Saturday, June 17, 2017
Sun’s New Kitchen
316 N Azusa Ave
Covina, CA 91722
I found Sun's New Kitchen when I was driving along Azusa Ave. I thought it would be like Panda Express- a steam table filled with Chinese food and you pick what you want. While there is a steam table, it's really just for decoration! They cook to order your meal,including the 1-3 item combo meals! They have a limited menu for the combo meals, about eight items.
There are about ten tables inside this restaurant. It's very nice and clean. I'm shocked there weren't that many people here!
Service is good. The lady, who I believe is the owner was very nice and friendly.
I would go back to Sun's New Kitchen anytime! Very good food, big portions and great prices!
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
China Tasty & BBQ
2040 S Brea Canyon Rd Ste 130-150
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
China Tasty & BBQ is a new restaurant that replaced Misora, a now closed sushi restaurant. It's actually going back to it's roots, this location used to be Shanghai Palace, a very popular Chinese restaurant. I went on Monday after seeing their menu. But, there were closed, even though their signs says they are open on Monday!
It's a big restaurant with about 20 tables, all of them empty the day I went. Maybe people haven't heard about China Tasty & BBQ? They have a large menu with BBQ items and your standard Chinese items.
Shrimp chow mein, $9.99, peas, carrots, mushrooms, fungus, cabbage. This was very good expect the noodles were a bit undercooked and the peas and carrots were clearly from the freezer. But, otherwise this was a well balanced tasty dish.
Service was good.
A few things that China Tasty has to correct. On their door the days and hours are listed as Mon-Sat., 11am- and unlisted time. On their business card it says they are open 7 days. The reality is they are open Tues.-Sun. They are closed on Monday. I'm guessing the hours listed on the door was the hours for Misora and China Tasty never bothered to take it down! They need to list their correct hours to prevent people from wasting a trip!
Monday, June 12, 2017
9671 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
A few blocks east of Bright Star Thai Vegan and Supreme Plate, is The Deli. A Rancho Cucamonga institution since 1968. It's not a true deli, it's really a sandwich place. A big dining area inside is highlighted by a toy train track with a working train!! The place could use a good dusting, especially the train track, otherwise it's a pleasant place for a sandwich. A great place to eat your sandwich is the covered outdoor patio.
Egg salad on wheat, $5.99. The wheat bread was straight out of the bag, not toasted or anything. The egg salad was all eggs, no fillers. It was a bit salty, but otherwise acceptable. Nothing outstanding.
Service was good. The lady who took my order was nice and friendly. The sandwich came out quickly. There is a window at the covered patio. Not sure if the window is to place an order or a pick up window!
I wouldn't go back to The Deli. There is nothing special about the sandwich I ordered.
Monday, June 5, 2017
King of Thai Cuisine
6171 Mission Gorge Rd Ste 115
San Diego, CA 92120
In the same strip mall as Kawaii Sushi, is King of Thai Cuisine. It's a small restaurant with about 10 tables. It was pretty empty when I went on a Saturday, about 5pm.
Service was ok.
I wouldn't go back to King of Thai Cuisine. I'm sure there are much better Thai places in San Diego!
6618 Mission Gorge Rd
San Diego, CA 92120
I was in San Diego over the weekend and found Mr. Spicy. It's a small restaurant in a small strip mall. There was no customers in the restaurant on a Saturday during the peak lunch time! That's usually a good sign the food isn't that good. I decided to give them a try and see if that theory holds.
Shrimp chow mein, $7.99. There weren't that many shrimp in the chow mein, maybe 6 small sized shrimp. You can only see one small piece of shrimp in the picture. The noodles were cook perfectly. The veggies, broccoli and carrots were well cooked. I really liked the fact the broccoli was cut into small bite sized pieces. But, this wasn't seasoned very well. Simply more salt or soy sauce would have made this dish very good. It was just ok. A good amount of food for the price too.
Service is good. Interesting at the host stand there is a sign-This restaurant has only one waitress. Her English is not very good. Thanks for your understanding. Apparently that waitress was off because the lady who took my order was nice and while her English was fine.
If I'm back in San Diego, I would give Mr. Spicy another try and I would order something spicy. Hopefully that dish is well seasoned!
Thursday, June 1, 2017
5599 Riverside Dr
Chino, CA 91710
Today, David Allen review Mariscos El Puerto in Chino. Last night I was craving fish tacos but didn't have time to go for a fish taco. So, when I saw David's review I figured I should go to Mariscos El Puerto.
As you can see Mariscos El Puerto used to be a gas station in it's past life. It's counter service and they have a bar, if you want to wash down your fish tacos with a beer. I was surprised that the dining area was pretty large. There are about 15-20 tables.
Fish taco-$1.75 and Shrimp taco-$2.29
The first thing about these tacos is that the tortilla is made from corn. I actually like corn tortillas better because they are firmer and hold up the toppings better than flour tortilla. When I asked what the fish tacos were made from, I was give the answer a "white fish, sea bass." I'm pretty sure this is swai fish. It was well cooked, crunchy, but there is a bit too much batter. The shrimp didn't have as much batter as the fish, and there were about 3-4 medium sized shrimp in this taco. All the toppings were fresh. Overall I like the fish taco, really like the shrimp taco.
I understand the fish tacos are $1 on Tuesdays.
Service is friendly and pretty good. BUT, there was a group of three women in front of me when I arrived. The must have taken 10 minutes to order their damn food! I mean, how do they handle what I assume is a busy $1 fish taco lunch rush? The lady taking the order was nice and friendly, but she didn't have a clue about what fish they use or didn't want to tell me! She also took forever taking the orders of the 3 ladies in front of me. The tacos came out quickly.
I would go back to Mariscos El Puerto, I like the nostalgia of an old gas station turned into a restaurant. I will go back on a Tuesday and see how busy they are and how quickly they get through the line!
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.
Brü Grill & Bar
336 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Brü Grill & Bar, which opened about a six months ago, replaced Trattoria Neapolis that closed in 2015. It's a very nice bar and grill, with tasteful decorations and beautiful exposed brick.
It's a long narrow restaurant with an upper section with more tables, the middle bar area, and the front seating area. Their happy hour starts at 2pm Mon-Fri. Mon-Thrs happy hour ends at 7pm, Friday ends at 6pm.
Service is good.
I would go back to Bru again for happy hour. I think some of their regular menu prices are high, but maybe the food is worth the price.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
352 S Indian Hill Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711
The Upper House was reviewed by David Allen last week. About five stores down from Pollos Kikiryki, is The Upper House-a sit down Chinese restaurant that took over a fast casual Chinese restaurant called Royal Panda.
Service was good but they are suppose to open at 11am. I got there at 11:20 and the server was knocking on the door!! What was weird was she had to knock a couple times before they opened the door for her! Come on be professional! If your sign says open at 11am, open at 11am. While eating she was very nice, came by the table often, and took care of the other 2-3 tables. So, no complaints about the service while dining.
I would go back to The Upper House, but their prices on the regular menu seem a bit high. The vegetable lo-mein is the regular menu price, but the shrimp with broccoli and snow peas is $13.95!! They better give you a ton of shrimp for that price!
Friday, April 21, 2017
868 N Diamond Bar Blvd
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Makomae has been open for about 18 months at the site of Sushi Koyo, former home of the Sushi Nazi! I don't think much has changed inside the restaurant or the menu. Don't expect to find a ton of rolls on the menu.
All the sushi didn't taste as fresh. It seemed as though the sushi had been sitting around for a long time. I wasn't happy with the quality of the fish.
Service was good. Nice and friendly people.
A review site rates Makomae very highly but I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was an off day, but when the sushi isn't fresh, I'm not coming back!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
1262 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Just north on Crenshaw from the best place in LA for BBQ ribs, Phillip's BBQ, is Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. I have heard more about Howlin' Ray's, so I wanted to see which one was better.
Located at the corner of Crenshaw and Pico, Gus’s has a large dining area, but tough parking. Parking was easy to find the day I went because it was Easter. Otherwise plan to walk and pay for parking.
Service was great! I called ahead to make sure they were open on Easter. Most places have attitude when you ask if they are open. But, not Gus’s. They were friendly and very welcoming! I went to the bar area to place my take out order and lady who helped me was also friendly and welcoming.
I will be back to Gus’s, very soon! A much better flavorful fried chicken than Howlin' Ray's!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7325 Day Creek Blvd Ste 101
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
The owner of Monaco's Pizza also owns Red Devil Pizza in La Verne. They bought Red Devil Pizza from the owner of Sal's Pizza & Bagelry, also in La Verne. When Monaco bought Red Devil Pizza, they had a clause written into the contract, that Sal could not open another pizza restaurant within so many miles for ten years. When the ten years was up Sal bought what was a bagel place and added pizza, thus becoming Sal's Pizza & Bagelry!
Located in a busy shopping center, Monaco's Pizza is a fairly large restaurant. What I didn't know is that the picture I took of the outside of the building, is actually the entrance to the restaurant. There is a side entrance for pick up.
Service was pretty good. When I walked in there was nobody at the front and I waited a few minutes before somebody came. They should have a sign saying that pick up orders are at the side. Otherwise, no complaints about service.
I did like the pizza at Monaco's, but if I have to drive out to that area, my first choice would be Sal's Pizza in Alta Loma, but I would have no problems going to Monaco's.
Monday, April 10, 2017
168 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
True Food Kitchen is located in Old Town Pasadena, at a location where there is a revolving door for restaurants. A quick search food three other restaurants at this location. True Food Kitchen is a healthy chain restaurant. They have vegan/vegetarian fare along with meat items. Very much like Tender Greens. This is a huge location with seating in in the patio, a bar area, and a dining area.
We at inside the bar area, which was a bit noisy with music and a group of four couple celebrating a woman's birthday.
Inside Out Quinoa Burger hummus, tzatziki, tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado, feta- $14 with a side of kale salad. This was an interesting take on a veggie burger. The quinoa pattie was mushing and just not appetizing. The other ingredients were very fresh. But overall this quinoa burger just didn't mix well together!
Service was pretty good. The server was nice and friendly. But, he didn't ask if we needed refills on drinks and he didn't come around that often.
I would not go back to True Food Kitchen! Tender Greens beats them by a country mile!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
502 E Foothill Blvd
Azusa, CA 91702
The best places for tacos are the hole in the wall restaurants. In Azusa there are many taco restaurants, so a restaurant has to standout or they will quickly go out of business. While Taco Tapatio is large, the front of the restaurant is small and easy to miss when driving on Foothill.
Fish tacos, $1 on Wednesday, $1.45 regular price. They use swai fish, which is battered and is fried to a nice golden brown with a good crunch. They use corn tortillas which is great, the cabbage, crema, hot sauce, red onions and tomatoes were all fresh. This was very good example of a fish taco-good sized portion and well worth the $1.45 regular price, a steal at $1!
Service is good. Nice helpful people working there.
I would go back to Taco Tapatio anytime!
Monday, April 3, 2017
Sandwiches by Connal’s
1505 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
Sandwiches by Connal’s has been in Pasadena since 1958! I'm not sure if this is the original location. 1958 is the same year that that bastard water o'malley STOLE the BROOKLYN DODGERS from their rightful home and they played their first season in LA. Connal's opened up a location in Upland in late 2007, that David Allen reviewed. The Upland location is across the street from San Biagio's Pizza, maybe the best New York style pizza in the Inland Empire!
It looks like a take out place but there is a dining area on the east side of the building. It was very busy with walk up and people calling in their orders!
2 piece fish and chips, $4.34 with tax, on the mini meal menu. They use pollock and it's just frozen fish that is deep fried. The batter is very tough and hard. I would say it is about 75% fish and 25% batter. I know this is a burgers/sandwich place but I wanted to try the fish and chips. The fries are frozen but much better than the fish. This isn't a good example but a good meal for a good price.
Service is good. This is cash only, and I wish they had a sign for any newcomers. But, the food comes out quickly. There is one confusing thing. There is a window along the sidewalk where people can order and pick up their food. But, if you go inside to their dining area, there is also a place to order, when I was there the same cashier was taking orders outside and inside.
I would go back to Connal’s to try their sandwiches, but not the fish and chips!