These guys really know their shoes. I have been to a few shoe repair shops and have never been more satisfied with any as I have with these guys. They can transform a sneaker into a pump within a few hours. I have small legs and always need to have my boots taken in. When I initially went in to have a pair taken in, I was a bit apprehensive as to how they would look but I gave in. When I got my boots back, they looked as though they were made for my legs. They looked smashing. The best part about them actually fitting was the low price they charged. The charge was half of what another shop wanted. From that point on, I became loyal. I take all of my shoes there and will continue to from this point on.
PROS: Great work altogether.
Though I have been dealing with Foasbergs for years only for dry cleaning, I find their prices reasonable especially since they offer a lot of coupons in the Grunion Gazette on a weekly basis. However, I do have a problem with their alteration prices and service. I took in several pieces for hemming only to be charged $14 for a four inch stitch on a dress and $10 on a pair of pants. There is no chart stating how much the costs per piece so one is stiffed with the outrageous charges. I phoned the manager to discuss the issues that I had with their charges and he would not hear me. He played stupid as if his cell phone did not work and when I phoned the store, the guy never called back.
Since that happened, I have taken my business elsewhere, where prices are listed and service available.
I was told about Habitation and the various pieces that they sale so I decided to stop by to see what was available. I was told that I could have some pieces custom sized and that they would not cost much more than what I saw at the old Helms Bakery in Culver City. With my order, I was told that it would take only 2-3 for completion which I was excited about. Three weeks passed, not one word from the staff. I called after four weeks and was told that they should be done within the week. Well, I didn't get them until over 8 weeks after placing the order. I was not apologized to nor offered a discount of any sort. This is not good business by any standards. It is always better to give more time to complete a job and have it arrive earlier rather than 5 weeks later.
I like my pieces but will not do business here again based on the lack of courtesy offered by the staff.
On my quest for the best red velvet cake and chicken salad sandwich in Los Angeles, I came across Toast on 3rd street. I ordered a red velvet cupcake and chicken salad sandwich with a salad. The red velvet cupcake was light, flavorful and topped with a semi sweet vanilla/cream cheese icing that was very delicious. The chicken salad sandwich was deliciously light and full of flavor however I wasn't fond of the round panini that it was served on. It was like too much bread with not enough topping. Nonetheless, this sandwich was positively well worth its while.
I suggest purchasing the two as one will not be dissappointed.
In my attempt to locate the best tea room in the greater Los Angeles area, I read great reviews about Paddington Tea Room. I can say that the ambiance was pleasant as was the staff but the food is mediocre. I wasn't happy with the tea selection that was offered as it wasn't a large as one may anticipate. The tea sandwiches are of something that can be found at Costco or at a local supermarket. I was found of the salad, as the vinegarette was very light and tasty. The scones were nice and fluffy but seemed to lack flavor. I, unfortunately found myself spreading a great deal of jam on them to make up for what they lacked.
By far, Z Pizza is the best pizza around. The menu is very simple with a host of electic toppings and titles. Not many pizza joints offer fat free cheese of pine nuts or can even prepare a pizza as well as Z Pizza does. I have never had to wait longer than 15 minutes for a pizza, as the service is speedy and taken very seriously. The pizza is so good that I could eat it nearly everyday.
PROS: Fast and delicious
El Ranchito is a landmark in Long Beach for its authentic mexican food. I have lived here for over 30 years and have been visiting ever since. The chips and salsa alone are so good that one will want to make a meal of them. My favorite dish there is the carne asada. The meat is always very tender, well seasoned and beyond delicious. All of the foods are served fresh and the tortillas are made on the premises. I have always received superb service and a warm welcoming.
PROS: Best chips and salsa around
Outside of Thailand, Bankok Cuisine has the best Pad Siew that I have ever tasted. It is always freshly made in whichever way that I chose (with/out chicken) and never ever too salty. The pad thai is also good enough to keep one craving for more. Though this place is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, one will not be disappointed when dining, as the staff treats all patrons nicely and are always friendly. I always suggest this place to my friends.
I have driven by Francellis many times and always saw many diners so I thought it must be good. How ever was I wrong. I ordered the raviolis and garlic bread only to find over boiled raviolis swimming in a tomato sauce that was like water. The meat raviolis were flavorless and not worth eating. So bland that I threw them out. The garlic bread was greasy. It was more like Texas Toast that will just sit in the stomach for days upon days. Since then, I have not returned to Francellis nor do I plan to.
For many years, I have bought baked goods from Katella Deli and have never been disappointed. They breads are something to give New York Jewish delis something for their money, as they are fresh, baked on the premises and full of flavor. My favorites are challah and rye. I have yet to find another Jewish bakery that bakes and serves breads that are comparable to what is found at Katella Deli.
Aside from the baked goods being super, their French Dip sandwiches are mouth watering.