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Restaurant Gift Certificate - Arcadia area ... suggestions?

lilygirl Jun 14, 2007 08:54 AM


Can you help me out? Want to send off a well-respected colleague with a gift certificate for a nice dinner ... any recommendations in the Arcadia area? (Budget is around $100)

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  1. elmomonster RE: lilygirl Jun 14, 2007 09:17 AM

    This may sound like I'm not even trying, given that when a Chowhound hears "Arcadia", he thinks: Din Tai Fung.

    But they *DO* have gift certificates.

    If you haven't heard of it, here are some pictures and a little write-up on it I wrote.


    I'll defer to my fellow hounds for other non-dumpling recs.

    1. Liz RE: lilygirl Jun 14, 2007 09:26 AM

      What kind of food does your colleague like to eat? There are so many restaurants on Huntington Dr, mostly are chains though.

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        lilygirl RE: Liz Jun 14, 2007 12:53 PM


        As an eater ... i would describe him as a meat and potatoes guy ... i considered a steakhouse restaurant initially (Dal Rae in Pico Rivera) but wasn't sure about the travel required. Given he's retiring he should have time for a little travel right? I will look into the chinese restaurant recommended also. Thanks everyone for your input.

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          WHills RE: lilygirl Jun 14, 2007 02:26 PM

          Why not give him a gift certificate to Ruth's Chris's? There is a branch in Pasadena. Or, Arroyo Chophouse...

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        WHills RE: lilygirl Jun 14, 2007 09:53 AM

        If he likes Chinese, I would think Din Tai Fung also.

        There are mostly chains in Arcadia. I might consider buying one of the generic gift cards at Vons where you can go to 5 or 6 different chain restaurants owned by the Macaroni Grill company.

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          calabasas_trafalgar RE: WHills Jun 14, 2007 11:29 AM

          I wouldn't go to anyplace owned by Macaroni Grill. All those places are mediocre to poor.

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          RoxyGrl RE: lilygirl Jun 14, 2007 10:56 AM

          I'm still a fan of North Woods Inn although it might just be childhood nostalgia. It's not in Arcadia proper but it's close

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            calabasas_trafalgar RE: RoxyGrl Jun 14, 2007 11:28 AM

            It's not nostalgia, it's still really good. It's in San Gabriel but just barely outside of Arcadia

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              aurora50 RE: calabasas_trafalgar Jun 14, 2007 01:02 PM

              I don't know if they do gift certificates, but the Derby is very good, and it just might be the kind of place he'd like. www.thederbyarcadia.com
              You can always call them and see what they could do.

          2. Will Owen RE: lilygirl Jun 14, 2007 01:07 PM

            The Derby is a fairly upscale steak house, founded by one of the Seabiscuit jockeys whose name I have just this minute forgotten (damn senior moments!). I've been in the place, but not to eat, but I've heard it spoken highly of. It's on Huntington Drive amid all the chains.

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              aurora50 RE: Will Owen Jun 14, 2007 02:32 PM

              Yes, it's founded by George Woolf, one of Seabiscuit's jockeys. It has a lot of racing memorabilia, it's pretty much a classic steakhouse ambience. Their steaks are very good, I LOVE their garlic cheese toast, and they have, if I remember correctly, Baked Alaska - not something you see every day!!

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                crystaw RE: aurora50 Apr 23, 2008 01:05 PM

                I went to the Derby for the first time the other day. The prime rib I had was very good. The garlic cheese toast tasted like Cheez-its to me but I like cheez-its!

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                  ipsedixit RE: crystaw Apr 23, 2008 04:01 PM

                  I think Sizzlers ripped off the Derby's garlic cheese toast, or maybe vice versa. But they both taste darn similar.

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              SeaCook RE: lilygirl Apr 23, 2008 04:15 PM

              Ditto on The Derby. As classic a steakhouse as you can get.

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