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Monday, May 21, 2018

Lily’s Tacos

Lily’s Tacos
901 N Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91767

Lily's Tacos has been a Pomona staple since 1992.  David Allen gives a great history about the original Lily's Tacos, which was demolished to make room for another restaurant.  David also reviewed the new Lily's Tacos, which opened about two years ago.  It's a good sized place, where you order at the table.  I'm guessing there are about 10 tables in the restaurant.  Nothing fancy, but you get a good view of busy Garey Ave.

Fish taco-$1.75 with talapia fish used.  On the left side of the picture.  The batter was very salty!  The fish was fresh, as was the veggies, but I just couldn't get over the saltiness.

Shrimp taco $1.75.  The same as the fish taco, the batter is just way too salty.

While both are good sized pieces of seafood, this could be good, if the batter wasn't so salty.

Service is pretty good.  The guy was nice and pretty helpful. But, when I asked do they have another location, he just said yes.  But, he wasn't a jerk about it.  I figured most people will say where the other location is. 

I wouldn't go back to Lily's Tacos.  Maybe their other items are better, but their fish and shrimp tacos are not good.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Monstrous Pizza

Monstrous Pizza
557 N Azusa Ave
Covina, CA 91722

Just a bit north on Azusa Ave. from Sun's New Kitchen, is Monstrous Pizza; in a huge shopping center directly across Azusa from the Northwoods Inn.  It's a take out and delivery operation.  There were a ton of people working the night I went.  There were tons of pizza waiting for hungry customers on the shelve behind the register.

They had specials on one topping medium- 12 in, large 14in and XL-16 in, pizzas, starting at $6.99, with the XL priced at $9.99.  I got the large for $7.99 with mushrooms  The dough is thicker, but very soft and good.  While I generally like my dough thinner, this was good.  The cheese and fresh mushrooms were fine.  This is a solid pizza, nothing outstanding, but a good value.

Service was good.  But, the guy who helped me had such a soft voice, I couldn't hear him over all the noise in the kitchen.

If you're in the area and need a good value pizza, and Costco is closed, Monstrous Pizza is a very good option!.  I would go back!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Michael’s Pizzeria

Michael’s Pizzeria
5616 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803

Michael’s Pizzeria opened in 2013, right next door to Michael's on Naples-which is a fine dining restaurant.  Around 2014, I read that Michael's Pizzeria was the #1 pizza place in America.  I found that hard to believe, but wanted to give them a try.  But, I never got around to go to Long Beach.  But, on a cloudy Saturday I was nearby and figured I should finally try it.

Michael's Pizzeria is a like Settebello, in Pasadena, and Desano Pizza Bakery, in East Hollywood, a Neapolitan style pizza.  The pizza are baked in wood burning oven.  They are personal sized, about 10in. 

Margarita Pizza $14, with House-made mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, basil, and extra virgin olive.  The sauce was a bit watery, and bland.  No flavor or seasoning at all.  The basil was charred in a few places, but the mozzarella was very good.  The crust was good, but salty.  The saltiness of the crust made up for the blandness of the tomato sauce.  The price is fair, as they use good quality ingredients, but the execution wasn't there!  They currently have a promotion; every Monday, if you buy any pizza, you get a margarita pizza free!! 

Service, I got my order to go, was good.

I was expecting a lot from Michael's and they didn't deliver.  It's a good version of  Neapolitan style pizza, but not the best! Of the Neapolitan style pizza I've tried within the past 3-5 years, I would rank DeSano #1, Settebello #2, and Michael's a distance third place.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
333 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located in the same shopping center as Oomasa, Kura Revolving Sushi Bar is very popular.  There are long wait times for a table, no matter what time you go.

All sushi on the revolving belt is $2.50.  The servers instruct you to lift and pull the plate from the belt, leaving the top cover/dome on the belt.  Many people do not listen, and try to either take the entire plate and cover or just try to open the cover/dome.  You can also have sushi made to order from their tablet.

I found all the sushi good for the price.  They were all a great value.  Was it the best sushi, I've ever had?  No, but then again I'm not expecting it to be.  Most of the sushi could have been packed tighter!  Once you picked them up, the fish would fall from the rice.  I will make notes about the sushi that stood out.

Sweet shrimp- I couldn't taste the different between this sweet shrimp and regular shrimp.  Maybe I should order sweet shrimp, but I'm always leery of paying more. 

Tuna-Good piece of tuna sushi.

Toro- for $2.50 a steal.  Good quality fish.  I've haven't had too many bad toro, but most cost at least $7 for two pieces.  Getting two plates for $5, with one piece of toro each, is a great deal!

Red snapper

Snow crab- while good, they should leave the shell off.  I doesn't do anything for the presentation!

Real crab roll-I was very surprised to find this full of crab.  A good deal.

Shrimp and avocado roll- good, but could do without the sauce on top!

Blue crab roll- this was better than the $8.95 blue crab roll I got for Ootoro!  

Crunchy roll

Vegetable roll-Just packed with fresh veggies!!  Outstanding!

Spicy Popcorn shrimp roll- The popcorn shrimp was cold, tough and chewy.  The roll was a California roll.  It could have been good if the popcorn shrimp was freshly cooked!

Service was OK.  The sushi was filled on the revolving belt, so you weren't really waiting for anything.  When you placed an order for sushi, at most you waited 5 minutes and this was during a lunch rush.  While the servers were friendly, they were slow.  I asked one of the servers for a refill on drinks and more wasabi, but never got them.  I asked another server and that took awhile to get, but at least I got it. 

I would go  back to Kura, pretty good quality sushi, and an excellent value!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ootoro Sushi

Ootoro Sushi
1569 Fairway Dr Ste 126 B
Walnut, CA 91789

About a week ago, I was going to try Ootoro Sushi, but they are closed on Sunday. So, instead I went to Sushi Land, and loved the sushi!  Located in a shopping center that has a gate at the entrance, and is filled with high end stores that sell luxury jewelry, Ootoro is a very popular and busy place.  Even at lunch time there maybe a 15-20 minute wait for a table.

A fairly big restaurant, with the sushi bar right in front of you, as you walk in.  The back part of the space has plenty of tables, and there is a private room along the far wall. 

Blue fin tuna sushi- $8.95.  This was a very good quality sushi, though a bit too heavy on the wasabi.  But, I think the Sushi Land blue fin tuna at $7 was a better piece of fish.  At their regular $9 price, it is still better!!  I was expecting a bit more, but this is a good quality fish.

Blue crab hand roll, $8.95.  A good amount of blue crab, even though it looked like tuna fish.  But, very little mayo, and a good roll.

Halibut sushi, $7.95.  A good, fresh piece of fish.

Service is good.

There are other much more expensive fish on their menu, but I wanted to see how good less expensive pieces of fish were at Ootoro.  While good, they certainly didn't impress me enough to want to get the more expensive cuts of fish or to go back. 

Orean’s the Health Express

Orean’s the Health Express
817 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104

Orean’s the Health Express is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant set in a fast food setting.  There are no tables at Oreans, only a drive-thru and a walk up window.  They are not vegan since they do offer regular cheese.  I've read reviews from both sides, it used to be great until the new owner came aboard.

Interesting that on this intersection of Lake Ave, all four corners have a fast food restaurant! Northeast corner has a KFC, and just north of the KFC, is Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.  Northwest corner is Orean's.  Southeast corner is a Carl's Jr. and Southwest corner is a McDonald's that is currently undergoing a renovation.

Filet of soul burger, with vegan cheese-$3.98 + $1 for vegan cheese.  I knew they had regular cheese when the guy asked me if I wanted regular or vegan cheese.  He didn't tell me vegan cheese was $1 extra, but I did see the hand written sign on the window. This is like a filet o'fish sandwich.  Tasted pretty close to the original.  There is a soy fish pattie, pickles, tartar sauce, on a wheat bun.  This was good, not outstanding.  Maybe a bit pricey for what you get. 

Service was good.  Many reviews complained about the service. But, the guy who helped me did his job.  It wasn't rude, but then again it wasn't the friendliest service ever.

I won't go back to Orean's.  It's not bad, but nothing outstanding about it.

Monday, May 7, 2018

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
19101 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar opened back in March of 2018.  They replaced Hong Kong Palace, which closed down sometime in 2017. EMC has a few other locations in the LA area.  They have a combination Chinese menu, with sushi, and raw seafood bar.

The sushi bar takes up the back part of the restaurant, behind there is the kitchen area.  There are tables and even a private room, on the right as you walk in.  It's a big, welcoming place.

Lobster roll, $19.  The roll was small, not that much lobster, and the worst part, there were too many bits and pieces of shell!  Also the butter had something in it.  The lobster was cold, fairly tender and sweet.  The roll was grilled and you tasted parts of char.  Not impressed with this lobster roll at all.

Toro crab roll, $18, snow crab, avocado, toro- tuna belly, and black tabiko..  A very good roll, with a fresh good tasting toro!!

Shrimp tempura roll, $7.  Pretty standard shrimp tempura roll.  Nothing outstanding, but good enough.

Service was good.  I sat at the bar and didn't lack for anything.  When I mentioned there was something in the butter, they quickly brought me a new cup of butter.  No attitude, no hassle.

While I did enjoy the toro sushi roll, I wasn't impressed with EMC Seafood & Raw Bar.  I may go back to try their Chinese menu, and I would certainly order the toro sushi again.