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Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

I don't know if it was good or not, but it just wasn't for me.

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

"it's wasn't all that"

That was my entire groups reaction to Nancy's as well

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

so I went earlier today.. the place was a madhouse. They kept mixing up orders and it took me 40 minutes to get my pizzas..

The "original 2 1/2 A Lot’ A Meat" and.. well it's my first time eating this style of pizza. It's basically a cheese & meat pie. Extremely cheesy, crust was ok, wasn't overly salty. I just don't think I like this style of pizza.

Also got their Margherita pizza and while it wasn't bad, I prefer the one from settebello.

Ambiance is strange because they share a somewhat small burger-joint-esq dining area with al's (both apparently owned by the same chinese investors, who were there tonight). They will not be getting beer or wine, got a firm NO from the manager on site.

I don't really have a reason to go back since I don't like the original style and would rather to go settebello for pizza & overall environment.

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

Yea I took the fries out before eating it since they all fell off the moment I picked it up anyways... but that's the way it was wrapped up... geebus tony..

Chicagoland in the Southland: Deep Dish Pizza (Nancy's) and Italian Beef (Al's) come to Alhambra

I went to Al's during their soft opening. I was supposed to go to Nancy's today for their joint grand opening , but other plans came up, so I'll go later in the week. I never had italian beef before, but I ordered the "award winning italian beef" w/ peppers. They dipped the bun into au jus(?), and the beef was flavorful without being salty.

Also got the chicago dog and loaded fries. The chicago dog was absolutely packed with toppings, which made it difficult to eat, and the bun fell apart as I was eating. Not as amazing as I thought it would be. The fries were their home made fries w/ cheese, beef, and au jus all over, pretty good but ended up being really salty.

Hope to try nancy's soon, as I've never had chicago style deep dish pizza.

How Did I Miss A New Shopping Center With a Bunch of Chinese restaurants?

While fruit cup has a horrible spot, they aren't really competing with theme cafe, as they are aiming at completely different markets. Theme cafe is a LOL (League of Legends) themed pc cafe/hangout spot for all the chinese LOL players, while Fruit Cup is more of a jack of all trades tea house most likely to attract ABCs and females.

When I spoke to an employee of theme cafe a few weeks ago, they said the computers will be free to use as long as you buy a drink or snack, and that they will broadcast all of the LOL tournaments. They were pretty quiet when I was eating at chengdu taste #2 last week though.

The plaza already had a non stop drive through line for mcdonalds, now 1/3 of the parking lot is constantly full from chengdu taste. Once sam woo opens, it'll be difficult to find parking there.

So, uh, Beijing Duck House (Rosemead) is no more ...

Wow, more chuan cai.. Is something wrong with that area in China? Or are they the modern day toisan?

Aug 22, 2014
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Modan Artisanal Ramen

Well tonkatsu is a breaded fried pork cutlet, and tonkotsu is pork bone broth

Tonkatsu ramen may imply there was a fried pork cutlet somewhere :x

Aug 22, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Modan Artisanal Ramen

Is there a ramen place in West sgv that you'd compare it to? What about compared to places on the west side?

I wanna try but that area isn't exactly close to me.

Also assume you mean tonkotsu?

Thx for the report !

Aug 22, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

So I'm here now at the Rosemead location, long lines already, 40% off today, 30% off tomorrow. Not sure if it applies to lunch or dinner only. They also don't have the lion fish thing. Will update later tonight.

Aug 18, 2014
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Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

I may be going tonight, hope it's not as crazy as the alhambra one..

Aug 18, 2014
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

A large number of their yelp reviews are fake, and an equally large number of patrons that were dining when I when that night were personal friends of the owner.

It's good that chengdu taste has some competition, but i think this place needs to be less shady n just be more consistent.

Aug 18, 2014
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Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

This big

Aug 14, 2014
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Fuji West in San Gabriel

I'm not sure, will check later in the week. What i meant was that the location is still at tokyo lobby's old spot.

Aug 13, 2014
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Pyromania at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra

sign is up @ the rosemead location

Fuji West in San Gabriel

same location, just a name change

Aug 13, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Beijing Tasty House Moves Into Jinxed Location

I also hope to see a list, but I know that a li shan / hunan seafood had been contacted by the BOE, since there was a card on their door from them around their closure date.

Aug 13, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

haha I also did a double take, but then remember seeing the same characters in the el monte area. Still haven't tried it hmm

Aug 11, 2014
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

It's actually the word mouth, so literally translated it's "mouth mouth fragrant" kou kou xiang:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hot-pot-resta...

Aug 11, 2014
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

"Of note: the crossed leg beef stew is evocative of a pho broth. In fact, it may the platonic ideal which every bowl of pho bo should achieve. Except this is at a Sichuan restaurant, and the pho is rice, not rice noodles."

Exactly!!

Aug 06, 2014
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

haha sorry, that went completely over my head!

Aug 06, 2014
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

In addition to what I ordered, there was a large number of various spicy items (soups, stews, tossed in spicy sauce), and lots of meat items that I wasn't able to try. If you mean, do they have tons of dumpling, rice, or noodles filling the menu, then not really. At least not as voluminous as cantonese restaurants.

Aug 06, 2014
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

I did not bring any or see any while I was eating. Most of the tables just had water.

Aug 06, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

Additional pics

Aug 05, 2014
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Szechuan Impression: Strategically positioned to take Chengdu Taste's business?

It's quite clear to me, that their choice of location has less to do with.. location.. and more to do with being as close to chengdu taste as possible. Of course, rents may be cheaper this far down valley, but that's just what I feel their strategy is.

Their yelp is full of 5 star reviews, but most the 5 star ones are fake. The restaurant was absolutely packed today at 7:30pm, but at least half personally knew the owner. The other half appeared to easily best the noise level at new capital on saturday at noon. It was so noisy in there that I had to dam near shout anything I said to my party so that they could hear me. There was about a 20 minute wait even when calling ahead to "write our name down".

I'm going off the names of dishes from the receipt, as the names on the menu aren't even the same, and are a bit silly. I'll post them in a subsequent post and update the original post when I figure out which is which.

I also wrote the entire post only to have the beta photo style get me stuck in a loop (couldn't exit or press ok after trying to rearrange photos), which forced me to refresh and lose all that I wrote.

A large number of tables ordered toothpick lamb, but I had already tried that dish elsewhere so did not order it. Another two dishes I wanted to order was garlic pork slice (suan ni bai rou), and this brown sugar cake thing.

Overall, it was a nice dinner, and it will be interesting to see how they compete with Chengdu Taste. By the time I left, around 9pm, there was still a sizeable crowd in front of Chengdu Taste, but impression only had 1 or 2 parties waiting.

ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

lots of places do

Aug 04, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

ISO Nem Nuong (roll your own rolls)

I take it you don't eat this type of food often:

The unsteamed rice paper is the default way they're presented.

They give you either a bowl of hot water or a whatever that particular shop uses to loosen the sheets.

Not every shop uses the same exact method.

Aug 04, 2014
blimpbinge in Los Angeles Area

Dim sum at China Red: A Pictorial Essay

thanks for the report, i also had a pretty positive experience here, other than the wait (from the "unlucky" thread):

Ended up being able to go over the weekend. The wait wasn't long for a party of two, as they had a number of small tables avail.

The menu reminded me of the one from Monterey Palace, some items and menu sections even had near identical names minus a character or two. The names in english were more extravagant than necessary imo.

Got:
Siu Mai - larger than average, but also below expectation. I couldn't even find shrimp on a few of them, and one fell apart as I picked them up. They reminded me of the big & messy ones I had at SH#1. I thought it was a sign of things to come, fortunately, that was the only poor item.

"French style" char siu bao - It's a snow capped style bun that has a slight cookie finish on the top, but filled with char siu. The filling was fresh and packed with meat. Very little fatty or inedible parts.

Golden egg yolk filled purple yam.. bao? - I'm not sure how to describe this, but it's the "lau sa bao" but with a chewy sweet potato tasting shell. I thought it tasted better than the steamed and baked kinds as the skin was unusual (but filling). Yellow "sand" pouring out of a purple bun is interesting. Another place to try this is at Monterey Palace, they do it quite well there.

Fung zau (chicken feet) - Made extremely well, skin was fall off the bone good, and the sauce was so good we started using it to dip different things.

Veggie Dumpling - this green dumpling was steamed quite well, the skin was like a chewier har gow skin, and green. One of them was already punctured by the time it got to our table. The innards appeared to be a veggie medley. It wasn't bad but I wish there was the same exact thing, but with shrimp or scallop.

Scallop + tofu cheung fun - fried tofu and scallops in steamed rice flour rolls. Not bad, could use some salt.

Mango pudding - Quite good, probably better than the stuff that phoenix serves as mango pudding. Nice texture and nice balance of flavor and sweetness.

daan taat - We originally had ordered po taats, but they said "the machine we need to make it is broken" and asked if we'd like the regular ones instead. Lucky we got them, they were extremely good. Fluffy and sweet in the center, crispy and slightly flaky crust. Didn't fall apart as i picked it up and even held up well after i tore it in half. After eating that, I thought having po taats would have made the meal too heavy. This was the perfect dish to end dimsum. Though I want to try their po taats as well.

Overall, it was pretty good. Service was prompt, and they even changed our plate halfway through the meal. Pricing was about $15 per person, so not the $10 or so you'll pay at places in monterey park, but I think the quality is there. I'll definitely be back to try other items.

Aug 03, 2014
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Favorite Cold Noodles in SGV?

If you're going prepackaged, the cold chicken noodles at sinbala ain't bad

Aug 01, 2014
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Valley Blvd Eats - looking for eating partners

To op, I feel that meetup is closer to what you're looking for.