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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lobster Grill


Lobster Grill
3210 Chino Ave Ste A
Chino Hills
909-628-6580

Things do change quickly in Chino Hills!   Lobster Grill is the same space that housed Villaggio Pizzeria then Bad Bob's BBQ.  Too bad that chain Buffalo Wild Wings, in the same center, is still open!  Lobster Grill is a combination of Boiling Crab and a Cape Cod seaside lobster restaurant.  They have the bags of seafood with the spicy sauces and the lobster rolls, along with whole lobsters, oysters, and shrimp.

Lobster Grill really brightened up the place.  The walls are white with shades of orange, a dramatic contrast to the dark wood of Villaggio Pizzeria.  A very welcoming place.  It's order at the counter and they will bring your food to your table.

There is a very good happy hour, Tues-Fri from 3:30 to 5:30pm, they are closed Mondays.  The lobster roll, regular price, $10.95 are $8.95.   So I stopped in for happy hour.

 Clam chowder, cup. $2.95 happy hour price.  This was very good.  Came pipping hot and full of flavor.  A rich, thick, hearty broth with bigs chucks of clams and potatoes.  Hit the spot on a raining day in May!  This clam chowder is pescetarian, as there is no bacon.   

 Calamari, $4.95 happy hour price.  Regular price, $7.95.  This was served lukewarm.  This a just frozen calamari fried up.  Very rubbery and soggy.  This could be good, if served right out of the fryer. 


Lobster roll, with fries, $8.95, happy hour price.  Regular price, $10.95.  Lobster roll was great.  Lots of lobster mixed with celery and some herbs,  in a ketchup and mayo sauce.  The lobster is served cold but the roll is nicely toasted and holds up to the large amount of lobster. 

Fries were served lukewarm, but could be good if served hot!  

Service is good.  The guy who took my order was nice and helpful.  When he brought out the clam chowder, he went and got a spoon for me.  Food came out quickly. 

The idiots on Yelp give Lobster Grill three stars, mostly because they got butt hurt their groupon wasn't accepted.  One stupid yelper got mad because they wouldn't allow her to use her groupon, which included alcohol, because she didn't have her ID.  No wonder yelp is a damn joke!

They do need to work on getting out fried items while they are hot.  But, overall I like Lobster Grill, especially for their lobster roll.  I would go back and would gladly pay the full price for the lobster roll.  It's a steal at their happy hour price!


Monday, March 30, 2015

New York Pizzeria


New York Pizzeria
364 N Lemon Ave
Walnut, CA 91789
909-594-5000

New York Pizzeria is in the Vons Shopping Center in Walnut.  It's been around for a long time, but I've never gone in.  But, I was driving by the area and decided to finally give them a try.  New York Pizzeria has a L shaped dining area, with a huge TV in one corner.  The night I went, there was a small group of LA Kings fans, watching the Kings lose to the Blackhawks!  The dining area is clean and they quickly clear the tables, which doesn't always happen at pizza places!




Monday night there is a special, large one topping pizza for $9.75.  So I got a large mushroom pizza, $10.63 with tax.  I wasn't expecting New York style pizza, even though they have New York in it's name!   Just because a pizza place has New York in it's name, doesn't mean they serve New York style pizza! But, the crust was a medium thickness, firm and very good.  It will hold almost any amount of toppings.  The sauce was tangy and bold.  A good amount of cheese and less amount of mushrooms.  I couldn't figure out if the mushrooms were from a can or not.  But, the pizza was good.  I forgot to check what the regular price of a large one topping is, but if it is around $12, it would be worth the price.  Maybe the best in Walnut, but Walnut isn't a city known for it's pizza.  I've tried two pizza restaurants in Walnut, Paradise Pizza and, the now closed, Bella Napoli Trattoria & Pizza, which has been replaced by the chain Pieology. 

Service was very good.  The lady taking my order was nice and friendly.

I would go back to New York Pizzeria. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Italiano's Pizza


Italiano’s Pizza
6500 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles
323-255-0016

When I reviewed Town Pizza a few weeks ago, I was reminded that I have not reviewed Italiano's Pizza.  Town Pizza took over the old Italiano's location on York Blvd. in Highland Park.  But, their location on Figueroa is still open. 

 Italiano's is basically built onto a house.  The kitchen is the back part of a house and the dining area is the patio, where there are about 8 tables!  The dining area needs a good cleaning!   Not an appealing place to walk into.

But, the kitchen area is clean.




Medium mushrooms and jalapenos, $12.53.  The crust is nice and firm, holding the topping very well.  It maybe a bit dry, but I like the firmness, nothing worse than your toppings falling off the pizza because the crust fell apart.  The sauce is a very mild sauce and there is plenty of it.  The cheese is also plentiful.  The jalapenos were plentiful, but the mushrooms were a bit lacking.  But, both were fresh.  They also have a 28in pizza that is just huge!  Once, I saw the delivery driver put four of the 28in pizza in his car! 

Service is good.  The lady taking my order was nice and helpful.

Despite the dirty dining area, I like Italiano's Pizza.  Is it the best pizza in Highland Park?  No.  But, it is a good value and will satisfy your pizza craving. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Donut Man

The Donut Man
915 E Route 66
Glendora
626-335-9111

I reviewed The Donut Man in 2008, when their famous strawberry donuts were out of season!  So, I went back after seeing a TV show that strawberry donuts are back! According to the owner of Donut Man, strawberries are in season from about Feb to September.  Peaches-the other fresh fruit donuts, are usually in season around July.



Bear claw, $2.  I always saw bear claws on the menu board but never on the racks.  One day I asked about them and here is the story.  Since bear claws take so much time to make, they are only made once a day, about 2 am!  Yes, that's 2 in the MORNING.  They are usually gone by about 8am that morning.  You can order them in advance.  So I placed an order for some bear claws.

This huge donut is filled with apple, that isn't as overpowering as the apple filled donuts I had in my first visit.  There are also some raisins mixed in with the apples.  The donut itself is very dense, moist and topped with a frosting, with peanuts, that has just the right amount of sweetness.  I liked this donut and it's well worth the $2 price tag.


Tiger Tail, $1.75. A long glazed donut with chocolate stripe, this is one of my favorite donuts from Donut Man.  Pretty simple, yet so good. 



Strawberry donut, $4.  Now, the world famous strawberry donut is packed with fresh strawberries in a nice sauce.  It's good, but not my favorite.  But, worth the time in line and drive, if you never had one before.

Service.  The day I went, service was good.  People were nice and friendly.  Now, if you go at night, service can be lacking.  I'm not talking about the long lines.  During strawberry donut season, long lines are the norm.  Hell, even when strawberry donuts aren't in season, lines can be long around 8pm, because Tiger tails are just coming out, hot and fresh!!  One night I dropped by and I was the only person there.  I walked up and the workers clearly saw me through the window.  I watched as they were making the strawberry donuts.  But, when I got to the window, it took about 5 minutes before anybody said anything to me.  Now, remind you, this is after making eye contact with the worker making the donuts.  They were too busy talking about the NFL playoffs.  When the guy finally came, he kept talking about football, that even though I ordered two donuts, a tiger tail and a chocolate with nuts, he kept forgetting which donut I wanted.  Maybe, if he concentrated on helping the customer, instead of saying the Seahawks are going to win the Super Bowl, he would have been done in about a minute, instead of the 3-4 minutes it took to finally get my order of TWO donuts, right.

A couple weeks later, I called and the owner happened to answer the phone.  To the credit of the owner, I told him the story and he said he would talk to his night manager and staff.  I hope he followed through!

If you're a foodie, Donut Man has to be on your bucket list!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fish-O-Licious



Fish-O-Licious
4200 Chino Hills Pkwy
Chino Hills.
909-393-3888

Chino Hills already has Pacific Fish Grill, and now they have some competition.  Fish-O-Licious was reviewed by David Allen, and I decided to give them a try.  Fish-O-Licious, is a new chain, with locations in Commerce and Corona.  A Long Beach location is suppose to open soon. 

Fish-O-Licious has a fairly big sized dining area with nice neutral colors, that makes for a nice pleasing dining experience.  You don't feel like you're at a fast food restaurant or cafeteria.

Every Tuesday, they have a $1 fish taco special, so I decided to drop in.  I go there about noon and surprisingly, there were only five people in line.  I expected the lines to be out the door. 


Battered fish taco, $1 on Tuesday, regular price, $2.75. Sole.  On their menu, sole is listed as sole (basa).  Well sole and basa are two different type of fish.  Sole is generally more expensive.  So, if I had to guess this battered fish taco is made with basa fish.  It was pretty good.  The light crunchy batter was very good and hot.  This came right out of the fryer!  The fish had good flavor.  Cabbage, red onions, cilantro, and tomatoes were all fresh.  The flour tortilla was nice and warm.  The only thing I didn't like is the small size of the fish.  But, at  $1, it's a decent size piece of fish.  I hope the fish is bigger at the regular price!




Grilled fish taco, $1 on Tuesday, regular price, $2.75.  They use salmon and sole (basa) for their grilled fish tacos.  While I didn't see much salmon, the fish was well seasoned and well cooked.  The veggies were fresh.  If I had to choose, I think the battered fish taco was better, but both were good.


Calamari plate, with fries and cole slaw, $7.95.  The roll is a sourdough roll from a package.  The fries are standard frozen fries, nothing bad or great about them.  The calamari was clearly from a frozen bag.  They were very chewy and not fresh.  I wasn't impressed.

Service was very good, though my order seemed to take a bit longer than it should.  Nice friendly people who know the menu.

Both Pacific Fish Grill and Fish-O-Licious have their good and bad points.  I would say Pacific Fish Grill has the better deal on the fish tacos, because there is more fish in the tacos during their $1 special.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New York Delight

New York Delight
310 S Thomas St
Pomona
909-868-6518

Pomona lacks options for good pizza.  I do like Valentino's, that I reviewed in 2010.  Otherwise you're limited to the chains.  So, I was really happy when I heard about New York Delight!

New York Delight is tucked away in the Arts District section of downtown Pomona.  There are nightclubs and a middle and high school nearby.

The building is long and narrow with a few tables with bench seating along one wall and a lone table along the other wall.  The walls are pretty barren expect for a few framed photos of New York City.

I understand they started as a sandwich shop and later added New York style thin crust pizza to their menu. 




Large mushroom pizza, $6.53 tax included.  The first thing you notice is the great crust-lightly cripsy with a nice chewy texture, and very thin.  While the amount of mushrooms was lacking, the mushrooms were fresh and tasty.  The cheese was lightly piled, they could add a little more, but they use a good quality cheese!  This is a very good example of New York style thin crust pizza!  They also have a $20 specialty pizza that is about 18 or 20 inches and piled high with toppings.

Service is good.  The people are nice and helpful.  Be sure to call before dropping in.  When I first found out about New York Delight, they were only open from about 11am to 2pm Mon-Fri.  On Friday and Saturday, they would reopen at about 8pm and stay open to about 4am, yes to serve the late night party people!

I would go back to New York Delight anytime.  This is not only the best pizza in Pomona, but is the best New York style thin crust pizza, in the Inland Valley.  Yes, they beat out the old standard,  San Biagio's Pizza!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jay’s Pizza



Jay’s Pizza
2412 S Garfield Ave Ste A
Monterey Park
323-724-4324

Happy New Year!  2015 is the year Dr. Brown and Marty McFly visited in Back to the Future 2.  No, you drunk idiot cub fans, their prediction of the cubs winning the World Series will NOT come true this year.  The only Cubs fan who deserves to see the Cubs win the World Series, is Steve Bartman.  He did NOTHING wrong, it was the loser cubs who blew the lead in Game 6 AND Game 7 of the 2003 NLCS!  I would love to see either the Chicago White Sox or the Miami Marlins win the 2015 World Series, it would be the ultimate insult to those drunk idiot cub fans!

So, I decided to get into a flying DeLorean, or is it a hoverboard, and go back to the future, when I found about about Jay's Pizza in Monterey Park.  Jay's Pizza used to be Joe's Pizza, a restaurant I reviewed back in 2007.  I don't know if Jay's and Joe's are owned by the same owners, I honestly can't remember how their pizza tasted, so I can't compare the two.

Jay's is a small restaurant with about four tables and a huge TV on the north wall.  They have a great special every Wednesday and Sunday, a jumbo, 18 in. pizza with one topping for $12 tax included. 



Jumbo, 18 in, with mushrooms.  The crust is crisp at the bottom and soft and chewy in the middle.  The sauce was a slightly sweet, mild spiced sauce. There is a very healthy amount of cheese on the pizza, that made for a gooey mess-which I love on a pizza.  The amount of fresh mushrooms were a bit lacking, but for $12, I can understand why.   I liked the pizza and would certainly order it again.

Service was below average.  They had two kids working, who were more concerned about the Cowboys-Lions playoff game, than helping customers.  The guy who took my order never bothered to say thank you after I paid for my pizza.

I would come back to Jay's Pizza, but service does need to improve!