Hole in the Wall

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

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.

Adorable Cafe in Downtown Fullerton

Location:

101 N Harbor Blvd

Fullerton, CA92832

Hours:

Sun – Thurs 8am-9pm / Fri and Sat 8am-10pm

**Also Located in Irvine**

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Pastry Display

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to spend the last year working on the Newport Beach Film Festival with an amazing team. This opportunity was presented to me through a class at CSUF. For our last team meeting we decided to meet at this adorable bakery, just down the street from campus.

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Banana Cream Pie

Layer Cake Bakery is amazing, and a little overwhelming for someone whom enjoys pastries the way I do. One side of the “cafe” (it is a relatively large space) is a display of cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, specialty pastries, macarons, and so much more. On top of the pastries they also serve ice cream, specialty coffees and teas/fruit drinks, a variety of breakfast items, and lunch dishes, such as salads and sandwiches.

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Macaron

On this trip there my team and I only indulged in their sweet treats, as well as some coffee and a hibiscus drink. Our team captain ordered an ice coffee and macarons, our assistant team lead ordered an ice coffee as well and a banana cream pie, while I got a hibiscus drink and an eclair.

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Eclair

My eclair was amazing! Nice size, good texture, the cream was not too sweet at all and the dark chocolate added just the right amount a bitter sweetness. Our assistant team lead’s banana cream pie was perfect. Not too sweet, fresh bananas inside, and a good crust. The cream added a good amount of sweetness and, as with my eclair, the dark chocolate was a good touch.

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I did not have the chance to try the macarons or iced coffee, but both received very good reviews from my teammates. The only disappointment from the visit was my hibiscus drink. I do not remember it’s complete name, but I just felt it was much too sweet. Besides that I really enjoyed my visit.

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Iced Coffee and Hibiscus Drink

Layer Cake was a wonderful experience and I look forward to returning to try some of their breakfast and lunch items. With free wi-fi and lots of space this is a great homework/study space for students looking for an alternative to Starbucks. If you are ever in the area this is a must try.

Breakfast Insanity!

Location:

353 N Pass Ave

Burbank, CA91505

Hours:

7am – 4pm 7 Days a Week

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month and to kick off the month of May one of my best friends and I decided to take part in the Universal Studios 5K Walk. Afterwards we were starving so we went in search of some breakfast and stumbled across Bea Bea’s.

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The Massive Menu

Bea Bea’s is a breakfast paradise and you could eat breakfast here for weeks and never repeat a dish. It was amazing and as starving as we were it was so difficult to make a decision. They have a huge selection of waffles, pancakes, french toast, crepes, and omelets. They even have a lunch menu.

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Mama Bea Omelet

My friend ended up ordering their Mama Bea Omelet with hashbrowns. The omelet comes with veggie sausage, spinach, garlic, jalapeños, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and tomatillo sauce. It was huge and smelled so good.

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Eggs Over Easy and Sausage

I ended up ordering their Pooh’s Sunrise which comes with two eggs, sausage or bacon and your choice of waffle, pancake, crepe, or french toast. I went with french toast. The eggs were cooked perfectly, I loved the sausage, and the french toast was so super thick.

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Classic French Toast

Bea Bea’s was a huge hit for me and I only wish they were closer to me so I could try some of their stranger creations – green tea pancakes anyone? If you ever find yourself in Burbank, and can spare a little wait time (lines can get long) you must stop in and get yourself some Bea Bea’s.

Bakery Truck

Location:

Serving Orange County

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I love desserts, I adore pastries, and I was amazed by the cream puffs at the Bakery Truck! This was the second truck I had the opportunity to try on campus at CSUF (see last weeks post on The Viking Truck).

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Raspberry Cream Puff

The menu was limited to only cream puffs, normally they serve a variety of sweet treats. My friend ordered their strawberry banana cream puff and I ordered their raspberry. It was honestly one of the best cream puffs I have ever had!

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Strawberry Banana Cream Puff

Different than the usual cream puff, instead of only using one type of cream, the Bakery Truck uses regular cream and Bavarian cream which blends together for the perfect balance of sweetness and a nice variety of texture. The fruit, the raspberries especially, added a nice tart bite to break up the sweetness. The cream puff shell was perfect, light and airy.

This is a must try and in fact I am following this truck, just waiting for them to get close enough to me so I can swoop in for another decadent treat.

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