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Sep 14, 2010 03:38 PM

The Circle Of Life In Rowland Heights

Well, restaurants come and restaurants go, and unfortunately in Rowland Heights more seem to be going than coming. Most significantly, the food court at 18457 Colima Road, next to the Shun Fat Supermarket and across the street from H K 2 was locked tight this morning. Don't know if it's a temporary thing (e.g., health department) or a full closure--there's no indication on the outside--but in any case it was surprising. This was a favorite location to find new restaurants over the last 15 years. Also closed across the street are L.W. Congee, which made some very good noodle and rice dishes, and the branch of Tanbii Bakery. With the former Tasty Garden space still vacant, that's three out of four empty restaurant spaces in that stretch. Newport Seafood by the food court is closed for remodeling, and for once this might really be a remodel in that the sign says they'll reopen in about a month.

By the 99 Ranch Market center on Nogales, Best Korner, the Taiwanese snack restaurant apparently has been replaced by Xe Lua, a Vietnamese pho restaurant. I say apparently because the "Best Korner" signage, including Chinese characters, remains on the exterior, and strangely, also appears on the new restaurant's menu. However the menu appears to be purely Vietnamese. This is puzzling since it's not like Best Korner is some kind of valued brand name. In fact, there appears to be only one Yelp review, indicating a very short and undistinguished life span for that restaurant.

In the shopping center on the NE corner of Fullerton Road and Colima Road is J J Noodle House, a Shanghai style eatery. This one is easy to miss as I believe every other business in this center, including one other Chinese restaurant, is Korean. And in the back food court in the Diamond Plaza on Fullerton Road and the Pomona Freeway (once part of the T&T Supermarket space) is the newly opened Jiang Nan Home, which if you believe their opening banner, serves a combination of Sichuan and Cantonese food. The menu has two separate headings entitled "Bailed Dishes in Hot Sauce" so I don't think there's much Cantonese food here.

Tasty Garden
1212 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

99 Ranch
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

Newport Seafood Restaurant
18441 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

12045 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

J Noodle
9611 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

The Congee
19 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Diamond Plaza
1380 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

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  1. Just took a closer look at the Xe Lua menu and understand what's going on now. They still serve Taiwanese breakfast. Yikes--Taiwanese breakfast, pho and banh mi from the same restaurant? What will they think of next?

    1. The food court is actually closed on one random day of the week (I think it's Wednesday, but I'm never sure, so occasionally, I'll end up here when the entire food court's dark). Fear not! Sizzling steak platters; hot pot; Hainan chicken; soup noodles; and buy 3, get 1 free dishes are safe from closure...for now.

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      1. re: Joycesq

        Thanks for the clarification. I've been to that food court dozens of times and never found it closed. And what kind of food court takes a day off?

        1. re: Joycesq

          I've always been curious to try the food court there. I know of the sizzling steak place in the corner but which stall sells hainan chicken? any good?

          1. re: Joycesq

            i went here today on way back from disneyland. It's closed tuesdays apparently.

          2. would anyone happen to know when life plaza in diamond plaza on fullerton closed down? that was a surprise.