The (unofficial) Southland Aikido out-of-towner’s guide to Monterey Park

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Monterey Park is about 9 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. It would be an extreme copout if we directed you there since the food scene is fairly well documented. But if you’re looking to stay east of DTLA (and traffic), we’ve curated a quick guide to help you navigate around the area.

Monterey Park is home to some of the finest Chinese restaurants in the country – not an exaggeration and not a surprise to many people. What would be surprising is the level of access to excellent Mexican and Japanese cuisine also around the area. You have to partake while you’re in town! Here are a few fairly close to the dojo:

Cook’s Tortas
Armando’s Mexican Restaurant
Pepe’s Mexican Food

Shin-Sen-Gumi Yakitori & Shabu-Shabu
Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.
Shinano Restaurant
Ramen Yukinoya
Ramen N.A.O.

There are posh as well as fairly affordable options in Downtown L.A. but if you’re looking for clean and no frills accommodations, here a few close to the dojo. Current rates are $120 per night and up.

Comfort Inn
588 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 308-9600

Best Western Monterey Park Inn
420 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754