Restaurants in Bell Gardens

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Jolly Boy Burgers specializes in meaty hamburger patties stacked with flavorful ingredients. You can get a classic burger with melted cheese on a bun or add a few strips of bacon to keep your taste buds guessing. Pair your burger with a side of chili cheese fries or onion rings coated in a crispy batter. You can also expand your flavor horizons, with chicken fingers, corn dogs, and tacos.

6832 Gage Avenue
Bell Gardens,
CA
US

Who said you can't have wings for breakfast? To be fair, those wings do come with eggs or waffles. At R&J Southern Home Cooking Restaurant, a prominent southern influence springs forth starting with the first meal of the day. It carries through the afternoon and culminates at dinnertime, when cooks presents diners with an eclectic spread of seafood and soul food. A quick peek at their cookbook reveals the source of this inspiration; rather than using the generic recipes found as prizes in cereal boxes, the restaurant relies on time-tested family favorites, including some recipes that originated in Louisiana and Arkansas. Those guidelines now fill the menu with authentic southern eats, including entrees such as smothered steak, catfish filets, and gumbo.

8852 Rosecrans Ave
Downey,
CA
US

If you hear a rooster crow in the early hours at Cafe Opa, then it is severely undercooked. Mornings at Cafe Opa aren't signaled by the rising of the sun, but rather by the cooking of a fresh batch of rotisserie chickens. The restaurant spins and roasts the succulent birds before serving them in quarter, half, and whole portions, often with skordalia sauce for dipping or drawing a takeoff lane from the plate to your mouth. Classic Greek dishes abound on the eatery's menu as well, from lamb chop dinners to hearty helpings of moussaka?layers of eggplant and ground beef in bechamel sauce. On the lighter side of the spectrum are salads, wraps, and falafel pita sandwiches, as well as the always-popular gyros.

9905 Paramount Boulevard
Downey,
CA
US

It’s easy to become mesmerized while standing in line at Fresh Cutt Carving Grill—just behind the counter, slabs of roasted meat are finished on the grill and hand carved to order. This is where Fresh Cutt’s signature three-step ordering process begins. First, customers select one of the high-quality meats, such as all-natural chicken, prime cut steak, and chipotle PorkBelly, to be hand-carved. Then, they can have their chosen meat rolled into a pita or tortilla, spread across fresh salad greens, layered into a plump sandwich, served as is on a plate, or fashioned into a cummerbund for black-tie butcher’s galas. Finally, they can customize their meaty creation with a colorful assortment of fresh ingredients, such as wok-sizzling vegetables, fresh cut slaw, and pinto beans. If they’re not in the mood to make their own meal, they can order from an unintimidating menu that features specialty dishes, such as a pizzeta layering spicy shrimp, avocado-jalapeno salsa, fresh cilantro, and cheeses atop a pita crust, and sides such as hand-cut fries and avocado salad.

8240 Firestone Boulevard
Downey,
CA
US

When owner Frank White took over this Downey eatery—then called Granata's Italian Restaurant—in 2011, the Granata family had already been serving Italian cuisine there for more than 54 years, according to the Downey Patriot. Today, White still plucks recipes from the family cookbook but has also added his own touch with a new menu of hot and cold Spanish-style tapas. Made with gourmet ingredients such as fresh clams, spanish piquillo peppers, and rich serrano ham, the new plates are small enough to be shared with friends or slingshotted spitefully at enemies. The chefs also use locally sourced ingredients for classic Italian meals whenever possible, festooning linguine carbonara with fresh sweet peas and veal parmigiana with rich tomato sauce.

In the renovated dining area, blue pendant lamps light the full bar and surrounding cherry-wood tables and chairs. Flat-screen TVs share wall space with murals of the Venetian canals where Leonardo da Vinci first learned to jet ski.

11032 Downey Ave
Downey,
CA
US

Originally founded in 1936 in Glendale, California, Big Boy?s flagship location initially bore the name Bob?s Pantry after owner Bob Wian. At a diner?s request, Bob piled two beef patties onto a bun to create the Classic Big Boy?an original double-decker hamburger that would become so popular that the small burger stand would eventually grow into a franchise of more than 100 U.S. locations. Legend has it that Bob named the creation after one of his most loyal customers: a 6-year-old boy in droopy overalls who would one day ascend to mascot stardom.

Though the menu has since expanded to include sandwiches, homestyle dinners, and breakfast, the eatery still serves its namesake burger stacked high with two patties, american cheese, shredded lettuce, and a special sauce. A large, overall-clad statue stands guard at every location, reminding patrons of the restaurant?s humble beginnings and that children will turn to stone should they not eat enough cheeseburgers.

7447 Firestone Blvd.
Downey,
CA
US

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