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RAY'S GUIDE TO GOURMET AND FRUGAL DINING

Raymond Lim

Hello there professors and fellow colleagues! This will be my "Asian Cuisine" issue; the following information is a compilation of the restaurants I've had the pleasure of dining in. I would like to ask for forgiveness from all you vegetarians and sea-food lovers for the following may not apply to you. The sea-food dish recommendations are those of friends'.

Sam Woo: This restaurant is located 10 minutes from Lot F. They serve the traditional Hong Kong style of cooking that I believe is palatable to both the Asian and American tongue. Not only do they serve the traditional "chow mein" and "chow fun" but also gourmet dishes like deep fried pork intestines and soy-sauce duck feet. I have not tried any of these "gourmet" dishes but that doesn't mean you should stop yourselves from feasting on such known favorites.

The prices range from $3.00 to $8.00 a plate so the cost of eating off campus may be more economical then on campus. Some favorites among my friends and I include the beef chow fun with tender greens and tomato beef chow mein. For all you sea-food lovers, I heard that the won ton noodles soup and the sea-food chow mein are dishes you must sample here. Sam Woo is located at 514 W. Valley Blvd. This little restaurant does get very busy during lunch hour, but don't despair. The majority of people come in to eat and leave in a hurry. Always ask the waiters or waitresses if they understand your order or just do what I do best: grab the menu and point to the item, that way, you'll be sure to get what you ordered.

Thai Dynasty: This place serves the traditional Thai favorites that are a bit on the spicy side. If you can handle a burrito with red salsa from King Taco, then this place is a cinch for your tongue. Thai Dynasty is located approximately 15 minutes from Lot F and is larger than Sam Woo. This restaurant has lunch specials that range in price from $3.50 to $5.50.

I recommend you check this place out, knowing that most of you are on a limited budget. Several dishes I recommend are: garlic beef, curry chicken with rice, and chicken pat-see-ewe. Don't forget to order the Thai iced-tea or Thai iced-coffee to go with your meal! Thai Dynasty is located at 208 E. Valley Blvd. Of all the times I've been there, there hasn't been a wait. The waiters/waitresses all speak English relatively well, so you won't have trouble ordering either.

Tokyo Lobby: This Japanese joint serves food that promises to be a favorite on your list. Of course you will find the traditional preparations of raw fish, but also dishes like deep fried fish that you can sink your teeth into. Tokyo lobby is 30 minutes from Lot F via the freeway. The large, well-known restaurant among all nationalities serves lunch specials ranging from $5.50 to $9.00. I highly recommend any of their specials from "A" to "J." You'll know what I mean when you get there.

Once you enter the nice, dimly lit atmosphere, you'll forget school for a short while and enjoy a promptly served meal. You'll find Tokyo Lobby at 927 E. Las Tunas Drive (cross street is San Gabriel) in San Gabriel. The following reflects my ratings of the three restaurants (on a scale of 1 to 10):

RestaurantQualityRating
Sam Woo:taste:
atmosphere:
price:
8 chopsticks
7 chopsticks
9 chopsticks
Thai Dynasty: taste:
atmosphere:
price:
7 chopsticks
9 chopsticks
8 chopsticks
Tokyo Lobby:taste:
atmosphere:
price:
9 chopsticks
9 chopsticks
7 chopsticks

For the next issue of The Looking Glass, stay tuned for the best sandwiches and pizzas around! Here's a sneak preview: the best pastrami sandwich and the most awesome pepperoni pizza! For ideas and suggestions, please grab me in the hallways. Let's do lunch!


Prepared bymroffe@calstatela.edu

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