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Maccheroni Republic - downtown

This is a new place on Broadway, just across the street from Grand Central Market. Apparently it's from the original owner of Locanda Veneta.

Very nice place with inside and outside dining. I went with a group of 15 for a holiday lunch and they did four pastas for us family style. It was the best, freshest pasta I've ever had (admittedly, I'm not well experienced with fresh pasta). i'm not sure what the bill was as I wasn't paying, but the menus list the pastas all around $7 - $12, so it's quite reasonable, especially for the quality of the food. I think this one will be on my regular rotation of lunch spots.

Dec 16, 2013
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San Gabriel Valley self-guided food tour … suggestions please.

The Chinese restaurant version of painting the Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate
230 N Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301

Nov 27, 2011
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Does anyone also agree with me that Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is just not that great?

Not a big fan of the chicken. But the "Big Mama's Special" is pretty damned good. Really creamy/cheesy scrambled eggs with smothered potatoes. Heart attack on a plate.

For some reason, I can't get rid of the link to a Gardena restaurant.

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Big Mama
1721 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

Aug 14, 2011
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Best place you ate at this week?

Warner Bros. Commissary. Very good piece of salmon with sun-dried tomatoes

Aug 06, 2011
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Dinner Near Caltech

Derek's Bistro on Glenarm and Marengo

Jul 30, 2011
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When you recommend SGV for Chinese food, are there particular cities you're generally talking about?

Laguna Beach is a LONG ways from the SGV. It's at least 40 miles one-way, so a trip to the SGV will be a day trip, particularly if you are going mid-week. That said, I hope you do go, as the other posters have listed some fantastic places to eat.

Jul 04, 2011
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Gang of newbies @ Mei Long Village

I took someone there for the first time just the other day for the pork pump. She kept saying she couldn't believe it was pork, when you could make out what she was saying at all.

Apr 25, 2011
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Smoke House in Burbank

I hadn't been to Beckham Grill in a few years, so I went a month or so ago. Friday night at 7 and they were out of prime rib. It's a prime rib restaurant for criminy's sake.

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Beckham Grill Restaurant
77 W Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Apr 01, 2011
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Banh Mi Che Cali - overrated! Buu Dien - underrated!

Saigon Sandwich is my favorite

Mar 15, 2011
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BBQ in a Liquor Store, near LAX?

The only thing like that I know of is in Torrance. There's a BBQ place in a liquor store on the corner of Torrance and Western. Think it's a Pacific Liquor. Unfortunately, I've never tried it.

Dec 09, 2010
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What restaurants have ruined you?

The chicken fried steak at Eat At Joe's in Redondo Beach. I'm sure people think there are much better versions, but I can't find anywhere else that duplicates the taste of the meat and gravy for me.

The chili fries at Tops in Pasadena (Walnut). It's just fries and nothing-special chili, but I love it.

There's a carne asada burrito at The Burger Shack (used to be called Cypress Burgers) on Walnut in Pasadena that I crave about once a week. It doesn't taste like most other places but I have to have it.

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Burger Shack
9868 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91733

Eat At Joes
, Redondo Beach, CA 90254

Dec 03, 2010
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Chowhound's 99 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles

Langers
JTHY
Sea Harbor
Babita
Birrieria Apatzingan
Bahooka (for the experience rather than food)
Dal Rae
J n J's Ribs and Burgers
Sapp's
The actual original Tommy's on Rampart

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Dal Rae
9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Birrieria Apatzingan
10040 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91331

Nov 14, 2010
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Downey lunch spots

I'm going to be working in Downey soon and don't know the area that well. Is there anything close by bellflower/Imperial Highway worth going to?

Oct 12, 2010
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Uncle John's Ham & Eggs

I want some. Address?

Oct 09, 2010
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Carne Asada UnCooked

In Pasadena, Dona Rosa Market on the corner of Allen and Villa. It's behind a Pueblas Tacos restaurant. Terrific carne asada and their pollo preperado is like eating candy.

Oct 07, 2010
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Best Gas Station Hot Dog in Los Angeles?

Can't speak for gas station dogs, but Flea Market hot dog stands are pretty good. Try the few that are at the PCC flea market.

Oct 05, 2010
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Spiciest Polish Sausage in LA

I know Pink's doesn't get a lot of love on this board, but their spicy Polish is very good IMO. Quite hot too.

Oct 02, 2010
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The Current State of Dumplings in SGV

I really like their fried dumplings. They fry to a very thick crust which I love, but others don't. I think it was ExileKiss who found them too chewy but they are perfect for me.

Sep 28, 2010
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Sichuan Palm Noodles (手掌麵)?

No, but I really want some now.

Sep 21, 2010
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Short Ribs

If you are in Pasadena, go to Alexander's Meats inside of Howie's Market in San Gabriel. I've gotten terrific short ribs there.

Sep 15, 2010
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Memphis BBQ in the SGV?

Bonnie B's is not bad. It's definitely not a Memphis dry-rub joint though.

Sep 04, 2010
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ISO Bowl of Green Chili in Pasadena or surrounding area

Seconded

Sep 02, 2010
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LA Food Tour: Signature Item Cheap Eats

Yes they do as far as I know. They were open for dinner for a couple years, but I think they've gone back to just breakfast and lunch

Aug 16, 2010
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LA Food Tour: Signature Item Cheap Eats

Egg salad sandwich at Europane, Pasadena
Chicken fried steak and eggs at Eat at Joes, Redondo Beach
Horseradish potato salad at Cassell's Koreatown
Egg custard at Sea Harbour, Rosemead
XLB at Dean Sin World, Monterrey Park

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Dean Sin World
306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

Aug 16, 2010
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Nick's Cafe ... best hash browns ever.

I used to go there a lot, but it's been about a year since my last visit. I need to go soon. It's very close to my work downtown.

Aug 16, 2010
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Spiciest beef noodle soup

I seem to have a hard time finding very spicy beef noodle soup in SGV (admittedly I've not tried a lot of places). Kingburg Kitchen seems to have the hottest version I've found so far. JTLY has great noodles and great beef, but no matter what I say, the broth is just not hot enough. Dean Sin World also had kind of bland broth.

So, where can I get really spicy beef noodle soup?

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Kingburg Kitchen
715 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Dean Sin World
306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

Aug 02, 2010
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Old School Last Night @ the Dal Rae in Pico Rivera

I love this place. I love the made-tableside offerings, so it's almost always the Caesar, Steak Diane and cherries jubilee for my group.

Aug 01, 2010
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Interesting version of an Oki Dog.

I had a great breakfast burrito from this truck when they were serving food for a historical tour in Pasadena I was on. I've noticed they are often in front of the Paseo complex on Colorado too.

Jul 30, 2010
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#1 Sea Harbour, #2 Elite, #3 ______ ?

3. Lunasia
4. King Hua
5. 888

Has Mission 261 re-opened?

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Mission 261 Restaurant
261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

King Hua Restaurant
2000 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Jul 23, 2010
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Culver City area dinner-- cheap and delicious (and not Johnnie's)?

It's really called Pinches? That's hilarious

Jul 23, 2010
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