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RoxyGirl5 Mar 8, 2007 02:40 PM

I was wondering if anything there is worth trying?

  1. ChinoWayne Mar 10, 2007 10:47 AM

    One more recco: Wang's Palace.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347685

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      RoxyGirl5 Mar 9, 2007 11:02 AM

      Thanks so much for your feedback and recomendations!

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        heckonwheels Mar 9, 2007 08:26 AM

        From north to south, and coincidentally expensive to reasonable in general, Caffe Opera has decent Italian influenced food if just a touch spendy, Devon is expensive but good; Amori-I guess I'd classify it as Asian-fusion, just across the street from Devon is also good and a little less than Devon. Bellaserra has good Italian but - I cant' put my finger on why - something there just doesn't get me to eat there often. Cafe Mundial is very good with an inventive and wide-ranging menu, not cheap but I've never felt I didn't get my money's worth there; Wang's is decent old-school Chinese food; Rudy's has some very good Mexican food and the Rudy's Margarita is awesome-my favorites there are the enchilada verde, sopes, and the chile rellenos; Monrovian is a nicer than average coffee shop; Peach Cafe really shines at breakfast, also serves dinner on Fridays; Sam's deli has ok, but very cheap, Mediterranean food; and one block east at Colorado and Ivy, Enrique's has some very good tamales.

        Some have said La Adelita is good, but I thought they were just so-so, and the pizza place next door is just terrible.

        Too bad Frank and Joe's closed, they were the best.

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          calabasas_trafalgar Mar 9, 2007 09:56 AM

          Rudy's is the best Mexican east of Calabasas(La Paz)!

          I agree about Frank and Joe's, I miss it too.

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          revets2 Mar 8, 2007 10:20 PM

          restaurant devon on lemon.

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            ipsedixit Mar 9, 2007 09:09 AM

            Devon, sadly, has really deteriorated in recent years. Too bad.

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              revets2 Mar 9, 2007 10:15 AM

              agree. but "deteriorated" might be strong adjective. it doesn't seem it is what it used to be or are they doing the same thing they've always done and we've moved on? hmmm...

              ate there last week. not earth shattering, but the food quality, preparation, and service is still superior IMHO than anything else in OT Monrovia.

          2. ipsedixit Mar 8, 2007 08:54 PM

            Not in Old Town, but Los Gueros is good for Mexican. Very casual, good food, great guac.

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              joea Mar 9, 2007 10:52 AM

              do they have booze or just beer/wine?

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                ipsedixit Mar 9, 2007 11:25 AM

                Just beer and wine ... but doesn't that count as "booze"? Or am I missing something?

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                  Local Mar 9, 2007 11:37 AM

                  "or am I missing something?" ...yep...tequila in the margaritas ;-)

                  (...assuming joea meant booze=hard alcohol)

            2. ElsieDee Mar 8, 2007 08:39 PM

              I've been very happy with Empanadas Gourmet and Pizza on (I think) Lemon (block or two north of Colorado, just off of Myrtle, on same street as the Scoops ice cream parlor). Service is fine (sometimes very enthusiastic) - salads are very good - had several interesting pastas - really love the empanadas (they're baked, not fried, with a thin crust). Had a deadly dessert one night - it was a crepe with bananas, caramel and (I'm pretty sure) Nutella.

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                mocro Mar 8, 2007 03:31 PM

                I like Opera on Myrtle. Very reasonable prices for the food, friendly service.

                1. WildSwede Mar 8, 2007 03:17 PM

                  I love Cafe Mundial and Bella Sera was not bad. The Peach Cafe was really good for breakfast (try their not-the-usual Monte Cristo). Canadian Cafe for Poutine Fries. LeRoy's for breakfast.

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