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Newport Seafood on Las Tunas in San Gabriel.

Did they move recently?.. I was there in January in Rowland Heights and their food was incredible - - at an incredible price for the lunch special. For the two of us, I ordered the Kung pao chicken, salt and pepper shrimp and fried rice. The salt and pepper shrimp (only $5.95!) was a plate full of incredible flavor and perfectly cooked and seasoned. The kung pao shrimp was not hot enough, probably because they saw we were the only caucasians in the restaurant (I knew this place was gonna be damned good). But the flavor of the kung pao was incredible. The total price for lunch was about $20 ... and it was the best chinese food dining experience ever... Sure, I felt like a minority in this restaurant, but the service and courtesy of the waiters was terrific! This restaurant is an incredible deal for lunch, and I will certainly be back...I would like to try the lobster and crab - - the photos are too much to take! Any comments or comparisons between lunch and dinner? Any other recommendations?

Mar 03, 2009
mls in Los Angeles Area

Chicks Restaurant - What Happened ?

Went to Chicks Restaurant for takeout and picked up the #5 Family Meal: Rack of Babybacks + whole rotisserie chicken + baked beans + tortillas & salsa + bbq sauce - - all for $36.

Ok.. heres my take. (1) The ribs were mediocre at best and the smallest full rack of babybacks I've ever seen. Nothing substantial to eat here. The flavor was 'marinadey' rather than tasting BBQ'd or have smokey flavor. Better ribs can be found just about anywhere - - including the specialty dry, overcooked ones I always seem to get at Wood Ranch. Pass on the ribs - - save your money. (2) The Rotisserie chicken was excellent. Good flavor, nice crunchy crust, excellent spices - - Bingo! But here we go again - - the smallest damned chicken I've ever seen - - at a price of $15! Come on - - where's the value here, are you really trying to be so cheap?? Everything here seemed so very "proportioned", and I got the feeling that the customer is scrimped on any extras. Even extra BBQ sauce costs extra! Come On!

In summary, this place has only got one thing going for it - - Rotisserie Chicken. Improve the ribs and try making them taste like real BBQ - - and can't you just make it a normal size rack of ribs like Famous Daves (who kicks their butts on ribs) or even the ribs from **cough/gag** Wood Ranch.

I would give this place 2 stars out of 5. Lousy value - - Great Chicken.

Jul 07, 2007
mls in Los Angeles Area

Ravanellis - Best subs & great pizza

In 1978 - 1983, I was living in the area as a typical 'flat broke' college student. We used to order the dinner for two and it was always the greatest deal in town. Its just recently, and quite by accident, that I ordered one of their sub sandwiches. And now I'm not sure whether their sandwiches are right up there with the best in the area. Anybody compared Ravanelli subs with their favorites?

For my own curiosity, I took previous Chow board recommendations and tried Dans Super Subs - - and was surprised to see Dans didn't come close to the quality in the roll (Dans was a bland, small sized regular roll), the meat, the oil/seasoning, and overall sub full taste. For value, the $5.95 sub is two meals. Its just another reason for me to drop by Ravanellis after all these years - - and they are always working hard and very friendly to all their customers.

Jul 07, 2007
mls in Los Angeles Area

Ravanellis - Best subs & great pizza

Has anybody out there ever had the pleasure of trying the pizza & subs at Ravenellis pizza in Northridge? Its been in business for over 40 years, and has been run by Gino and his sister as a takeout pizza restaurant - - now their neice/nephew are taking it over and doing it right. I've been going there for over 25 years, and even though I've moved out to the Agoura area, I still have to get my fix at least once a month! No loss in quality at a very good price.

For those of you that have tried Dans Super Subs and think they're the best - - you've got to try Ravenellis and tell me what you think. They offer a full foot-long Submarine Sandwich on the best sesame seed roll I've ever had, for only $5.95! Its huge! I recently tried Dans Super Sub and they don't even come close to Ravanelli subs - - the flavors of the roll and tremendous amount of coldcuts and seasoning make it the best tasting value I've ever seen.. Actually, all of their sandwiches we've tried have been great! (Try the Spicy Sub, my favorite)

As for their pizza - - the best crust and sauce and flavors. Also very reasonably priced. You can get their "Dinner for Two" which includes: Full medium cheese pizza, garlic bread, large spaghetti and meat sauce and salad for $14!! And it feeds six!

Their link is www.ravanellis.com. And don't forget to tell Karen (super nice and efficient on those orders) "Hi from Agoura". Please give me your opinions! Thanks!

Jul 07, 2007
mls in Los Angeles Area

Brent's Deli - Sad to say -Never Again.

I've been to the Westlake Village Brents four times since they opened, and I quite frankly don't understand why everybody thinks its so great.. Is it the massive portions that people like - - like sandwiches that are way too huge to stuff in your mouth and you feel like its a great deal with way too large portions? I had poor food and poor service every time I went. And noisy. Lazy waitresses. I tried their philly steak sandwich and it was awful. I've tried the pastrami reuben and their breakfasts were mediocre. And you walk away feeling used because the mediocre food is not cheap.

I would recommend to all Chowhounds to go across the street to Jacks Deli in Westlake - - everything there is better and you still get large portions, reasonable prices, phenomenal Reubens (corned beef or pastrami), excellent everything. Brents - - you've had your day and now you're just a waste of money! I will not go back!

Jul 07, 2007
mls in Los Angeles Area