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May 7, 2007 09:22 PM


We have to take the Mini to Monrovia tomorrow for service. I don't really know this area well, so where should we drive to in the loaner car for lunch? Thanks!

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  1. I like Wang's for two reasons. Inside there is a cool ambiance that allows you to forget the hot day outside and the space between the tables is just right. I also like the American style of the food. If it is not on the menu just ask.

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    1. re: JeetJet

      I can't beleive that no one has mentioned the best place in monrovia. The Mediterian Garden Grill on Foothill.

      Extreamly fresh ingrediends I can't believe that no one has mentioned the best place in Monrovia. The Mediterranean Garden Grill on Foothill.

      Extremely fresh ingredients.

      Start with the Fatush (not sure of the spelling) Salad then
      Get the Kabob combo for two – You will LOVE the lamb.

      1. re: buggin

        I second Garden Grill. They were supposed to have hookah by now, according to their advertisements the last time I was there.

    2. Two places immediately spring to mind:
      - The Canadian Cafe ( ) which serves poutine (though I've not had it) and a decent sandwich, and it's entertaining to boot.
      - Empanadas Gourmet & Pizza ( ) which serves some really good empanadas (baked, not fried) - the service can be enthusiastic and slow, so if you're really cramped for time, I wouldn't recommend it.

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      1. re: ElsieDee

        The Canadian Cafe. I have not eaten thee since Carlos left. I did like the Ham and Cheese on grilled sourdough along with the poutine fries. Their chicken is also what they do right --very good.

        1. re: ElsieDee

          Stay away from the Canadian Cafe...Trust me Aye!.

        2. Los Gueros ... go for the tableside guacamole.

          Los Gueros
          313 West Huntington Drive

          1. You're right next to Arcadia, so you can get dim sum at Din Tai Fung. (no soup dumplings on weekday lunches..) You should probably get there early to avoid the lines. Afterwards, you can hop on over to JJ Bakery, or get shaved ice at Sin Ba La. As a matter of fact, you could eat at Sin Ba La, too.

            A lot closer to Monrovia, on Restaurant Row, is Matt Denny's Ale House..not many people on the board know of the place, but there are a lot of regulars there. They have a fantastic chinese chicken salad.

            There's Sesame Grill, which have been mostly misses for me...Mako is a sushi restaurant next door. I ate there once and recall a fabulous baby lobster handroll using lettuce.

            Within downtown Monrovia itself, I find the place pretty dismally lacking. There are a couple of places I only drop into when say, I'm at the Kirkorian. Peach Cafe makes chocolate waffles, good size omelets, and lots of baked goods -- everything's 'homemade', and I especially love this multi-berry pie and the lemon bar.

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            1. re: chica

              I think what chica is referring to is Maki & Sushi (next to Sesame Grill). Korean-owned with fast, efficient service. It's a busy little place and the fish is fresh. They do a lot of different rolls. You get free miso soup and edamame beans when you are seated.

              Also, what about Taco Lita?

              1. re: greenpapaya

                oops! Yes, thank you for the correction. :)

                1. re: chica

                  There is a Mako in Arcadia (on Live Oak) that offers pretty good sushi.

                2. re: greenpapaya

                  I would second Maki and Sushi. It is a terrific value and we've enjoyed the food there several times. The baked lobster roll and the enormous noodle soups are wonderful! And, the sushi is decent as well.

              2. I haven't been to La Parisienne (1101 E Huntington Dr., Monrovia) in several years...but they had enjoyable French food when I did go.

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                1. re: socalqtpi

                  We've been taken there way too many times, and finally last time it was so dismal even the parents decided it was no longer worth the effort or expense. Pretentious menu, pretentious decor, food ranging from adequate to ludicrous - we've eaten much better at La Vie for much less money.