Hole in the Wall

Highlighting those mom & pop, greasy spoon, special type places to eat

Rialto Cafe

Location:

108 W Wilshire Ave

Fullerton, CA92832

Hours:

Sunday – Wednesday 8am-3pm

Thursday -Saturday 8am-10pm

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BLT with Avocado

From what I have heard and read, Rialto Cafe is more known for their breakfast than anything else, but they have an amazing lunch and sandwich menu. I haven’t yet had an opportunity to try their breakfast, but after a very pleasant lunch there with a girlfriend of mine I plan to go back soon.

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Turkey, Swiss, and Avocado Plate

Rialto Cafe is a little cafe in Downtown Fullerton, with a cute little dinning area inside as well as several shaded tables outside, great for a lunch with your four legged friend. My friend and I sat outside and enjoyed people watching as we ate our meal.

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BLT with Avocado

My friend ordered a BLT with avocado and I had their turkey, Swiss and avocado sandwich. Their sandwiches are served with your choice of chips, a variety of salads, or fruit. I had chips, my friend had their tomato and cucumber salad. The sandwiches are served on lightly toasted wheat bread, and although I am not a fan of crunchy bread everything about this sandwich was perfect. The toast to the bread did not make it overwhelming crunchy, but offered just enough stability to hold the sandwich together. My sandwich had just the right mount of turkey, cheese, and avocado. I didn’t try the BLT, but my friend could not stop raving about how much bacon there was and how perfectly it was cooked, not too greasy, not too crunchy.

I-Sweets

Location:

17501 Colima Rd

Unit F

Rowland Heights, CA91748

Hours:

Mon – Thurs 1 pm – 10:30 pm

Fri 1 pm – 11:30 pm

Sat 12 pm – 11:30 pm

Sun 12 pm – 10:30 pm

**Accepts credit card only with a minimum purchase**

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Organic Strawberry Snow

Over the years living in Rowland Heights I have seen countless people share photos of their ice experiences, but I have never had the courage to try it myself. That is until a few weeks ago when my niece and I decided to be adventurous together. I had a coupon for Baskin Robins, and that is originally where we planned to go, but we ended up leaving after they closed. In desperation for something sweet we decided to give I-Sweet a chance and I am so happy we did.

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Banana Snow

We got organic strawberry and banana. Banana was a little much for me, too strong of a banana taste, but the strawberry was amazing, one of the best desserts I have every tried. It was light and airy. It tasted super refreshing. Although I don’t know what the calorie and nutrition of snow is, it tasted very guilt free.

Now I haven’t tried any other snow places so I really have nothing to compare I-Sweet to, but I plan on trying others and will let you all know how I feel. For now however, go to I-Sweet!!

2 Week Absence

i-cant-keep-calm-because-i-got-a-new-jobI apologize that I have not shared anything new for over two weeks, but I promise posts will be coming soon. Three weeks ago today I started a job and have been figuring out my new routine. Now that things are finally falling into place I should be able to get my posts back on a regular schedule and I have plenty of yummy places backed up to fill you all in on.

 

Expanded Menu at Pompeiis

I took my niece to Pompeii’s a few weeks ago to celebrate her birthday and was surprised to see that Pompeii’s menu had expanded quite a bit, with appetizers, more salads, more pastas, simply more deliciousness.

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As it was only the two of us and I was dying for their Fettuccine, we were only able to try two new items. We ordered a 1/2lb of their potato wedges and my niece ordered their ravioli and spaghetti with meatballs plate. The potatoes were made fresh and crispy, served nice and hot with ketchup and ranch. I will be back for more.

My niece loved her spaghetti and ravioli. There marinara sauce had a little too much time for my liking, but nothing I couldn’t get over. The meatballs had awesome flavor and were huge! The ravioli was only cheese, but stuffed just right and cooked perfectly.

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If you haven’t yet made it to Pompeii’s you need to now, if you have already I think it’s about time you head back to try some of their new items. You won’t be disappointed.

The Burger Joint La Puente Forgot

Location:

14273 Amar Rd

La Puente, CA91746

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Double Cheeseburger

If you read my posts regularly, it may have been quite apparent that my boyfriend is my usually fatty in crime. Well a couple months ago I had to hand him over to the Marine Corp. and have had to begin to seek out new foodie partners to keep this page going. I’m still trying out people.

GD Burgers, however is one stop we got to try out while he was on leave and it was a very nice experience.

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Chili Cheese Fries

I have driven past this perfect description of a hole in a wall many many times and honestly if it was  not for Yelp I would have simply thought this place was closed. GD Burgers from the exterior to the interior feels and looks like a place La Puente forgot. With dingy paint and holes in booth cushions, this place is not appealing at first glance, but if you can look past the appearance, remember don’t judge a book by its cover, you are in for a pretty good dining experience.

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Cheeseburger Combo

Although they have a pretty large menu from the basics to Mexican food and some teryiaki bowls, on this visit I stuck to the basics – cheeseburger, chili cheese fries, and regular fries. The cheeseburger passed my test and I would even go as far as calling it above average good. It was prepared fresh and had the unusual aspect of being neatly put together. It had just the right amount of sauce and was very flavorful. The fries were hot and crispy. I was not a huge fan of the chili cheese fries, but my boyfriend did enjoy them and although they look like canned chili, they pack a lot more flavor.

More from Cha Cafe

Here are two more amazing dishes from one of my favorite stops!

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Kalbi Beef Fusion Tacos…AMAZING

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Chicken Ssam Baps

Pho Olivia

Location:

 2466 E Chapman Ave

Fullerton, CA 92831

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Rare Steak Pho

Before graduating from Cal State Fullerton, my team from the Newport Beach Film Festival and I enjoyed one last meal together at Pho Olivia. It was, what would turn out to be an all night meeting to finish our final business plan and we needed fuel to get us through the night.

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Fried Rice and Egg Roll

We had already been working for over 4 hours and we were ready for some dinner. Pho Olivia was close, cheap, and compared to our other options, relatively nutritious. The food was amazing, the service was awesome, and overall it was a nice break from our work.

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Our meal consisted of rare steak pho, fried rice, egg rolls, and a variety of drinks. We had thai ice tea, strawberry lemonade, and a lemon soda. Everyone was happy with everything.

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Thai Ice Tea

The pho was hot, flavorful, and had lots of meat. The thai ice tea, as I have said before is not my favorite drink, but their’s was nice, not too sweet. The strawberry lemonade was a perfect combination of sweet and sour. Although I didn’t get to try the lemon soda, my team lead described it as delicious.

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Strawberry Lemonade

The layout of Pho Olivia is very open, makes for a nice place for large groups to meet up. The service was awesome, they were very attentive and quick. Overall it was a very nice experience and I cannot wait to go back.

Tasty Choice Breakfast Sandwich

Awhile back I decided to add a new item to my Tasty Choice breakfast. I decided to try their sausage and egg sandwich and it was really quite delicious. It may not be pretty to look at, but really gives any fast food joint a run for their money.

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Banana Shake Saves the Day

Location:

416 E Foothill Blvd

San Dimas, CA91773

Hours: 7am – 10pm 7 days a week

**Warning- not the best place to eat if in a rush, but worth a little wait**

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Chicken Strips Combo

It has been a rough couple of weeks and yesterday felt like one of the longest days of my life, but Kosmos saved the day. After spending a good six hours yesterday running all around between Downtown LA and Long Beach I found myself in San Dimas, yes that is a big jump, but I was picking up my car from a family friend’s house in the area. It was 3 o’clock and I had yet to eat for the day so I decided I would treat myself to an old favorite Kosmos.

My brother introduced me to Kosmos years ago. He lived just down the street from it and this greasy spoon holds some special memories for me. I have so many memories of eating their chicken strip combo in front of my brother’s brick fireplace in his living room. In high school I liked to run away from my problems by escaping to my brother’s house and I could almost guarantee that on the rough nights we would be making a stop at Kosmos drive thru.

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I have tried multiple items from their menu over the years. Their cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, burritos, everything is pretty good and pretty similar to other burger joints, like Colima Burger or Chris’s. My go to however has always been their chicken strip combo. Under $6.50 and you get three hot and juicy chicken strips on top of crispy french fries and a soda. Hits the spot every time and there really is no better pick me up.

Yesterday I ordered my usual, and went to wait for my order. As I warned this is not a great place to go if you are in any kind of rush, because service is always super slow. The drive thru can easily take 5-10 minutes and if you are dining in it’s even longer. The staff is always wonderful, however. Yesterday they ended up taking about 20 minutes or so to deliver me my food. I’m used to the wait and as I was on the phone too for most of the wait time so I really didn’t notice. Despite my lack of concern, when they did finally bring me my food the employee was super apologetic and offered me any free dessert I would like. As it had been a really rough day I accepted.I received a free small banana shake and it was amazing. Made with real bananas it was not too sweet and was super creamy. On a hot socal summer day it really hit the spot.

Although it was a small gesture, as bad as my day and week had been, this small offer completely turned my day around. I felt re-enthused and not so burnt out. Little things like this, along with all the memories are what keep me coming back.

A Place to Beat the Summer Heat

Location:

2682 E Garvey Ave S

West Covina, CA91791

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday 2pm-9pm / Friday & Saturday 2pm-11pm

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Tiramisu in a Waffle Cone

I love gelato, but up until a few weeks ago I would have to wait every year for county fair time to roll around to satisfy my craving. Thanks to Gelatissimo, never again shall I have to go months desiring that perfect sweet treat which is gelato.

Gelatissimo has been on my need to try list for months and I am so happy I finally got to give them a shot. The shop is so cute. Hidden away in a pretty active strip mall, this could easily be a missed gem to those that do not know to look for it.

They have a nice variety of flavors from fruity to sweet and a few unique combos. Pineapple, vanilla, pistachio, tres leche, tiramisu, and peanut butter & jelly are just a sample of the flavors they may have on any given night. There were several of us the night we went and we all got different flavors and sampled even more and we all loved everything we tasted.

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Medium pineapple and coconut in a cup

Gelatissimo sells more than just gelato, they also serve up a variety of pastries, which I did not get to try, but they looked amazing and I look forward to returning to give them a try.

Some reviews and comments I have read about this piece of Italy in West Covina say that they are over priced, but compared to other shops I think the price is reasonable. Plus they are willing to mix flavors which most are not, at least not without an additional cost.

Gelatissimo is a definite must try, especially during this hot summer months. So next time you are in the area and looking for a way to cool down try a scoop of gelato instead of your usual ice cream or stop in for a cannoli to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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