La Mirada, Calif., may not be considered a culinary destination, but Biolans don’t have to go far to experience mind-blowing cuisine of astonishing variety. The following are 11 lesser-known foodie finds within an 11-mile radius of Biola’s campus, as selected by one of Biola Magazine’s resident connoisseurs.

Bizarra Capital (Whittier)

Where: 12706 Philadelphia St / Whittier, CA 90602
What: Unique Mexican cuisine from Mexico City
Don’t miss: The huitlacoche quesadilla

Phlight (Whittier)

Where: 6724 Bright Avenue / Whittier, CA 90601
What: Spanish/Tapas
Don’t miss: The lomo embuchado or crispy lentils

Porto’s Bakery (Downey)

Where: 8233 Firestone Blvd / Downey, CA 90241
What: Cuban/Latin American bakery
Don’t miss: The cheese rolls

Pieology (Fullerton)

Where: 516 N State College Blvd / Fullerton, CA 92831
What: Think Chipotle, except pizzas instead of burritos
Don’t miss: Create your own pizza on the spot. Gluten-free crusts available!

Rutabegorz (Fullerton)

Where: 211 N Pomona Ave / Fullerton, CA 92832
What: Healthy, veggie, fresh, funky
Don’t miss: The 41 cent dip-of-the-month

Foo Foo Tei (Hacienda Heights)

Where: 15018 Clark Ave / Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
What: Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup
Don’t Miss: Any of the 31 Ramen noodle soups

Renu Nakorn (Norwalk)

Where: 13019 Rosecrans Ave, Ste 105 / Norwalk, CA 90650
What: Nationally known Thai restaurant, listed as one of L.A. Weekly’s “99 Best Restaurants in L.A.”
Don’t miss: Jack fruit curry; papaya salad.

Pho Olivia’s Bistro (La Habra)

Where: 159 E Imperial Hwy / La Habra, CA 90631
What: Vietnamese
Don’t miss: Any of the Pho soups

Golden Triangle (Whittier)

Where: 7011 Greenleaf Avenue / Whittier, CA 90602
What: “The best place in California to taste Burmese food” - L.A. Weekly
Don’t miss: Burmese curry; coconut rice; Dun Bauk Htaminh

The India Restaurant (Artesia)

Where: 17824 Pioneer Blvd / Artesia, CA 90701
What: Indian Tandoor (clay oven) cuisine
Don’t miss: The daily lunch buffet

Pita Hot (Fullerton)

Where: 1343 E Chapman Ave / Fullerton, CA 92831
What: Mediterranean
Don’t miss: Veggie or chicken combo plate