From hole-in-the-wall eateries that surprise with their authentic flavors to upscale dining establishments that offer a gastronomic delight, Arcadia has something to satisfy every palate.
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Arcadia that are not featured here. Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself.
Oh, the joy of stumbling upon a new gem in your own city!
It was just another chilly evening when I decided to take my taste buds on a fiery trip to YGF Malatang.
And boy, was I in for a treat!
The food there is absolutely mind-blowing.
They set out an array of choices for you to customize your own hot pot.
I was amazed at the selection, from fresh vegetables to varieties of meat, each enhancing the overall spicy hot pot experience.
They charge by weight, which I found quite reasonable.
To add to this, they also serve drinks.
I must admit, I was taken by surprise when I first tasted the strawberry tea slush; it was a perfect balance between sweet and tart.
What sets YGF Malatang apart from other hot pot places in the city is that it is not only about the food.
The place is impeccably clean, with plenty of seating space.
The turnover rate for the food is quite high, ensuring freshness in every bite.
And don't even get me started on the bone-deep broth.
The flavors were so rich and intense that I could feel the warmth enveloping me.
But what was the cherry on top?
The coconut jelly!
The burst of flavor in my mouth was something I had never experienced before.
What's more, the restaurant has a very family-oriented vibe, making it a perfect place for a family dinner.
White Springs Cafe
Ah, White Springs Cafe, my little haven tucked away on the quiet side streets of Arcadia.
This snug, family-run eatery has become my go-to place for some quiet solace and delectable Thai cuisine.
What sets it apart, you ask?
Authentic Thai vegetarian dishes are hard to come by in most American Thai restaurants.
You know when you can taste the love in the food?
That's what I feel whenever I dig into a meal at White Springs Cafe.
From plant-based dishes to traditional Thai meals, everything has that natural, clean taste - but with an added flair of authentic Thai spices.
The Beyond burger is a popular choice, but I like to keep it traditional with a plate of เพชรบุรี.
While the setting is modest, with no indoor seating available, it's the perfect hideaway for those who prefer a laid-back atmosphere.
The outdoor seating area has two small tables, perfect for a quiet lunch with a friend or a peaceful solo meal.
But let me tell you, nothing beats the taste of their unique vegan dishes, like the vegan fried shrimp.
Just a word of caution for those with a sensitive palate - they have a knack for spices, and even their fries come with a kick.
So if you're not a fan of spicy food, you might want to specify that when you place your order at the counter.
Their service is speedy, and they always serve with a smile.
It's little wonder that White Springs Cafe has become such a cherished part of my culinary adventures in Arcadia.
It was an ordinary day in the city when I stumbled upon a culinary gem, a place where you can taste the rich flavors of authentic Taiwanese cuisine.
The place I speak of is XIANG JI, a Taiwanese beef noodle spot nestled right next to the famous Lan Zhou noodle house.
The first time I walked in, the rich aroma of the beef noodle soup greeted me instantly.
They put a lot of care into preparing the soup base, and it shows in the taste.
You get the richness and depth of flavors with every slurp, and the beef is tender and succulent.
If you're up for a chewier texture, go for the premium beef noodle soup.
It comes with some tendon, making the meat juicier and softer.
Unlike other places that use wide noodles, XIANG JI opts for a thinner version which, in my opinion, pairs better with the flavorful soup.
The side dishes, served warm, complement the main course perfectly.
We also tried the stinky tofu, which was an adventure in itself.
It's not deep-fried, allowing the fermentation flavor to shine through, and it's definitely a must-try for adventurous eaters.
Another dish we loved was the clear broth beef noodle.
The broth was well balanced, not too heavy on the soy sauce, and hit the right notes of savory and umami.
Next time, I plan to try the braised seaweed, egg, bean curd, and garlic cucumber starters.
This place is authentic, right down to the ability to order in Taiwanese.
No. 1 Express
I've never been one to shy away from new culinary experiences.
That's why when I first stumbled upon No.1 Express, I was ready to give it a shot.
I'd just left a doctor's appointment and was hunting for a quick, satisfying meal.
The place is a low-key, hidden gem that you might pass by if you're not looking closely.
Don't make that mistake!
Their braised pork will blow you away.
It's soft, juicy, and cooked to perfection - just the right level of tenderness that melts right in your mouth.
And the price?
You wouldn't believe the quality of the food you're getting at such a steal.
I couldn't wait to come back for more.
The authenticity of the dishes is something that keeps pulling me back.
The food at No. 1 Express is as fresh as it gets, and their authenticity shines through in every bite.
There have been complaints about some dishes being too sweet, but believe me, that's the real ShangHai style for you!
A dash of sugar does wonders to enhance the flavor.
As I strolled through the mall one fine Sunday afternoon, I found myself drawn towards a lively crowd in the food court, armed with giant baby bottles filled with colorful beverages.
It felt like a mini-carnival right there - a carnival that I later discovered was the Sunday Cafe!
Not knowing what to choose from the myriad of options, I went with their recommendations.
The mango and watermelon drink was a refreshing explosion of flavors.
What's more, they even gave me a voucher for a free refill when I bought one of those adorable baby bottles!
Sunday Cafe brings variety to the table unlike any other.
From fun, festival-style food to mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, the menu had it all.
My taste buds danced as I savored the steak fries, generously topped with juicy slices of steak and delectable cheese.
The aroma of the steak fajitas lingered in the air, and the flavorful, well-seasoned meat was an absolute delight.
Even the Mexican rice was a gastronomic hit!
Every now and then, you come across a place that just blows you away.
For me, that place is Monarch.
Situated right here in our neighborhood, Monarch offers an extraordinary culinary experience that leaves you craving for more.
I've visited this restaurant a few times now, and it has never failed to impress me with its delectable offerings and the intriguing space it occupies.
What really grabs your attention when you walk into Monarch is its interior.
The design is a visual feast, a sight to behold.
Truly, there's nothing else quite like it in our locality.
But while the ambiance sets the tone, it's the food that steals the show.
Here they serve a light twist on Chinese cuisine, creating a balance that's both familiar and novel, enough to pique your curiosity.
What’s more, Monarch doesn't compromise on quality.
Their approach to Asian cuisine focuses on quality over quantity, a welcome change from the norm.
This is evident in every dish they serve, reflecting a sense of tradition and providing a glimpse into the future of our local restaurants.
It’s as if the children of the mom & pop shops we grew up with are finally coming into their own, bridging the generations with their food.
The service at Monarch is truly top-notch.
The drink selection is also fantastic, complementing the food perfectly.
I was especially taken by their consideration of vegetarian options.
While the selection isn't extensive, it's enough for anyone to have a great time.
Simply put, Monarch has become one of my go-to spots for a night out.
It offers a remarkable experience at a reasonable price point. vb
You know that feeling when you stumble upon a place that makes you rethink everything you know about a certain food?
That's exactly what happened when I discovered Zelo, a laid-back pizzeria that serves up mouthwatering cornmeal-crust pizzas.
The first bite of their pizza was a revelation.
The crust is cornmeal-based, something I was initially skeptical about.
But my, oh my, did it blow me away!
The crust is somehow both crunchy and soft, providing the perfect base for the imaginative toppings Zelo tosses on there.
My favorites so far have been the pesto, pepperoni, and sausage, but the star of the show is undoubtedly their house-made sausage.
Believe me, I'm not usually a sausage person.
But Zelo's sausage pizza is in a league of its own.
The freshness of the ingredients is undeniable, and the flavors are simply out of this world.
The service, too, is always top-notch - friendly, talkative, and extremely helpful.
And the cherry on top?
Think four big slices and two beers for under $30.
The Marketplace Cafe
Sometimes, you just find yourself in a place that's not too crowded but offers an experience that's worth more than a room full of people.
That's how I feel about the Marketplace Cafe at Nordstrom's Santa Anita.
The quality of the food is simply outstanding.
I've had a turkey and cranberry sandwich there, which came with a side salad.
The portion was generous, and the price was reasonable.
Lunch, including a beverage, will set you back between $10-15.
To my delight, they have a sweet little patio outside, where you can enjoy the breezy foothill weather.
It's a perfect spot to relax and take a breather, especially after a shopping spree.
The chairs are comfortable, the tables are well-shaded by umbrellas, and the entire area is pleasantly cool.
An unexpected surprise was the number of men and women equally enjoying the cafe.
It's a welcome break from the fast-food joints in the mall.
Alex Di Peppe’s
If you ask me where to find the most authentic Italian food in the city, my answer will always be Alex Di Peppe’s.
This family-owned gem, tucked away in a strip mall, has been serving up delicious comfort food for more than 50 years.
It's not just an eating place but a fine piece of Arcadia's culture and history.
From the moment you walk in, you're greeted with the aroma of simmering marinara sauce and baking pizza - a testament to the traditional Italian recipes passed down through the generations.
The environment is warm and welcoming, just like the family that runs it.
They've been a part of our community for so long, I remember when their kids and mine used to play in the local school band together.
This isn’t just a restaurant; it's a culinary experience.
The food is simple yet delicious, boasting reasonable prices that keep locals coming back for more.
If you're a pasta lover like me, you can’t go wrong with their pink sauce pasta - it's my all-time favorite.
And don't even get me started on their spaghetti plates.
Each bite transports you straight to Italy without the need for a plane ticket.
But above all, the real standout is their pizza.
I remember how they would generously donate their scrumptious pizza to our school events.
A bite into that gooey, cheesy goodness, and you're hooked.
If there's one thing I know about sushi, it's that finding the right place can feel like an endless quest.
But that quest came to an end when I discovered Sushi Kisen, a hidden gem nestled in our city.
The experience at Kisen is one you don't easily forget.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, it serves as a quiet retreat where you can indulge in exquisite dishes.
My personal favorite is the endomae set, a tantalizing medley of flavors that keeps you coming back for more.
The anticipation of their omakase lunch/dinner is almost unbearable, and I can't wait to go back to try it.
The omakase experience at Kisen can only be described as flawless.
Watching the chef artfully prepare each item, I was left in awe.
The food is not just prepared; it's crafted with passion and precision, a delight to both the eyes and the palate.
But Kisen isn't just about sushi - it's an authentic Japanese experience.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill California Roll joint.
The Otoro here is simply heavenly, and if you're a sushi enthusiast like me, you'd know how rare that is to find.
Its popularity means you might have to wait a bit for your table, even with a reservation.
But trust me, the food and service are well worth the wait.
Imagine a cozy Friday evening, the savor of delicious Japanese food wafting through the air, engaging conversations with strangers turned friends, and an intimate ambiance that catapults you straight into the heart of Japan.
That's exactly the kind of experience I had at Izakaya Tonchinkan.
A friend introduced me to this delightful restaurant, and we decided to visit on an impromptu dinner outing.
We opted for the sushi bar seating that gave us a chance not only to observe the skillful sushi chef at work.
This unique social setting added charm to our dining experience.
The food was the star of the evening, though.
We decided to order a wide variety of dishes to sample the best of what Izakaya Tonchinkan had to offer.
The beef tongue was an absolute delight, unquestionably one of the best beef dishes I've ever savored.
It was tender, succulently seasoned, and packed with flavor.
The sea bass was a surprising standout, too, flawlessly grilled and truly tantalizing.
We also tried the Salmon Don, adding a delightful splash of carbs to our protein-rich meal.
Other dishes like the Anikimo salad, Kanpachi Kama, monkfish liver, and tofu were delectable additions to our culinary journey.
Apartment Li Xiang
I happened to drop into Apartment Li Xiang, a cozy Taiwanese restaurant, after hearing about it from a friend.
It's a little gem tucked away in the bustling city where the aroma of the food transports me right to the streets of Taiwan.
I decided to start off with their Taiwanese beef noodle.
It was different from those I've tried at the Chinese noodle shop next door, but pleasantly so.
The soup was loaded with flavors of herbs, not too spicy, and had a comforting mildness to it.
The only tweak I would have loved it if the soup was a bit hotter.
The restaurant, in itself, isn't the most posh place you'd walk into, with a huge fridge and stock right in the dining place.
But, it's more about the food here than the décor, which is common with many Asian restaurants I've been to.
I've got to tell you about this little gem I stumbled upon in my city - MyDeli.
This sandwich spot may look cute and unassuming, but trust me when I say that the food here speaks volumes.
Their menu is quite extensive, with a delicious variety of sandwiches that are just begging to be tried!
The Tuna Melt and the Turkey Avocado on Rosemary Bread are two of my personal favorites.
Every time I sink my teeth into these marvels, I am transported to a world of savory delights.
The bread is always fresh, and you can feel the crunchiness contrasting with the soft, delicious filling.
And if you're feeling a little adventurous, you can even customize your selection.
My partner and I often pick the rosemary bread with our custom selection - and it never disappoints.
They always have great suggestions on what to pick and treat my little one like he's the most important customer in the place.
They even gave him a lollipop on one of our visits, a kind gesture that left him beaming for the whole day.
I remember once paying $18 for a basic pastrami sandwich with cheese - but the taste was worth every penny.
Little Joe's Fresh Mex
It feels like I've been a faithful customer of Little Joe's Fresh Mex for as long as I can remember.
Before I even started elementary school, I found myself enjoying their home-cooked Mexican delicacies in their original location in Baldwin Park.
Despite the change of location, my appetite for their delicious food hasn't wavered a bit.
Every bite of their dishes is steeped in tradition and authenticity - a true reminder of the rich Mexican culture.
Their tortilla chips, in particular, are a must-try.
They carry an unmistakable crunch that has you coming back for more.
One of the things you need to know about me is that I have a soft spot for steak, seafood, and good old-fashioned sophistication.
That's why I find myself, time and time again, returning to The Derby in Arcadia.
This refined eatery, tinged with the rich history of horse racing, is less of a restaurant and more of an experience.
My recent visit to The Derby was nothing short of spectacular.
As I walked in, I was greeted by the welcoming heat of the fireplace, a cozy respite from a chilly evening outside.
The walls adorned with horse-racing memorabilia serve as a constant reminder of the rich history and culture this place holds dear.
Their attention to detail and commitment to service made me feel like a valued guest, not just another customer.
Their brilliant suggestions from the menu never fail to impress.
If you are ever at a loss for what to order, ask them.
They have an uncanny knack for knowing exactly what will tickle your taste buds.
Before I forget, let's talk about the food.
Their steak and seafood are to die for.
My personal favorite is the Chateau Briand, a meat lover's dream come true.
For sides, you can never go wrong with a wedge salad or some Brussels sprouts.
And if you're in the mood to elevate your dining experience, go for the dessert trio.
Trust me; it's a sweet ending like no other.
Cabrera's Mexican Restaurant
Oh, how I adore Cabrera's Mexican Restaurant!
I've spent countless evenings indulging in their exquisite dishes, savoring every bite.
Their chicken fajitas trio is to die for, a delightful explosion of flavors that transport you to Mexico with every mouthful.
In addition to that, their blackberry margaritas are a must-try, a delicious concoction of sweet and zesty that is sure to quench your thirst.
When it comes to service, Cabrera's shines as well.
Valentino has a knack for making every visit feel special - whether it's a regular day or a date night with your significant other.
He even surprises us with a bouquet of flowers on our table, bringing a delightful romantic touch to our dinners.
But the goodness doesn't stop there.
For over a decade, I've been a loyal patron of Cabrera's, and their chicken mole enchiladas have never failed to impress me.
Claiming to have the best mole in the San Gabriel Valley, I can attest to that!
It's a dish I find myself constantly craving and often recommending to friends and family.
There's also something to be said about their lively atmosphere.
Birthdays at Cabrera's are an absolute blast, with the entire restaurant getting involved and making the birthday person feel special.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try their fish tacos, and I must say, they were absolutely delicious!
Paired with their Tajin Margarita, it was the perfect meal to finish off the day.
It's not every day you find a place as cherished as Villa Catrina.
The heartwarming ambiance of this traditional Mexican restaurant has made it my regular haunt.
The lively and festive multi-room setup is as inviting as their food.
Not to mention, they also have a separate bar section that adds an extra charm to the whole dining experience.
On countless occasions, I've found myself delighting in their delicious chips and salsa.
Their service is so quick and efficient; it never keeps me waiting.
Piping hot empanadas served on my table are always a treat to my tastebuds.
Trust me when I say these culinary delights are enough to bring me back again and again.
My Sundays are incomplete without Villa Catrina's brunch.
Authentic Mexican food, especially handmade tortillas, are my absolute favorites.
And the mimosas and desserts?
Pure divinity in every bite!
Whether you're looking for typical Mexican dishes or just want to unwind over a drink, this place is a great fit.
A few visits back, I discovered the large banquet rooms at the back.
What a gem for medium-sized gatherings!
The pleasant service, combined with a buffet serving an array of dishes like cheese enchiladas, chicken fajitas, rice, beans, and fruit, caters to everyone's taste.
Maki & Sushi
I was out and about in the city when my craving for sushi hit me like a wave.
Remembering that I'd heard about a place nearby called Maki & Sushi, I decided to give it a shot, and oh boy, that was an excellent decision!
As soon as you walk into this snug space, you're greeted by the allure of Japanese decor.
Packed tables give it a lively atmosphere, making it a great spot to relish some Japanese cuisine.
They even offer a diverse range of sushi rolls, bento-box specials, and light-on-the-batter katsu.
Their fish is incredibly fresh, I could taste it in every bite of my sushi.
What sets this place apart, though, is their unique offerings - the specialty rolls.
They have some truly unique combinations which are well worth the price.
And trust me, you won't leave hungry; the portions are ample!
When it comes to satisfying sushi cravings, there's no place in the city quite like Sushi Tengoku.
This local gem serves up fresh, melt-in-your-mouth sushi that's absolutely to die for—and I should know I'm there every chance I get!
First off, the food is phenomenal.
I have yet to find another place that serves sushi of comparable quality.
Each piece features fresh fish and has a wonderful flavor and texture.
The presentation is always on point: elegant and appetizing.
My personal favorite is the Sushi Sashimi Lunch—it's like a little slice of heaven with every bite.
But what really sets Sushi Tengoku apart is the service.
They've certainly had their busy days, and during those times, the service might slow down a notch, but the food is always worth the wait.
The ambiance is also a highlight.
The place is spacious, with plenty of seating options from booths to tables to the bar.
Albertano's Fresh Mexican Food
Albertano's Fresh Mexican Food in Arcadia is my go-to joint when I get a craving for Mexican food.
The burritos here are worth it!
They're enormous, easily twice the size of most places for the same price, and taste divine.
It's a rare day when I don't order their burritos for delivery.
What's more, the location is convenient for days when I simply don't want to venture too far from home.
The chilaquiles plate, while not the best I've ever had, is an acceptable quick fix, despite not coming with a tortilla, as stated.
The serving sizes are more than decent, which for me, is another point in the restaurant's favor.
After spending countless hours exploring Arcadia's vast culinary landscape, sampling everything from traditional Chinese malatang at YGF Malatang to authentic Japanese ramen at Ramen Nagi, I can confidently affirm that this city's restaurant scene is nothing short of impressive.
Whether you're a local seeking a new food adventure or a visitor looking to experience the city's culinary delights, Arcadia's restaurant scene will undoubtedly leave you happily satiated and eager to discover more.
Undeniably, the city's dining scene is as fascinating and diverse as Arcadia itself.