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Driving out to Alhambra lunch-ish on Monday to look at a car (dealership in on Main St.) Hardly ever out to this neck of the woods so really want to take advantage and lunch somewhere interesting -(as in the kind of food you just can't get in West Hollywood). Up for anything. What do you got?

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  1. vietnamese food is the way to go. golden deli is quite popular on Las Tunas. i always have to get a vietnamese iced coffee when i'm there.

    1. If it's just you, there's a smallish Szechuan place on the north side of Main, between Garfield and Atlantic. It seems to change names often, but it's very spicy and good, and probably different Chinese food than you've had anywhere near WeHo. There's a little buffet counter with some interesting appetizers. Its previous iteration was more popular and had a wider variety but this one's still good. The hot pots are very hot and the stir-fried lamb dishes are interesting if you like lamb. Just note they speak absolutely no English aside from possibly "yes" and "no". It may (or may not) be called "Best Szechuan".

      I believe it's across from Triumphal Palace, which you could also try. Next door there's a SGV tea place (often packed with kids) that could complete your stranger-in-a-strange-land experience. Can someone more familiar with this spot fill in the names better? Sorry!

      That whole stretch along Main/Las Tunas between Atlantic in Alhambra and Mission in San Gabriel is a major chow hotspot. Enjoy!

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      1. re: cant talk...eating

        Triumphal Palace is the only place I've eaten in Alhambra. YUM!!! (although my mother still hasn't forgiven them for spilling wine all over her)

      2. Just a few others incl. Wahib's a little farther east down Main (Lebanese, but good alternatives in Hollywood?). For sort of Vietnamese-Chinese, there's Newport Seafood (Las Tunas/Mission) - better w/ 3+ people, but maybe get a few takeout items. There's also a newish soul food place on the north side of Main ("Angelena's") but I haven't tried it so can't recommend it.

        1. I'd go to Golden Deli, since Luscious Dumpling (my personal fave) isn't open on Mondays. Some like Mission 261, too. I've not been there yet, but it has been recommended.

          1. for hong kong cafe style food, I recommend Baccali on Garfield/Valley. In my opinion, they have the best curry beef stew..

            1. Are you dining solo? If so, I would suggest Luscious Dumpling, which is about 2 miles west of Main St (where it eventually becomes Las Tunas), it's at the corner of Las Tunas and Mission.

              At the same intersection, but in a different strip mall, is Golden Deli, which is another solid option if you want pho.

              Baccali, as mentioned above, is great for Hong Kong style food.

              And, finally, if you go EAST on Main St. towards Fremont, there is a pretty good Mexican hole-in-the-wall joint, El Vaquero for super cheap tacos and good burritos. Right on the SE corner of Main and Fremont, directly across from a Yum Yum donut shop.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                With a name like Luscious Dumpling how could you go wrong? Doesn't sound like they're open on Mondays though. Rats.

              2. Here is a short post from earlier this week on some pho and baguette options in Alhambra. :)

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/378610

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                1. re: katkoupai

                  Thanks. Not super familiar with Vietnamese food so this could be a fun option.

                  1. re: bite bite

                    No problem. The pho place and the baguette place that I tried last week were both very good and very cheap, with kind service. Also, they had a steady stream of customers, without being overwhelmingly crowded. I would go back to both places.

                    Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa, for pho, 1700 Valley Blvd. (intersection: Marengo).

                    Baguette du Jour, per Ernie's rec, on Valley Blvd., about 1/2 mile away from the 710 freeway exit, across from Lee Kam Kee.

                    So far, I think Alhambra has great food options, for low, low prices.

                2. Mission accomplished -- new car and delicious lunch at Golden Deli -- delicious and very fresh shrip and crab egg-noodle soup with side of fresh veg (thai basil, bean spouts and cilantro) which I added to soup as I ate. Not sure if this was what you're supposed to do -- but I liked it. Egg rolls very tastey as well. Thanks for the recommendation! Thai iced tea went a little overboard with condensed milk -- next time will asked for less. Very tasty. Appreciate the recommendation.