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BEST PIZZA IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY?

We recently tried Dominicos in Arcadia ..
Ordered a medium pepperoni pizza ...
It was good but would have been better if it was less oily ..

The search continues ..

Sep 23, 2007
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BEST PIZZA IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY?

Has anybody tried Lamppost Pizza in Arcadia?

Aug 30, 2007
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philly cheesesteak!

The best philly cheesesteak sandwich I had was in North Hollywood .. I will get the name and post!!

Aug 30, 2007
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BEST PIZZA IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY?

Any recommendations on who has the best PIZZA in the San Gabriel Valley?
I prefer NEW YORK STYLE .. thanks in advance!!!

Aug 30, 2007
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which hotel has the best brunch buffet?

The Universal Hilton has a pretty good spread for the buck ...

May 29, 2007
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San Marino Seafood

Any comments regarding San Marino Seafood?
I drive by it on my way home and I'm always curious how that place is ...

May 14, 2007
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Best Sushi in San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena?

Is Kiyosuzu authentic Japanese Sushi spot .. I tried this other place in Arcadia and they were all Chinese.

May 14, 2007
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Best Italian Restaurant in San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena area?

Looking for the best Italian spot in San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena area - any suggestions?

May 14, 2007
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Best Sushi in San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena?

Any suggestions for a good sushi spot in the San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena area?

May 14, 2007
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Breakfast spot near LAX or West LA area?

Any recommendations for a good breakfast spot near LAX or West LA - early morning 7:30am-ish...

Apr 13, 2007
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Best Lunch Buffet in LA area?

I tried the lunch buffet at the Universal Hilton ... on a scale of 1-10
I give it a 7

Apr 08, 2007
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REVIEWS: Twin Palms in Old Town Pasadena

thank you for the suggestions ...
Are these places baby friendly?

Apr 01, 2007
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DUMPLING HOUSE in Arcadia - AWFUL

My wife and I frequent Mandarin Noodle Deli in Temple City ...
Last night we didn't feel like waiting for a table there so we tried a new place :

Dumpling House
921 S. Baldwin Ave. #A
Arcadia

BIG MISTAKE ...

We originally ordered 3 items :

1. beef and onion dumplings
2. beef noodle soup
3. mapo tofu

Mapo tofu came first - it had a strong peppercorn taste that tingles the tongue afterwards.
We told the waiter about the awful aftertaste ... what happened next was a surprise.
He got a pair of chopsticks and tried a tofu right from our dish ..
The waiter might as well have joined us for dinner at that point ... he said it tasted fine.
We asked to have it removed and with some hesitation the waiter did so.

The dumplings came next and on my wife's first bite she got a bonus ... a small rock grain
We decided not so say thing - we didn't want to have the waiter join us for dinner again ..
Besides the surprise rock pebble we found - I thought the dumplings were alright ...

At this point noticed other tables ordering the beef pancake roll so we figured - let's try it.

The beef noodle soup arrived - it was basically bland, tasteless, and was warm at best ...
I had to add a couple of spoonfuls of chili just to give it some taste ...
They use a thick noodle that looked good but was soft and overcooked ..
The beef was ok - I just wished that there was more than 3 pieces...
By now my wife didn't even want to try it ...

10 minutes went by and we were ready to cancel the order of beef pancake roll ...
It finally came after asking number of times if it was ready - I think they forgot to order it.
It was the best dish we had all night .. but by the time it came we were already to go.

Before we left I asked where the restroom was - it was outside around the back.

From a scale of 1 to 10 - I rate it a " 4.5 " at best ... but for sure we will not return.

Next time we're just going to wait for a table at Mandarin Noodle Deli.

Overall we thought the experience was AWFUL

Mar 29, 2007
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REVIEWS: Twin Palms in Old Town Pasadena

Thinking of having a birthday lunch or brunch at Twin Palms but have never eat there ..
Reviews and comments would be greatly appreciated!!!

Mar 24, 2007
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Vegetarian Beef Noodle Soup At Bean Sprouts Chinese Vegetarian in Arcadia

Whoa ... vegetarian beef noodle soup?
I'll have to give Bean Sprouts a try ...
I drive by it on my way home all the time ...
My favorite beef noodle soup is still from Mandarin Noodle Deli in Temple City.

Mar 22, 2007
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Good Japanese eats in Orange County area ..

Picking up my Mother-in-Law from John Wayne airport tonight ...
Are there any good Japanese spots we can go ...
My wife and 7 month old are coming too ...
Any suggestions would be appreciated ...
Not trying to break the bank please - thanks in advance.

Mar 16, 2007
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Good dumplings other than din tai fung?

Went to ' Dumpling House ' over the weekend ... thought it was just " OK "

Mar 13, 2007
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best prime rib - LA/SFV

Lawry's ... nothing else comes close.

Mar 12, 2007
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Good dumplings other than din tai fung?

The best boiled dumplings and pan fried dumplings are at Mandarin Noodle Deli in Temple City (on the corner of Las Tunas and Primrose - across from Bank of America)

Let me know what you think!!

Mar 10, 2007
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BEST Noodle Spots in Arcadia / Temple City

May Mei also has great fried chicken wings ...

Mar 08, 2007
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The Castaway in Burbank

Where is The Odysee?

Mar 08, 2007
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BEST Noodle Spots in Arcadia / Temple City

Anymore suggestions or reviews?

Mar 08, 2007
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High-end Chinese cuisine in Monterey Park that's NOT family style

Chinese food, high-end, non-family style, and in Monterey Park?

I think not .. at least not anywhere that's going to be worth mentioning - sorry!!

Mar 08, 2007
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The Castaway in Burbank

Has anybody tried their Saturday Brunch?

Mar 07, 2007
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highland/melrose spots?

For great Mexican try Antonios - located right on Melrose and Vista.
I usually order the chicken and shrimp fajitas ...

Mar 06, 2007
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BEST Noodle Spots in Arcadia / Temple City

Thanks for the link ...

NORTHERN-STYLE RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Dumpling House
5612 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City 626-309-9918
Type: Northern Chinese/Korean
Quality: !!!! Price: $-$$$ Ambience: **

This is one of my favorite restaurants--highly recommended. They specialize in hand-drawn noodles (aka shou la mian). Unlike mass-manufactured noodles, hand-drawn noodles are slightly chewy with a bit of give. I like them better than mass-manufactured noodles. I personally like the Za Jiang Mian (aka "Noodle with Brown Sauce"). The Beef Stewed Noodles are good, too. Dumplings are also hand-made. The pork dumplings are large. I like the steamed pork dumplings the best. However, be aware that it usually takes at least 10-15 minutes to cook them; don't count on them as appetizers. The thin onion pancakes are crisp and hearty. I also recommend the "pork and glass noodle wrap." This is like a Chinese burrito. They'll give you 4 wrappers and a whole plate of noodles and meat that you should stuff inside the wrappers. They'll also give you some hoisin/plum sauce and raw green onion slivers to put in your "burrito" as well. You should ask for 4 additional wrappers, because there's no way on earth to stuff your noodles and meat into just 4 wrappers. Remember, this is not a Cantonese restaurant, so avoid the chow mein and rice dishes. The staff is Chinese-Korean, so you can order in Korean, too. If you have kids, they can ask the owner for some fish pellets to fed the Koi inside the entrance. The restaurant is tucked away in a mini-mall across the street from Denny's. You cannot enter the parking lot going southbound on Rosemead Blvd. You must enter on northbound Rosemead Blvd.

Noodle House
46 W. Las Tunas Dr., Arcadia 626-821-2088
Type: Northern Chinese
Quality: !!! Price: $-$$$ Ambience: **

There's nothing like listening to soothing music from Kenny G. while eating some hearty Northern-style noodles, especially when the songlist includes "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" and "Silent Night," and it's the end of March. That is a true Southern California experience. However, I must say that the food was certainly better than the choice of music. The noodles here are called "Shou Gan Mian", which is loosely translated as "hand-kneaded noodles." Instead of using a machine, they knead the dough by hand. Unlike Shou La Mian (hand-drawn noodles), these are cut with a knife or cutting machine of some sort. The result is similar--slightly chewy and very fresh noodle. I prefer Shou La Mian, but these were really good, too. The potsickers were very good--mostly pan fried instead of mostly steamed, which is what you find at most restaurants. It takes longer to cook, but the flavor is more intense. The Pan Cake with Green Onion provides a good accompaniment to the soup noodles. They are thin, pan-fried flour pancakes with green onions. They're actually more like a tortilla on steriods than a pancake. They also serve Chinese-style breakfast here, and I'm not talking about Kung Pao McMuffin here. One of my co-workers is very fond of this place. Finding this place is a bit tricky. It is in a mini-mall just west of Santa Anita and bordered by Las Tunas and Live Oak. You cannot enter from the Live Oak side; you must enter from the Las Tunas Side. Personally, I think the ambience would improve if they change their music from Kenny G. to country music. Yessirree, you could then eat your Northern Chinese-style noodles and dumplings to the tune of "Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys....."

Dumpling House
921 S. Baldwin Ave., #A, Arcadia 626-445-2755
Type: Northern Chinese
Quality: !!! Price: $-$$ Ambience: ***

Chinese restaurants sometimes have a problem with finding good English names. Many moons ago, NBC first opened in Monterey Park. Of course, there's the ABC restaurant. NBC clobbered it in the ratings. But I digress. This Dumpling House is not related to the Dumpling House in Temple City. It's quite small. In fact, to get to the bathroom, you need to either walk through the kitchen or enter the restaurant from the back entrance. Other than that, the decor is really nice and subdued--no garish banks of office flourescent lights here.

The food here is typical Northern-style fare: dumplings and plenty of wheat-based foods. The pan fried dumplings look like steamed baozi but are pan fried on the bottom: very tasty. We also tried the chive Pan Cakes--this is definitely recommended for garlic chive lovers. The celery and pork dumplings were pretty good, though you need to wait for the dish to cool down a bit for the full flavor to come through. The Flavors Stewed Beef was rather forgettable--too much anise for me, and it was almost all tendons and connective tissue. The Ham Fried Rice was good, but entirely too expensive: $5.25 for a small plate. You can get twice as much for less at any Hong Kong or Cantonese restaurant.

At this point, the astute reader will ask, "Why in the world did you order a rice dish in a Northern-style restaurant?" Well, Grasshopper, I'm glad you asked. I was actually taking my kids to the aforementioned restroom when my wife and sister-in-law decided to order to the dish. When I returned, I decided that marital harmony was far more important than gastronomic satisfaction. I'm sure I made the wise decision.

Mandarin Deli
9537 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City 626-309-4318
Type: 80's Retro
Quality: !!! Price: $-$$ Ambience: **

U2. Madonna. The Thompson Twins. Now playing at your local Mandarin Deli. I'm not kidding. As we sat down, a wave of nostalgia hit me: it was 80's music blasting through the loudspeakers in Mandarin Deli. I'm guessing that whoever ran the place found a CD with some English on it and put it in the CD player without any idea of what the music was about (see the reference to Kenny G.'s Christmas music in the Noodle House entry above).

Anyhow, we enjoyed our meal. We started with the Sliced Beef with Pancake. It's a thin onion/scallion pancake wrapped around some beef slices, parsley, and some other stuff--it's an SGV version of what is known as a "wrap" in more trendy circles. Obviously, I'm not a member of the aforementioned trendy circles. The potstickers (aka Pan Fried Meat Dumplings) were quite tasty. I think I ordered either the Mandarin Stye Noodle with Chili or the Noodle with Spicy Chili Sauce (I can't remember exactly which one). It was actually a moderately spicy with different types of seafood in it, including octopus, squid, shrimp, etc. It was a bit tough getting the tentacles down, though. I wasn't too fond of their Beef Stew with Home Made Noodle Soup--too much connective tissue for my personal tastes. Service was a bit slow because they had too few waitresses for that many tables, but they were very nice people. OK, I'll admit it: I actually enjoyed the music. I'm a child of the 80's; what can I say? Overall, I'd say that it was, like, a totally decent restaurant, dude.

Mar 06, 2007
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The Castaway in Burbank

Any info on the Saturday buffet? How is this restaurant? Thinking about having a birthday party there .. just trying to get information since I've never heard of this place before.

Mar 05, 2007
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BEST Noodle Spots in Arcadia / Temple City

My recommendation ...

1. Mandarin Noodle Deli
2. Corner of Primrose & Las Tunas in Temple City - (626) 309-4318
3. Beef Stew Noodle Soup (prefer xtra spicy) / Fried Dumplings / Beef Onion Pancake Roll

Mar 05, 2007
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BEST Noodle Spots in Arcadia / Temple City

Where do you think has the best noodles in the immediate Arcadia / Temple City vicinity?
Please list the following - I might not be able to try them all - but I'll try :

1. Name of the restaurant
2. Either a phone number, the address, or description of where it's at
3. What you recommend ordering

Mar 05, 2007
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Planning my son's 1st birthday party .. HELP

Thanks for all the great suggestions ..
Because it's his first birthday party - there will be more adults than other children ...
We just checked out the Sunday Brunch at the Almansor Court in Alhambra ...
It was ' just alright ', at $18.95 per person I expected a little bit better ...
My last choice might just have to be booking a room with a few tables at a dim sum spot ...

Mar 05, 2007
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