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Jan 10, 2012 06:03 PM

Orleans Corner, Arcadia... anyone been?

I have driven by this place on Huntington Dr., near the Huntington exit off the 210 a few times and have wondered about it. I do not recall seeing any postings on it and did a search which came up with nothing. So, anyone know how it is? TIA!

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  1. It's apparently been open only since October. Facebook page here:

    1. Looks intriguing; perhaps we can give it a try this week. We recently tried Oto-Oto (just across 5th on the Monrovia side) and it was actually very tasty, particularly the izakaya dishes. Most folks there, though, seemed to be going for the sushi, which was not memorably good or bad.

      Nice to finally see a few decent restaurants open in what for years has been a gauntlet of dining tortures: Souplantation, Red Lobster, Claim Jumper, Olive Garden, Chili's, Acapulco, and whatever fresh hell is Jamaican Me Crazy.

      On edit: one ominous sign on the Orleans Corner FB page: the mention of 15 craft beers with chilled glasses. You really shouldn't be icing the glasses of good beers...

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      1. re: Bradbury

        Whoa Bradbury - you forgot Mimi's! Has anyone actually tried Jamaican Me Crazy (in lobby of hotel on Second and Huntington)? Just curious, not to hijack thread.

        1. re: Bradbury

          > one ominous sign on the Orleans Corner FB page: the mention of
          > 15 craft beers with chilled glasses.

          Agreed. Also their touting the recent addition of a 60" flat screen is a yellow flag.

          1. re: Bradbury

            Acapulco is closed... noticed it yesterday. Maybe something spectacular will go in its place!

            1. re: WildSwede

              I'd say we have a 50/50 chance. If we could get a decent Italian join like Maximiliano then I'd be happy.

            2. re: Bradbury

              What about Sesame Grill? It's probably been about 10 yrs since I've eaten there (and my sensibilities have changed quite a bit since then), but I recall them being a good choice for upscale food in the area....

              1. re: ilysla

                I've heard they serve the famous Whole Sizzling Catfish a la the now older stalwart, Shiro, in South Pasadena at Sesame Grill, though I have no clue if they do it justice at Sesame.

                1. re: ilysla

                  Sesame Grill is awful. If it wasn't so overpriced, it would just be bad. But since it is, it's awful.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Thanks for the update.

                    Btw, ipse, are you a fan at all of Shiro ?

                    1. re: kevin


                      For Sino-Franco cuisine in SoPas/Pas, it's top notch and eons better than Maison Akira.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Well, like I said, it's been about a decade since I've been, and what you find tasty in your 20s isn't necessarily what you might find tasty in your 30's....

                        Went to Maison Akira once (perhaps ~5 yrs ago) and was totally unimpressed. Tired decor, random service, and the food simply didn't justify the price.... I think the miso cod (or sea bass?) was fine, but it was hardly worth writing home about....

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      Second, Sesame Grill is horrible. I've had pasta that was way overcooked, and a lamb chop that was practically gelatinous from being so raw. Shiro is solid, though more expensive than Sesame Grill.

                2. I'm a visitor from the DC area staying in Monrovia. Orleans Corner is new since my last trip here, and I was going to give it a try Saturday night. I went in about 8 PM and the place was practically empty. The waiter handed me a menu titled "Fight Night Menu" at the top and told me that it was the only menu that night. It had several items from the regular menu, but only as three fixed price groupings, all more expensive than regular menu prices.

                  I didn't stay. I sort of get it when a restaurant has a special Mother's Day menu, but I guess this "Fight Night" thing means that they want to be a sports bar (lots of TV sets scattered around the room). I object to having prices jacked up for an event that I don't care about.

                  Perhaps I'll get lucky some other night when there are no fights, games, races, or cooking show specials, and can just check them out with a bowl of jambalaya. ;)

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                  1. re: MikeR

                    Welcome and thanks for posting! Kudos to you for leaving. I would have done the same. Let us know how it is if/when there is no special event taking place!! ;-)
                    BTW, if you want a good breakfast in Monrovia, try The Peach Cafe. On Colorado one block east of Myrtle. And, of course, the Friday Night Farmer's Market on Myrtle is always fun.

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      Is the Peach Cafe the joint with poutine on the menu in Monrovia?

                      Also, how's Restaurant Devon in Monrovia?

                      And is there still an old fashioined soda fountain/ice cream parlor there along Myrtle or is the Main Street there, and what's the name of the ice cream parlor?
                      Thanks a bunch.

                      1. re: kevin

                        The poutine place was Canadian Cafe, now long gone.

                        Devon is still good, but is pretty much stuck on 1997: more or less the same menu, same decor, same staff, same clientele. It found its comfort zone and didn't budge, for better or worse.

                        The name of the charming ice cream parlor on Myrtle (with some great vintage pinball machines) escapes me, but they were a victim of bad timing about 5 years ago. They had anticipated a lot of walk-in business from the Krikorian multiplex being built next door, but when the construction delays began piling up, they couldn't hang on long enough.

                        If you haven't been in Monrovia in a while (and from your references, it seems you haven't? Not trying to be snarky here, just an observation) some newer places worth trying are Shanghai Bamboo House, Pho Lemon, Market Grill, Oto-Oto, and Peach Cafe. Also, London Gastropub might recently have gotten its act together with a new chef; when I first went, the menu was hit-or-miss.

                        1. re: Bradbury

                          What happened with London Gastropub it kind of just opened and I never heard anything goods bout it.

                          You'd think Old Town Monrovia being a magnet for white people, a gastropub would fit in well for that area.

                          1. re: Bradbury

                            Add Gene's Grinders in Monrovia for great sandwiches and the best pastrami in the SGV IMHO.

                            1. re: SoCal Foodie

                              Totally agree. I get the au jus on the side and then I dip it as I eat it. I always have enough pastrami to make another sandwich later!

                    2. Had a good brunch at Orleans Corner over the weekend. It was ~$16 and included champagne. They had about 10-12 different brunch items available ranging from jambalaya to made-to-order omelettes, blueberry pancakes, and bourbon French toast. I thought food was good and an excellent value

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                      1. I have now gotten lunch twice in the past two weeks from here (keep in mind, I work in Pasadena, across from the Paseo, so travel time is definitely an issue here).
                        Either way, I want to post my observations based on these two meals: Hot Link Po Boy: it comes on a roll which tends to crumble with lettuce, tomato, pickles, roasted bell peppers and two sauces (I think one was like a BBQ sauce and another was a spicy-mayo type thing). By the time the sandwich got to me, it was pretty gloopy and a little mushy. Also, I was not crazy about the lettuce, tomato and pickle aspects of the sandwich, so they came off pretty quickly. I ate the one piece of bread of each half with the bell peppers and hot links. Links were pretty good, mildly spicy. I liked them. The fries were the thin style with cajun seasoning on them. A fan of hot, crisp fries, I was surprised to find that I ate almost all of them as when they got to me they were very cold and limp! They made a quick cream of mushroom soup for my friend since they did not have a soup of the day. She gave the 2nd one to me (got 2). It was lovely. I added some cayenne pepper and salt to it and it was even better. My friend ordered the crab cakes which are very, very good (at least from the small taste I got). Very moist and tender. Delicious! Great dipping sauces as well! I did not taste anyone else's food.
                        Today, I ordered the crayfish Po Boy (lunch) at $8.99 and for $1 more, got soup and salad. He whipped up another mushroom soup, this time with broccoli in it (not as good as the first time, but it was fine). I also ordered a lunch portion of their hush puppies $2.99. They are very dense and like hockey-pucks. Flavor was okay. Much better when you dip them into the pot likker that comes with the Andouille Smothered Sauteed Cabbage. I got some of the leftovers of this and it is really good. Tart, almost sour vinegary notes with the flavors of rosemary and thyme. The sausages are very good in it. I will have to order this next time. Dressing on the Caesar salad did not taste good. I have no idea how to describe it. Fishy almost. So that was tossed. The Po Boy was pretty boring. Small chunks of crayfish breaded and deep-fried. Not a lot of flavoring in the coating. Because of the mess my last sandwich was when I got it, I asked that the spicy aioli be put on the side. Well, I opened the sandwich well after I ate the hush puppies and soup and noticed that there was no sauce. I asked my friend who picked up the order and she thought the sauce went with her blackened grilled catfish. Alas, no sauce for me. So, I improvised and put some of the sauce they give you with the hush puppies on it and took a bite. It was fine. I would not order it again, though. I pulled the tomato and pickle off since it did nothing for it. My friend ordered the crab cakes and the blackened catfish on top of a salad and another friend ordered the same fish with the sautéed cabbage. They were both okay with their orders. Except everyone was a fan of the cabbage.
                        I think it is important to note again that all items ordered had at least a 15-minute car ride to get to us (maybe more since it was Friday traffic). I do not want to give them a poor review as this is a huge factor. However, I just wanted to note my thoughts. I feel that a lot is taken away from food when you do not eat it just made, on site. I will eat in-house and compare and I am sure it will be a lot better.
                        Anyway, in my to-go opinion, I think the crab cakes and the sautéed cabbage is the way to go. I almost ordered the Etoufee today, but didn’t. I am fairly confident that their specialty items, i.e. jambalaya, gumbo, etoufee, etc. will be very good. They also say they smoke their meats. Either way, I say, try them – you may like them!