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Jan 7, 2014 10:56 AM

San Gabriel Boulevard?

Hi Everybody,
I make frequent trips up and down San Gabriel Blvd because I'm visiting a relative in a nursing home just south of San Gab Nursery. We see so many little storefront restaurants, we were wondering, are any of them any good? Should we stop?

Thanks for any help.

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  1. are you looking for anything specific?

    1. If you like pizza, be sure to stop at Petrillos on San Gabriel and Valley in the City of San Gabriel. Try the Petrillo's Special.

      1. I was wondering about the Asian restaurants I see--Tasty
        Choice. I just looked it up and found out there are 3. The parking lot is always full but I can't see under the curtains as we drive by. There are tiny restaurants behind potted hedges. There's a Hunan restaurant, I think.

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        1. re: canyon

          Tasty Choice - worst choice on San Garbriel Blvd.

          1. re: dreamcast18

            Their hainan chicken is actually pretty good.

            1. re: chrishei

              Yea they have a few nice items

              Their drinks are really really really bad though

        2. There are many restaurant choices in the area. I'm sure we could give you better advice if you identified the things you like (e.g. type of cuisine, cost, ambiance, etc.).

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          1. re: raytamsgv

            Hi again,
            As I said, it's the Asian restaurants on San Gabriel Blvd. that I was interested in. Or very close to SGB. Ambiance doesn't matter. I'm coming down from the Arcadia area and I drive up and down SGB several times a week now. Restaurants between Santa Anita Blvd. and SGB would be helpful too. I could try different approaches. I know that both areas are famous for different types of "Chinese" food. I just finished reading about Hunan on Yelp.

            1. re: canyon

              Here are some recommendations in no particular order:

              1. Saigon Bakery in San Gabriel. It's on Valley just west of San Gabriel. It has some really good bread and Vietnamese sandwiches. It's also dirt cheap: two banh mi for $5.50 but you get a third one free. If you don't speak Vietnamese, they have plenty of pictures. (Actually, they speak English). CASH ONLY.

              2. Another interesting place would be Shen Yang, which serves food from Northeast China. If you're used to the rice dishes found in many Chinese restaurants, this will be very different. A good writeup can be found here:


              It is located just south of Las Tunas in the same mini-mall as Hong Kong Supermarket. CASH ONLY.

              3. Another good, though more expensive restaurant would be Seafood Village on Las Tunas in Temple City. They serve seafood, including those straight from the tank. Their house special crab is their specialty.

              4. Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa is located behind the In-and-Out on Mission just east of Rosemead Blvd. They offer dishes from Central Vietnam, which isn't very common in the SGV.

              5. If you like pho chicken (Vietnamese noodle soup), try HP Pho Ga Bac Ninh on Mission Dr. in Rosemead. Their pho has a much lighter taste than traditional beef-based broths. Supposedly, the chicken is free-range, if you are into that. CASH ONLY.

          2. Not Chinese, but still a fine restaurant:

            Babita Mexicuisine - Chef Roberto has always fed us well.

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            1. re: J.L.

              Yeah. His shit is really good.

              Btw. JL, what was the name of the joint in San Gabriel with the great avocado milkshakes ???????

              Thanks buddy.

              1. re: kevin

                Saigon Flavour, and it's on Valley Blvd., just east of Del Mar, I believe...

                1. re: J.L.

                  If the avocado smoothie at Saigon Flavour is better than the one at Fresh Roast, I need to call my buddies at the DEA.

                  Need to update the controlled substances list.

                  (And, yeah, kevin, Fresh Roast *is* on San Gabriel Blvd.)

                  1. re: ipsedixit


                    You are way ahead of me in anticipating my follow-up question.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Fresh Roast sounds great.

                      I'll have to go their for the breakfast of champions:

                      Vietnamese cafe Sua dua, siphon coffee, egg waffles, and the avocado shake.

                      Thanks buddy.