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May 22, 2007 03:42 PM

Just moved to Monrovia - what's good?

I just moved to this little burb about a month ago. We've tried a few of the local establishments, plus a few we were familiar with before like Rudy's. The other day we happened upon a sushi bar called Mikomi. It was closed at the time, but we looked inside and it appeared to have some potential. The chef said they opened a few months ago. Anybody try this place or have other recommendations? No Thai or Indian; I'll try just about anything else.

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  1. I like Los Gueros Grill, esp. their guacamole.

    Only sushi joint I've been to is Kiku, which was decent, not spectacular.

    Los Gueros Grill
    313 W. Huntington Drive
    (626) 358-0200

    Kiku Sushi
    670 W Huntington Dr
    (626) 357-9971

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I've been to Kiku. I didn't mention it because it was probably the worst sushi I've ever eaten. The tuna they took out of the case was frozen solid, and they cut it into small pieces. Realy awful, and it wasn't cheap either.

      1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

        Actually, for sushi in that neck of the woods, I've had good experiences at Mako in Arcadia, just a skip and hop from Monrovia.

        Mako Sushi
        506 E Live Oak Ave
        Arcadia, CA 91006
        (626) 447-6150

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            I like Mako too. Its close and consistent for me. Lots of chowhounders have opinions about the place but none are really bad. Its pretty good. Also Basil Thai on Huntington.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        Finally tried Los Guerros and loved it. The wife even liked it and she's usually hypercritical of mexican food, so anyplace that merits a return visit is a major achievement!

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Two doors down from Kiku Sushi is Aloha Boba Tea House. Great little gem in the plaza; known more as a tea/coffee shop and but also serves sandwiches. Fresh, tasty fare that's a real solid option in addition to their outstanding teas.

        2. Hi,

          We live in the area and here are some of our favorite places:

          For sushi, Maki & Sushi on Huntington Drive in Arcadia, close to the AAA office (not sure of the exact address, sort of across from the Souplantation. Our favorite sushi place used to be Futami in the Pavilions shopping center on Myrtle and Foothill, but they closed relatively recently and we haven't tried the new place that opened up there yet.

          Chinese - Wang's Palace on Myrtle in downtown Monrovia.

          Diner, breakfast - LeRoys, on Huntington and Mayflower, we love this place. Great breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, and they have tater tots!

          Pizza - Zelo, on Foothill in Arcadia, much discussed on this board!

          Fish tacos - Senor Fish, in Duarte next to the WalMart on Mountain Ave.

          Mediterranean - Mediterranean Garden Grill, on Foothill.

          We also like the Canadian Cafe, off of Myrtle, try the poutine!

          You're not far from Donut Man in Glendora, also widely discussed on this board. Other than that, there are lots of places in Pasadena, which is not too far away...

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          1. re: Michelle

            I second Zelo and Mediterranean Garden Grill (one of my new favorites - I love their frog legs.)

            1. re: Michelle

              Maki & Sushi is way too fusiony for me. I will have to check out the Meditteranean Garden Grill, Canadien Cafe, and Wang's Palace.

              I agree about Futami, the owner is supposed to be opening a new place in South pasadena soon.

              1. re: Michelle

                What Michelle said. We go to the same restaurants, plus Din Tai Fung on Baldwin in Arcadia for dumpling. Chang's Garden for Chinese in the next Plaza on Duarte. Garden's Cafe for HK style food on Baldwin. You can venture out a little further in San Gabriel for more Chinese/Vietnaminese/Dim Sum choices.

                1. re: Liz

                  For Clarification there are 2 Garden Cafe's in Arcadia. Theres Arcadia Garden and Tasty Garden. You want to go to the one just south of Duarte across from Yong Dong Korean Tofu House and BCF( this is a good spot for you to try too if you like soon-do-boo).

                  Everyone I know of that goes to the one that used to be Chez Sateu ( aka next to Marie Calendars says its horrible.

                  1. re: Mando

                    That would be Tasty Garden by Duarte Road. Garden Cafe is located next to Marie Calendar.

                2. re: Michelle

                  Michelle, in case you missed my other post, Sam from Futami is now at Toros in Alhambra!

                  1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                    No way! - calabasas_trafalgar - thank you so much for this info! It will be great to see Sam again!!!

                    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                      Thanks! I did miss your other post, and only saw this response yesterday. As a result, we went to Toros for dinner last night. Never been there before. Didn't see Sam (Anyone know if he is still there? Or maybe it was just his night off?), but the place was beautiful and the food was delicious, a tad on the pricey side but well worth it for the quality...we enjoyed it.

                      1. re: Michelle

                        Michelle - I looked up the R.I.P Futami post and CT mentions Sam is only there on Sat/Sun.


                        1. re: The Oracle

                          Thanks! I hadn't seen that post. Guess we'll have to try again!

                    2. re: Michelle

                      No way! I didn't know I could get poutine so close... I grew up in Canada :) I've been wanting to go to the Canadian Cafe sometime...

                      For sushi near Monrovia, I don't think you can beat Mikomi on Myrtle. It's had time to settle in and the selection is nice. Try the Mon-ROLL-via Roll! It's california rolls with a sashimi salad and a great deal to boot!

                    3. I would travel over to Arcadia (5 to 10 minutes) for good Japanese and Chinese food.

                      For Japanese,
                      1) I would go to Kiyosuzi on Baldwin Ave between Duarte Ave/Huntington Drive. It is very reasonably priced, fresh fish, and yummy cooked foods.
                      2) Maki & Sushi on Huntington, mentioned above, is okay. I think it's Korean owned, and the fish is mediocre (not extremely fresh), but they have nicely priced combos.

                      For Chinese,
                      1) Din Tai Fung for soup dumplings, located on Baldwin Ave/Duarte Ave. Go early, like before 5 for dinner and before 10:30 for lunch on weekend, because it's that crowded.
                      2) Full House on Duarte Ave/Golden West for dim sum or Cantonese seafood.
                      3) Tasty Garden for HK-style chinese. (Baldwin/Duarte)
                      4) Chang's Garden (Baldwin/Duarte) for Mandarin style cuisine (in Arcadia Supermarket plaza).

                      For American food:
                      1) Moffett's for chicken pot pie is the best (Baldwin Ave/Naomi Ave) next to CVS.
                      2) Sesame Grill is an okay Cal-fusion place, if you are into that kind of food. The food has gone downhill.

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                      1. re: WHills


                        My experience at Maki & Sushi is that the fish has always been fresh and wonderful, with generous servings. They have many types of rolls and they are all large and very good as well. The only down side is that the place is often very busy!

                        1. re: Michelle

                          I agree. This is my default when I don't want to spend an arm and a leg for sushi. This are very decently priced and I've never had bad fish here. Also have very good tempura when i've felt like ordering it.

                        2. re: WHills

                          Maki and Sushi has become my default sushi place in Arcadia/Monrovia. The last couple of visits to Kiyosuzi had been extremely disappointing-- meddling sashimi and oily tempura-- while I have never had a bad meal at Maki. Their lobster roll is to die for.


                          Petrillos for Pizza
                          Claros Italian Deli for Sandwiches, Cannoli and Italian stuff

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                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            The ONLY downside to Claro's is that they're closed on Wednesdays - as to why that is, I do not know. But their ready-made sandwiches are an incredible bargain, and always good.

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              Wednesday was traditionally the day that bakeries closed, you never bought bread on wednesday, maybe that has something to do with it. Like restaurants being closed on mondays. I almost went today also, I was gonna get some meats and cannoli shells, I remembered just as I was driving towards the freeway.

                          2. Now you have to change to monrovia_trafalgar!! Welcome to our side!! ;-)
                            The Peach Cafe is wonderful for breakfast. Try their Monte Cristo which is on a Croissant. If you go to their website you can see the review I wrote on CH when we first went (it is identified as "review on CH" (or something like that). I also love Cafe Mundial - so good. Poutine Fries at Canadian Cafe (already mentioned). You just missed the best Chilaquiles - at El Matador which was on Huntington, but has now relocated to Irwindale (not that far of a drive if you want some). Zelo's pizza is right there as well.

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                            1. re: WildSwede

                              Sorry, no name change in the offing! What is Chilaquiles? I'll go to Irwindale.

                              1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                I have posted a link which will explain all you ever wanted to know (or not) about Chilaquiles! At El Matador, I prefer the red sauce version and always get the eggs cooked over-easy and on top of the chips vs. scrambled into it which is how they normally serve it. They also have a version that comes with chorizo, which I always get. The service is always great and prices good.
                                210 East; exit Irwindale, right; El Matador is a couple miles down on the left side before you get to Arrow Highway.