Sunday, May 14, 2017
Angelina’s Famous Pizza
12553 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
Angelina’s Famous Pizza has been on my bucketlist of places to try since 2011. So, I was near Norwalk and figured I should finally check this off my bucketlist.
Angelina’s Famous Pizza is a small restaurant with 4-6 tables in the front. It was very busy when I was there, with many people calling in orders. On their window is a sign that says they finished in 2nd place in 2014 at an International Pizza Competition, in the traditional category. So a promising sign.
Small 2 topping pizza-mushrooms and jalapenos, $12.52 with tax. The sauce was great! Very well balance, nothing overpowering, and there was plenty of sauce on this pizza. The toppings were fresh. The crust was slightly too well done for my tastes. If they had pulled the pizza from the oven a couple minutes earlier, this would be one great pizza. It was still very good. Now some people may complain about the high prices, but it is a good quality pizza.
Service is pretty good.
I thought the pizza at Angelina’s Famous Pizza was very good and I would go back, and I would make a special trip for it.
7035 Lincoln Ave
Buena Park, CA 90620
Aji Limon is a Peruvian restaurant in Buena Park. Across Lincoln Ave. is China King, a fast Chinese restaurant I reviewed back in 2008, that is in the city of Anaheim! Weird how city boundaries are set up!
I assume Ali Limon once housed a fast food restaurant. Now, it is a very nice sit down restaurant that was pretty busy on a Saturday night.
Tallarin Saltado de Camaron, $15.95, Spaghetti sauteed with shrimp, onions and tomatoes. While this dish was very good, the spaghetti was cooked perfectly, there were a lot of shrimp that were a bit overcooked, and had a very nice flavor. I just don't think it is worth the price. You can get shrimp chow mein from a Chinese restaurant from anywhere from $9-$12. Ok, most shrimp chow mein doesn't have tomatoes, but come on, this is overpriced!
Service, I got this dish to go, was good. The guy who took my order was nice and helpful. My order came quickly.
While there is nothing wrong with Aji Limon, you will get a very good meal, I just don't think it is worth the price!
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Good Pizza
7929 Emerson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
The Good Pizza has been on my list of places to try since 2010. I was nearby The Good and decided to finally drop in. Located in a very dark strip mall that has a liquor store, cleaners, beauty salon, and a dance studio and across the street from a Vons. The Good Pizza has two tables inside and about four more outside. I'm guessing they do a lot of delivery and take out.
18in with 5 toppings of your choice minus some prime toppings like steak; $23. I got jalapenos, mushrooms, red onions, and spinach.
The crust is awesome! Very flavorful, great texture, soft yet chewy. The cheese they use has a lot of moisture, so the pizza got a bit soggy. The toppings were plentiful and fresh. But, there wasn't that much sauce-which was pretty good, well balanced flavor.
Service is good. Nice friendly people.
Some people may complain about the high prices, but this is a larger pizza than most pizza places, and the quality is much better than any damn chain pizza, and blows some mom and pop pizza places away!
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
1701 Victory Blvd
Glendale, CA 91201
I first heard of Mambo’s Cafe on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and it has been on my bucketlist of places to try since 2010. Finally, I made it to Mambo's!
While their location is Glendale, it's not the part of Glendale most people know. It's on the order of Burbank and just south of the 5 freeway. It has to be a former gas station in a former life, but a nice restaurant now. A nice counter with about eight seats and a good sized dining room. They have live jazz every Tuesday.
Camarones Al Ajillo (with Vegetable Rice & Sm. Salad) Shrimp Grilled, topped with Special Garlic Sauce, $16.95.
While this was a very good dish- the vegetable rice had onions, corn, peas, and cooked in a broth that made it very flavorful, the seven medium sized shrimp were well cooked and the garlic sauce had a nice flavor, the portion size is terrible! I mean even when ordering shrimp fried rice you get about a dozen shrimp and most places it's around $10. Yes, I know I am comparing a Chinese dish with a Cuban dish. But, I could do the same with a Peruvian dish-shrimp with noodles.
Service is pretty good. While they came around often, were friendly, they never once asked how everything was!!
I wouldn't go back to Mambo's Cafe. While the food was good, the portion size and price do not make this a good value.
Friday, April 28, 2017
618 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Senor Fish is a chain. I've been to their now demolished location in Little Tokyo, but never posted a review, which was demolished to make room for the Regional Connector for Metro Rail. So when I recently had dinner at their South Pasadena location, I figured I should post a review.
Orange Roughy over baby greens-avocado, tomatoes, jicama, baby greens, $11.45. Orange roughy is a very expensive fish if you can find it the average price is about $20/lb. I seriously doubt this is orange roughy, especially such a big piece for just $11.45 plus the cost of the veggies, ok veggies don't cost that much, but you get the point. This fish was well cooked, maybe a little too salty. I haven't had orange roughy in a long time, but this did not taste like orange roughy. The veggies were fresh. This salad is fine, but no way is the fish used orange roughy!
Service was good.
If you go to Senor Fish, stick to the Mexican food.
Pacific Seafood Grill
230 S Lake Ave Ste 3
Pasadena, CA 91101
Pacific Seafood Grill is just a few doors down from Dupar's which used to be Hamburger Hamlet and Veggie Grill. Pacific Seafood Grill is very much like Pacific Fish Grill, hell even their names are almost the same, fresh seafood served in a fast casual setting. Doing a quick search and I find that Fish Dish was the last restaurant here, and it was also the same concept.
Pacific Seafood Grill has a few tables at the front of the restaurant and some tables outside on the porch. Since the porch is along Lake Ave, a very busy street, I would sit inside.
Ahi tuna with white rice and sauteed vegetables, $13.99. I asked for the ahi tuna to be cooked medium rare, it came out rare. It was a good sized portion and well cooked, even if not cooked to the doneness I asked for. The rice was lukewarm and the veggies-cauliflower, zucchini, carrots and squash were sauteed in oil-this would be better if it was steamed. Overall a pretty good dish worth the price.
Service is good. But I find the restaurant a bit dingy and not a pleasant place to enjoy a meal.
I wouldn't go back to Pacific Seafood Grill. I think Pacific Fish Grill is much better.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Grill ‘Em All
19 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
Grill ‘Em All has been on my list of places to try since 2013. I finally made it to Grill ‘Em All, which is not far from Hot Red Bus, a mediocre and pricey fish and chips restaurant. It's a very different restaurant. You feel like you stepped into a Kiss/heavy metal concert. Black paint everywhere, a few tables with chairs straight from a classroom, heavy metal music on the TV and the coming from the speakers, a different setting.
Winger aka the Stewart Burger – with a veggie patty, American, lettuce, tomato, pickle, thousand island, $10. All their beef burgers are half pound. But, you can get a veggie or turkey patty, no extra charge, instead. Their veggie patty is made with black beans and corn, very tasty. But, this burger is dry. They need to put more thousand island dressing. The bun was good and the veggies were fresh. Besides being dry, this was a good burger.
Service is acceptable. The girl who took my order was fairly nice and friendly. But, when helping the customer before me, it took forever! I'm not sure what the issue was, I saw three other people come help, but damn, what the hell took so long?
I won't go back to Grill ‘Em All. The burger is good and service is acceptable, but the entire theme-heavy metal, is a huge turnoff. The burgers aren't so great that I can overlook the heavy metal theme. If heavy metal is your thing, you'll love Grill ‘Em All! It's just not my thing.