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Quick Weekday lunch in Arcadia

We have an all day meeting in Arcadia at the Embassy Suites Hotel @ 211 E Huntington Drive Wednesday.

Any place nice for a quick lunch? Can be expensive, no sushi (too bad!) otherwise wide open as to type of food.

Closer to the Embassy Suites, the better.

Thanks for any ideas.

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  1. Too bad it's on Wednesday, or you could have gotten a killer sandwich at Claro's!

    There are lots of places near where you'll be, mostly I'm afraid the Usual Lunch Suspects. The Derby is right there, nice upscale old joint, but I don't know if they do lunch. A few blocks east on your side of the street (in Monrovia) is Leroy's, a local casual place most recommended for breakfast, but the have good sandwiches and the like. That area is not Chow Heaven by any means, but you won't starve!

    1. There is a Japanese fusion restaurant (not sushi!) across the street: Sesame Grill.

      1. within walking distance: tony roma, bj's grill & bar,,olive garden, macaroni grill,soup plantation, tokyo waco, togo's, subway, & mat dennys, baja fresh & taisho.

        1. To bad no sushi! One of my favorite places is in Arcadia! For the immediate area, walking distance, I second Sesame Grille, its across the street. Also the Derby is quite retro. Basil Thai used to be quite good, however I have not been there for years. There is also Matt Deny's it has good Pub food. There are lots of options so you can stay away from the "chain" places if you want.

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          1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

            Thanks my Chowhound freinds for all of the ideas (I'm going to pick from Sesame Grill, the Derby or maybe one of the walking distance places).

            Do tell Rants -- what is your favorite sushi place? (it wasn't me that didn't like sushi!)

            1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

              Well, there is Kiku Sushi, in the same shopping center as Rubios, Round table Pizza, Acapulco, Chili's, etc. but it's truly awful. The fish is either frozen or they use the scaps from other sushi bars. beware!

            2. Let's see...Jim's is a great burger joint (their sides are massive and delicious). Zelo Pizzeria on Foothills is close by and their cornmeal crust pizza is really something. I especially enjoy their corn and carmelized onion pizza .These places are pretty casual so if you want something nicer I would also recommend Sesame Grill. There's an Indian place in the same plaza that I remember being pretty good, I think it's called Nirvana.

              1. Los Gueros for Mexican east a few blocks on north side of the street, before you get to LeRoys.


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                1. re: Local

                  Los Gueros has great Albonidgaas soup and guacamole!

                  1. re: Local

                    Get the guacamole freshly-made at your table. It's great.

                    1. re: raytamsgv

                      Let me reconsider--I love guacamole. Nirvana is sounding good too.

                      1. re: Scotty

                        I really like Los Gueros.

                        And if you go, here's a coupon for FREE guacamole (prepare table side).

                  2. Try La Adelita for Mexican. Good moles.

                    Contrary to what others have said, I am not a big fan of Sesame Grill - overpriced and poorly executed.

                    La Adelita
                    101 South 1st Ave
                    (626) 574-1363

                    1. on a wednesday, i'd chance DIN TAI FUNG on BALDWIN. 2.5 mi./5 min. drive.

                      really great dumplings, order the pork juicy especially.

                      only locale in the US. try to get there before noon to avoid a line. food and service is lightening fast once seated. we get in and out in 25 min. if need be.


                      1. Din Tai Fung for the soup dumplings off of Baldwin Ave north of Duarte Ave. Hop on the 210 FWY, head west, and exit Baldwin (will take you 5 minutes to get there). One of the most popular places in Arcadia and definitely worth a try if you're not around the area.

                        Sesame Grill: food is very mediocre and has been going downhill since a few years ago. Yes, it's across the street from Embassy, but you are going to find better fusion restaurants in L.A.

                        Derby: never been but heard it's good.

                        Another option is dim sum at Full House (Duarte Ave and Golden West), 5 minute drive, or Hop Li for dim sum (off of Baldwin Ave, just south of Huntington Drive), also 5 minute drive.

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                        1. re: WHills

                          soup dumplings on the weekends only at DTF!

                          1. re: revets2

                            DTF primarily specializes and serves xiao long biaos/soup dumplings. I believe it is served every day since that is their speciality. You must be thinking of something else that is only avaiable on the weekend.

                        2. Well....our party of 6 thought the Derby would be great, but we found out that it wasn't open for lunch today. Two of our party nixed the Grill. The leader (and he was the one paying!) said he wanted to just hurry and eat at the place inside the Embassy Suites.

                          I'll tell you what....it was great! I had a seafood Cobb with crab, scallops, and bay shimp instead of chicken (cost around $14). Everyone else was happy with the food too. One person had a good looking steak, 3 others had seafood and the other salad person was good to go as well. Sorry, didn't get the name of the place.