We were thrilled thay Anaheim Hills brought a new, nicer restraurant to town- the lines at Wood Ranch were growing intolerable. Strangely enough, the lines and Romano's Macaroni Grill ar jsut as bad. Anaheim residents have flocked to this restaurant for California-Italian food, and the 1 hour wait reflects our hunger. We were very happy with our meals, though and understand the demand. The bread was light and airy, the drinks were high-quality and reasonably priced. I ordered a very good salad that offered vegetables way beyond lettuce and tomatoes- I remember grilled asparagus and eggplant. My companion had a chicken pasta dish that was rich and tasty. We did not have room for dessert, but they looked great. The waitstaff was polite and was able to make accomodations that we requeted without blinking an eye. We were pleased that the noise in the foyer didn't transfer to the main dining room.
Salsitas is a corner Mexican restaurant near the Birch Street Promenade in Brea. The full-panel glass windows and neon lights attracted us in- very cool environment atypical of Mexican joints. The menu was fairly boring- aside from some egg dishes, there wasn't much that was new or special. I was disappointed in my fajita salad- it was mostly iceburg lettuce and green bell peppers. My companions did think the fajitas were pretty good, but not remarkable. They do make their own flour and corn tortillas, which were tasty. The dessert were fair but again, nothing remarkable. 3 stars- if you are hungry after the movie, come on over, but don't make plans around this place.
About 6 months ago, I walked into Diedrich and ordered a double iced espresso. Though the younger cash regsiter employee looked a bit confused, the barista took over, telling the young man it was a "specialty drink" and she would handle it. And boy, did she...one of the best iced epsressos I have ever had. This barista is at work on weekday afternoons, and she is one professional. The lattes and brewed coffee are also very good- go during the fall and indulge in a pumpkin latte. The baked goods arwonderful- they are from Il Fornaio- and include a tasty bran muffin. The environment is bright and airy; there are some larger tables and some electrical outlets for laptops. The blended drinks are so-so. You may need to remind the employee if you want your drink in a mug.
I wandered into Ramona's by accident when I was very hungry one night. That was a mistake, because it took 45 minutes to get my enchiladas and the house wasn't even very full. The waitress was kind and ver apologetic over the situation, but everyone else was getting their meals late as well. The food was drenched in cheese that seemed oily and the enchilada was made almost entirely with dark-meat chicken. The upside is that the prices are very low- it is "sit down" restaurant with fast food prices.Well...I guess you get what you pay for.
Where else in the Joshua Tree area can you get a 32-ounce margarita that leaves you wanting more? Edchadas, also located in Yucca Valley, serves some really nice drink, chips and sals for co-workers looking to relax after work. They have daily specials such as enchiladas and tacos that come with soup or salad and are less than $5. The food is really quite good, though not too healthy. I really liked the chicken enchiladas and my friends like the flautas. You wont find any new, inventive dishes here- but the classics are wonderful. The staff is hard-working and friendly as well.
I don't usually give high ratings based mainly on store size, but the Target in Fontana is huge and will meet the whole family's needs. How convenient to be able to purchase so many well-priced items in one shopping trip. The store has a great varietyof family clothing, packaged food items, electronics, toys and entertainment-related items. There is even a Starbucks inside! Being a Target, the prices are very good and the return policy is very reasonable. The restrooms are sometimes very dirts and sometimes the employees seem overwhelmed but usually the trip is a productive and satisfying one.
I am diappointed to see little restaurant chains get popular, grow, the then decline in quality. I am afraid this is what happened to the Sherman Oaks Cold Stone Creamery. It was one of the first in the L.A. Area and used to be fantastic. You would go in and the smell of the fresh cones would make you salivate. You could pick 50+ flavors because they had these little flavor drops they would add to the ice cream. The portion size was generous and the price was great (a small was $1.80). Now, the flavor choices are more limited and the quality of ice cream and cone seems less. The price has doubled. The kids who work in here are still fun, though, and really will "holler for a dollar".
When do you get to go to a real old-fashioned soda shop? Here in Pasadena? This place embraces a theme even earlier than the malt shops of the 50's- this more like the 20's. The booths are wooden and well-maintained, and there is a cute little train that circles the upper roof area. There is a ton of memorabilia and candy from "back in the day". The ice cream is fantastic and they offer lots of great flavors- share a great shake served in the silver goblet. The employees seem to really like working here, smiling and chatting with customers. Love it!
We hang out at Spoons quite a bit, but it actually isnt the food or drink that brings it in. Spoons features a neat little game one can play with buddies: TRIVIA! They have neat little monitors that correspond with questions on TV sets near the bar area. You can even register and keep an accoun of your points, earning freebies along the way. The employees don't mind if we play for hours. The food is mediocre- it is supposed to be Southwest-inspired, but its not quite special. Stick with a nice salad or sandwich. Pass on the desserts, they are unoriginal.
Jerry's Deli is always eye-catching for newbies- a bright red exterior, valet parking, and full-panel glass windows sets the restaurant apart from its Westwood neighbors. The interior, filled with Broadway posters, is no less visually appealing. This is a large location (2 floors) and is special to Westwood students and faculty as it is open 24 hours a day. I remember many 4 AM cramming sessions over lattes and blintzes. The menu is huge, offering its famous sandwiches, bagels, pizzas, and egg dishes. The sandwiches are very large but simple, appealing mostly to carnivores who don't care about other toppings or bread quality. The desserts are fairly bland and boring. I have been disappointed that for some reason or another (hour of the day, lack of a chef) they have never been able to prepare their breakfast pizza for me. Service varies by the day; lots of student-waiters. Try a scramble with eggs or a happy shake!