Food & Drink in Bell Gardens

Select Local Merchants

As visitors devour spoonfuls of sweet, creamy frozen treats at Menchie’s, they may notice a string of ’90s-era sitcom stars arriving to sample the wares and chat with the man in charge. That’s because owner/operator David Lipper first made a name for himself on Full House playing D.J. Tanner’s boyfriend Viper. Today, Lipper proudly sits atop a local frozen-yogurt empire, edging out his fellow cast mates’ enterprises, including Dave Coulier’s network of Swiss banks and John Stamos’s ’50s-themed doggy daycare. Inside the shop, diners select from a colorful array of flavors, such as low-carb pistachio or fruity watermelon tart, and crown their creation with toppings including sprinkles, mocha, hot fudge, and locally grown fruits.

12146 Lakewood Blvd
Downey,
CA
US

After leaving home for Hollywood at age 14 and donning a butcher's apron, Uncle Henry opened his own deli in 1959, helmed today by his nephew and great-nephew, George and George Gaul III. Beer steins hang on the back wall above an old-fashioned marquee menu as staffers in red aprons pile sandwiches with pastrami, roast beef, sharp cheddar, sauerkraut, and other fillings in Whimpy, Super Size, and 13-ounce Baby Bomber portions. Uncle Henry's also caters special events with gargantuan party subs, and rents out sturdy kegs large enough to keep parties quenched or 8-bit plumbers from attacking pet Donkey Kongs.

7400 Florence Ave
Downey,
CA
US

Philly's Best prepares authentic Philadelphia-style sandwiches with fresh ingredients and traditional Amoroso rolls imported from the land of non-brawling brothers. Dig into a cheese steak, whose thinly-sliced meatstack is layered with molten white American cheese ($5.99), or challenge your mouth to duel with the Italian hoagie, a breaded battering ram of capacolla, salami, mortadella, and provolone ($5.99). Chicken sandwiches, burgers, and plenty of genuine Philly extras are also available—pair up your meal with Wise chips, Frank's soda, the non-alcoholic Pennsylvania Dutch Birch beer, and Tastykakes. Click here to browse through the restaurant's menu.

12008 Lakewood Blvd
Downey,
CA
US

Outside on the sun-soaked patio, or inside the casual earth-toned dining room, The Marketplace Grill Cafe's staff cooks items from a sprawling menu of American and Mediterranean-influenced dishes and serves them all day. Their sweet breakfast crepes fold around berries, bananas, Nutella, walnuts, and whipped cream, which is the kind of cream most likely to get along with a locker-room towel. The Marketplace's pastry chefs craft a host of their sweet specialties each day, using all natural ingredients to create sheets of flaky baklava, Greek-style walnut cake, and pastaflora—homemade cookie 'pies' made with fruit preserves.

7877 Florence Ave
Downey,
CA
US