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Tuna Melts

Where is the best tuna melt in SGV please?

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  1. I tend to like the one at Pie N Burger.

    1. the tuna melt at Marston's is pretty dang tasty. Yes, it can be crowded at lunchtime, but if you go at non-standard hours, ie 1 or 1:30pm it's totally worth it.

      1. The Fresh Gourmet
        2004 Huntington Dr.
        San Marino
        (626) 308-1720

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        Fresh Gourmet
        2004 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108

        1. I liked Tops on Colorado and Connal's Burgers. Both of these places are good picks because of all the other items they do right.

          Tops (Kobe cheese burger, fries, deep fried zucchini, onion rings, pastrami, asada or chicken totasda, Tuna, Tuna melt)
          3838 E Colorado Blvd (Between Rosemead Blvd. And Michillinda)
          Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
          (626) 449-4412
          www.theoriginaltops.com/

          Connal's Burgers, Salads & Subs (Avocado sandwich, Egg salad sandwich, Burgers, Taco burger, Tuna, Tuna melt, Turkey Breast, Boston style Shakes are a must try)
          1505 E. Washington Blvd.
          Pasadena, CA 91104
          (626) 794-5018
          http://www.connals.com/
          (North of the 210, West of Allen, East of Hill )

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          1. re: JeetJet

            Jeet,

            Have you actually tried the tuna melt at Connal's? Or are you basing the rec from the reputation of their other menu items. I like Connal's quite a bit (esp. the Frings, burgers and the malts and shakes), but the tuna melt there is rather disgusting IMO.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              There was a time when I was eating only grilled fish. Then I began having Tuna melts before finally really blowing it with deep fried fish tacos. That was about a year ago. I had the Tuna melt at Connal's once and thought it to be above average and not as greasy as most. I would say it is about the same as Jim's. It has been about a year since I tried the tuna melts at these places. I would say Tops was the better one. I was really trying to stay on a fish diet but sometimes you have to argee on a place to eat along with others in your group. I ordered the Tuna melts so I could tell myself I was eating fish.

              I would order Connal's again but maybe the only one I would drive for is Tops. Another one I had was at Frisco’s. I liked it and would order it again also but I would not order their Tuna sandwich. Too much water in it. Maybe it just depends on who is making the particular batch of tuna -- whether they properly drain the water before mixing in mayo, etc.

              What was it about that Tuna melt that made it disgusting to you?

              Frisco’s (Breakfast served by carhops on skates, try the pancakes, burgers are pretty good also. Skip the tuna sandwich – don’t do it)
              18065 Gale Ave.
              Industry, CA. 91748
              626-913-FOOD
              http://www.friscos.com/

              Jim's Famous 1/4 lb. (Charbroiled Burgers, Chili Fries, chili w/ cheese and onions to go which you mix with you Fretos at home, Also not on the menu but they will make a “Special Quesadilla with Pastrami and Avocado that is very good, tuna melt)
              915 W. Duarte Rd. (Duarte Road and Sixth Street
              )Monrovia, CA 91016
              (626) 447-5993
              http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/...

              1. re: JeetJet

                The tuna was really off and had this rather bitter taste to it. To top it off, the bread was oily, not greasy, but oily.

                I would drive to Connal's for the avocado fries as well as the potato skins, however ....

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Oil, I hate it when that happens. Sounds like your sandwich was made by a cook that loved the feel of squeezing the squirt bottle with the grill oil in it. I have seen some cooks out-of-control with that stuff. Quality control may be the problem.

                  Just last night we returned to Soup Plantation to buy several quarts of the Albondigas we had last week (excellent). Last night it was not exactly the same flavors. We will try again maybe tonight but they stop making it maybe tonight or Thurs. It would be really nice if the small places could have the Quality control of the big places (well, at least the “control” but with small place quality) but SP is a chain and even there the soup was not the same. Maybe no matter what sometimes it is hit / miss...

          2. They make a decent one at the Pasadena Sandwich Co. ...not actually on the menu, but you can ask them to make a reuben no sauerkraut, sub tuna for the corned beef...basic but tasty.

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            Pasadena Sandwich Co
            259 Sierra Madre Villa Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107

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            1. re: Local

              That's a great rec. And, actually, PSC will do just about anything for you.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Very true....my friend once went with Trust the Cook, w/ prereqs- no pastrami or ham. He got this massive roast beef, turkey with coleslaw, tomatoes, pickles and peppers on toasted onion roll "sandwich" that looked incredible- inhaled it before I was half done...guess it was good ;-)

            2. I'm recalling a damn good one at Russell's, although it's been a while (I usually go the burger route there).

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              Marston's Restaurant
              151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

              The Original Tops
              3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

              Russell's
              30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

              Fresh Gourmet
              2004 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108

              Pie 'n Burger
              913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

              Connal's
              1505 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

              Jim's Famous Quarterpound
              915 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007

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              1. re: maxzook

                Nice and thanks. Heads up, The web page posted in the Tops link is for another place called Tops located on Walnut. The Original Tops located on Colorado has a different web address. Please see below.

                Tops (Kobe cheese burger, fries, deep fried zucchini, onion rings, pastrami, asada or chicken totasda, Tuna, Tuna melt)
                3838 E Colorado Blvd (Between Rosemead Blvd. And Michillinda)
                Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
                (626) 449-4412
                www.theoriginaltops.com/

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Fixed.

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                  The Original Tops
                  3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

              2. Swinger's has an excellent one.