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The Americans are invading San Gabriel Valley!

ipsedixit Feb 13, 2014 09:54 AM

Ok hyperbole aside, the LAT just did a write-up of the SGV and it's notoriety amongst Chinese tourists.

While the article doesn't really break new ground it does end with this bit of "news":


"The tourism boom has helped spark new development. A 316-room Crowne Plaza Hotel is slated to open next door to the Hilton in 2015, taking over an overgrown lot that once housed a Norm's restaurant.


In the lobby of the proposed Crowne Plaza hotel, the anchor restaurant will be Smitty's Grill, which also has a location in Pasadena that serves American comfort food."

Read it all here: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-sa...

  1. Tripeler Feb 13, 2014 08:52 PM

    Maybe the SGV just needs a White Front location...

    1. raytamsgv Feb 13, 2014 12:57 PM

      Well, there goes the neighborhood.

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      1. re: raytamsgv
        kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:41 PM

        Exaclty there goes the hood.

        Though i was always surprised by the fancy Hilton hotel smack dab in the middle of the SGV.

        Now I know that's where all the tourists stay at.

        1. re: kevin
          J.L. Feb 13, 2014 06:12 PM

          Actually most stay at the Lincoln Hotel near Garvey. Actually, near Fortune No. 1.

          1. re: J.L.
            kevin Feb 13, 2014 06:59 PM

            Why not the Hilton. It does look like the fanciest joint around for miles.

            Is the Lincoln Hotel even fancier ??????

            1. re: kevin
              J.L. Feb 13, 2014 07:23 PM

              Not everyone is traveling Kardashian-style, you know...

              1. re: J.L.
                kevin Feb 13, 2014 07:25 PM

                What's Kardashian-style ?????

                1. re: kevin
                  J.L. Feb 13, 2014 08:05 PM

                  Fly like a G6...

                  1. re: J.L.
                    OscarFox Feb 13, 2014 08:14 PM

                    Just to clarify the slang:


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        foufou Feb 13, 2014 11:04 AM

        surprised that Smitty's is expanding into new territory...was at Smitty's last night and food is mediocre and overpriced.

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        1. re: foufou
          mc michael Feb 13, 2014 03:43 PM

          Regardless of the quality, I would think they would not be able to compete on price with San Gabriel Chinese spots.

          1. re: foufou
            Will Owen Feb 13, 2014 05:38 PM

            foufou: go next door to Seco. Though it looks a lot more formal, and there's no meat loaf on the menu, it's actually less expensive than Smitty's. We've been trying to find a Smith Bros. place that didn't feel like some engineered formula brought to life – see Cheval Bistro – and we think we may have. Smart, friendly service and great drinks; liked the food a lot too, though if I get another steak I'll ask for it rare rather than medium. Mrs. O declared it our new hang … we'll see.

            1. re: Will Owen
              ilysla Feb 13, 2014 06:55 PM

              Are these the people who were behind Crocodile Cafe? I actually liked that place back in the day....

              1. re: ilysla
                mc michael Feb 13, 2014 08:27 PM

                The Croc became Cafe 140 became Seco New American with lots of alterations.

                1. re: mc michael
                  ilysla Feb 13, 2014 09:05 PM

                  Oh, I remember it becoming Cafe 140. Never went to it after the name change, though (no particular reason). I remember really liking the Italian place that preceeded Smitty's (can't remember what it was called)....

                  1. re: ilysla
                    mc michael Feb 13, 2014 11:12 PM

                    The Italian place was good. But the woman who owned it really wasn't a restaurateur. Before that it was another spot I can't recall frequented by Joseph Wambaugh where he drank the Black Marble (basically, a Martini made with a black olive) but it could not keep up with the changes in demographics and the rents.

                    1. re: mc michael
                      judybird Feb 17, 2014 05:52 PM

                      That was Monahan's. I believe it was a cop hangout for awhile, which is how Wambaugh wound up there. They had curtained booths around the room, you could get real private!

                      1. re: judybird
                        mc michael Feb 17, 2014 06:39 PM

                        that is correct.

                        1. re: judybird
                          kevin Feb 18, 2014 05:00 PM

                          for a secret tete a tete ????????

                2. re: Will Owen
                  mc michael Feb 13, 2014 08:31 PM

                  Has anybody had a really good meatloaf since 72 Market Street?

              2. J.L. Feb 13, 2014 10:03 AM

                " 这些是什么奇怪的煎饼?" (What are these weird pastries?)

                " 美国人说是 'pancakes'" (Americans call them 'pancakes')

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