Red Ribbon BakeShop: Great pastries and empanadas!
Red Ribbon is a Philippine bakeshop, famous for its pastries and hot foods: lumpia (egg rolls--fried or fresh/not fried); pancit (noodles) and dessert drinks (shakes, jiuces, etc.)
There are several locations in the San Francisco Bay area, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay (Carson), and San Diego.
Red Ribbon makes great special occasion cakes with flavors such as: mango, black forest, chocolate mocha crunch, coffee crunch, rocky road, fresh strawberries with almonds, and the Filipino favorites: ube (sweet purple yam), macapuno (coconut sport), and sansrival (lliterally translates to "without flour" and is a crunchy, layered cake with buttercream to bind the layers together.)
Typical prices are:
* empanadas ($1.83)
* fresh lumpia ($2.99)
* pancit palabok ($3.59)
* mango cake ($16.99)
* rocky road cake ($17.99)
* sansrival ($20.99)
Stop by Red Ribbon in Carson, or one near where you live, and enjoy the wonderful cakes, pastries, empanadas and other food this fine bakeshop has to offer.
Favorite Dish: I love the chicken empanadas at Red Ribbon. They are chock full of shredded chicken and make great party/picnic/freeze-later-for-snack food.
All the pastries are delicious too.
Valerio's Tropical Bakeshop: Delicious breads and desserts....
Valerio's Tropical Bakeshop specializes in pan de sal--the typical Filipino bread/dinner roll. They have regular and whole-wheat pan de sal. They also have several varieties of "stuffed" pan de sals:
* corned beef hash (my personal favorite)
* adobo (a Filipino pork or chicken stew made with soy sauce, garlic, and vinegar)
* chicken asada
* ube (sweet purple yam)
They also have traditional Filipino desserts such as:
* turon (fried banana eggrolls)
* cucinta (a steamed sweet rice cake served with fresh coconut)
* ensaymada (a sweet bread coated with butter/cheese/sugar)
* hopia (a pastry filled with your choise of ube, sweet bean paste or pork fat.)
Tropical Bakeshop always has a line that forms at the counter and lines the perimeter of the store, and sometimes goes out the door of the tiny storefront. But, the line goes fast and the rewards....delicious!
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the pan de sal filled with corned beef hash (reminiscent of breakfasts--where my mom and dad would have pan de sal and cooked corned beef hash--now they're all-in-one at Tropical Bakeshop!)
I also favor the cucinta with fresh coconut...yummm!
Alfredos: Good place for a bug or rock
Until halfway through lunch today, this was a weekly lunch spot for myself. That was until I found a bug in my tostada; while my lunch partner bit down on a small rock that had been in her tostada.
I understand these things occassionally happen but manager wouldn't re-make items. After he cleared less-than-half-eaten meals, we were handed bill that charged full price.
I won't be back and can only recommend avoiding this place.
Favorite Dish: Not the breakfast tostada.
The Stadium Club: Good Food
We came here during dinner hours but i was told that they are open for lunch as well. The place is nice, very classy. The service is good and the food is very tastey!
Rob and Marisela had the Kob Burgers served with shoestring fries. At first I thought "why get a burger in a place like this?" but after I tried it, it was GOOD GOOD GOOD! Manny had the Salmon, he said it was very delicious too, served with crushed nut on top. and i had a chicken ceaser salad. It was alright, but next time i am getting the Kobe Burger.
Their menu wasnt very expansive, in fact it is quite small. Theres not alot to choose from but what they do have is very good and inexpensive.
The Stadium Club is a fine dining restaurant with a spectacular view of the soccer stadium! The Stadium Club is open to the public Monday through Friday 11am to 2pm (when not in conflict with events). During events, the Stadium Club is open to Suite and Club Members only.
Stadium Club reservations can be made by phoning (310) 630-2100. For information regarding becoming a Suite or Club seat member contact Premium Sales at (877) 5-ACTNOW. [(877) 522-8669]
Favorite Dish: KOBE BURGER
Grilled Kobe beef with melted gorgonzola cheese. Served with garlic aioli, butter lettuce, vine-ripe tomatoes on a Brioche roll, crispy fries.
Back Home in Lahaina: Ono Hawaiian Food!
At Back Home in Lahaina, you really feel like you were back in Lahaina, Maui. The painted murals makes you feel like you were walking around Front Street or you were right on the harbour watching whales and the ships go by...
Favorite Dish: Of course, the lau lau and lomis are a must but, I must say that the Lahaina Fried Chicken is the best I've ever tried! You can taste the ginger and other spices (that I can't name) and when you bite into it and taste that crunch-- you can't believe that you've finished the whole plate... and that's a lot!!! Portions are huge with great side orders to boot!
My other favorites include the breakfast menu... everything is great and specially with their cup of joe!
Oh, and don't forget their strawberry or chocolate flan cakes! One slice is good enough for four!
Thai BBQ: Thai-rrific!
Thai BBQ's ambience is hmmm... how can I describe it... a little eclectic with a lot of Kim Andersonish posters and toys all around?!?
Anyways, the ambience is cute but, the food is great!!! Everyday, that place is packed but, surprisingly, they get everyone in and out specially those on their lunch breaks!
They have a great menu and the price is very cheap considering the great food that you're getting!
Favorite Dish: Of course, the name of the restaurant gives away what they have to offer--great BBQ! Try the L1/S1 if you like chicken but, if you don't mind pork, then try the Spare Ribs BBQ... Their bbq sauce is different from the american sauce, it's like something you would dip egg rolls into. You could also ask for their other sauces like the one with cucumbers, onions and peppers or even fish sauce if you like that!
Aside from great bbq, my favorite dish is their Mussamun beef curry.... chunks of soft beef with potatoes in curry and rice. The taste is a little sweet with a lot of great curry spice!
Oh, and don't forget the Pad Thai or Pad See-Ew Noodles!
Back Home in Lahaina: One of my favorite Restaurants
Back Home in Lahaina is a great Hawiian restaurant. You get big portions of meat!
Lunch Entrees cost about $7-9. Dinner is about $9-12. The plate is bigger for dinner and you get a small soup.
The restuarant has a cool paint job. The inside walls are a big mural of a beach scene in Lahania. There is a corner of the room that is supposed to be a nude beach (not really, but there is a sign).
This restaurant is new in Carson (at the time of writing this tip, it is probably about an year old). It has not yet caught on and is empty most times we've been there. There are lots of doors but the only one open is kind of hidden and inside the building's courtyard.
If you are familiar with the chain of restuarants around LA called The Loft, the food is similar. Actually Back Home in Lahaina is owned by a former co-owner of The Loft.
Favorite Dish: If you are really in for a treat go with the beef and chicken combo ($8.95 lunch, $10.95 dinner)
Most dishes come with macaroni, a side of rice, and this great cabbage/ramen salad--it's really unique even though it just seems like simply cabbage, dry noodles and vinegar.
My favorite dishes here:
Korean BBQ Chicken chicken. Make sure to ask for the Vietnamese rooster sauce or the Hawaiian hotsauce.
Lahaina Fried Chicken. A really interesting sweet flavored battered fried chicken. Make sure to try the Lahaina sauce; it's the main ingredient here.
Beef or Chicken Katsu. Breaded chicken or beef strips fried in Katsu sauce (make sure you try that out as well).
Usually the meals are so big, I would not advise getting apetizers, but if you have lots of room in your stomach, try the Kalua Lumpia.
There are also "Hawiian Specialities" on the menu, but I like the dishes above so much, that I have not yet tried the specialities.
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Alfredo's: Good, down-home Mexican food
Alfredo came to the U.S. in 1970, and worked as a chef in Pasadena restaurant. In 1981, his wife, Maria, persuaded Alfredo to open their first restaurant in Lomita, in Los Angeles' south bay area. Since then, "Alfredo's" has grown into a South Bay institution, with four locations in Lomita, Carson and Hermosa Beach.
Alfredo and Maria are both from the Yucatan Peninsula and offer Yucatan specialties (such as Tamale Yucatan--chicken wrapped in banana leaves, or Cochinita Pibil--ternder pork wrapped in banana leaves) in addition to the traditional Mexican food offerings.
Don't go to Taco Bell, Del Taco or other fast-food joints that claim to be Mexican food--get the REAL stuff-good, delicious, home-cooked Mexican food--at Alfredo's! :)
Favorite Dish: Everything is delicioso at Alfredo's! From the chips/salsa/guacamole, to the taquitos, to the carne asada tacos, sopes, chilaquiles, carnitas, to the chimichangas, to the camarones (shrimp)...everything is GREAT! Even the beans and rice on the side (which are usually just throw-aways at other wannabe Mexican restaurants such as El Torito and Acapulco's) tastes GREAT at Alfredo's.
Prices are very reasonable, service is terrific. It's such a good, down-home atmosphere. You can sit down for your meal, or place an order to go. Also, the chips and guacamole are fresh, and the salsa is just right--not too mild, yet not too spicy.
For visitors to the U.S. who have not tried Mexican food, or others who have have limited exposure to Mexican food, Alfredo's one is one of the best, basic, good down-home places to eat!
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