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Thoughts on Hot Stuff Cafe?

andytseng Nov 9, 2011 09:37 AM

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

  1. ipsedixit Nov 9, 2011 07:24 PM

    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
      andytseng Nov 10, 2011 09:55 AM

      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
        ipsedixit Nov 10, 2011 08:02 PM

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

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      Argyle Nov 30, 2011 02:15 AM

      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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        tastycakes Nov 30, 2011 05:22 PM

        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. TonyC Aug 26, 2013 09:53 AM

          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
            Servorg Aug 26, 2013 10:08 AM

            You probably know all this already, but for others interested in any info on the HSC crew: https://www.facebook.com/ChefWangHSC

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