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Grill Lyon

I was at Grill Lyon last night for dinner and am sorry to report that they will closing its doors on May 15th. As some of you may know the lovely couple that own the restaurant, Tadayoshi and Keiko Matsuno have been part of the L.A. restaurant scene for many years but have decided to retire. Grill Lyon will be missed but I'm confident that Mr. Matsuno's able son, Nkiichi who has been running the kitchen alongside his dad for several years, will land on his feet at another L.A. eatery for all of us to continue enjoying this family's excellent cooking!

May 07, 2007
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Pasadena is weak!

Best delis in the L.A. area...Langer's in Los Angeles and Brent's in Northridge. Both worth the drive!

Mar 16, 2007
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Pasadena is weak!

I would have to agree....Pasadena is weak! Old Towne Pasadena is perhaps the largest gathering of mediocre restaurants. It's unfortunate because over the years, they've done a real nice job with that area. But for the most part, the "white linen" restaurants in Pasadena are frequented by Pasadena's elite socialites and most of these folks could didn't tell the difference between a well-prepared foie grois and a plate of liver and onions! To my amazement that continue to line up and dine at Parkway Grill for faux Spago-esq food and it's sister restaurant, the Arroyo Chop House for the clubby ambience but average cuts of meat. Although we live in the area, we find ourselves driving across town for real food (e.g. Mastro's, Pizza Mozza, Angelina Osteria, Madeo's, Sushi Gen, La Serranta). But having said that, there are a few positives in Pasadena...the best Italian is definitely Celestino;s on Lake Avenue. For Mexican, you're much better off at Los Tacos (California and Fair Oaks) or the taco truck ....the ever popular Majeres is really awful (but the natives feel safe there). Yes Saladong is truly wonderful Thai food. Pie n'burger...it's okay but definitely not in the same league as the Apple Pan. I

Mar 16, 2007
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Empress Pavilion disappointment?

I share your disappointment with the Empress Pavilion as far as service and the varied selection but still believe the cooking is still relatively consistent. For reasons unclear to me, the service is generally better at the San Gabriel restaurants than the Chinatown ones. As far as selection at the Empress, there often seems to be a problem with the entire selection not being circulated through the entire dining room...it appears to be more of a lack of managment in the dining room and not so much what is coming out of the kitchen

Mar 16, 2007
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Empress Pavilion disappointment?

fyi, sam woo in san gabriel closed a few months ago. supposedly the new capital (hong kong style seafood) was taking over the space

Mar 16, 2007
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I want Fried Chicken

dinah's in glendale (san fernando road and los feliz blvd. yum! yum!

Mar 16, 2007
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Empress Pavilion disappointment?

I'm always looking for dim sum and believe the Empress Pavilion continues to be one of the best (including the San Gabriel restaurants). I've been dining at Empress since it first opened (I believe they opened in 1989 or 1990) and over the years there have been many other dim sum restaurants that have come and gone. Many in the past have attempted to dethrone the Empress....do you remember Harbor Village or Shangrila. Yes some offered a more unque (and sometimes more tasty) array of dim sum selections than the Empress but the "proof is in the pudding"....they could not survive. That said when I dine at the latest buzz names in dim restaurants (New Concept, Triumphant Palace, Mission 261) is the dim sum truly better or are some of us unfairly penalizing the "tried and true" of the Empress' dim sum? BTW, I hear most of the buzz restaurants are really struggling to keep their doors open...so if there food is as good as reported, what's the problem? No question the Empress' look is in need of a facelift (definitely the bathrooms) and the service could be a little less impersonal but the consistency of the Empress' dim sum through all the years still gets my vote!

Mar 14, 2007
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