Looking for great food idea in Montebello/SGV non-Mexican or Asian?
Looking for a dinner suggestion in the Montebello, Monterey Park, Rosemead etc area, that is non-Mexican and non-Asian. Any ideas? Moderately priced, by the way ( I know that is vague, but we're pretty open as to price using a sliding scale of type of food/cost.)
How about these? A couple are a bit further east in Claremont but well worth the additional few minutes drive.
Bollini’s Pizzeria Neapolitana
2315 S. Garfield Avenue
Monterey Park, CA
Authentic Neapolitana (thin, crispy crust) pizzas. Fired, as they should be, in an authentic, wood burning Italian-made pizza/ bread oven at 1200 degrees. The wood gives the pizza a unique smoky, “crispy/chewy crust”. The Arugula Salad at $8 is one of the tastiest I’ve had anywhere. Owner/Chef Chris Bollini has definitely got his program down pat.
114 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
Family style Italian…awesome! They serve only one pasta dish per night with your choice of four different sauces plus an amuse bouche. The clam sauce, when available, is da bomb!
The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 79
Pomona, CA 91768
Excellent culinary school restaurant at Cal Poly Pomona. Unique dining experience with solidly good food, great service and an absolutely incredible view. 4 Course Prix Fixe with choices. Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream for dessert. Opens again January 21st for the Winter Quarter. Call for reservations.
225-B Yale Avenue
Spanish Tapas Bar offering over 40 truly delicious small plates, including Gambas Ajillo (shrimp in garlic wine sauce), Tosta con Cabales Queso y Peras (toast with Cabrales cheese and red wine with poached pears), Calamares Con Chorizo (stuffed squid with chorizo, onions, & herbs), Calamares Fritos (Fried Calamari), and Chuletas De Cordero (broiled marinated lamb chops). Full entrees and desserts as well. Great atmosphere in a charming part of town. Love this cozy place!
Bollini's isn't bad, but I don't think it's exactly authentic Neapolitan pizza. Crust a little too thin, charring and texture is a little off. Still, not bad for that area. Beware, though, they keep kind of odd hours (always seem to be closed when I want to go).
You could drive to LA proper (downtown, Silverlake) much faster than to Claremont, and you'd probably end up with a better meal.
I haven't been to La Vie, but heard it's pretty good. Run by Vietnamese people, but I believe it's more or less straight ahead (not super fusion-y).
Cooks Tortas is a Cuban place. If you're looking for just good comfort food, Salvatore's in Montebello has a delicious lasagna. The other items are also pretty good, more like home style. I agree with OP about Monterey Hill next to Luminaria's. They have a very good hamburger and some great fish and chips. Nice atmosphere for reasonable price too. There's Shaka's Hawaiian on Garfield and Rigging, again more for comfort.