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Nov 9, 2011 09:37 AM

Thoughts on Hot Stuff Cafe?

For those who have never heard of it, it's a small restaurant in San Gabriel that has some Asian cafe food and some interestingly prepared dishes. There hasn't been much if any discussion about the place on this board, but I usually enjoy their prix fixe menu (which you can see on their Facebook page). If I want to have a decent date night but don't feel like driving too far, I'll usually come here or Babita.

Just thought the menus and execution warranted some mention on our board.

Hot Stuff Cafe
315 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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  1. I like it.

    I think they do well with seafood items.

    But I'm not sure I would consider it a "date night" destination. Taking a date to a restaurant next to a 7-Eleven just feels kind of awkward, or George Castanza-ish.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Well, I am a T-Bone kinda guy. Besides... there's plenty of sushi places in weird spots that I would go for dates. Just off the top of my head, Sushi Zo next to the taco place, Go's Mart next to the laundromat, and Shibucho next to lord knows what (maybe a 7-11 also, now that I think about it).

      Sushi Zo
      9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      Go's Mart
      22330 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA 91303

      3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

      1. re: andytseng

        Odd locale is sort of de rigeur for a good sushi spot, no?

    2. Just wanted to chime in and say that I really like this place - just took some friends here this weekend... this place is a great value compared to similar restaurants IMHO...

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        1. The atmosphere is kinda low key but the food is very upscale. Lots of Asian flavored with French technique. The food is great but the space and location do make an odd match.

          1. Closed now. Never knew how they made it for 7 years. A shame really. Anyone know what J. Wang + team are doing next?

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            1. re: TonyC

              You probably know all this already, but for others interested in any info on the HSC crew: