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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 (http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/... ) which serves poutine (though I've not had it) and a decent sandwich, and it's entertaining to boot.
      - Empanadas Gourmet & Pizza (http://www.monroviaoldtown.biz/profil... ) 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.

                2. Wang's for what I call Chinese comfort food, Din Tai Fung for XLB. Canadian Cafe if you want a burger and some poutine; Domenico's for pizza, lasagna or sausages with peppers and potatoes.

                  More on Wang's: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347685

                  More on Domenicos: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/50335

                  More on Din Tai Fung: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/50446

                  Photo of the pea bacon sandwich, poutine and Montreal Chicken at Canadian Cafe here: http://indefatigable-indolence.org/si...

                  1. I am suprised no one's mentioned Zelo Pizza. It is technically in Arcadia but only by 1 block. It is a destination place for sure.

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                    1. re: oro3030

                      I second the Zelo pizza reccomendation. The pizzas are unique and tasty. Paco's nearby will fill you up with their large portions. Peach Cafe is nice as well

                      1. re: oro3030

                        I was trying to remember the name of this place last night. All I could think of was cornmeal crusted pizza...glad you posted it!

                      2. if you want americanized chinese food (as another poster pointed out), go to wang's in monrovia. for authentic chinese, go to arcadia, where you can find a lot:
                        dim sum at full house or hop li
                        dumplings at din tai fung (northern chinese food coming out of taiwan, actually)
                        cantonese comfort food at may mei on duarte
                        taiwanese comfort food at sin ba la.

                        kiyosuzu in arcadia is a great japanese place with good lunch specials: sushi, soba, etc. i usually go at night and order a la carte, but the lunch deals are a steal.

                        zelo for good pizza in arcadia as well.

                        if you want good mexican, you can also head a mile or two east toward duarte, though i'm not as familiar with the area. lots of taquerias if you just drive on huntington or duarte, though. there's also a senor fish, which has great mexican seafood and fish tacos right off of mountain, i think.

                        1. The Peach Cafe. See link below. Good food - try the Monte Cristo if on the menu.
                          My review (it just says from Chowhound) is on their site.

                          1. Lots of great recs here. I'd like to add LeRoy's, on Huntington Drive just west of Mayflower, on the north side of the street. Diner-type place, with fantastic breakfasts (also served for lunch) and sandwiches/burgers/ etc. They have tater tots!


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                            1. i second DIN TAI FUNG. you can also go next store to the PHOENIX FOOD BOUTIQUE if you have a wait and have the crispy chicken wings. the forbidden black rice with young coconut for dessert is good next door too. or go across the parking lot to JJ's for dessert. we usually finish it off by going to the funky gift store on the other side of DTF for gum and japanese candy.

                              1. Another good lunch choice is Chang's Garden, around the corner from Din Tai Fung on Duarte Rd. Very good lunch specials that are NOT your usual "lunch-special" fare, and remarkably friendly service.