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Lunch in Montebello???

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A challenging chow Q: recommend a lunch place for us this saturday in montebello. the area seemed so devoid of places when we searched that all types of food are open. TIA

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  1. Tacos Baja Ensenada on Whittier Blvd is EXTREMELY close to Montebello (depending on where you are I guess).

    Whenever I'm three, I also sometimes hop over to Monterrey Park.

    Both are like 5-10 minutes away.

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    1. re: Xericx
      Reality Check

      El Gallo Giro
      5686 Whittier Blvd

      Kinda of close to Montebello, but very good Mexican food. I love their el pastor, whether on a torta or burrito.

    2. If you're looking for American cuisine in a pleather-booth-retro environment, I can't recommend the Dal Rae enough. Be sure to get a table-side Caesar salad.

      Link: http://www.dalrae.com/

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      1. re: Christine

        Dang, they're not open for lunch on Saturday. Spoke too soon; sorry.

        1. re: Christine

          'sokay, it's a goodun; have taken midwesterners there and have been thanked. a good rec, for sure. m-f, we go to little thai/viet places in glendale; sat we could well go north to mont-pk for several places, but are trying to stay local for the challenge.

          1. re: JTea

            Pollo A La Brasa Whittier
            2100 W Whittier Blvd, 21st
            Montebello 90640

            Alondra Hot Wings
            616 W Whittier Blvd
            Montebello 90640

            Kuan's Restaurant
            2809 Via Campo # 8, off the 60 at Garfield/Wilcox
            Montebello 90640

            H Salt Esquire Fish & Chips
            2916 W Beverly Blvd
            Montebello 90640

            Massis Kabob
            1616 Montebello Town Ctr
            Montebello 90640

            1. re: badseed

              I've tried Alondra's Hot Wings, was impressed with the selection of sauces. But there standard sauce is o.k. almost on pare with the Hot Wings Cafe in Pasadena.
              Although I did go back and tried there Suicide, it tasted like bottled Capsciacin. All pain and no taste! Which is too bad, I really miss the original Hot Wings Cafe Suicide sauce. I just don't think anybody makes there own sauce anymore.
              The H Salt shop is one of the last independent shops areound. I've been going there since I was a kid! The owner is a good guy.
              What's good at Pollo A La Brasa? Is it right next to Gardunos? Whittier and 21st right?

            2. re: JTea

              h salt esquire fish @ chip's burned down dont know where there's another one

        2. If you like Mexican food, try Rafael's on Beverly and I believe Wilcox. Order the chile verde. You will not be disappointed. If you're in the mood, order a cold Modelo with it.

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          1. re: Bruin2

            I second this recommendation. The chile verde is excellent. It's supposed to rain Saturday so if it does, you definitely must try the cocido, It's the best I've ever tried. And, another must is the schooner of beer, if you're a beer drinker of course.
            Chicken in mole is also good.

          2. For good food and low price I got some ideas. I like the Special Quesadillas at J&S(pastrami + cheese + salsa). They are just the right size because they leave room for a quart of Broguiere's Chocolate Milk in old-time glass bottles --located about five min. from J&S just over the hill. Also, on the way to Broguiere's is Tony’s for a very good sub at a great price that you might try. Both J&S and Tony's have seating.

            J&S (American & Mexican Menu, try the Special Quesadilla - pastrami + cheese + salsa, taquito dogs)
            887 N. Garfield
            Montebello, CA
            (323) 725-8106
            OPEN 24 hours – Never Closed since 1967

            Tony's Italian Deli (Subs, and try those small frozen take-home lasagna ( Original post by LA Food Lover.
            2012 W Whittier Blvd (1 block east of Wilcox Ave)
            (9AM to 7PM Mon thru Sat., Closed Sun.)

            Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy (Very Cool old Drive thru Dairy with Milk in old-time Glass quarts and half-gallon bottles, Must try the chocolate Milk in glass bottles also Egg Nog)
            505 S Maple Ave
            Montebello, CA 90640-5404
            7am to 7pm Mon. to Fri.
            7am to 6pm on Sat
            8am to 2pm on Sun.
            Chocolate Milk, $2.45 qt. plus $1 deposit on the bottle
            Homo Milk, $0.94 qt. plus $1 deposit on the bottle
            Homo Milk $1.45 ½ gal., plus $1.50 deposit on the bottle
            (323) 726-0524
            One block South of Olympic almost on the Rail Road Tracks. North of Washington Blvd. About five blocks)

            1. Taco Village on Beverly Bl for carne asada tacos and burritos and their excellent fresh salsa bar. Their carne asada is nicely lean and not gristley.

              J&S is greasy fun (hard shell tacos and bean burritos are good), but works best if it is 2 AM and you need to soak up your drinks after a night of clubbing :)

              1. As a native I concure with all these selections. But there are more to know about.

                Taco Village - the best taco you're going to find east of El Tepeyac.

                J&S - It's got to have the most Diverse clientel of all the taco stands in Montebello. Has been around for years and makes good food (if you don't mind a little grease). And the prices are great, the Taco Plate (2 hard tacos, beans and rice) $ 3 and some change.
                Defintely try the Special Quesida, It's good!

                Tony's Deli - Good SUBS! But try other stuff too, I think it is still owned by the original family.

                Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy - You just have to stop there. Try a half gallon of Chocolate milk. It will amaze your taste buds! Egg Nog is ONLY during the X-mas season. It's an OLD FASHIONED DAIRY, the last one of it's kind in L.A.

                Rafael's - Very close to my house, can't stop my dad from going there. The soup is great on a rainy day! I haven't been disapointed with there menu yet!

                Dal Rae - It's in Pico Rivera, corner of Washington and Rosemead. I hear its a good place, real retro but all original.

                Tacos Baja Ensenada - On whittier Blvd. and Maple. I've been hearing good things about it, just haven't gone.

                Places they missed:

                Fromento's - On Beverly blvd. across the street from the Beverly Hospital. My honest opinion, the best sandwiches in the SG valley. Although I would stay away from the pastrami (Gus's is way better). I recommend the chicken herb sandwich (if my memory serves me).

                A couple places I haven't been to but would like to try:

                There is this REALLY old Chinese restaraunt on Beverly Blvd. just past Taco Village (going west) on the right side. Haven't been there, but it has been around a long time. If youfeel like a little adventure, I would like to hear your review.

                Also I just saw this Thai Rest. on Whittier blvd. and Garfield. Right in back of the Jack n the Box. I hear its been around for a long time. If your'e heading south it will be on your left hand side right on the corner in a little mini mall.

                Burger joints I like:
                Arry's - Whittier blvd. and greenwood. Pretty good burgers, lots of food for the dollar.

                Then there is another joint on Whittier blvd. and Spruce a couple blocks past Arry's. Something to do with a fox, haven't been there in a REALLY long time. But they ALWAYS have good burgers. Changed owners a few years ago, but still get a crowd at lunch time.

                Then there are a few places in the Montebello Plaza. On Wilcox Av. Just off the Pomona frwy.
                1) El zarrape' - a real good mexican rest., very small (12 tables), decent mexican beer selection. All the food I have tried has been very satisfying. The shrimp cocktail is a hit with me.

                2) There is this little Japanese rest. right next to the Radio Shack. Very small, the food & sushi is good, a little expensive for my taste. It is run by a Japanses family, and is operated under Japanese Business hours. That means it is closed after lunch and doesn't re-open until dinner.

                3) International Buffet - It's a buffet, nothing special. But the menu is varied, the sushi is a bargain. Just don't expect top notch sushi. Chinese food, American and Japanese it's a good bang for the buck.

                Heading East on Beverly blvd. between Wilcox and Montebello - There is a little Mexican fish stand on Maple and Beverly. Right hand side when heading east.
                then right across the street in back of the Taco bell is a Shish kabob joint. Haven't tried it yet, plan on it soon.

                And there is this Japanese rest. on Beverly and 10th street. It's owned by a Japanese family, the food is good. But the hours are varied, they're closed on rainy days and close promptly at 5 or sooner if it was a slow day. Careful it is a little hole in the wall stuck in another mini mall. When heading east its on your right hand side, just past the bowling alley.

                I wish I could remember some names for you, but it's late.

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                1. re: nrique

                  What's that giant old-fashioned taco stand decorated with pictures of George Bush inside? The food is pretty negligible, but the place rules in so many important ways. (And I don't mean the politics.)

                  1. re: condiment

                    hmm, you'd have to give me some cross streets. There are a few old taco stands in the adjacent area. East L.A. is right next door and sometimes you don't even realize you're actually in East L.A.

                  2. re: nrique

                    On the corner of Maple and Beverly blvd. the fish taco stand is EL 7 MARES express.
                    Across the street behind the Taco Bell is Krazy Kabob. It's right next door to the International Market. Don't get distracted by the BJ's pizza joint, it's a franchise with mediocore food.
                    The other burger joint on Whittier Blvd. is the Golden Ox.

                  3. I don't think anyone has mentioned Bollini's... it's right on the border of Monterey Park and Montebello... awesome pizza!!

                    Bollini's Pizzeria Napolitana
                    2315 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

                    1. I've heard good things about Astro Burger on Beverly..