I just joined Chowhound and noticed one of my all-time favorite places hasn't been mentioned much on these boards, so I wanted to give a shout-out to Nick's Taste of Texas in Covina. Yes, it's a hike, but I have driven there from every place I've lived in this area (which includes 562, 626, 213, 310, 818, and 323). We were introduced to it because a friend had his wedding shower at the old location, and we've been loyal ever since. They built a cavern in the last couple years that feels like a roadhouse and is often full of groups of firemen and policemen celebrating various occasions. I think they regularly have live entertainment.
Their best dish is fajitas, which is the only thing we ever got until recently we tried the chicken fried steak and it was also Texas-worthy. It isn't fancy: you get a pound of meat, grilled onions and piping fresh tortillas, and that's really all you need (although the salsa will rip you a new one if you add it). You can add sides, but why not just order more meat?
My aunt and uncle came from Houston and declared the fajitas some of the best they'd ever had. My husband actually weeps when they come out because he's so excited. Another friend actually LICKED the cast-iron skillet after we'd finished one night. This place is worth a drive. It always makes our tummies really happy. Thanks for letting me share.
545 N. Citrus, Covina, CA 91723