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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Actually, the first in So Cal goes back much further than the future :-) They were around even before the 80s, there just were more of them around So Cal then.

about 12 hours ago
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Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Thanks for the report Chandavkl. Hmm. Corn, brown sugar pancake. Tianjin-style?

1 day ago
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Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

:-) I got there before they opened and it seemed as if they weren't quite ready, so I took a bit of a walk around. On my third pass, having returned from a walk past the old Hunan Seafood and back, there were already two tables occupied.

Aug 18, 2014
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Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Long-time Taiwanese "sit down" restaurant, Happy Garden, has closed and been replaced by Yao's Restaurant. Yao's was to open today, so could someone go by, check to see what they serve and report back?

Also, New Noodle Guy has opened at the space in the back that once housed, you guessed it, Noodle Guy.

I know this plaza has had a lot of restaurant turnover, some remarkably quickly, but this now makes Flavor Garden the long term tenant. Wow.

Aug 18, 2014
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Zhen Tasty House replaces Beijing Tasty House in Rosemead

In the Square, the spot formerly housing Beijing Tasty House (since relocated to the haunted location on Valley) is now home to Zhen Tasty House. Menu kind of all over the place, so I'll leave it to others to find a defining theme.

I did notice Zhejiang Style Meat and Zhejiang Style Dong Po Pork on the Special Dishes section of the menu. They also still list the House Lamb Bone Hot Pot that was a special of Beijing Tasty House.

Aug 18, 2014
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Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

Not when you posted, but open as of 11-ish Sunday (August 17). Somehow, I managed to be 3rd through the door. Could have been first in.

Aug 18, 2014
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Sizzling King Opens in Alhambra

To probably no one's surprise, it appears Sizzling King has shuttered.

Aug 17, 2014
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Fuji West in San Gabriel

This reminds me I've been lax in reporting. One I neglected to mention was that, a few weeks back now, Fuji West was "closed for re-modeling"

I too would appreciate any update.

Aug 14, 2014
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Lacha Somtum's "Super Spicy Fish Curry"- WOW, I'm in love!

Catfish instead of snakehead? Who cares? It's f'n fantastic. I recently stopped by and had some. Waitress tried to talk me out of it, but I loved it. Especially since I had a bad cold.

I couldn't find the Issan specials board that day. Still there?

Aug 13, 2014
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Beijing Tasty House Moves Into Jinxed Location

Wow, any idea which ones?

Aug 13, 2014
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Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

Perhaps the casseroles are "dry pots" a la Tasty Dining and Wok BBQ?

Aug 08, 2014
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ISO Sheng Jian Bao

Nicest looking, higher quality: Shanghai No. 1
Flavorful: Kang Kang Food Court/Shau May

Emperor Noodles also does a good, though somewhat doughier, version.

Jul 30, 2014
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Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Mr.T's post reminds me. Bludso's gets so much notice for their brisket, understandably, but the chicken at the Compton location is the best BBQ chicken I've had. In my experiences, BBQ chicken sauce often seems over tomatoed or over vinegared. Not the case at Bludso's.

So, what I'm sayin' is, don't sleep on the chicken, folks.

Jul 29, 2014
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SGV runaround

I usually have my best luck between lunch and dinner. Even though I've often walked in on staff meals or dinner preps, I've always been served. Beijing Pie House is supposed to be closed 3-5, so I guess they forgot the sign or zzzzed out early.

Jul 24, 2014
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QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

不客氣 J.L. Let me know what they say. I didn't have much time to chat with them.

Jul 24, 2014
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QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Oh, and they have Iced Milo Dinosaur on the beverage menu.

Jul 22, 2014
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QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Well, at least it wasn't on the menu. You might ask.

Jul 21, 2014
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QQ Kopitiam.. 626's first real kopitiam?

Despite my transportation woes, I've done some recon and managed to stop by :-) True mom & pop place. Small 22 menu item (sans small beverage, smoothies and "side orders" portions of menu): Hainanese chicken, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, Mui Fun, Mie Ayam, Char Hor Fun. blimpbinge, no kaya toast. Ice kopi with condensed milk was quite good.

Jul 21, 2014
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Sam Woo expanding to Rosemead, and other openings

Thanks for the report blimpbinge. When construction started on that plaza over the creek on Valley, I wondered how many spaces would be restaurants.

Jul 21, 2014
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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Chris, no, not mine. Those are from an earlier piece by Christine Chiao. Maybe the editor got tired of waiting for me? :-)

Jul 12, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

Can we count the space at 305 Garvey in Monterey Park of C.C. Manual Fish Ball? It's burned twice. Bad feng shui? ...bad wiring? or is making fish balls by hand far more hazardous than I first imagined?

Jul 12, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

catbert, thanks for explaining this. Burned down, eh? Involvement by some nicely dressed fellows in pinstriped suits? Now I finally understand some of the nudge and wink ipse and others have passed along about that location. Ipse, can you add more? ...or is it better not to? :-)

Jul 12, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

Bamboo Creek's dishes might be "spicy" for Zhejiang-style.

They've added a Sichuan menu!? I hope it doesn't mean they'll phase out their Zhejiang-style dishes (thanks TonyC), but I guess if one doesn't add hot pot of Sichuan, one can't make it in the SGV today. Maybe it's why some Shanghai-style places seem to be fading away.

Jul 12, 2014
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SGV Changes: Man Chan Cuisine, Hot Kitchen, Bambu Desserts & Drinks

I didn't check it out aside from picking up a menu. Someone else will have to try out the Hainan Chicken and report back. Barry? How about you?

Jul 12, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

barry, I just noticed it in passing. Didn't drop in to check. At least there were some people there in soft opening mode.

Jul 12, 2014
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unlucky locations in the SGV

barry, you might want to give the corner of New & Valley a go again as a new place, Hot Kitchen (see SGV Changes thread), is in soft opening phase.

Jul 12, 2014
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SGV Changes: Man Chan Cuisine, Hot Kitchen, Bambu Desserts & Drinks

Holding Chandavkl's place for him while he's in Europe, here's a WSGV update:

In Prospect Plaza, Ox House is gone, replaced by Man Chan Cuisine - which has a location in Rowland Heights. The space at Valley & New (on the SW corner) which last housed The Grids, has a new tenant: Hot Kitchen is in soft opening. Lastly, Bambu Desserts & Drinks, a chain that seems to be rapidly expanding, has opened on Valley in San Gabriel, 432 E. Valley to be precise.

Jul 12, 2014
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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

One other side question. Who has cold noodles (thinking naengmyeon) as a seasonal item?

I recall some talk of places adding it as a Summer only item. Who has them and are they better than Shen Yang (Monterey Park)?

Jul 10, 2014
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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Re: Xi'an Kitchen using cold tray toppings. Do they "let" you? ...or is it just that you manage to get away with it? :-)

Thanks ipse, jj, J.L., barry for the suggestions. They are appreciated. Dai Ho was definitely on the radar. Should I get there at 3? :-)

Royalties? There are royalties?

Jul 10, 2014
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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

Since it's Summer and it's hot, what's everyone's favorite places for cold noodles in the SGV? All types of Chinese cold noodles: sesame noodles, spicy, naengmyeon. I'm looking for different versions/variations, maybe even liang pi.

Full disclosure, yes, this will be for an article. Article, not list (at least I won't *submit* it as a list).

Before the rants and fist shaking starts, I ask for a reason which isn't "copying" I know *my* favorites and am simply seeking other places I might have missed from people whose opinions I respect. The sheer scope of the hundreds of restaurants makes me realize the distinct possibility I might have overlooked some really good places. That despite the usual suspects coming up most often here when discussion turns to cold noodles.

Plus, I would have a tendency to eat at places recommended by CHers whether I was writing something or not. I mean fer Pete's sake, I even ate Kung Pao Chicken because ipsedixit recommended it* So, there is that... :-)

*and he was absolutely right, it was great!

Jul 06, 2014
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