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City of Duarte???

Taking my Pops to the city of hope in Duarte for a cancer treatment.. Any recs for great food?? We are open to all suggestions.. Thanks Hounds.. I hope the world gets better.. Peace/Out.

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  1. Zelo in nearby Arcadia for pizza

    1. Sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope he makes a full recovery. Basically, you'll need to leave Duarte to one of the nearby cities.towns for some tasty chow.

      My recommendation.....
      Din Tai Fung for soup dumplings...
      108 S Baldwin Avenue
      Arcadia, CA 91007-7508

      Din Tai Fung Restaurant
      1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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      1. re: DrBruin

        Thanks all for the well wishes and eat recs.. I hope to get more before we go next week.. Cheers all!!!

      2. There's Tacos Ensenada about 5 minutes away from the City of Hope that has good reports:

        Tacos Ensenada
        2171 E Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010


        Best wishes for your dad.

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        1. re: Peripatetic

          Tacos Ensenada is real good, especially the fish tacos. Al Pastor, carne asada are also good but be sure to tell the cook if you don't want tomatoes on them. Sopes good too, be sure to ask for the "secret" hot sauce that they only keep behind the counter.

          Tacos Ensenada
          24601 Raymond Way Ste 1, Lake Forest, CA 92630

          1. re: heckonwheels

            I've driven by this place, but never stopped. I will have to try it (with the secret hot sauce). Thanks!!

        2. I am sorry to hear about your dad. COH is great.
          I am not sure that there are places in the immediate area, but there are a couple of places I can recommend within a 10 minute drive max.
          Dino's Chicken and Burgers. Okay, sounds like nothing much, but their chargrilled chicken with that sauce and fries is the best chicken I think I have ever tasted. They are in Azusa.
          Also, there is a Thai restaurant on Huntington Dr in Duarte - Thai City. I have been there a few times and their food is really good. Great service, too.
          There is also a really good Vietnamese place in Monrovia (lots of good places there). Pho Lemon on Lemon has great Pho. Peach Cafe (don't think they are open for dinner) has great breakfasts. The Monrovian is a good coffee shop type place on Myrtle.

          Thai City Restaurant
          2414 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010

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          1. re: WildSwede

            La Paloma is decent Mexican, within walking distance at the corner of Buena Vista and Duarte Rd. Next door to the south, on Buena Vista, is Tommy's (not the big chain) Burgers, a better than average burger joint that also sells good Mexican, especially a really good menudo on the weekends.

            La Paloma Restaurant
            2975 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750

            1. re: heckonwheels

              Then there is an original Tommy's on Huntington and Mountain in Monrovia.
              Also, I almost forgot - Gene's Grinders in Monrovia (on Myrtle & Walnut) - I just had their pastrami for the first time this past weekend and it was one of the best pastrami sandwiches I have had. They are only open til 3:30 or 4, tho.
              There is also a place that has FANTASTIC fish tacos on Arrow Hwy near Irwindale. In a shopping center on the south side of the street. Shoot, for some reason I cannot remember the name. Does anyone know the name of this place? Their fish tacos are amazing!

              Gene's Grinders
              800 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

              1. re: WildSwede

                Tacos La Bufadora? Behind the Jack in the Box?

                And best wishes to your dad, Chez Coop!

                1. re: RoxyGrl

                  It's funny - that was the name that came to my mind immediately when I was typing, but when I Googled it, I could not find it. Of course, I was typing in only La Bufadora and kept getting that place in Ensenada! I think that must be it. So good!! THANK YOU!! ;-)

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    It is pretty good, I like their salsa bar. And a couple of days a week (Wed? Sun? I forget which) they have $1 tacos

                    1. re: RoxyGrl

                      Yeah! I love those fried bits that they have in with the chiles. God those chiles! ;-) I think I need to make a trip there soon.

          2. Domenico's on Huntington Drive in adjacent Monrovia. Red sauce Italian. "Hoagie" sandwich is a really great version of a Philly cheesesteak, but with sauteed onions, peppers and mushrooms with Mozzarella or Provolone. Or have them build you a thin crust, double pepperoni and double sausage pizza. Or for just comfort food start with their minestrone followed by lasagna.

            Wang's Palace in old town Monrovia. Good Hot and Sour soup, wor wonton soup, love their Yang Chow fried rice, shrimp lo mein, shrimp with snow peas, shrimp egg foo yung (get the idea I like shrimp?). Not on the menu, but if they have it in the kitchen, ask for beef with asparagus. The Mrs. swears by their orange flavored chicken (not breaded, with plenty of orange peel and hot peppers). Schezwan green beans, pot stickers, bbq ribs with hot mustard. I love this place.

            1. Sorry to hear about your father. I hope he gets better. Here are some recs mostly sorted by distance from the City of Hope:

              La Paloma: good Mexican fast food on the corner of Buena Vista and Duarte
              1316 Duarte Rd., Duarte

              Janet's Meditteranean: great Lebanese/Mediterranean food. Decor is primitive, and the lines are long. You should phone in your order in advance.
              1402 E. Huntington Dr., Duarte

              Joe's Place: decent sandwiches. The place has fantastic Americana decor
              1345 E Huntington Dr., Duarte

              El Savadoreno: pupusas are good, though a little more expensive than downtown LA. Don't get the Mexican food there.
              1313 E. Huntington Dr., Duarte

              The Market Grill Sandwich Shop: good sandwiches, especially "The Angry Beast"
              525 S. Shamrock Ave., Monronvia

              Merengue Bakery and Cafe: tasty Cuban sandwiches and desserts
              110 E. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia

              Thai Basil: pretty good Thai
              411 E Huntington Dr. Ste 103, Arcadia

              Capitol Seafood: decent dim sum, Cantonese dishes, but a bit overpriced. But just remember this comes from a guy who thinks any lunch over $5 is getting on the expensive side.
              333 E Huntington Dr. Arcadia

              Merengue Bakery and Cafe
              110 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA 91016

              Joe's Place
              1345 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010

              The Market Grill
              525 S Shamrock Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

              1. Best wishes to your Dad and the rest of your family! You didn't specifically mention which meals in particular you're looking for, but my recommendations for each within (around) a 3 mile radius would be:

                Breakfast: Not much noteworthy in Duarte itself. Peach Cafe, LeRoy's, or Nano Cafe in Monrovia are all great for breakfast, but I can't recommend any of them for later in the day. For cheap-but-good Taiwanese breakfast, try Doe Jon Station in Arcadia; for cheap-but-good Calexico-truck-stop breakfast, try Tall Pines in Monrovia (conveniently located near Wizard of Bras...)

                Lunch: Absolutely go to Tacos Ensenada, as long as you stick to the fish/shrimp dishes (the pastor and pollo are middling). The shrimp burritos there have lately become a favorite of ours. I'll add a second vote for the pupusas at El Salvadoreno, but can't seem to find anything noteworthy at La Paloma. Market Grill in Monrovia has first-rate sandwiches (especially the club), daily soup/bakery specials, and burgers (with the chuck ground right before your eyes.) JoJo's Lechon is worth a try if you like good cheap Filipino artery-abuse.

                Dinner: The curries at Thai City in Duarte are fine, but the noodle dishes are limp and oversweetened, IMHO. Monrovia has some good options in Pho Lemon, Caffe Opera, and London Gastropub (good beer, food can be tasty but erratic). On the somewhat pricier end, Massilia is a good choice (but on the much-pricier end, Devon seems to have been frozen in amber circa 1994). Right now, though, our favorite in Monrovia is Shanghai Bamboo House, and just a bit further in Arcadia it's hard to go wrong at Zelo or Din Tai Fung.

                Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                Thai City Restaurant
                2414 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010

                El Salvadoreno
                1313 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010

                The Market Grill
                525 S Shamrock Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

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                1. re: Bradbury

                  I beg to differ on breakfast...there's a GREAT place, J&A Cafe in the Mike's Foods center at Huntington and Buena Vista (where Carl's Jr. is on the corner. Excellent huevos rancheros, omelets, and much more. Cash only, though.

                  Second the Market Grill rec, right now one of the best places for food in Monrovia, period!

                  The Market Grill
                  525 S Shamrock Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

                  1. re: Bradbury

                    What do you get at Doe Jon Station? Thanks!

                    Doe Jon Station
                    46 Las Tunas Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      Usually a giant cruller with bowl of hot soy milk, omelette, and red bean/walnut bun. But most things there are around $2 or less, so you can sample quite a lot without much penalty for a misstep.

                    2. re: Bradbury

                      Second Shanghai Bamboo House

                      Bamboo House
                      2445 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821