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Middle-Brow, Non-Ethnic in Arcadia

jesstifer Dec 23, 2011 11:14 PM

I am fully aware of the amazing food within a stone's throw of Santa Anita racetrack. But I somehow have racetrack friends who don't eat "ethnic" food. (Best not to ask.... consider them "projects").

So: where can I go after a day at the races, to get decent food at reasonable prices with a full bar in Arcadia? The Derby: not an option because of $$ that most of us have lost and a level of decorum when we're all kinda sweaty and smelling of thoroughbred and defeat.

Peppers, across the street, may be the worst Mexican restaurant in California. Rod's is an authentic 50s diner in all the wrong ways.

Surely there's a decent bar 'n' grill nearby? Or a pizza/pasta place where you can get a martini? If so, I haven't found it.


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    Jack Flash RE: jesstifer Dec 23, 2011 11:44 PM

    Arcadia is pretty much chain city when it comes to "non-ethnic," once you exclude the Derby.

    You might be better off going just a bit west into Pasadena. Robin's BBQ is pretty good, non-threatening and has a full-bar. And it's the sort of place you could go to in the physical state you're anticipating. Or maybe Clearman's - either the Galley or North Woods Inn (the Galley is better if you have a losing day at the track).

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      lileor RE: jesstifer Dec 24, 2011 01:21 PM

      There is Matt Denny's further east on Huntington before you hit 2nd Ave. I've only been there once, the food was acceptable and I believe they should have a full bar.

      If you are ok with chains, Wood Ranch at the mall has good BBQ and a full bar.

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        jesstifer RE: lileor Dec 24, 2011 01:29 PM

        Jack, thanks for the Pasadena recs... it's the wrong direction for some of our party, so I was looking for someplace as close as posisble to the track.

        Lileor, thanks, Matt Denny's looks perfect!

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          WildSwede RE: jesstifer Dec 28, 2011 01:33 PM

          I second the req for Matt Denny's. It was the first place I thought of after reading your post. They do have a full bar and a covered patio, too.

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            Michelle RE: WildSwede Dec 28, 2011 03:34 PM

            I third the req. for Matt Denny's, it was also the first place I thought of when reading the post. We eat there regularly and think the food is really good!

      2. ipsedixit RE: jesstifer Dec 25, 2011 11:06 AM

        How about the Peach Cafe in nearby Monrovia, which is really just on the outskirts of Arcadia and about a long stone's throw from the race track?


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          jesstifer RE: ipsedixit Dec 25, 2011 01:29 PM

          Salve, ipse... alas, Peach Cafe seems to be beer & wine only. Looks yummy good though... I'll try it on my own time.

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          catbert RE: jesstifer Dec 27, 2011 08:22 PM

          i thought mexican was ethnic

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            ipsedixit RE: catbert Dec 27, 2011 08:27 PM

            Maybe jesstifer is Mexican?

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              jesstifer RE: ipsedixit Dec 28, 2011 11:56 AM

              Mexican wannabe. :-). Perhaps I think of Mexican in SoCal as being as native as pizza.

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                LA Buckeye Fan RE: ipsedixit Dec 29, 2011 03:59 PM

                That cracked me up, Ipse.

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              Fru RE: jesstifer Dec 27, 2011 10:18 PM

              How about Carmine's? They make a "decent" pizza and have a full bar. I love their minestrone. http://www.carminesrestaurantandbar.com/ Don't let the picture on their website fool you. It is casual. You could definitely come as you are from the race track

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                jesstifer RE: Fru Dec 28, 2011 11:58 AM

                Carmine's also looks swell, thanks!

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                  WildSwede RE: jesstifer Dec 28, 2011 01:34 PM

                  Carmine's is also fantastic. They make some of my favorite pizza in the San Gabriel valley. Their soups and pastas are fantastic, too.

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                  raytamsgv RE: Fru Dec 29, 2011 12:01 PM

                  Isn't Italian food considered "ethnic"? Or is there some other definition of ethnic that is being used for the purposes of this discussion?

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                    ipsedixit RE: raytamsgv Dec 29, 2011 12:01 PM

                    Maybe jesstifer is a Mexican-Italian?

                3. Peripatetic RE: jesstifer Dec 27, 2011 11:18 PM

                  Moffett's might be the most "non-ethnic" restaurant in the SGV, let alone Arcadia. I love their signature chicken pies and beef pies. As with Langers, there's a precipitous decline in chow-worthiness the further you stray from their specialty.

                  EDIT: Just noticed the OP's requirement for full bar. Mea culpa.

                  Moffett's Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe
                  1409 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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                    jesstifer RE: Peripatetic Dec 28, 2011 12:03 PM

                    The one in our group who's allergic to wine and doesn't like beer and therefore requires a full bar is also mad for meat pies. He has a veritable Sophie's Choice in his near future.

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                      Fru RE: jesstifer Dec 28, 2011 01:25 PM

                      Well, this is a pub with only beer and wine but if you want to hop around, your friend can get sausage rolls, cornish pasties and pigs in a blanket at Lucky Baldwin's http://www.villagedomain.com/lucky/

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                    foodandscience RE: jesstifer Dec 28, 2011 12:26 PM

                    We love London Gastropub on Myrtle in Monrovia, which is quite close to the races. They have a new chef and we've tried out most of the offerings. Pub food, burgers, flatbread pizza-ish things, nachos, but all very good fare. They have happy hour as well as we see lots of folks in after a day at Santa Anita. Full bar too.

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