. Here are some of the best restaurants to visit when going on your own “Taste of Los Al” adventure.

The Pasty Kitchen

Established almost 50 years ago, The Pasty Kitchen is considered one of Los Alamitos’ most beloved restaurants. The restaurant specializes in serving delicious pasties, which is a homemade beef, chicken, or veggie and potato stew wrapped in a crispy pie dough. The pasties are baked fresh daily, and served with a delectable beef or chicken gravy for more flavor. If you are looking for something sweet to end your pasty adventure, The Pasty Kitchen provides freshly baked apple, peach, and cherry turnovers that are guaranteed to make your visit worthwhile.

Paul’s Place

Located in four different locations across Southern California, the family-owned restaurant, Paul’s Place, provides delicious handcrafted burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and Greek and Mexican menu options to its customers. Walking into the Los Alamitos Paul’s Place will always bear a relaxing ambience due to its leaf-covered setting and never-ending shade. The burgers are delightful, especially the turkey burger with a side order of breaded zucchini. As for its foreign menu choices, the Greek chicken combo is the one to try. It consists of baked pita bread slices, rice, savory chicken breasts and thighs, and salad. It is a flavorful and well-cooked meal for a reasonable price, like that of the majority of the items at Paul’s.

Island Grill

Island Grill offers a very delicious fusion of Hawaiian and Japanese cuisine. Its menu includes chicken katsu, chow mein, chicken and beef teriyaki, salmon, sushi, spam musubi, egg rolls, and more.  At an affordable price, this fusion restaurant gives large portions of food with each meal and leaves you with a full stomach and a large smile. A great appetizer to start with is the spam musubi, which is a slab of spam and rice wrapped in seaweed. Dip it in teriyaki sauce, and it will give you the same satisfaction as your main meal. One of the best items to buy at Island Grill is the #1 Chicken Teriyaki Combo. It is served with chow mein noodles and rice, which added with some hot sauce or teriyaki sauce, is sure to give you your flavor fix. This restaurant also provides some relief from the heat with its refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and an array of tropical flavored drinks.

Katella Deli

First established in 1964, Katella Deli provides savory traditional Jewish Foods and baked goods with a restaurant, deli, and bakery located in one building.The restaurant creates authentic corned beef, pastrami, rye bread and matzah balls dishes, and you will always be greeted with a warm smile. Katella provides an abundance of desserts, ranging from cake slices, tortes, French macaroons, cookies and mousses, making choosing what to order difficult. The fruity-flavored mango mousse with a raspberry filling, black-and-white cookie (a cookie frosted with chocolate on one side and vanilla on the other), and a chocolate three-layer mousse are bound to make any sweet-tooth happy.