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Jun 13, 2014 01:36 AM

unlucky locations in the SGV

i do a weekly WSGV lunch gathering, and it being friday the 13th, someone suggested today's lunch be at a place that's got a unlucky reputation for location.

i just had lunch at bamboo creek today, so that location is out.

any other prime (so to speak) suggestions?

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  1. someone mentioned the old taste of chong qing / pho bec /
    haige star boulevard location near hawaii restaurant. is anything even open there now?

    1. Corner of New and Valley? (SW corner, IIRC)

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      1. re: ilysla

        Good one!

        But there's literally nothing there now as Grids is gone.

        1. re: TonyC

          I didn't know that there was nothing there! I think the last time I stepped foot on that lot was when it was a Home Savings (or was that next door?).

          1. re: TonyC

            barry, you might want to give the corner of New & Valley a go again as a new place, Hot Kitchen (see SGV Changes thread), is in soft opening phase.

            1. re: JThur01

              is there another friday the 13th coming up soon?

              any hint as to what type of cuisine hot kitchen will feature?

              1. re: barryc

                barry, I just noticed it in passing. Didn't drop in to check. At least there were some people there in soft opening mode.

                1. re: barryc

                  any hint as to what type of cuisine hot kitchen will feature?

                  A ménage à trois of Sichuanese (food) and Mongolian BBQ (cooking/plating technique) and Chipotle (restaurant format).

                  An orgy that even Nero would blush at. A lot.

            2. re: ilysla

              Definitely the one that came to mind IMMEDIATELY

            3. Many years ago, there was a restaurant in a small, free-standing building in Monterey Park called Lucky House (I think), and I believe it was on Garfield, or possibly Atlantic, but I think it was the former. Anyway, whatever street it was, if you're driving north, the street curved to the left just about where the restaurant stood, which was on the right side. On more than one occasion, someone drove straight into the side of the restaurant.

              I have no idea what's there anymore, as the only reason I used to go by that restaurant is because my mom, who was somewhat afraid of freeway driving and especially navigating, insisted on driving up surface streets from the 5, which nearly doubled the commute time, rather than take the 710.

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              1. re: mrhooks

                That was Four Happiness at 310 S. Garfield, and is no longer a restaurant. Unfortunately a waitress was killed in the accident.

              2. 621 W. Main in Alhambra has had 11 restaurants there in the last 20 years. Currently is Tasty Dumpling. Another idea is to go to Plum Tree Inn in Chinatown which supposedly is haunted. Two people have died there, one in a gang shooting and another a workman.

                1. I can understand not waiting to go back after having eaten there so recently, but...sadly, they'll probably need all the help they can get.

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                  1. re: JThur01

                    has anyone else been to bamboo creek?

                    1. re: barryc

                      Second hand report that their new Sichuan menu is excellent. However since I received the report while I'm here in Poland, it has to be considered unconfirmed.

                      1. re: barryc

                        I went a few weeks back. Unfortunately, due to the size of my party, and the recommendation of the waitress, I don't feel I ate enough items, nor did I eat the correct items.

                        Got the:

                        Honey Smoked fish - tasty, but i expected sweeter & crunchier. it tasted a bit stale.

                        Jellyfish(?) - not bad but i prefer the sliced kind

                        Pork noodle - pork has good texture and taste, noodle was a bit generic

                        Spicy fish - So the story here was, I arrived wanting to try the spicy version, but the waitress insisted that as someone that doesn't normally eat that type of food, I should try non spicy. She recommended it to the table of chinese next to us as well. I feel that was a poor recommendation because the fish didn't taste any different from steamed + soy sauce

                        1. re: blimpbinge

                          i had their spicy fish/tofu dish, and i didn't find it all that all that spicy, i suspect that they were missing some necessary ingredient.

                          1. re: barryc

                            Bamboo Creek's dishes might be "spicy" for Zhejiang-style.

                            They've added a Sichuan menu!? I hope it doesn't mean they'll phase out their Zhejiang-style dishes (thanks TonyC), but I guess if one doesn't add hot pot of Sichuan, one can't make it in the SGV today. Maybe it's why some Shanghai-style places seem to be fading away.