Tempted by the earlier posts on the board, my wife and I had to make the journey from the SGV out to West L.A. to try Rutt's Cafe this morning, and it was definitely worth the drive!
She had the kalua pork royale with fried rice (junior portion)and I had the chashu/portugeuse sausage royale, also with fried rice (regular portion). Though she thought there was too much food to eat, she finished it all and I did so with my plate, too. They were both tasty and fresh, with generous portions of chopped up meat to fill us up. The only "problem" was I tried to order my royale #1 with bacon fried rice as fellow Chowhound Like Go Eat had recommended but apparently I got what he wrote confused since the waiter told me the bacon fried rice was itself a separate royale.
The cafe itself was pretty crowded - we got the last two seats and it kept filling itself up as people left. I really liked the casual atmosphere. This place is so much better than anywhere we've tried in the SGV - there's a lot more menu choices (it seems like every Hawaiian place in the SGV has pretty much the same, tired old menu) and the food and restaurant has plenty of character. It's a place we'd love to try again.
By the way, this makes a couple of great recommendations I've gotten from reading Like Go Eat's posts - this one and the one for the amazingly good tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole from Los Toros Meat Market in El Monte. The Mrs. told me we need to try more of what he recommends!
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