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Oct 11, 2007 04:29 PM

Need Glendale or Pasadena suggestions

Meeting another couple Saturday night for dinner. Would prefer ethnic (almost any). They're on a limited budget, so nothing too expensive. Any thoughts? What about Carousel? is Polka suitable? How about Salo Salo Grille? Anything else? Thanks in advance.

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  1. The one time I was there, Carousel was very tasty and a fun environment.

    1. Caroussel is good, also Shamshiri for Persian in Glendale, very reasonable.

      1. I would avoid Polka... the interior is kitschy drab & depressing.

        Try Shaab on Raymond for some awesome shabu-shabu/sushi. Their bento dinner combo is a good bargain too. There's also Gyukaku hibachi grill place on Green st, but it can get pricey if you've got big eaters.

        1. Polka is good - low prices, excellent service and the food is decent. It's something different, and perfect for people on a limited budget. A very welcoming atmosphere, although don't expect anything fancy by any means. It's comfortable and good, definitely not depressing.

          1. I also think Carousel is a terrific choice with a group. The food is very tasty and plentiful. Unless you are huge eaters, I would suggest the middle combo dinner rather than the one with everything. You will still get to taste their best, and the sharing is fun.

            I do recommend a reservation. On Saturday nights, I think they have live music. If you go early-ish, you can miss it; if you prefer to dine with it, inquire when you make reservations.

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            1. re: liu

              What about Salo Salo Grille? Is it good? Or is there another Filipino restaurant in the area that's better?

              1. re: bagdoodle

                Salo Salo Grille is good; the service is bad. I've been there a few times. I don't recomend the bulalo because the beef is not tender. I do recommend their take on sigsig. Other Filipino spots are Max's and Barrio Fiesta (Eagle Rock). Of the three, I like Barrio Fiesta. You could order a sinilab and split it since your friend is on a budget. The sinilab can feed up to 4 to 6 people. It a huge meat and seafood filipino bbq platter(ihaw ihaw) served on a bed of banana leaves.