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Along the 210 east of Pasadena

Kitchen Queen Jul 30, 2009 05:14 PM

Driving to Palm Springs tomorrow eve. I know the traffic will about send me into a catatonic frenzy so, please offer up a couple of stops. One for dinner, maybe one for a dessert. I am leaning towards Babita but, any other suggestions?

Thx
KQ :)

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    azibo RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 30, 2009 05:45 PM

    Dessert: Donut Man in Glendora.

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      Kitchen Queen RE: azibo Jul 30, 2009 08:47 PM

      Thanks azibo - I've had my fair share but, no donut man for me this time.

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      crystaw RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 30, 2009 05:48 PM

      Zelo's in Arcadia (near Monrovia) for some tasty, unique cornmeal crust pizza. There are a plethora of frozen yogurt places if you're into that. Sinbala and Genki Living are in the same plaza on Baldwin & Duarte (also in Arcadia) and offer some pretty refreshing shaved ice. Peach Cafe used to only serve dinner on Friday evening-perhaps you can see if they still do. They always have a great dessert selection. Merengue is a Cuban bakery down the street from Peach. I don't think it's as good as Portos but they have quite a selection. That part of Monrovia will most likely be pretty crowded because of the street fair/ farmers' market but maybe you could kill some time there as well!

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        Kitchen Queen RE: crystaw Jul 30, 2009 08:45 PM

        crystaw -
        Thanx these are GREAT suggestions. According to their website the Peach Cafe closes at 3:00 but, I LOVE the F.M. option. What food vendor options should I seek?

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          heckonwheels RE: crystaw Jul 31, 2009 08:13 AM

          The Peach Cafe no longer opens regularly on Friday nights. They host a special dinner about once every three months...call them to get on the e-mail list...but no longer do a regular dinner night.

        2. Das Ubergeek RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 30, 2009 09:39 PM

          Seafood Village in Temple City.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/592522

          1. ipsedixit RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 30, 2009 11:15 PM

            Babita, while good, is really not "along" the 210. It's quite a bit of distance south of the 210 along San Gabriel Blvd. ... just eye-balling it I'd say Babita is a good 5 mile detour south of the 210.

            A good place that is right off the 210 is Wolf Burgers, exit Lake Ave. and it's about 1/2 mile south of the exit.

            On the north side of the 210, also on the Lake exit, is Tonny's. Good mexican joint.

            Right next to Tonny's is El Pollo Unico, which makes pretty good grilled chicken (think El Pollo Loco but better).

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              Will Owen RE: ipsedixit Jul 31, 2009 01:44 PM

              Tonny's is one door west of Lake on Orange Grove, and if you're coming north from the 210 you're positioned exactly right to turn left on OG (there's a turn light) and then pull into the parking lot behind the restaurant. The Pollo Unico is EAST of Lake in a ghastly-to-get-in-and-out-of strip mall, and the restaurant in there is some other burrito joint of no great distinction, NOT Tonny's.

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                a.leistra RE: ipsedixit Jul 31, 2009 04:51 PM

                I love El Pollo Unico -- it's absolutely addictive -- but I don't think it's open for dinner. (I'll admit I've never tried, but it's in my head firmly as a "lunch" place.

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                heckonwheels RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 31, 2009 08:21 AM

                Going west to east....

                Monrovia: Many places along Myrtle...Rudy's, Caffe Opera, Masilla (sp?), but be aware that Myrtle is closed between Walnut (just north of Huntington) and Lemon for the family festival and will be crowded.

                Azusa: Max's for Mexican and Margaritas, just south of Foothill Bl. on Azusa Ave.

                Glendora: Spagetti Eddie's for Italian. In the Sports Chalet shopping centers at the Grand Ave. North exit. T. Phillips for steaks & such, north of Foothill on Glendora Ave. (take Grand north to Foothill, turn right to Glendora Ave., then left.

                La Verne: Charlie's Bistro for Italian. On Foothill, just east of Fruit St. The original T. Phillips, at D St. and Bonita. The Warehouse for Pizza across the street from T. Phillips. Red Devil for Pizza, shopping center on NE corner of Foothill and White.

                Claremont: Aruffo's for Italian on Yale in the Village, just north of the train tracks and one block east of Indian Hill. Back Abbey for burgers, fries, and Belgian beer, behind the Laemmle theatre on Indian Hill.

                Upland: Buffalo Inn for funky outdoor dining and delicious buffalo burgers.

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                  attran99 RE: heckonwheels Jul 31, 2009 09:27 AM

                  The Claremont Village locations are off the path for KQ. As is the Upland rec. Those are much closer to the 10 freeway than the 210. However, I do think that those recs are great! I love the king crab ravioli at Aruffo's...and the $5 wine flights are great, too! The Lounge at Hotel Casa 425 is really nice, too, for drinks. I quite enjoyed their martinis...the Violet was particularly good.

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                  Hotel Casa 425
                  425 West First Street, Claremont, CA

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                    heckonwheels RE: attran99 Jul 31, 2009 03:41 PM

                    Buffalo Inn is maybe a mile south of the 210 off of Mills, Claremont Village about the same. I wouldnt think either would be closer to the 10. Maybe about right in the middle. Either are easy to get to off of the 210. Towne exit for Claremont, Mills or Campus for Upland.

                    The wine flights are now $8 but they do have a new list of al ala carte entries for under $12. I love the outdoor lounge at the hotel during cold nights.

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                      Kitchen Queen RE: heckonwheels Jul 31, 2009 04:01 PM

                      heckonwheels-
                      Buffalo Inn doesn't seem to have a website nor menu on line. More than burgers right?? He likes the burgers but, I dont' eat anything 4 footed. Is it really worth the stop?? I like Funky, that's for sure and the word atracts me to the place.

                      I want to give him a couple of options, Babita, Din Tai Fung or a burger....

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                        heckonwheels RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 31, 2009 06:50 PM

                        They also do veggie burgers and salads. Home made potato chip that are just awesome too.

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                        attran99 RE: heckonwheels Jul 31, 2009 04:03 PM

                        There's a Mills exit on the 210? If I remember correctly, it's Towne, Baseline, Mountain, and then Campus. With Mountain and Campus being a little inconvenient to make it to the Buffalo Inn.

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                          heckonwheels RE: attran99 Jul 31, 2009 06:46 PM

                          I'm sorry, yeah, it's the Baseline exit. Baseline runs east and west and Mills is the signal just to the west of the exit, it runs north and south. The exit is kinda the intersection of the two.

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                    SeaCook RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 31, 2009 09:28 AM

                    There's an India Sweets & Spices off the Moutain exit on Huntington Dr before Buena Vista. It's behind the El Pollo Lococ. There's an Indoneaian restaurant there too. that's pretty good too.

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                      SeaCook RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 31, 2009 09:41 AM

                      I forgot to add that although I haven't been to the Monrovia FM in a long while they did have very good street food. Also if you can snake your way up to Foot hill Blvd there is Dogwoods a Midlle Eastern market with a very good cafe in it. The lamb is particualrly good.

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                        Ernie RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 31, 2009 11:11 AM

                        El Gallo Pinto in Azusa for good and authentic Nicaraguan food. It is about 1 block south of 210 Freeway

                        El Gallo Pinto
                        5559 N Azusa Ave
                        Azusa, CA‎
                        (626) 815-9907‎

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                        El Gallo Pinto Restaurant
                        5559 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

                        1. Kitchen Queen RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 31, 2009 12:48 PM

                          Thank you everyone!!! Santa Clarita to Palm Desert is a regular run for me and I often find myself needlessly frenzed from the drive and the traffic. Now, I have outlets and food to help pave peace of mind!!! AWESOME!

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                            revets2 RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 31, 2009 03:08 PM

                            surprised no one mentioned DIN TAI FUNG in arcadia (off at Baldwin, go south for about 3 minutes, 2 locales back to back). finish that off with dessert at PHOENIX FOOD BOUTIQUE next door or BEARD PAPA'S also on Baldwin on the way out.

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