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Here is a general list of some of the goldmine of places I like to go for good grub in the Uptown Whittier restaurant district, including the Greenleaf Promenade.

From time to time, a friend will ask what restaurants I would recommend in the Uptown Whittier, California area. This is a subjective list. What I like may or may not be what others are looking for. Just ask my husband. However, in compiling this list, I was amazed at the variety available within just a few blocks.

Let’s talk about parking. You will need to park and walk. This is an urban area. California Grill does have its own parking lot, but the rest are street parking (free), if you can find it. You can also take advantage of one of the two parking garages (not free). Enter one from Bright across from Phlight. Enter the other from Comstock between Philadelphia and Bailey. I think those are $2 or $3 to park, and you can often park inside which has the advantage of a cooler car upon your return. There is a larger outdoor parking lot near Chicken Koop and Off the Hook. Also, there is a smaller lot off Greenleaf north of Monty’s Camera and The Cellar, entered from the alley off Hadley or Bailey.

I have not included addresses. Your smart phone map app can help with that.

Currently, many restaurants have outdoor dining, which I have enjoyed. As the summer temperatures rise, however, that is losing its appeal. It seems, however, that when I dine outside the loudest cars and motorcycles seem to drive down Greenleaf Avenue. Annoying. But you might be a track-side NASCAR fan and thrive on that energy.

I have eaten at all these places and liked them. I’ve enjoyed some more than others depending on the food, service, and ambiance. Feel free to ask for more specifics in the comments or on social media.

There are some restaurants I have not tried yet. They are not on this list. I am set in my ways and just don’t have room for some of the new hot spots in my repertoire at this time. Some restaurants are missing simply because I’ve eaten there once, and that was enough. You can add your recommendation in the comments or on social media to expand this list.

For your reference:

  • Check Yelp or the restaurant website for the days and hours. Some are not open every day. Some are not open for lunch. Some are open for brunch only on weekends. Giving the restaurant a call will guarantee the most up-to-date information.
  • For some, it’s walk in and order at the counter. Some have servers that wait on your table.
  • Some are dark and pub-like. Others are open and light.
  • Some are loud. Some are quiet.
  • Some are old-school diner-style food. Some are interesting fusion cuisine and everything in between.

On Greenleaf Avenue

  1. JC’s Kitchen
  2. Auntie’s Cafe
  3. Poet Gardens
  4. Crepes & Grapes
  5. La Monarca Bakery
  6. Mimo’s
  7. Pho & Roll (I don’t like pho or sushi. I go for the California roll and chicken fried rice.)
  8. Greenleaf Thai
  9. Amachi (Japanese restaurant down the alley from Mimo’s)
  10. Colonia Pública
  11. JDO Mediterranean
  12. Steve’s BBQ
  13. Rusty Monk
  14. Uptown Pizza Co. (take-out)
  15. The Deli-up (Sandwiches at lunch only located in Phlight, 6724 Bright Ave.)
  16. The 6740 
  17. The Commoner
  18. Greenleaf Cafe Mexican Restaurant
  19. Rocky Cola Cafe

Within a Block or So of Greenleaf Avenue

  1. California Grill (corner of Painter & Philadelphia)
  2. New Canton (Chinese and Italian)
  3. Mr. Sandwich
  4. Bizarra Capital
  5. Mission Square (Italian)
  6. Brickhouse Pizza
  7. Phlight
  8. The Chicken Koop
  9. Off the Hook (fish)

Stay charming while eating your way through Uptown Whittier, my friends!

P.S. Someday, I want to try Guild Hall, board games and grub. Seems like a clever concept.