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Beachcomber - Father's Day - June 21-09

  • By David Barron

As part of my personal effort to stimulate the economy, I am encouraging all of you to take dad out for brunch on Father’s day. If your dad is not available, take an uncle or friend who is a father. Make it your personal way to stimulate the economy.

Why am I doing this, well, its because one of my favorite restaurants is closing up because of the lack of business. Macaroni Grill in Monrovia was on my list of places to enjoy American Italian food. The service was always great, and the wine was just delicious. Unfortunately, they were scheduled to close this week.

In the West San Gabriel Valley there are plenty of small and large restaurants available to you. You can enjoy Chinese, Mexican, French, Italian, and American style Restaurants. Just pick your Dad’s favorite.

One of the best deals for a large family is at the Double Tree Hotel in the Polo’s Restaurant located in Rosemead, just off San Gabriel Blvd.

The Sunday Brunch is on $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 3 to 8 years.  It includes an omelet station,  waffles with great toppings, fresh fruit crêpes, bacon sausage, ham, menudo, hash browns, enchiladas and on and on. Reservations are a must on Father’s Day so call (323) 201-3464.

The world famous Luminarias offers an extensive brunch menu for $27.95 for adults, $15. 95 for children ( 3-11)  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Father’s Day.

The menu will feature a gigantic buffet, a sushi bar, a Mexican food bar, a beef carving location and tons of other breakfast food items.

Rounding out the meal at Luminarias will be a  Mariachi band performing for your enjoyment. Call  (323) 268-4177.

Next door, the Monterey Hill Restaurant Park is the place for Jazz lovers. The Monterey Hill offers a regular Sunday Jazz Brunch from 10 a.m.  to  2:30 p.m. featuring a New Orleans style menu. Call 323-264-8426 for reservations and details about the offerings – and music.

Marie Callenders in Monterey Park has a regular Sunday brunch that is priced just right for $15.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids ages 2 to12 years of age. Brunch is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations are required. Call 626-281-9548 for information.

Marie Callenders at the Montebello Mall is always open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and will have their regular menu. You should call (323) 722-7437 in advance however, because they are quite popular on Sundays.

If you want something different, try Dim Sum. There are many restaurants in the area that are well known for their delicious Dim Sum. The two that come to mind are Ocean Star Seafood at Atlantic and Garvey Avenues (626-308-2128)  and NBC Seafood Restaurant. At the NBC, Dim Sum  is served from 8a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Call 626-282-2323 for information.

If you miss breakfast, there is still lots of time to take your dad out to dinner. Our dinner recommendation is Di Pilla’s Italian Restaurant at 9013 E. Valley Blvd. (Just east of Rosemead Blvd.) Rosemead, CA 91770. Their phone number is (626) 286-0275.

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