Hole in the Wall

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

JB Burgers

Location:

15800 Main St

La Puente, CA91744

**Cash Only**

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Cheese Burger Combo

I desperately wanted to like JB Burgers. Not only are they super cute, very tiny corner lot with a nice outdoor eating area, but their prices are the lowest I have ever seen for this kind of burger joint. Sadly I can now understand why they are so cheap. Quality definitely went down with the price.

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Double Cheeseburger Combo

We ordered their cheeseburger combo and double cheeseburger combo. That came to less than $15, not what I’m used to. We also got an order of chili cheese fries and onion rings. Nothing was very impressive.

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Chili Cheese Fries

The fries were burnt and the chili tasted like cheap canned chili beans. The cheese was old and starchy, barely melted. The onion rings were even worse. They were over cooked (mushy), greasy, and very burnt. The burgers, as with everything else, was very bland and not very satisfying.

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Onion Rings

Although JB Burgers is very cute and has a very kind staff. I do not recommend giving them a shot. At least not their burgers, fries, or onion rings. Their pastrami did look good, many people ordered it while I was there and reviews on Yelp mention the sandwich many times. Despite that I still do not think I will be going back.

Approach with Caution: Crazy Rock’N Sushi

Location:

1065 N Hacienda Blvd

La Puente, CA91744

Hours:

Sun – Thurs 11:30am – 10:30pm / Fri & Sat 11:30am – 11:00pm

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Rock & Roll roll (I believe)

I have been debating for months on how to handle this sushi place. I tried them in late December and I was not impressed. My boyfriend wasn’t either, but he ended up worse off than I was. I thought the sushi was bland, the sushi made him and his metal stomach violently ill for hours.

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Baby Lobster Roll

I do not remember the exact name of all the rolls we ordered, but one was their baby lobster roll, another was their spicy Mexican mango roll, and I believe the other two were their Rock & Roll roll and their crunch roll. We also had their egg rolls.

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Wasabi as paste

I was not impressed with any of them. The rolls were sloppy and falling apart. Nothing really had any flavor. As far as the egg rolls, they were bland, almost empty, and super greasy.  I left feeling very heavy and as if I had consumed fried food at the fair.

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Greasy Egg Rolls

My boyfriend felt the same way about them. However, after less than an hour he began to experience really bad stomach pains that eventually led to him violently throwing up for hours. It was not a good experience.

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Some kind of crunch roll

To top things off, service was really slow, inattentive, and at times a little rude. Even if the food had not left me feeling sick and my boyfriend visibly sick, the rolls were way over priced for what you got. Other sushi bars in the area definitely have better prices.

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Spicy Mango Roll (I believe)

As I said, my experience was not as bad as my boyfriend’s, but I do not recommend trying Crazy Rock N’ Sushi. Even if you are not left ill the experience is less than desirable, rolls are sloppy, and everything is over priced.

The Shack

Location:

18927 Colima Rd

Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Hours: Wed – Fri 5pm – 10 pm / Sat & Sun 12pm – 10pm / Mon 5pm – 10pm / Closed Tuesday

**Even if there appears to be a wait, it’s usually not that bad**

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Dungeness Crab

I love crab legs! I have all my life, but normally my crab love affair could only be satisfied on weekend trips to Laughlin for seafood buffet Fridays. I have never really attempted to find worthy crab in the area, sometimes settling for Red Lobster if I was really desperate. In my area there is this place called Boiling Crab I have never ventured there, but have heard really great things about it. One night my boyfriend’s sister decided she wanted us to go try Boiling Crab with her. I had also heard that Boiling Crab can have a crazy line so I took to Yelp to see if I could find anything compatible. That is when I came across The Shack.

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Fish and Chips

From what I can tell The Shack is the exact same concept as the Boiling Crab. They have a variety of seafood (variety of shrimp an crab, mussels, and clams) that comes served in a bag, seasoned with your choice of shack sauce. They also have things such as corn and potatoes that you can add to your bag. Besides that they have a variety of sides, french fries, onion rings, chicken wings, and a fish and chips plate. While we were there they also had a special, chili corn. The tables are covered with butcher paper and you eat messy with your hands. It’s a very fun experience.

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Chili Corn

We ordered their fish and chips plate, chili corn, 1lb of king crab legs, and one of their Dungeness crabs. It was delicious! I had never had Dungeness crab before and they are a challenge to eat, I’ll stick to snow crab and king crab from now on. Never the less it was amazing! The crab was hot and flavorful, so satisfying. I didn’t try the chili corn, but my boyfriend enjoyed it. The fish and chips plate was good, served piping hot, and I loved the fries.

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King Crab Legs

As any seafood, it can be a little costly, but nothing unreasonable. I highly recommend giving this place a shot. Although I can’t yet compare to The Boiling Crab, I say with confidence if you don’t feel like waiting in its crazy line, come here.

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More Dungeness Crab

Guy’s Guido Burger

I recently had the opportunity to give Hodad’s another try and omg they truly are one of the best burgers! With a fat but happy conscience I must admit to going down to San Diego two weeks in a row almost purely for burgers alone. The first time I went to Hodad’s I thought they were good, but not necessarily blown away. Second time around I was fully impressed. Huge, juicy, and flavorful, one of the best burgers ever.

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On one of my trips I tried their Guido Burger, Guy Fieri‘s burger from when he featured Hodad’s on Triple D. Its a cheeseburger with swiss cheese, pastrami, grilled onions, and mustard. A little too much mustard for my taste, but pretty yummy, although I will admit I probably prefer their standard burger.

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Guido Burger

This time around my boyfriend gave their bacon burger another go and we both now have a much better appreciation for it. The last time I spoke of their bacon burger I believed I described it as chopped up pieces, not the case. Hodad’s creates bacon patties. They chop up their bacon and then form them into a small little patty. So fatty, but so good.

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Double Bacon Burger

Lastly I have a better feel for their sides. Their onion rings and “fries” better described as potato wedges. Their onion rings are pretty good. Well battered and cooked well, onion is tender. The wedges are awesome, but a gamble. They will either be amazing, flavorful and tender, or sub-par and unimpressive.

Thai BBQ & Seafood

Location:

1559 E Amar Rd, Ste D
West Covina, CA 91792

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Honey Duck

I have tried Thai BBQ and Seafood a variety of times, hoping I will be blown away and although I am never fully disappointed I am also never fully satisfied. I have never eaten there, it is always a to go order so that may be part of the problem. From there I have tried their pad Thai, honey chicken, and a spicy pork dish, which for the life of me I cannot remember it’s name.

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Spicy Pork Dish

I’ll start with dish which has no name in my mind. It is a spicy dish served with green beans and your choice of meat. I went with pork. Despite not having a name that sticks in my head, it is actually one of my favorite dishes from here. Very spicy, but oddly satisfying and the blanched green beans add a nice bite. I ate this as leftovers with rice and it was really good, rice toned down the spice.

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Pad Thai

Their pad Thai is a huge disappointment for me. Very dry and very sticky, it had almost no flavor for me. The vegetables were all over cooked and really soft. The only good part was the shrimp, but even they lacked flavor.

Twice I have had their honey duck and it is honestly pretty delicious, really sweet though so I must be in the mood for it. This was the first place and only place I have had duck so I have nothing to compare it to. However the duck is hot, juicy, and very tender, and the honey glaze is very nice, if you are in a sweet mood.

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Honey Duck Plate

Overall Thai BBQ is not bad, but slightly pricy so I am not sure if I can fully recommend them. The food is not bad, but there are other restaurants, not necessarily Thai,  in the area for a much better price. If you are desperate for Thai and do not want to travel over a city or two, they will do.

Cha Cafe Dessert

I recently had the opportunity to try one of Cha Cafe’s desserts and it was amazing. It was one of the best tiramisu I have ever had! Creamy, smooth, cool, and just the right amount of sweet.

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Ami Sushi

Location:

2560 E Amar Rd

West Covina, CA 91790

Hours: Tues – Sat 11am – 10 pm / Sun 11am – 9 pm

**Closed Mondays**

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Egg Rolls

I went to Ami Sushi several months ago, but somehow this review escaped me. Although the names of some of the sushi has been forgotten, my memories of my visit have not faded.

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While there we ordered three rolls, egg rolls, and mochi ice cream for dessert. The egg rolls were average, served hot and fresh, but slightly bland flavors. The sushi was pretty awesome. We ordered their baby lobster roll, which my boyfriend loved so much he ordered a second roll, their french kiss and one other roll that I cannot recall its name. All of them were fresh and packed with flavor.

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French Kiss (I believe)

One downfall to the rolls, was that they were a little loose so they would start to fall apart while we ate them. Also, in regards to the baby lobster roll it was on the small side compared to other places we have been and was more expensive. In fact all rolls were slightly more expensive then surrounding sushi places.

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Baby Lobster Roll

This was the first mochi ice cream I have ever had and I was pretty impressed. A nice little treat after a big meal. Cold, smooth, and strawberry flavored refreshing. It made me a fan and I look forward to trying other flavors and other places.

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Strawberry Mochi

The service here was nice and the waiters were very attentive. We were the only ones there so I can’t be sure they are this great with a crowd. The food was fresh and well prepared, but a little over priced. I wouldn’t be against coming here again, especially if friends recommended it, but as far as a regular place I will stick to Sake Sushi up the road.

More Ruby’s Kitchen

Recently I had the chance to try some new things at Ruby’s Kitchen and they still continue to impress.

I ordered one of their slush drinks and we tried their fries, spring rolls, and a pork sandwich. All were pretty impressive and a definite recommendation.

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My Mystery Drink

I can’t say for sure what drink I ultimately ended up with as I originally ordered one of their smoothies, but they were out of one ingredient so they offered me one of their slush drinks and then when they delivered it the waiter wasn’t sure what the cook had made me. Either way it was delicious, cold and refreshing.

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French Fries

Their fries, although they may have been frozen were hot, crunchy, and had just the right amount of salt. A perfect price makes them the perfect snack.

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Spring Rolls

I am not a fan of spring rolls so I do not have much to say in terms of these. They were well made and all the ingredients were fresh. One thing positive I can say is I was very surprised by their size.

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Pork Sandwich

Their pork sandwich was yummy, just a little too much cilantro for my taste, but that is a problem easily fixed. For under $5 it is an awesome lunch for the students of Mt.SAC right across the street. As a former student there I know the students are always in search of good cheap food.

RIP to my Favorite Thai Place

Sadly I must report that Krazy Noodle Thai BBQ is no more and I am now left with a major pad Thai void that must be filled. A new Thai place has taken it’s place, but Baby Elephant Thai just won’t do.

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Location:

20795 E Amar Rd

Walnut, CA 91789

Hours: 7 Days a Week 11am – 10pm

I wanted desperately to like this place and not only because it was replacing my absolute favorite pad Thai stop. The owner was super friendly and attentive when I went in, offering my free Thai ice tea while I waited for my to go order. I only tried their pork pad Thai thus far, but it was no good in my opinion, nowhere near what I was used to getting at Krazy Noodle. The noodles were dry and sticky and I could not get over the overwhelming ketchup like taste. I may be back to try their other dishes, but as of now I’m back to searching fro decent local pad Thai.

Colima Burger Breakfast

I have raved about my favorite burger place, Colima Burgers, many times, but I have never moved away from their lunch and dinner options. Recently I got to rediscover their early morning dishes and it is good to know they haven’t changed.

My dad used to bring me here for breakfast and I used to love it.I have some amazing memories in this place and it is nice to be able to revisit those that don’t revolve around splitting a cheeseburger or zucchini. I have some great memories of sharing a short stack of pancakes with my dad in one of their little booths by their rounded windows.

I love eggs, but only when made at home. As a child I hated all “fast food” eggs, all except Colima Burgers. Their eggs are still amazing. My dad loved their pancakes and I must say they are the best. Hot, fluffy, HUGE, and flavorful! My boyfriend is even in love with them. Their french toast is also pretty awesome. The only place they fail on is their has browns. Sliced too thick, there just isn’t enough crunch for me.

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Hash Browns

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Eggs, Sausage, Toast, and Hash Browns

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French Toast

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Scrambled Eggs and Sausage

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Full Stack of Pancakes

 

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