Extremely difficult to deal with this bakery for my wedding cake - they confused the details (the only part they really nailed with no difficulty was the vegan requirement) and were difficult to contact throughout the process.
If you do deal with them ('cause you have to, and for no other reason), make sure you go over the details for your cake very thoroughly and speak to them on the day they're working on your cake. Trust me, it's very disappointing to plan your cake and then find out they missed a key detail, i.e. the inside frosting flavor.
PROS: Caters to alternative diets
CONS: Poor service, hard to communicate with, easily confused
What a fantastic little watering hole/bistro this is! In addition to very friendly customer service (throws for those who get cold easily!), the food was delightful and yes, the portions not for your regular Cheesecake Factory consumer, but wonderful for those of us who don't mind some moderation. Haven't tried the wine as I'm not a wine drinker, but the staff never minded or commented on it. Finally, some variety in Old Town, and that's probably the best thing Crepevine has to offer - it's small where nearby restaurants are large, moderate in portions, and completely and utterly romantic.
PROS: Unique watering hole with good continental food
CONS: May be too small for the crowds rushing to get there
The concept is great - rice, salad, meat. The delivery is second class, as everything gets piled on together. Some people may like that; I'm not one of them. Also, they use more marinade on their meat, which seems bland. Finally, I had underdone chicken there the other day. Last time...
PROS: Nice concept
CONS: Bland and undercooked meat
If you like food on the salty side, this is your kind of place. Unfortunately, I'm not one of you. Some compliments though to the establishment: nice atmosphere (intimate, yet spacious) and outdoor patio is warm as a result of a well-functioning heater. Overall, probably a good place for locals, but nothing to drive for.
PROS: Nice outdoor patio
CONS: Salty food
If you like Vietnamese food, you'll like One World, even without the meat. They nail the sauces and their tofu is tastier than that of their carnivore-serving counterparts. The restaurant is intimate with a light cheerful tropical ambience. I recommend the stuffed tomatoes and garlic grilled beef if you like garlic.
PROS: great tasting food, intimate atmosphere
CONS: small so you might not get a table
Except that there's no indoor smoking anymore. If there were, cigars would be perfect for this darkwood, leather atmosphere, replete with coat hooks for the booths and wine red carpeting to hide spilt wine/beers. This is a wonderful little spot, especially the bread and steak. French onion soup shouldn't be missed, except when they've salted it too much. Melted cheese is perfectly done. Cheerful staff, most of the time, and decent specials when school's out. I hear they have a good happy hour as well - don't know, haven't tried it.
PROS: Warm fuzzy atmosphere, good hearty food
CONS: Might be claustrophobic for some, old world charm not for the hip
Here's a great stop for Carpinteria Beach or Santa Barbara. The decor is modest, but the ice cream is fab! They have a mix of ice creams, yogurts and sorbets and very reasonable prices. If you want to avoid all the fanfare of a Tutti Gelati, 21 Flavors, Cold Stone Creamery, this is the place. Plus, it's right down the street from a very cordial beach!
PROS: Great flavors, close to the beach, nice demeanor
CONS: Not a real date place, more family-oriented
You have an ability - you can cook Vietnamese food. You have the capital - you open a restaurant in Pasadena. You have customers - loads of business nearby and no competition for V-food.
And then you go and blow it on mediocre food.
The food here is barely passable. The service is better. The location is good. They should upgrade the chef.
PROS: Good location, decent atmosphere
CONS: Mediocre food
This is the place for you - the special seven beef courses meal is a real marvel for beeflovers out there. You'll have it grilled, boiled, broiled, steamed, in soup, and in leaves. What more to ask for? How 'bout the fresh vegetables and vermicelli noodles to go with the beef? All for about $11 per person. The owner also owns Golden Deli, and I panned that establishment (hopefully to smithereens), but this one is a winner. BTW, the odor and service issues are in this one, too, but somehow, they're more bearable due to the yummy food.
PROS: Good addition to SGV offerings - 7 beef courses meal
CONS: Odor and service
Here's a great business opportunity for enterprising folks out there - high-quality Vietnamese food. I had asked someone who works in the area about good V-food and this place was her answer. Needless to say, I was highly disappointed (my expectations were too high). I've been here twice now, and each time, I marvel at the economy with which they make their dishes - use a lot of noodles, chicken-broth the beef noodle soup, give out old raggedy vegetables, and don't really use wraps that have egg in it for the eggrolls. On top of that, they're too crowded (how is that possible!!??), and the usual service quality for V-restaurants - poor.
PROS: Catchy name?
CONS: Ingredients in the food, poor service, hygiene and odor issues