Dave M.

Orange County, CA

Tell others

Reviews

Recent reviews by Dave M. - Page 5 of 19
Restaurant Name City
Rating
Metro Express Newport Beach, CA
Good quality and relatively affordable French Bistro-Boulangerie type place. Mostly for those into salads, pastries and croissant type sandwiches.
Domenicos Italian Restaurant Monrovia, CA
DOMENICO'S <br> Domenico's Italian Restaurant 236 W Huntington Dr Monrovia, CA 91016 626-357-7975 <br> <br> Excellent family Italian restaurant and Pizza place in Monrovia. <br> Great Italian food and pizza - reportedly prepared with vegetables & herbs from their own garden. Pizza is excellent. Gnocchi and pasta dishes are generally superb. <br> Located on the south side of W. Huntington Drive between Myrtle Ave and S Mayflower Ave in Monrovia. <br> Adult entrees run $7.25 - $14.95, pizzas start at $6.95 for a small cheese pizza. Entrees all typically under $10.00. Affordable and wonderful. <br> Kid's menu available. Take out available. <br> Service is excellent to outstanding. Parking is fair, but sufficient additional parking is generally available on Huntington Drive. <br> Highest recommendation. <br> <br>
Antler's Inn Twin Peaks, CA
Antlers Inn 26125 Highway 189 PO BOX 372 Twin Peaks, CA 92391 909-337-4020 <br> <br> Interesting and rustic type family restaurant in Twin Peaks, just up the highway from Lake Arrowhead. <br> Decor is reminiscent of a hunting lodge. Moose heads, etc on the wall. <br> Predominantly a beef and chicken oriented menu. steaks. ribs, etc. Good quality and portions are good in size. <br> Casual dining. Prices are about what you would expect. Service is very good to excellent. <br> Strong Recommendation
Max & Benny's Northbrook, IL
Max and Benny's Restaurant - Deli - Bakery Brookside Plaza 461 Waukegan Road Northbrook, IL 60062 847-272-9490 847-272-9588 fax <br> This is probably the best (and one of the only) remaining Jewish delicatessens on Chicago's North Shore (northern suburbs of Chicago). Nearly everything on the menu is under $10.00 with an average price of about $8.45 <br> Parking is shared with the rest of the Plaza stores, and is ample. Restaurant seating is excellent - this is a good sized deli with an extensive sized dining area and an extensive sized store/deli area. <br> It needs the size -- IT IS VERY BUSY. <br> Service is very good to excellent. Portions are very good. Quality is outstanding. <br> All the standard deli fare, plus some unusual items: <br> 1. Vegetarian dishes on the menu for those watching calories, adopting a vegan diet, etc. <br> 2. Tortilla Pocket Sandwiches <br> A rather extensive and interesting array of these sandwiches at $8.95. <br> 3. Good selection of salads. <br> 4. Pizza <br> 5. Breakfasts served anytime. <br> Strong recommendation.
Grounds Murphys, CA
Interesting cafe located in the trendy town of Murphys. <br> New cuisine type menu. Everything is pretty unique. This is not your average coffee and sandwich shop, unless you are a fan of Wolfgang Puck and neo-health food a-la Good Earth. Service is fair to good. Food is interesting, but I found nothing on the menu that I particualrly loved. <br>
Uncle Chen Encino, CA
This is not a terrific Chinese restaurant, nevertheless, it is one of the best ones in the San Fernando Valley. <br> South side of Ventura Blvd between Hayvenhurst Ave and Petit Ave. not far from Jerry's Famous Deli. <br> Like everything in Encino, parking is limited, but valet is available. Medium sized restaurant seating. Local delivery is available as well. <br> Extremely affordable. Most entrees are under $10 - generally running from $6.95 to $9.95. Only 1 item on the very extensive menu is more than $15.00. <br> Sun - Thurs 11:30 AM - 10 PM Fri - Sat: 11:30 Am - 11 PM <br> Dim Sum Brunch is affordable with items running from $2 up, and a decent (but not extensive) selection of dim sum. <br> Healthy, no MSG dishes on the menu. <br> Food is on par with what you can get in West LA, but it is not in the same standing as Sea Empress in Gardena or Empress Pavilion in Chinatown. <br> Good news is that the wait for a table is a lot shorter at Uncle Chen. <br> Service is very good to outstanding. <br> Recommended.
Original Thai Bbq and Restaurant (thai Bbq) Northridge, CA
Small Thai restaurant in Northridge on the east side Reseda Blvd near Parthenia. <br> This is part of a chain which has locations on 3rd at Ardmore in Los Angeles, at n. Western and Maplewood in Los Angeles, on Ventura Blvd in Sutdio City, on Gellert Blvd in South San Francisco, on Venice Blvd in Culver City, and on 3rd Street in Las Vegas. <br> Elmer Dills has reportedly given this chain a good review. <br> Most entrees and appetizers are under $8.50 here. if you are into Thai food, there is a lot on the menu to please you. <br> Sate (Chcken or Beef "Satay") is available as an appetizer or as a dinner. The peanut sauce was a bit too watery for my own tastes, but the dish is well prepared and portions are generous. <br> Service is good to very good. <br> Recommended. <br>
Convito Italiano Wilmette, IL
Interesting Italian Store and Restaurant located in Plaza Del Lago ("No mans Land'). <br> Almost entirely italian cuisine from regions other than Bologna (ergo, you will NOT find any traditional red meat sauce dishes "Bolognese" at this place). <br> Good, but a tad pricey. <br> Casual coffee shop type dining, <br> Service is generally very good. Food is average. <br> <br>
Ernie Jr's Taco House Los Angeles, CA
Just average Sonoran Tex-Mex cuisine. <br> Ernie's is located on West Broadway near the freeway, just outside of the Eagle Rock area. <br> it has been around for a long, long time, and it is about as good as what you would expect at any Mexican restaurant - El Cholos, Las Hadas, Acapulco, El Torito, etc. The problem is that it is no better than what you would get elsewhere at roughly the same price. <br> Service is good. The Broadway location has acceptable, but somewhat limited parking. <br> Mon - Fri 11AM to ?? Sat, Sun 11:30 AM - ?? <br> <br> <br>
Rio Lounge & Grill Encino, CA
Pricey but very good Brazilian-Argentinian Steakhouse located in Encino. <br> For those of you who have not been to one in Sao Paolo Brazil or perhaps a closer place such as Yolie's in Las Vegas, NV. You pay a single price per peson, and waiters come around from the kitchen with skewered, roasted meats, chicken, etc. <br> You get a poker chip or salt shaker type of device which has a GREEN side or a RED side. GREEN side up means "bring me more food and show me what you've got". RED side up means "give me a breather or I am full." <br> Salad, breads and drink are part of the price. Don't fill up on the bread and salad. They are authentic and good, but the main courses are far more interesting. <br> website: www.rioencino.com <br> High Recommendation <br> <br> <br> <br>
Chi Chis Pizza Valencia, CA
This location is actually in SAUGUS, CA - Zip Code 91350 -- however, dine.com has no entry for the city of SAUGUS. <br> This is about the best italian restaurant in the area. Chi-Chis is a chain of restaurants with other restaurants on on North Sierra highway in Canyon Country, on Tampa Ave near the Northridge Fashion Center Mall in Northridge and in Simi Valley on Los Angeles Ave and Stearns. They also own Lido's Restaurant on Victory Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd in Van Nuys. Lido's has an identical menu and pricing. <br> The saugus-Valencia location is a medium sized restaurant, with limited but acceptable parking. Upscale, but casual. Service and food are outstanding at any of the locations. You get the feeling that the staff enjoys working there, and that they all like each other. <br> At Chi-Chi's, you will fell like leaving them a really good tip -- and you will also still have the money in your pocket to do so. This place is affordable. <br> Really good pizzas at this place. Unusually, they put the cheese on last, and use freshly ground cheese. The pizza crust is excellent, whether ordered thin or thick (double crust). Pizzas start at $8.25 for an individual, $10.95 for a medium and $13.95 for a large. The individual supports a healthy appetitie. <br> Toppings are scaled in price. Allowing you to pay a fixed price for 1, 2, 3 or 4 toppings, and a lower price per topping for over 4 items. Extra thick dough is $1, 75 extra. <br> Italian Style Roast Beef Sandwiches run about $5.65. They are served on an oven-toasted, sesame seed bakery roll, and they do not skimp on the meat. It is not a true Chicago Style Italian Beef, but it is still a very good sandwich and it is as reasonably close to Chicago Style Italian Beef as you get west of the Mississippi River. <br> Meatball and sausage sandwiches are also good, and priced at $5.65. <br> The daily All you can eat pasta specials are extremely good. You can get them with soup or salad, plus a drink for about $8.00 Choice of pastas, including rotini (springs), spaghetti, linguine, rigatoni, shells, and a choice of meatless, marinara or meat sauce. Affordable and extremely good. <br> Chi-Chi's and Lido's also have the nice touch of having a curbside service that will deliver take out orders to you in the parking lot. Very nice touch for people on the go. Chi-Chi's is terrific. I've been going to the many Chi-Chi's restaurants since 1970. This is a jewel, and you are going to enjoy yourself, whether you are doing power business lunches, grabbing a quick bite or having dinner with the family. <br> Highest Recommendation.
Chi Chis Pizza Canyon Country, CA
This is about the best italian restaurant in the area. Chi-Chis is a chain of restaurants with other restaurants on Bouquet Canyon Road (W. Soledad Canyon Road at Valencia) in Saugus, Tampa Avenue near the Northridge Fashion Square Mall in Northridge, and Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. They also own Lido's Restaurant on Victory Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd in Van Nuys. Lido's has an identical menu and pricing. The Canyon Country location is one of the smaller restaurants. Upscale, but casual. <br> Service and food are outstanding at any of the locations. You get the feeling that the staff enjoys working there, and that they all like each other. At the Northridge location, the Legendary former Chi-Chi's waitress Gila has her working apron - bedecked with all sorts of buttons - sealed in a glass frame case and mounted on the wall. Much as they might display the football jersey of some retired, legendary football player. Well, Gila was a terrific waitress, but the staff at Chi-Chi's and Lido's - regarless of location - are all terrific. <br> At Chi-Chi's, you will fell like leaving them a really good tip -- and you will also still have the money in your pocket to do so. This place is affordable. Really good pizzas at this place. Unusually, they put the cheese on last, and use freshly ground cheese. The pizza crust is excellent, whether ordered thin or thick (double crust). Pizzas start at $8.25 for an individual, $10.95 for a medium and $13.85 for a large. Extra thick dough $1.75 extra. Toppings are scaled in price depending upon the number of toppings ordered. It gets cheaper per topping as you order more toppings. <br> Unlike other restaurants, the individual pizza is a decent size, and supports a healthy appetitie. <br> Italian Style Roast Beef Sandwiches run about $5.65. They are served on an oven-toasted, sesame seed bakery roll, and they do not skimp on the meat. It is not a true Chicago Style Italian Beef, but it is still a very good sandwich and it is as reasonably close to Chicago Style Italian Beef as you get west of the Mississippi River. All you can eat pasta specials are extremely good. You can get them with soup or salad, plus a drink for about $8.00 Choice of pastas, including rotini (springs), spaghetti, linguine, rigatoni, shells, and a choice of meatless, marinara or meat sauce. Affordable and extremely good. Chi-Chi's and Lido's also have the nice touch of having a curbside service that will deliver take out orders to you in the parking lot. Very nice touch for people on the go. Parking is sparse at the Canyon Country location, but it is shared with other stores & restaurants in the complex. Chi-Chi's is terrific. I've been going to the many Chi-Chi's restaurants since 1970. This is a jewel, and you are going to enjoy yourself, whether you are doing power business lunches, grabbing a quick bite or having dinner with the family. Highest Recommendation.
China Wave Seafood City Northridge, CA
Dim Sum has been added to the lunchtime menu of this restaurant. <br> Only 2 carts. Not terrific, but affordably priced. <br>
Greenhorn Creek Restaurants Angels Camp, CA
AKA: CAMPS Restaurant 711 McCauley Ranch Road Angels Camp, CA 95222 209-736-8181 Located at the Greenhorn Creek development, this is a four start type restaurant in sophistication and price that you can go to in casual dress. Popular with more wealthy patrons over the age of 45. Separate Bistro (with drinks and hors d?eurves), Full bar and Restaurant ? with separate but equally pricey menus. I do not, however, feel that the food is particularly wonderful. I ordered a 20-oz porterhouse, medium, with French Onion Gratinee and a pricey glass of local red wine from the excellent Kautz Ironstone Vineyard. $6 per glass for a 1998 Merlot. Bottles on the wine list running an average of $25 to $35. Medium proved to be more rare than medium, but the porterhouse was well presented with mushrooms, twice cooked potatoes in a potato jacket, and vegetable. The gratinee soup had the appropriate cheese on top, but no bread underneath. It had a hearty wined stock base, but the soup was lukewarm, not hot, and tasted like it had been sitting around for a while, cooking down and cooling off. Disappointing and expensive at $5. Service was excellent. Wine list and full bar are superb, but the menu is very limited in scope and the food is simply not that good. This is a classy, scenic and quiet place to go where you can still dress casually, but the food is very pricey and just not very good.
Tallahan's Cafe Arnold, CA
Good but not particularly wonderful, new cuisine restaurant . Eclectic menu of attractively prsented dishes, running from $10-$20 on average. Service is very good and this restaurant is one of the better ones in the area, but it is not that good. Located next to the Blue Coyote, right off Highway 6 in Arnold. Portions are average to good.


Crusco's Angels Camp, CA
Although the staff is good and attentive, the food here is nothing really special, and a tad pricey for what you get. Menu rotates. A few unusual lunchtime sandwich items on the menu, and one or two unusual items on the dinner menu, but none of them were memorable or really good. I was prepared for something good, but this restaurant really let me down. In an attempt to be fair, I revisited the restaurant for lunch and dinner over a few days. Unfortunately, my opinion stands. This is a "just OK" restaurant. Nice, quiet ambience, but nothing special. Predominantly Northern Italian Cuisine (white sauces instead of red sauces), although there are items on the menu from other regions of Italy. Located close to the Angels Camp Movie Theaters, in Historic Angels Camp.
Sun China Restaurant Murphys, CA
Tues ? Sun 11 A 9 P Fri ? Sat 11 A 9:30P Closed Monday Just average Chinese food in the trendy downtown section of small town Murphys, CA. Very affordable with nearly everything on the menu under $5.95. Satisfying and acceptable, but nothing unusual or interesting on the menu. Décor is dilapidated and looks like a Chinese restaurant from the late 1960s that still has not been face lifted. Old red naugahide plastic seats taped with red duct tape. Service and portions are good. Not a lot of tables. Parking is whatever is available on the street ? just like everything else in downtown Murphys. More than acceptable if you are traveling with kids, but nothing special.
Columbia City Hotel Restaurant Columbia, CA
Upscale restaurant in an antique, historic casual dining setting. This restaurant is directly affiliated with the Culinary Arts School at nearby Columbia College. Entrée prices are around $20-$30. About what you would expect at a good quality restaurant. Menu rotates quarterly, but it is always impressive and interesting. Fall, 2002 menu included interesting items such as: Sierra Foothills Coq Au Vin ? with Sierra Sangiovese Sauce, vegetables, Yukon Gold Potato Puree $18.00. Roast Loin of Lamb with organic black barley $18.00. Filet of Tenderloin with Bleu Cheese Crust $26.00. Rib Eye ran $21.00 Soups are thick and hearty, but could have been just a little bit hotter. They arrived warm. Desserts were equally upscale and interesting: Pippin Apple Crisp with vanilla bean ice cream $6.50 French Vanilla crème brulee $6.50. Service is excellent, and portions are average, but attractively presented. The Sierra Hills Coq Au Vin I had was excellent. Recommended.
Wolf Creek Restaurant Markleeville, CA
An absolutely amazing restaurant, that replaced what was basically a biker?s bar across from the post office in the backwater resort type town of Markleeville. This restaurant opened in early October, 2002. It is an elegant upscale but casual dress restaurant with several separate dining areas and a full separate bar. The restaurant has chefs from the San Francisco Bay area, and the ones in Markleeville in my opinion, can match any good chef I have seen in any city. The food is no less amazing. A superb and affordable lunch and dinner menu. Lunch items are all well under $10.00 with most entrees around $6-$7. Soups vary, but the quality and taste stays extremely high. I had a potato bisque soup with braised ham chunks. Thick, hot, and satisfying. A cup, bowl or tureen of this restaurant?s soups are just what a traveler or vacationer needs on a cold day or a long highway trip. The luncheon menu had several interesting sandwiches on it. The Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich was served on an unusual oval bakery roll almost half the size of a football. The ham was clearly fresh roasted and thinly sliced. Nothing out of a package. It came with choice of soup and (in my instance) a generous pasta salad serving. Staff is attentive, friendly, upscale and wonderful. Portions are generous. This is superb place to go for a quiet dinner with someone special, a special diner to begin or end a skiing trip or camping trip, or just a really pleasant and nice dinner on the road that won?t break your budget. Highest Recommendation!
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Monterey, CA
Revisited this restaurant, and it is still as great as ever. Yes, they DO finally have a Shrimp Po'Boy sandwich, and I am glad to see it but they most certainly did not have one on the menu in August 2000. Good fun loud restaurant and shrine to Forrest Gump. Locations in several cities.
< Previous   1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10  Next >