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Looking for great food idea in Montebello/SGV non-Mexican or Asian?

Bruin2 Jan 17, 2010 02:20 PM

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.)

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  1. monku RE: Bruin2 Jan 17, 2010 02:38 PM

    Only non-Asian & non-Mexican place that comes to mind is Charlie Browns in Rosemead.

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      degustateur RE: Bruin2 Jan 17, 2010 04:45 PM

      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
      (323) 722-7600
      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.

      La Picolleta
      114 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
      Claremont, CA 91711
      (909) 624-1373.
      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
      (909) 869-4700
      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.

      Viva Madrid
      225-B Yale Avenue
      Claremont, CA
      (909) 624-5500
      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!

      Bon Appetit!

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      1. re: degustateur
        will47 RE: degustateur Jan 20, 2010 11:17 AM

        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).

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          will47 RE: will47 Jan 20, 2010 05:12 PM

          ps - While they mostly cater to an Asian clientele, and while I've never eaten at any of them (I'm both vegetarian *and* allergic to shellfish), but maybe Captain Crab / Boiling Crab etc. would be a possibility here?

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          Bruin2 RE: degustateur Jan 21, 2010 04:47 PM

          Agree that Bollini's is pretty good. Our issue with Bollini's is the seating is kind of iffy, and the salads, though they sound good, are not as good in actual fact. Like the pizza though.

        3. ipsedixit RE: Bruin2 Jan 17, 2010 05:26 PM

          Bahooka http://bahookarestaurant.com/

          La Vie @ 2547 San Gabriel Blvd, (626) 571-1180

          Clearman's Galley http://www.clearmansgalley.com/

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            degustateur RE: ipsedixit Jan 17, 2010 07:21 PM

            Wow! I haven't been to Bahooka's since "Rufus" was a baby. Sure brings back memories. Glad to hear they're still around, especially "Rufus". ^_^

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            paprkutr RE: Bruin2 Jan 17, 2010 05:57 PM

            Habib's off of Garfiled in Alhambra, decent middle eastern. Also how about Clearmans on Rosemead and Huntington Dr.

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              Bruin2 RE: paprkutr Jan 21, 2010 04:49 PM

              Clearmans is a good idea. Thats the steakhouse, like in Pico Rivera, right. The galley is a little crowded and noisy, and to be honest, I like the old "boat" more.

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              Ernie RE: Bruin2 Jan 17, 2010 06:40 PM

              La Vie in Rosemead for French and Pizza Place California in San Gabriel for Cal-Italian are both moderately priced good choices

              La Vie
              2547 San Gabriel Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

              Pizza Place California
              303 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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                rickym13 RE: Ernie Jan 17, 2010 09:59 PM

                i agree with bollini. others are not great but.....monterey park steakhouse?

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                  Bruin2 RE: Ernie Jan 21, 2010 04:53 PM

                  I like La Vie. It's not pretentious, and though the portions are a bit on the small side, so are the prices.

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                  jkao1817 RE: Bruin2 Jan 18, 2010 10:32 AM

                  How about Petrillo's???

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                    rickym13 RE: jkao1817 Jan 18, 2010 07:44 PM

                    oh..i hear good thing about hot stuff cafe


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                      Bruin2 RE: rickym13 Jan 21, 2010 04:52 PM

                      Thank you for this suggestion. I'd never heard of it, and I will try it when I get the chance.

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                    andytseng RE: Bruin2 Jan 19, 2010 02:28 PM

                    I don't really think of the place as Mexican even though it kind of is, and also they close at 8 - Cook's Tortas.

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                      Neta RE: andytseng Jan 20, 2010 09:50 AM

                      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.

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                        andytseng RE: Neta Jan 20, 2010 04:59 PM

                        Is there something that makes them specifically Cuban? I always just categorized it under Latin-inspired, since they seem to have stuff from all over Latin America.

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                          Neta RE: andytseng Jan 21, 2010 11:10 AM

                          Only that when I went there when they first opened, I asked and they told me they were cubans. I asked because their tortas were very different than the Mexican style tortas.

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