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where to go in Monrovia for dinner?

gordita Jan 12, 2007 08:36 PM

Going to dinner with a friend tonight, any suggestions? I've heard weird things about Devons decor/vibe...Sketchy accounts re. Mundial.

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    miwine Aug 30, 2010 07:58 PM

    Bashan is an OMG fine dinning experience. Tasting the five course dinner is about 10 tastes.

    3459 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

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    1. re: miwine
      Bradbury Aug 31, 2010 12:17 PM

      Agreed, but Bashan is in Montrose, not Monrovia (both charming foothill towns, but a good long slog down the 210...)

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      degustateur Aug 30, 2010 01:48 PM

      Give Cafe Massilia a try. Located in nostalgic downtown Monrovia, CM is a quaint, charming French bistro owned and operated by two Frenchmen who both hail from Marseille, the oldest city in France. Indeed, they have succeeded in bringing a pleasant taste of French culture and cuisine to the San Gabriel Valley.

      I have enjoyed a number of delicious lunches and dinners there and they are now open for breakfast as well. The menu has recently been updated and expanded. Among my favorites are the escargots, goat’s cheese crepes, spinach and brie quiche, rack of lamb and the frog’s legs. Their cassoulet (Wednesday) and bouillabaisse (Friday) specials are superb. Finish your meal with a delightful crème brulee. Small but nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle.

      The ambience is warm and inviting as is the attentive service. You can choose to dine inside or true bistro style on one of two outside front tables. Open 7 days, B/L/D.

      Cafe Massilia
      110 E Lemon Ave
      Monrovia, CA 91016
      (626) 471-3588

      Cafe Massilia
      110 east lemon avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

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      1. re: degustateur
        Will Owen Aug 31, 2010 01:31 PM

        Delighted to see they're doing breakfast until noon - how civilized! Someone else mentioned here that he too eats in Monrovia while his car's being serviced; this has been my choice for lunch, but next time I'll get over there earlier!

        When I took the in-laws here for dinner, Papa despised the escargots, I think because they were not served in shells. I disagreed then and still do - the snails have always been perfectly done, and the garlicky sauce wonderful for mopping up. Very friendly price, too.

      2. Will Owen Dec 5, 2008 09:36 AM

        The French place you may have heard about could be Cafe Massilia, which I reviewed here some time ago. Relatively inexpensive, quite unpretentious. You'll have to ask them about corkage; their wine list is short but good, and 100% French. It's on Lemon, just off Myrtle, next door to the Craftsman lighting and furniture place.

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          elila Aug 30, 2010 01:37 PM

          Reviving board for current Monrovia dinner info, please.
          Group of 4 will meet in Monrovia about 7:00 pm -- traveling from Chino Hills, Santa Clarita, Silverlake, and West LA. Are Domenico's, Wang's Palace (new loc.), and/or Cafe Massilia still alive and well? Getting mixed signals from web sites.
          Or any new suggestions?
          Thanks, Eli

          Wang's Palace
          423 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

          Cafe Massilia
          110 east lemon avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

          1. re: elila
            calabasas_trafalgar Aug 30, 2010 04:59 PM

            The Monrovia Domenico's has seen better days. The one in Pasadena on Washington is much better.

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              Bradbury Aug 30, 2010 05:44 PM

              The various Domenico's locations are, I believe, independently owned/operated and quality varies widely. The whole family story is something of a soap opera and, though I doubt I know more than 25% of the story, what I *do* know ain't pretty.

              Meanwhile, I'd avoid the Monrovia Domenico's in favor of Massilia, Devon (if you feel like paying up), Shanghai Bamboo House, or Wang's Palace (if you find Shanghai Bamboo House a tad too authentic). London Gastropub shows some promise but the kitchen is still a bit too inconsistent.

              1. re: Bradbury
                degustateur Aug 30, 2010 10:49 PM

                How is Devon these days? I have not returned since several consecutive lackluster experiences about four years ago after Pedro, the original chef, departed. Before that, I was a semi-regular since 1998.

                Also, what’s the word on Wang’s Place (name/location change)? Chow-worthy?

                1. re: degustateur
                  Bradbury Aug 31, 2010 12:27 PM

                  Devon was still quite good when I was last there (about a year ago), but stuck in a bit of a comfort zone and not exactly the greatest bang for the buck.

                  Wang's Palace is one of the better Americanized-Chinese dining experiences around (food, service, ambiance). It won't win you any Chow-cred but will give you a decent meal without alienating older or more timid dining companions.

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          AquaW Jan 13, 2007 12:00 AM

          If you're going specifically tonight, Peach Cafe (usually breakfast & lunch only) stays open till 9pm.



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          1. re: AquaW
            NAspy Sep 13, 2008 04:48 PM

            Been there for lunch. Very good and somewhat original.

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            Joe Jan 12, 2007 11:02 PM

            If you want great food, fantastic service at a small quaint cozy place, no other place in town but Amori's. It's right across the street from Devon's. In fact, the chef (maybe owner) used to be the head chef at Devon's. Devon's has gone downhill ever since he left a few years ago. It's a must try!

            110 E. Lemon Ave. ( just east of Myrtle)

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              Joe Nov 4, 2007 05:40 AM

              Driving by last night and just noticed that Amori is no longer, Amori. It's now another place. Couldn't quite get the name. Does anyone have any information on what happen to Amori?

              I'm bummed. Amori's was a wonderful little romantic restaurant.

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                Joe Nov 7, 2007 09:49 AM

                Does anyone happen to know what happen to Amori's?

                1. re: Joe
                  Bert Nov 7, 2007 04:12 PM

                  WHAT?! oh no... the owner, Pedro, absolutely used to be the chef at Devon. In fact, the menu at Devon hasn't changed even one bit since the day that he left. I had no idea Amori was gone, that's really too bad. Great food, great personable service, and a great chef.

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                Michelle Jan 12, 2007 10:31 PM


                I would second Wang's Palace, and there's also a very good Thai restaurant on Myrtle called Sweet Garlic. Note that the Family Fair / Farmer's Market runs every Friday night (at least I still think it does during the winter) and Myrtle will be closed to car traffic tonight.

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                  WHills Jan 12, 2007 09:57 PM

                  I would venture to Arcadia, and it would depend what kind of food you want. But, I don't know of any superb restaurants in Monrovia.

                  However, I have heard of some French place that has no or low corkage fee with decent food and good prices in Monrovia. Does anyone know the name/address of this place?

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                  1. re: WHills
                    ragazza Nov 7, 2007 09:52 AM

                    I believe its called La Parisienne (sp?) its on Huntington, almost at the corner of buena vista

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                      Will Owen Sep 10, 2008 08:42 PM

                      That's actually in Duarte. After descending further and further into expensive dreariness, it got a new owner who reportedly turned it around...but now I've heard it's changed again. Haven't been by lately - does anyone know?

                      1. re: Will Owen
                        JohnS43 Sep 13, 2008 12:28 PM

                        As I posted here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/508972, La Parisienne is (1) not in Duarte, but rather Monrovia, and (2) now called "3Cs."

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                    calabasas_trafalgar Jan 12, 2007 09:53 PM

                    Rudy's - best Mexican in town. I think Devon is overrated.

                    1. ChinoWayne Jan 12, 2007 09:13 PM

                      Here is a recent thread discussing Wang's Palace.


                      If you like red sauce Italian, you might want to go to Domenico's, here is a report from a few years ago:


                      1. pleasurepalate Jan 12, 2007 09:08 PM

                        In Monrovia, I've always enjoyed Wang's Palace. It's more of an Americanized Chinese restaurant than anything else, but the food is always good as is the service. A link to the restaurant is below:


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                        1. re: pleasurepalate
                          misagarcia Sep 10, 2008 05:50 PM

                          Does anyone know if Wang's Palace has closed it's doors? I tried calling their 3 numbers from their website and all have been disconnected. Just wondering if anyone knew! That would suck, I love that Place!

                          Wang's Palace
                          423 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

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                            Ronnie Lake Sep 13, 2008 05:32 PM

                            Drove by Wang's earlier today and saw signs for Los Guerros in their windows...Hope Wang's hasn't closed. Love their Yangchow fried rice.

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                              bigmidget Dec 5, 2008 09:30 AM

                              FYI - Wang's is about to open it's doors at their new location...around the corner from their old place on Lemon just east of Myrtle.

                        2. Das Ubergeek Jan 12, 2007 08:49 PM

                          There's always Canadian Cafe... and if you want to have Asian food, SinBaLa in Arcadia is very tasty.

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                          1. re: Das Ubergeek
                            sel Sep 11, 2008 07:22 AM

                            Canadian Cafe recently closed its doors.

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                              NAspy Sep 13, 2008 04:47 PM

                              That's a bummer. I guess my thrice yearly visits there when I'm getting my car serviced weren't enough...

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