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Oct 20, 2006 05:34 AM

The Q Noodle in San Gabriel Square is GONE!

Hubby and I cruised over for our regular meal of wontons and xlb and, to our dismay, learned that Q Noodle has closed shop. We saw several workers in the former Q Noodle space busily sawing, sanding, and getting the place prepared for a new restaurant. The new owner, or someone who appeared to be the owner, informed us that "a much better rice noodle place" is coming. We'll see - for now, we'll miss Q Noodle! (If anyone has thoughts on the Arcadia or Rowland Height branches, please share!)

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  1. That's crazy - I was just there last Sat or Sun with no sign of anything amiss.

    1. For similar choices (wontons in red oil, dan dan mein, etc.), you can head down the street to Valley Square and try A & J Restaurant.

      (626) 284-3549
      1269 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra

      1. The Rowland Heights location was the original one back in 1998 and San Gabriel location didn't open up until 2002, so the question is whether San Gabriel was as good as Rowland Heights, not vice versa. I thought they were both quite good.

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          Competition is much more fierce in Montery Park, San Gabriel, Alhambra than farther east in Rowland Heights.

          Always easier to expand eastward than westward in the SGV.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Strangely, however, a goodly number of successful Monterey Park/San Gabriel restaurants have tried to expand to Rowland Heights and failed. The list includes Tung Lai Shun, Ocean Seafood, Luk Yue, Ocean Star, Shau May, Old Country Cafe and Shiang Garden, to name a few.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Yes, but I believe the ratio of failures is higher going west than east. Could be wrong, however.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Come to think of it I can't think of very many places that have tried going east to west. No doubt things are highly competitive in the San Gabriel valley. There's no place in the country that comes close to it for high quality and economical Chinese food. (NY Chinatown may surpass on the economy side due to the plethora of poor residents, but the quality isn't close.) We here in the L.A. area are definitely blessed with the choices we have.

        2. I just went to try the Arcadia Q Noodle House last week on Duarte Rd. The food is really good there as well. They even open early to serve taiwanese breakfast! I just called in to order to go couple days ago 626-447-8866. It'll be even better if they can deliver~ Rowland Hts and Arcadia do have some differences with their menu, so i guess depends on what your craving for?

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          1. re: gimmeyummy

            What is the address or cross-street for the Q Noodle in Arcadia? It would be great to not have to drive all the way to Alhambra for Taiwanese breakfast. Thanks!

            1. re: lileor

              2nd Ave and Duarte (in the 99Cent store plaza)

              1. re: Quik

                Thanks, I never even noticed it there! Will check it out.