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ISO soup dumplings...in LA or OC

I like all 3 places, but unlike some of the other posters on this board, I prefer Dragon Mark as the best. No one speaks English, but you can point to the menu, and they'll figure it out.

I don't go to Dragon Mark (or any small Chinese restaurant that serves dumplings and opens until late at night) for the service.

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Dragon Mark (Yitiao Long)
301 W Valley Blvd Ste 110, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Feb 28, 2008
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Ok, lets throw down ... rank your places for best xiao long bao (or XLB)

I kind of prefer Dragon Mark over both Jin Jiang and Mei Long Village. Dragon Mark is the one situated right in between those two places in the same strip mall.

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Dragon Mark (Yitiao Long)
301 W Valley Blvd Ste 110, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Dec 03, 2007
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Great Pho Day! Your Favorite?

I like Pho Super Bowl on Main Street, too. I usually get my super bowl pho with a Thai tea. Service is quick.

I also like Vietnam House, which is about 1 block east of Pho Super Bowl on the same side of Main Street/Las Tunas Dr.

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Vietnam House
710 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Pho Super Bowl
1300 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Dec 03, 2007
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South Pas Pizza Battle Royale: Mamma vs. Nonna

"Korean owners running Mamma's?"

I don't think so. Last time I was there, I saw a bunch of white people, and one Asian lady with the last name Inzunza. Not sure how that is Korean to you.

Oct 19, 2007
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BEST PIZZA IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY?

I second all four nominations as good choices, although Zelo's is more of a California take on Chicago-style pizza and does not make NY-style pizza like the original poster seemed to want. I like Zelo's a lot, but then again, I like that deep dish pizza.

For the very best 2 NY-style pizza places in the SGV, though, my recommendations go to Mamma's Brickoven Pizza on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena, and Nonna's Pizzeria, also on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena. Nonna's is currently operated by some of the original owners of Mamma's. Apparently, there was some dispute about a year or so ago, the current owner of Mamma's bought out the other owners, and those other owners were supposed to turn over all their recipies but didn't. Eventually, the folks at Mamma's came up with good recipies on their own, and the bought-out owners just went down the street and opened up Nonna's.

Both have great pizza. The customer wins at either place.

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Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza
710 S Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91105, USA

Nonna Pizzeria
818 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Aug 30, 2007
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Burger Crawl - Pasadena Area

I second the recommendation for Pie N Burger. Definitely, in my opinion, the top burger joint in the Pasadena area.

Aug 16, 2007
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Coming to LA/Pasadena (mainly Pasadena), could use some recs

If you want to compare the local philly cheesesteaks with those of Philadelphia, you may want to check out Fredo's Phillys in Pasadena for lunch, which probably offers the best philly cheesesteak in the area. I usually get the "works" cheesesteak. Whatever cheesesteak or hoagie you order, you'll get a footlong sandwich.

It's a small, very casual joint where you walk in and sit at some small wooden tables with some old wooden chairs (or you take your sandwich to go), but it might be a nice comparison test for you.

It's in Pasadena, but you'll have to drive there from the Sheraton. The storefront is on the east side of Lake Avenue right next to Rosarito #2, and parking is in the rear.

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Fredo's Phillys
720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

Aug 13, 2007
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Ja Jyang Myeon - Korean Bean Paste Noodles

"My other friend raves about their extra spicy seafood noodle soup which name escapes me right now. All I know it definitely makes me wish I had eaten ice cream after though!"

You're thinking of jjam-pong.

I much prefer jja jang myun.

Aug 05, 2007
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overrated/over hyped?

Overrated = Cassell's Hamburgers

It's not a bad burger joint, but you can find better burgers at Pie N Burger or any In-N-Out around.

Jul 31, 2007
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overrated/over hyped?

I beg to differ on Sa Rit Gol. While other Korean bbq places have better meat, usually people recommend Sa Rit Gol because their panchan (side dishes) have more variety and are fresher than other Korean restaurants.

I'm one of those people that like Sa Rit Gol. I don't love it, but I do like it, and I don't think it is overrated.

Jul 31, 2007
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Korean Cold Noodle - Kong Gutsu (sp?)

You mean Kong Guk Soo (cold buckwheat noodles in soy soup)? Here's a photo:

http://www.desertmodernism.com/blog/2...

Jul 23, 2007
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Korean BBQ with charcoal

Charcoal = Soot Bull Jeep, also Tahoe Galbi (?)

Best panchan = Sa Rit Gol

Jul 22, 2007
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Korean Food - anyone know what dokpoki is?

I believe you can get a plate of it at your typical Korean cafes/bars in Koreatown like Bohemian in the Chapman Plaza at 6th and Kenmore. Of course, those places get smokey and boozy late at nights, which is fine but you should just be aware.

Apr 19, 2007
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Feijoada recs in SGV/Pasadena/Downtown L.A.

This Taste of Brazil place sounds interesting. That address is in the El Sereno area, which is just west of Alhambra or so. I've already been to Zabumba, and I'd prefer to stay local, so I'll likely be trying out Taste of Brazil instead of Cafe Brasil.

In fact, I just did a Google search and came up with Jonathan Gold's review from a year ago:

http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/cou...

Sounds pretty good. I'll try to check it out sometime this week for dinner.

Apr 08, 2007
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Feijoada recs in SGV/Pasadena/Downtown L.A.

Just got back from a trip to Rio and I already miss the Brazilian food.

Any recommendations for Brazilian restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley or Pasadena area that prepare great feijoada? Downtown L.A. is also okay, although I'd prefer Pasadena or other parts of the San Gabriel Valley.

Apr 08, 2007
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Korean food-- Pasadena or Alhambra?

You're probably thinking of Arirang right next to Idealab. It disappeared some time ago, and I think Idealab or something else consumed the space.

I went there a couple of times. I thought it was very pretty inside, but the food was very bland and overly expensive for what they provided. That is, there were too few panchan side dishes, and the portions of meat were small and unfulfilling. It was kind of like the antithesis of a typical Korean BBQ restaurant, which is usually all about the strong-tasting food, large, plentiful portions of meat, wide variety of vegetable and creative side dishes, and poor ventilation and interior decor.

I don't miss Arirang, although I do wish a decent Korean restaurant would open up in the Pasadena-South Pasadena-Alhambra area.

Feb 21, 2007
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Korean food-- Pasadena or Alhambra?

There's a Korean restaurant literally right next to Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant within the same strip mall complex on the northwest corner of Atlantic and Garvey Avenues in Monterey Park. I cannot seem to recall the exact name, but it's located on the same floor of that complex as Ocean Star, and the entrance to the Korean restaurant is about 10 feet away from Ocean Star, too.

They have soontubu and the usual soontubu + [insert meat dish here] combos. The first time I went there, it was because Ocean Star was too crowded, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Korean food.

However, the second and third times I went there, I just found that although there was way too much MSG in the dishes. My tongue and throat kind of got that numb, constricting feeling that happens when a restaurant drenches on the MSG.

Still, if you're in the area and don't want to drive to Koreatown or to Arcadia where Seoul Jung is, it's better than nothing.

Feb 21, 2007
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Ethiopian Restaurant Recs...

I second the Meals by Genet suggestion.

Make sure to get the vegetarian platter for you and your friends, which you can eat by itself or along with one of the meat dishes.

Feb 10, 2007
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Any comments on John's Kitchen in Hacienda Heights?

An acquaintance recommended dining at John's Kitchen in Hacienda Heights as I may be headed out there this weekend. Apparently, it is a Chinese restaurant, but beyond that, I have no idea what kind of cuisine they specialize in (Cantonese, Shanghai, Taiwanese, dumplings, dim sum, etc.).

Anyone care to comment?

John's Kitchen
2137 South Hacienda Boulevard
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-4243

Thanks in advance.

Jan 20, 2007
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Golden Deli in San Gabriel, Yazmin in Alhambra, Tung Lai Shun in San Gabriel, and Charming Garden in Monterey Park

Tung Lai Shun is closed, but Golden Deli is still open and hopping on Main Street in San Gabriel. If the wait is too long at Golden Deli, just head across the street to its sister restaurant, Vietnamese House. Great cha gio in addition to the immaculately greaseless pho.

Jan 20, 2007
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Greek Eats in L.A.?

If you're willing to drive down to the South Bay, dinner at Papadakis Taverna in San Pedro is always a fun and memorable experience. It's a great time to go there, too, if you're a USC fan, as the owner, John Papadakis, is a former Trojan football player and legend, and his sons Taso and Petros are also former USC football players.

http://www.papadakistaverna.com/

You can check out the menu at their website. And yes, mousaka is listed on the dinner menu with soup and salad for $22.95 or a la carte for $18.95.

Nov 29, 2006
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Korean BBQ

I fourth the suggestion for Chosun Galbee. I've dined there extensively for both lunch and dinner over the last few years. Although it is a little more expensive than other Korean BBQ places in Koreatown, it definitely has a nice interior decor where one can eat and leave without smelling like you spent the last 5 hours in a cattle incinerator (not that that aroma is always a bad thing).

This is the URL:

http://www.chosungalbee.com/

I can think of only a couple of other "very nice" places where one can bring friends and family without having to apologize for the interior decorating or lack of ventilation: YongSuSan and Woo Lae Oak. YongSuSun, however, is not a Korean BBQ place, but a different style Korean restaurant with more North Korean style food.

http://www.yongsusan.co.kr/en/menu-1/...

(Note the amusing misspelling of "Taste of Korea" in the upper righthand corner of the website

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And, as stated in the initial follow-up post in this thread, Woo Lae Oak is a very poor choice. Korean food watered down for Westerners and made into nearly unrecognizable, bland fare. Nice presentation. However, bad food and small portions.

http://www.woolaeoakbh.com/index2.htm

Nov 28, 2006
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name of that korean bbq place??

Manna?

Shik Do Rak is east of Vermont, so that probably rules that out. Soot Bull Jeep is on 8th, but they use charcoal there instead of mesquite, so that probably rules Soot Bull Jeep out.

Manna is located at 3377 W. Olympic Blvd. on the northeast corner of a small street (Gramercy Drive), and they serve those rice paper wraps. I don't recall whether mesquite is used. Manna is always crowded and lively. If you have a big group, are looking for all-you-can-eat Korean bbq, and don't mind a little wait or noise, Manna may be a good choice for you. The quality of meat is probably better at other Korean restaurants, though (like the aforementioned Shik Do Rak and Soot Bull Jeep).

Oct 16, 2006
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Help! Need a good Korean restaurant in K-Town (w/patio?)

Yep, sounds like Chosun Galbee to me, too, although I'm fairly certain Chosun Galbee doesn't have any fountains. Here is the website link, so the original poster can look at some of the restaurant's photos to confirm:

http://www.chosungalbee.com/

I haven't been to Tahoe Galbi, either, but here is a photo of the exterior:

http://www.krestaurant.com/business/1...

Oct 07, 2006
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The Best Hot Dog I've EVER had... you'll be surprised!

Until Top Dog from Berkeley and Oakland set up an outpost in the Los Angeles area, L.A. cannot be called the Hot Dog Capital of the world.

http://www.topdoghotdogs.com/

Oct 03, 2006
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