My First post!

Welcome to Yummy  Monterey Park.  I know its been quite a few months since i started this blog and yet without a single post, you can’t really call it a food blog then eh?   I didn’t do a single thing since then. i was just absolutely AWOL.   SORRY!!!! =) on the plus side, throughout the months i’ve been quickly compiling a list of restaurants and pictures so that you’ll have a complete and compiled list of great MPK foodies on a regular basis. ENJOY! ANd so lets get started!

 Originally i wanted to start off with one of my most recent discoveries, Bollini’s a pizzeria in Monterey Park that served some of the best Napoletana style (thin crust) that i’ve ever had. Unfortunetly, they wouldn’t allow me to take pictures of their food , WTH?!?!, so i’m gonna have to review it another time once i go ninja photographer on their ass. hahaha. Until then, heres…

  BELLY BUSTER SANDWICHES

Pastrami

Pastrami

 I have mixed reviews about this little mum and pop’s sandwich shop located near the corner of atlantic and valley in alhambra. My fellow food critics on other sites have praised the heck outta this place. Telling me they have been going to this place for decades, that the bread is sooo soft and tender, and the tuna sandwich is to die for. To die for eh? Well I’ll decide whether I’ll take a bullet for this sandwich or not, thank you very much!

 

Me and my buddy decided to hit up this ghetto yet relatively clean joint after a good long hike through eaton canyon falls. A must if u live in the 626 area. More on that in another post. Lets just say at the end of the hike is a pretty darn good looking waterfall, that for the most part (hot summer day’s excluded when the rain water dries off).

the outside on valley blvd.

the outside on valley blvd.

There’s only outdoor seating, a few benches here and there to serve the local lunchtime crowd. As you can see, they don’t quite care for the athestics… Look, there are bars on the window! But wait! We can’t really call this Alhambra without all the Asians, so where are they?

 

 Oh wait, there they are. They are behind the counter taking our orders! It’s a mum and pop joint, the daddy making the food and the mummy taking the orders. Now, I don’t wanna be stereotyping, but heck, I have to because it’s pretty true, and that is, Chinese people are all business. The mummy was polite, but straight forward, offered good suggestions for food, but never really offered a smile. Really she just wanted to take our order and get it over with. Heck, I can live with that. If I wanted good service with a friendly smile, I would of gone to a really really expensive steak house, where I pay for them to smile. Hah!

 

As you can see, they have a huge menu board located to the right of the counter. They are most famous for their namesake, the belly buster, which is a foot- long sub containing a bunch of meats and imported cheeses. We got that with a side of small fries and onion rings.

 

Footlong Belly Buster w/ onion rings and fries

Footlong Belly Buster w/ onion rings and fries

As you can see, when we ordered small fries, what they really meant was small… for an elephant. They gave us a lot of fries for 1.49. Not the stringy shoe string kind, but the kind with a thick potato inside that gives you a good amount of taste. Personally I thought the fries were a little too cooked for me, but my buddy told me it was some really damn good fries in his opinion. I chose to ignore his opinion, because well, compared to my fast food expertise, he doesn’t know jack shit. Hah dude. Take that!

 

 

 

The onion rings were good but they didn’t give as much as the fries, and really, how can you screw up onion rings right? As for the main food, the subway, I was very dissapointed in it. Everyone was telling me how good the bread was, how soft and warm it was. When we got it, it seemed cold and somewhat hard. The buddy said this sandwhich was premade, which I had to reluctantly agree with because it had a cold temp to it throughout the entire sandwich. So sad. On the plus side they had salami, pepperoni, ham, turkey and a few other meats that really gave the sandwich a really good meaty kick. Elsewhere this sandwich, say subway, would go for close to 7 or 8 bucks.

 

Chili Cheese Fries!

Chili Cheese Fries!

 Moving forward, I decided to give the joint another try a month or so later. This time I wanted to try the hot sandwiches such as the pastrami in the very first picture and some chili cheese fries. The fries look good right? Meh. Looks can be deceiving. Though the fries were nice and crispy, they really skimped on the chili. The chili itself was watery and barely contained any ground beef at all. The Hats on valley and Garfield is head over heels better than this stuff. I can’t recommend this chili cheese fries. The pastrami itself was okayish. Pastrami was decent, a decent flavor to it but the texture was a little too dry for my taste and also the bread was kinda hard. I could only finish half of it, and later on in the afternoon, when I re-toasted the pastrami, it actually tasted a lot better than the first time around. Hah. Go figure.

 

 

3 outta 5 stars

 

Overall, I’d give this place a go every once and a while. Its cheap, fills you up, and overall not bad. Just another average sandwich shop.

 

Neighborhood: Alhambra
1142 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

(626) 284-2083

 

 

 

 

 

 

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