Beijing Restaurant has just opened up in the shopping center at 250 W. Valley Bl., San Gabriel (the shopping center once home to the departed Green Village), scarcely six months after a Sichuan style restaurant called Home Town had opened up in the same space late last year. Since Beijing style food isn't especially that common, fans of that cuisine might want to try this out. Actually, I have a strong suspicion that this is a new outpost of Tianjin Kitchen, which is just a half mile further east on Valley. This suspicion is based on the existence of identical and unusually named shared menu items, including fried ge da, pegular noodles, and chinese pie with deish. The fried de ga, best described as a noodle in the shape of a cube, visually reminiscent of a butter mint, is chewy like cat ears noodles and is very good.
Also in the same shopping center is an indicator that the tide may be finally turning against the Asian Cajun craze. I do realize that Boiling Crab has opened its second Alhambra location, but we now also have the demise of one of the pretenders, Fisherman's Wharf, which is replaced by DNA Grill. DNA Grill only opens at night, but it looks like another one of these Taiwanese beer restaurants.
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