A very popular stop for RAMEN in Monterey Park. It is worth the road rage to get there, considering that the traffic at the intersection of Atlantic & Garvey is beyond CRAY CRAY!!
~ Kotteri ramen ($8.50) - more on the CREAMY side for this ramen, so it is more FATTY too! Everything about it is effin good: RICH and savory pork broth, boiled egg with soft yolk, ramen noodles, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green onion, sesame seeds, and homemade sliced (and tender) pork belly that will make you drool like Pavlov's dog!
~ Spicy miso ramen - If you want the best of both worlds, that is... miso and ramen in ONE bowl, then consider this as a 2 in 1 + spicy hot broth! I really liked this one the most!
~ Shredded Pork bowl - something I would order again. Not your average teriyaki bowl. Comes with white rice and some veggies thrown on top. A popular one here.
~ spicy tuna sushi - was surprisingly good! I wasn't expecting above average sushi from a place that is well-known for ramen, but that spicy tuna sure delivered. It was so good that we ordered another one!
Tiny place - with the feel of a bird cage. We've been here twice on a Friday night, and there's usually a small wait. Service was prompt despite how in demand they were. Soups came out piping hot on both visits.
I'm just glad that I don't have to visit their sis restaurant in Little Tokyo when I can have it in MP.
A 3.5 on TWO Saturday evenings.
Here are some items worth mentioning:
~Hibachi - build your own Mongolian style entree. DO THIS.
~Pepper (rock) crab - good stuff (had tons of that!).
~Crab legs - anorexic, but OK.
~Salty (peel-away) shrimp - alright
~Asian (small) chicken wings - decent
~sweet ripe bananas - Latino-approved!
~Fried (cream cheese) wontons - these are better than China One across town.
~Orange chicken - good when the cook delivered hot & fresh (not when sitting there a while).
On a second visit we used a BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free buffet) coupon that came in the mail (10/25/14) ~
~ Pork rib was really good. It was nearly fall-off-the-bone soon after they brought out the hot tray. Get the very meaty one for the fall-off-the-bone experience.
~BBQ (huge) red chicken wings - Make the trek to the grill section for this. Worth it.
~ Pepper crab - they were out when I first got there. I figured the vultures had their fill. Had to wait 15 minutes for another tray to come out. On second thought - they need TWO trays. One tray of pepper crab is NOT enough.
I don't recommend the sushi here, unless you're willing to end up on an episode of Monsters Inside Me (Animal Planet). The sushi does not look appetizing.
There was no egg flower soup in sight. My son missed out on that one (his usual favorite). And the wonton soup did not taste like a wonton soup.
My husband did knock himself out with all the seafood he got: oysters, grilled whole fish, squid, crab, peel-away shrimp, etc. But the truth is that I don't like oysters at all (not the restaurant's fault), and the squid was not prepared to my liking anyway (this one IS the restaurant's fault :-)~
However, my husband also came here with his boss for lunch (work meeting), and he said that lunch was not that great.- there was no crab or shrimp in sight. But the price was only $9 (his work paid for it).
Adult dinner price was under $14 and included soft drink. My 11 year old went in for under $7. Kids go in for half price if they are between 3 and 5 feet in height.
This is a notch above all the other generic Asian buffets in the area, but I have to say that Panda Express is actually tastier than some of the meat (beef & chicken) entrees here!
BTW, NO added MSG (per restaurant). Wouldn't mind going back with another BOGO (buy one get one free) discount.
Came here with a coupon for a free kid's meal + drink (saved $3.98).
Lunch started off on the right foot when our waitress decided to sit us away from all the elderly that was huddled to one side of the restaurant (there was a big group there celebrating an 80th birthday). I thought that was a good idea because they probably don't want to be near any kids, or any adult with the kid in them for that matter :P
This restaurant reminds me of a Marie Calender's, except that the chicken pie meal is so much better here!
~ (savory) chicken pie - nowhere near as bland as the pot pie from Marie Calender's. And the crust was perfect. The cranberry dressing that came with the meal made me feel like it was Thanksgiving in August. I actually enjoyed my meal to say the least.
~ apple pie slice - It tasted like it was just baked. Very fresh and yummy. This was added for $1 more. I was too stuffed to finish it all (had doggy bag to go).
~ kid's meal - Polly's burger and fries - Kid's burger came with a side, and my kid choose fries. My son states that he still likes In-n-Out over this burger. Oh well!! I guess it must have been all those In-n-Out burgers I had while I was pregnant with him (yeah, that's what did it!!!). BTW, I posted the kid's menu - see pics above.
~ corn bread (came with butter) - OK. This was included with the meal.
~ strawberry lemonade - 99 cents off the kid's menu. - Made fresh with sliced strawberries inside the drink... Kid-approved!
~ coffee - Had two cups. Decent brew. But I was actually a bit surprised that I was charged $2.49 for just regular coffee. I think McDonald's has a stronger brew for only $1.29.
Been coming here before to purchase their whole pies. I can't say I enjoyed the banberry pie (with strawberries and bananas). I prefer the all-strawberry pie instead. But I'm not done with pie eating yet! I will be back for one of the cream pies in the near future.
Time Warner Cable is fantastically terrible!!
Worst internet service we've had in eight years! There are times in which we cannot get any internet connection at all. Other times it is very slow, or the page will go down while in the middle of something.
BTW, my spouse pays for the fastest internet connection available. He has already spent time on the phone with these yahoos (I mean customer service) discussing the above issue.
We used to have Verizon FIOS when we lived in Indio, and we cannot wait until FIOS becomes available in this area (they're working on it as we speak).
Oh, and never mind the long lines and extremely slow service at their office on Frederick. Check out the other bad reviews for this sucky company.
Groupon is addicting! OCD addicting!!
Why I love daily deals...
~ We can try more places with the kids. I've already tried two different waterparks in the area for a total of six times, thanks to Groupon! For those of you who have kids, you pretty much know that things can ADD UP BIG TIME everywhere you go with kids. Yes or yes?
~ We can eat out more often with Groupon vouchers on hand. I am also more willing to try out a different ethnic restaurant with a Groupon. Ethiopian, anyone? I know some of you are probably saying Naaahhh... I'll skip that one! Just remember folks, if the food SUXS, no worries! You only paid about half of the bill anyway!
~ I have even purchased shoes for the kids at WSS with Groupon vouchers. I just wish they would get on Groupon more often though. You know how fast them feet can grow??
~ You will NEVER lose what you paid for the voucher. The amount you paid is STILL good even after the Groupon expires. All you lose is the promotional value... as in you won't get $20 worth of food for only $10. But you can still spend the $10 that you already paid for in advance. I know this because I had a voucher expire on me once, and they still accepted it anyway. Even if the business goes out of business, Groupon will refund your money if you contact them about it.
We've had no issues when handing the vouchers to any of the businesses. None of them ever made me or my hubby feel like cheapskates for using them!
The first time I came here, I was pretty sure they would give other chain pizza eateries in the area a run for their money ON SKATES...
But I later changed my mind when the 2nd cheese pizza did not look as good as the first. The cheese came brown all over, unlike the first one. As a result, the kids were not excited. I'm now wondering... did the cook go up in smoke along with the pizza?? Where is the previous cook they had?
Going back to the first visit here ~ I got the $12.99 deal that includes a large one topping pizza, 10 wings (buffalo hot for my spouse and I), garlic bread sticks, and a two liter soda.
~buffalo hot wings were on point with lots of sauce on the side (10 for $5).
~buttery-garlic bread sticks were kinda greasy but GOOD!!!
The jalapenos poppers were not the best. I still prefer the ones from Jack-in-the-Box.
BTW, cheese pizza and pepperoni pizza goes for $5 each. Extra cheese is $1 more.
Guys, please make sure the cheese pizza does NOT turn brown all over. I might just give you another chance, but remember... Three Strikes & You're Out!!!
BTW, they are in the Food 4 Less shopping center.
I lost count of how many pizza restaurants (from chains to family-owned) we have in Moreno Valley. Yes, pizza places are like a dime a dozen around here.
This time it's a build-your-own pizza, which just opened in late June 2014.
I received a buy-one-get-one free coupon in the mail from this business, so how could I resist??
For $6.99 you get a BIG personal pizza with unlimited toppings. You pick the sauce, cheese, meats and veggies. It's more of a ALL-YOU-CAN-FIT on top of that pizza. The crust is thin and slightly crispy.
My pizza: yelp.com/biz_photos/pizz…
Two can share one pizza, but my kids cannot stand all the crazy toppings I add to my pizza, so they have to get their own plain pizza in the end (usually cheese with pepperoni). Staff doesn't have to work that hard to get my kids' pizza ready!
Make sure to add GARLIC BUTTER to your pizza before the marinara sauce. I think it gives it a more unique taste.
You get a pager to let you know when your pizza is out of the fire oven (5-7 minute wait) and ready for the next oven (your stomach).
BTW, if you're not a fan of pizza, you can also build your own pasta and salad here.
Free dessert pizza with Yelp check-in!
I like the concept and will probably be back, especially if I get another BOGO deal in the mail :)
P.I. Grill has KILLER pork adobo. Not only will it kill your diet, but it will add to your inner AND outer fatty altogether. Seriously, this is some of the best adobo I've had anywhere!
This is actually one of two Filipino restaurants in Moreno Valley... especially now that Red Ribbon (Filipino bakery) betrayed Moreno Valley for Rancho Cucamonga. Yes, they took off to be with the new Seafood City in R.C.
P.I. Grill's Kare-kare has a good peanut taste - yummmay. I can only tolerate peanut butter flavor in Asian food (Thai, Filipino, Indonesian). Otherwise peanut butter can take a hike.
My husband ordered 100 pork lumpias for his office pot luck party, but the sweetest thing he did was to come home to me first so that I can have a lumpia lunch after he picked up the tray at the restaurant and before returning back to work. Let's just say there weren't exactly 100 lumpias once he went back to work. But that's why it's called a "pot-luck", I just got lucky first!
BTW, a tray with 100 pork lumpias goes for $30 here.
Pic of lumpia tray (100 lumpias) ~ yelp.com/biz_photos/p-i-…
I've actually tried their entire menu, from when they were at their old location back in 2010-2011. Everything here is pretty good, even the breakfast rocks!
My spouse is full-blooded Filipino, and he's never had a single complaint about any of the food here... the price - YES, but not the food.
The only thing he's complained about is that the portions are small-ish for the price, but I think this is true of nearly every Filipino restaurant we've been to, except for Bamboo Bistro Filipino AYCE in West Covina and Tita's Kitchenette in National City. If you've been to any of those two, then you know damn well what I'm talking about!!
Before this tamale shop opened more than two years ago, I had a habit of buying dozens of tamales from random strangers who appeared out of the blue at store parking lots and/or street corners.
What I like best about DF Tamales is that they have an "A" letter grade in front of the restaurant, so I have no need to purchase from unlicensed vendors anymore.
With that said, I enjoy tamales 3-4 times per year. They are FATTY but good! My husband does not like them very much, otherwise I would probably make them from scratch myself.
I've tried nearly all the varieties they have, including the exotic Oaxaca chicken tamale that comes mixed with mole and wrapped in a banana leaf. The cheese tamale with jalapeno is good. The chicken tamale is yummy. The pork tamale was sort of dry on the last visit. The sweet tamales (pineapple and strawberry) are A-OK.
Most tamales are $1.49 each. The exotic Oaxaca tamale is the specialty at $2.49.
They also have additional items on the menu: tacos, tortas, enchiladas, huaraches, sopes, gorditas, quesadillas, menudo, and barbacoa de borrego on weekends.
Out of the four times I've been there, they gave me the wrong order once (I ended up with a quesadilla fried taco instead of the cheese tamale I wanted). But I ate it anyway. Their mistake turned out quite tasty!
Horchata (sweet rice milk drink) is legit. Love this drink!
Cafe de Olla (Mexican coffee w/ cinnamon) is nice and strong!
Tamarindo (aka agua fresca) - was really refreshing.
This is located right next to Miss Pad Thai restaurant in a very small plaza, about one block from the intersection of Frederick and Alessandro.
I mainly come here for the DEAL OF THE DAY... which is a daily discount on one of their menu items.
You no longer need to show your phone or print out coupons from their Facebook page anymore. You just say "deal of the day" and go along your way... usually the limit is 2 so don't think of bringing your entire family to the drive-thru for this one. Don't you just hate it when there's an SUV in front of you and they are ordering the ENTIRE restaurant?? Go inside dammit!!
Deal of the day (between 99 cents and $1.50) can include any of the following: taco burger (good), combo burrito with ground meat, nachos with ground meat, chili cheese fries, chicken burrito, real milkshake, etc. Let me tell you that Baker's gets p-r-e-t-t-y b-u-s-y on the days they offer a GOOD deal of the day.
Anyway, they do not skimp on the portion for the deal of the day either. However, I do have to say that the PORTION for their very tasty chips and salsa should go to the hall of shame though. The kiddie portion they give you is a rip-off for $1.89! My four year old daughter eats ALL the chips in a matter of minutes, and I'm left to finger my salsa without chips.
BTW, Baker's is a small local chain in the Inland Empire, so you wont find this in la-la land (L.A.). They serve American and Mexican fare, and is one of the better fast food chains in the area. They also serve breakfast until 11am, but I think the breakfast is not as good as what comes after that.
If I may offer one suggestion: please offer a cheeseburger for your deal of the day. Is that really too much to ask?
As long as they keep rolling out them "deal of the day", I will give em' my business for as long as they stay in business!
"Show me the Yelp Deals!!! (the new Groupon)"
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Juli 2010Dinge, die ich mag
I LOVE family, my mom's Cuban food, foods from different cultures (esp Asian), exploring new places, calm beaches with NO crazy waves, Groupon, LivingSocial and Yelp deals.Hier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
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