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Sweethome Grill: A Pictorial Essay

J.L. | Jun 5, 201204:13 AM

Verdict: A wonderful newcomer to the Northern Chinese food scene now sweeping across the San Gabriel Valley... The "Grill" is in their name, and by golly, grilling is certainly their forte!

Highlights: Great hand-pulled (not knife-cut) thjck, chewy noodles, with single strands of noodles so long (from skillful pulling without breakage) that it takes scissors to cut them afterwards! The grilled foods are beautifully seasoned and blissfully pungent, but not overly so. A surprise highlight is the boring-sounding, but deliciously grilled "man tou" (bao bread), which looks like garlic bread at first, and one taste of this from the skewer had me completely hooked. Cold tofu skin with spice oil makes a yummy appetizer. Grilled oysters are juicy and done just right. The beef noodle soup is worth the trip alone. The savory "Big Plate of Chicken" (& noodles) is tied with Omar's Xinjiang Halal as the best versions in the SGV. Fennel-infused grilled tilapia (on-the-wall menu item) is aromatic and satisfying.

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