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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
I would travel over to Arcadia (5 to 10 minutes) for good Japanese and Chinese food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've been to Bella Sera Trattoria right in Old Town twice, both experiences were at least above average. Some things better than others, but a nice atmosphere. Owner is very funny, and proud of his beautiful kitchen. I don't know if there has been anything on CH on the place. Servings were fairly substantial by my standards (maybe not Claim Jumper large), but I seem to remember it is all a la carte.
We went last night. I thought it was overpriced and the portions were kind of skuimpy. Food was ok, but I doubt it will make my regular rotation. And the waiter was annoying(think Bruno from Dancing with the Stars without the charm).
We also tried Mikomi. Big sushi bar with high prices run by Koreans. I would say "rolls only"
Many CHers have already made some great suggesstions. Peach Cafe and Zelo's are places you ought to try out. Paco's isn't a bad place to check out either. Their portions are quite large. You're near a plethora of Chinese food places- Chang's Garden, Sinbala, Din Tai Fung, and the many offerings of SGV. Jim's Burgers is a great burger joint with a large menu- their sides are the best, a small order of fries is quite a large pile. Roma's Pizzeria near Arcadia High School serves up a good slice and they're very friendly.
For Vietnamese food, it's worth that drive:
710 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776-1156
Or Golden Deli across the street
815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776-1071
This isn't a restaurant recommendation but lucky you, you have a wonderful little grocery store in your neighborhood called Dogwood's Community Market on Foothill Blvd.
I make a weekly trek there every weekend from Pasadena for their wonderful fruit and veggies at really great prices. I think they carry some of the best grapefruit in town there. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Eastern side of L.A. County!
Guess the biggest question is how far did you want to travel? Pple above have left you with a good amount of options but theres toms more to see and do just a little further west when you move into Pasadena, So. Pas, and San gabriel
I live right over in Arcadia.
Places I frequent are
Jim's Burgers on Duarte and 6th Right by the Super A. Foods. Its just your Classic Neighborhood Burger joint. Great Fied Zucchini. Some of the best fries in the area in huge portions. Great Patti Melt and chili cheese fries.
Lo Chile's Locos - 88 cent tacos after 5pm and a pretty good chile relleno burrito. This place is where i go when i get the late night mexican cravings i picked up living in san diego.
T Burgers - Good burger Joint as well. I tend to go to jims cuz i grew up on it but this place has great burgers and stuff as well.
Din Tai Fung - XBL (aka soup dumplings)
Tasty Garden - HK style cafe.
Beard Papa's - Its a chain you may have tried it before
Young Dong - Good korena tofu soup w/o having to drive to K town.
If you like Hard shell picadillo/ground beef tacos try taco lita. I've never been a fan of these types of tacos but if you like them they do them well here.
Royal Hawaiian BBQ - In the Pavillions shopping center. its pretty good for Hawaiian. Def better than L & L though i've had better.
where's taco lita in monrovia? also, heard a mention of mediterranean garden grill before is it really good what's good to get and how do they prepare those frog legs?
also, isn't there an old fashioned ice cream parlor somewhere on myrtle in monrovia?
lastly, is restaurant devon still there? heard they had a blue cheese ice cream there back in the day. along with some other dessert oddities, and lots of wild game.
Taco Lita is actually in Arcadia on Duarte near First St.
Mediterranean Garden Grill is tasty and reasonable. My husband and I will usually share the kebab combo. The lule kabobs are outstanding. Haven't had the frog legs, but the menu says they are "sauteed in Olive Oil with Garlic, Cilantro and Lemon Juice."
Restaurant Devon is still around, but there have been some recent downhill reports.
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Le Roy's Highland Restaurant
523 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia, CA 91016
328 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006
Full House Seafood Restaurant
1220 S Golden West Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
627 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007
120 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006
Diron's Canadian Cafe
125 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016
1212 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Young Dong Tofu
927 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Jim's Famous Quarterpound
915 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007
Petrillo's Pizza Restaurant
833 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740
Los Gueros Mexican Restaurant
313 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia, CA 91016
506 E Live Oak Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006
423 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
Mediterranean Garden Grill
335 W Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016
Moffett's Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe
1409 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Claro's Italian Markets
19 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006
141 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016
516 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
422 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
226 W Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016
Morrow's Taco Treat
74 E Live Oak Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006
Beard Papa Arcadia
860 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Royal Hawaiian BBQ
158 W Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016
245 W Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016
33 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006
For something sweet, I love Monrovia Bakery! Their little chocolate cupcakes are simple and perfect, with the sprinkles. It's like being back in kindergarten.
My wife and I really like Mundial. It is consistenly good. If you like steak, try the porterhouses--very nice. Also, if you like Mexican, Rigo's on Foothill is good. The Mediterranean Grill has excellent hummis. Try their combination plate--the kebobs are excellent.
I had lunch at Mikomi soon after it opened. I'm not a sushi afficianado but had no complaints with my meal.
I live at Duarte and 6th Ave and discovered that the scary looking "Korean BBQ and Tofu" place (in the same plaza as Jim's Burgers) is actually very posh inside, with polished wood floors and an authentic looking Korean menu. It says it's under new management (Myung Dong Soon-Tofu, I believe)...has anyone eaten here? They seem to have zero customers every time I pass by, but I'm eager to try it--they look very inviting.