Monday, March 27, 2017
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
3110 Crow Canyon Pl
San Ramon, CA 94583
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza has been on my bucketlist of restaurants to try for a long time. There are a few locations up in the Bay Area. I don't know which location was the first, but the Sam Ramon location was nearby, so I finally got to check off Zachary’s Chicago Pizza!
Located in a business shopping center that has a Sprouts and too many Beane Sprouts- my term for Oakland A's fans! I bet I saw more people with A's gear than people who actually attend A's games at that dump hell hole stadium!
Service was good. It's a medium sized restaurant but the noise level was high with a large party that included a ton of kids. I didn't care, but for some people it may bother them.
I would gladly go back to Zachary’s Chicago Pizza anything!!
Good Neighbor Seafood Restaurant
35122 Newark Blvd
Newark, CA 94560
Newark is near cities like Fremont and Union City in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was staying in Newark and wanted some dinner. Most places nearby were your standard chains, but I found Good Neighbor Seafood Restaurant. Located in your standard suburban strip mall, this looks like it was a fast food restaurant in it's past glory.
A large restaurant with about 20 tables inside, they also do a very good take out business- there must have been at least 5 people picking up take out in the 5 minutes I was there. There weren't too many people dining in, maybe three tables.
Vegetable chow mein- $6.95, with baby bok choy and zucchini! I rarely see zucchini in Chinese dishes, but it must have been on sale this week, because this had a ton of zucchini! Again, cut into huge pieces! I hate zucchini, so I set them aside. The baby bok chuy, again cut into huge pieces, were cooked perfectly. The sauce was good and the noodles well cooked. A very good value for the price.
Service was pretty good. I did notice you could pick three dishes out of 62 items for $21.90, which I thought was an outstanding deal. The dish include shrimp, fish, chicken and beef items. If the portions are anywhere close to the portions I got for items I ordered off the menu, it's a great deal!
I thought Good Neighbor was a good restaurant and I would go back if I'm in the area.
Monday, March 20, 2017
4501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
I've heard a lot about Boos Philly Cheesesteaks and Hoagies and decided to give them a try. Located in East Hollywood, in a small hole in the wall restaurant. There are about 5-6 tables instead and another 8-10 tables out front.
Since I only will eat fried chicken six times throughout the year, I knew I would have to get a grilled cheese or a veggie hoagie.
Service was good. But, one thing most of their cheesesteaks are about $9.95. I asked if they can make a grilled cheese. They said yes, but they would have to charge the $9.95 price. Since the beef is the most expensive part of a cheesesteak, why would they charge full price for a grilled cheese?
Boos is fine, but nothing special or outstanding. I wouldn't rush back.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Rookery Alehouse and Grill
117 W 2nd St
Pomona, CA 91766
The Rookery Alehouse and Grill replaced Joey’s Bar B-Q. The family that owned Joey's decided to change concept and turn it into a burger place. David Allen reviewed The Rookery back in 2015. What is interesting that Burger House opened a couple doors down and just across Garey Ave., is Big D's Burgers! So, why has Pomona exploded with a lot of burger places? I think the credit goes to Gordon Ramsey!
On his Kitchen Nightmares show he featured Lela's-an upscale dining experience where the chef used mashed potatoes from a box! In the makeover, Ramsey felt an upscale dining restaurant in Pomona wasn't needed. What was needed was a good burger place! So, he introduced a new menu and it featured the Pomona Burger. Lela's was so mismanaged it closed before the time they filmed Kitchen Nightmares to when the show actually aired! I went to a restaurant that took the same of Lela's; Aladdin Jr.
The Rookery is huge, with a bar and same tables in the front room and long tables in the back room. When I went there were only four other people in the restaurant at about 7pm.
The vegetarian house made veggie patty, red onion, tomato, swiss, garlic aioli, $10. This was a lot of food for $10. The veggie patty was black bean and house made, good texture and firmness. The toppings were fresh, but there was only a very small amount of garlic aioli which made the burger dry. I added some ketchup and it helped. I would ask for more garlic aioli the next time.
The fries were very good, cut thick, well seasoned with the skin on.
Service was good. I was greet by one of the two people working behind the bar when I walked in. They answered my questions and were helpful.
I would go back to The Rookery, but I'm going to try the other two burger places nearby first.
Monday, March 13, 2017
6171 Mission Gorge Rd
San Diego, CA 92120
Kawaii Sushi is located in a small strip mall that has a pizza place, vegetarian restaurant, Thai restaurant and a Souplantation! So parking is tough to find. Kawaii Sushi is a good sized restaurant with a sushi bar and about 10 tables.
Shrimp tempura roll-$7.95. This was huge! Very good example of shrimp tempura roll!
All the sushi was pretty fresh with good quality fish used.
Service was good. I got my order to go, and my order came out quickly. The people were friendly and helpful.
I would go back to Kawaii Sushi anytime I'm in San Diego.
1570 Camino De La Reina Ste C
San Diego, CA 92108
I discovered The Kebab Shop two years ago but didn't do a review. But, they serve good quality meals including falafel that rank among the best I've ever had!! Located in a very busy shopping center that is right next to a trolley stop, The Kebab Shop, is very busy! The line went out the door when I arrived and basically stayed that way for the entire time I was there!
Service is great. The line moved quickly and the people working were great! Very friendly and really caring about their job! They took orders, cleaned the tables, swept the floors, made sure everything was clean! Very impressive.
I would go back to The Kebab Shop any time I'm in San Diego!
Fish N More Seafood & Grill
1123 E Alosta Ave
Azusa, CA 91702
Fish N More Seafood & Grill used to be Falafel ME. Of course, there was a change in concept and I'm pretty sure the owners of Falafel ME were the ones who changed to a seafood place. Located in a Stater Bros. shopping center, Fish N More has a small dining area with some booths along the back wall, and counter seating. You order at the counter and the food is delivered to you. They offer a variety of seafood- from poke, fried, and grilled seafood.
Shrimp and chips-$8.99. Eight jumbo shrimp that came from the freeze to the fryer. The shrimp was fine, but again, already fried and sitting under heat lamps. I realize people are in a hurry, but fry these to order! People do not mind the wait! Fries were the same undercooked fries like the fish and chips.
Two things about the menu I want to mention. On the menu they have fish and chips for $7.99 and white fish (swai) for $8.99. I asked what is the difference and was told the white fish is one piece and the fish and chips is two pieces. Then I asked what kind of fish is used for the fish and chips and was told swai. So what is the difference?
In the Grill & Garden section they list the protein and sauce-Mediterranean, House, Caesar, and ORIENTAL! What? Are back in the 1950's? Who uses ORIENTAL anymore? That went out with Negro and bell bottoms.
Service is pretty good- nice friendly people.
I realize they just recently changed concepts but they have work to do. Portion size and prices are fine, but they need to fry items to order and not keep them under heat lamps!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
JP Latin Deli
9047 Arrow Rte Ste 190
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
I like Peruvian food! The first Peruvian restaurant I went to was Choza Mama in Pasadena, which I really enjoyed. My other trips to Peruvian restaurants were disappointing- Intiraymi Restaurant, Mario's Peruvian Seafood Restaurant, and Pollos Kikiryki. So, I'm on the look out for a good Peruvian restaurant. So, when a friend told me about JP Latin Deli, I had to make a trip!
JP Latin Deli has an interesting history! This Rancho Cucamonga location is their third location and have been here for about seven years. Their first location opened in Montclair on Holt Ave. and then moved to Upland, before settling in this business complex. The exterior blends into the other buildings and without a sign on the marquee, it can be a little tough to find. It's a fairly big restaurant with simple tables and chairs. The set up is a bit confusing, is this counter service or table service. It is table service, though you go to counter to get seated.
Service is friendly but off. As I mentioned before, you're not sure if this is table or counter service. The soda machine is out on the counter and another table was refilling their drinks at the soda machine, so when in Rome or should I say Lima? Anyways, the owner/chef would actually come out and sit at the table with people he knew. His wife was working the register and being the server. Again friendly but you're not sure if you're eating with friends or at a restaurant.
I think JP is overpriced and with the saltado de mariscos was flavorful, the calamari wasn't good. My quest continues for a good Peruvian restaurant!