(By Gerry Wang)
THE GERRY WANG RESTAURANT GUIDE FOR
BROKE-ASS STUDENTS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA
by Gerry Wang
_____If you're like me,
then you go to school and when you open your wallet,
there are cobwebs. When you get the mail, all you see are
dreaded credit card statements. Yes, life sucks.
_____You see, we all
gotta go out and socialize. We can't just stay at home
everyday. And when we do go out, we eat. For some reason,
every social rendevous involves the consumption of food
in a non-home environment. It's a fact of life. Whether
it be something cheap like McDonald's, or something
expensive like........... Spago's or whatevers, eating
out costs a shitload of money.
_____This is why I am
anti-girlfriend. I am such a hypocrit. Anyways........
_____Here is the 1999
Edition of the Gerry Wang Restaurant Guide For Broke-ass
Students In The Los Angeles Area. I have compiled a list
of places to eat, which in my opinion are not too too too
expensive, and have good quality food. These restaurants
are not too far, except maybe a few of them, and I am
willing to take suggestions from you readers to amend
this list. Oh yeah, tax and tip are included when
_____There are no
Chinese restaurants where everyone shares the dishes
collectively, since it is highly implausible that
students would go to them. Likewise there will be no
mention of pizza places, since we all get deliveries and
will never actually enter the restaurant.
So here's the list, broken down by how much your
financial resources will be sucked out from under you:
CHEAPER PRICE RANGE: ($1-$5 per person, including
1.) JACK-IN-THE-BOX-- Jack-In-The-Box, besides its
hilarious commercials, offers excellent fast food for
very low prices. There is an entire menu of sub-$1 items,
so check that out.
*What I recommend getting: 2 tacos for 99 cents, 99 cent
Jumbo Jack, 99 cent Chicken Sandwich; if you really want
to indulge, get the Sourdough Jack or Ultimate Bacon
2.) IN-N-OUT-- Great burgers, but I do have one
complaint. Why are the patties so thin? Are they supposed
to melt in your mouth??
*What I recommend getting: Double Double Combo, or
Cheesburger Combo; you can order it cooked
"Animal-Style" and they'll dice and grill the
onions for you.
3.) TACO BELL-- I know it's pseudo-Mexican food, but it
is still quite tasty, and has a wide selection. I want to
kill that chihuahua!
*What I recommend getting: 99 cent Gorditas, Nachos,
Burrito & Taco Supremes. I'd ignore the regular kind.
For a few cents more you can get tomatoes and sour cream
with the Supremes, plus a larger size.
4.) 7-ELEVEN-- Yes, you can actually eat at 7-Eleven,
although you may not get full. But it is a great place to
*What I recommend getting: Self Serve Nachos- make sure
you drown the chips in chili and cheese. It's
all-you-can-heap!; Regular Bite Hot Dogs- also self
serve; Slurpees- I like the Coke Flavor mixed with Wild
Cherry, for a Cherry Coke Slurpee.
5.) POPEYE'S CHICKEN-- If you go to the one on the corner
of Atlantic and Valley in Alhambra, you can get a leg,
thigh, and biscuit for 99 cents, and if the cashier is
stupid enough, he'll/she'll let you buy more than one
*What I recommend getting: 99 Cent Deal; They have
crawdads, but I haven't had the nads to try it. I'd
appreciate feedback from anyone who's tried em!
MEDIUM PRICE RANGE ($6-$10 per person, including
1.) KFC BUFFET-- I know there are a lot around, but the
only one I can remember is the one in Alhambra/San
Gabriel on Las Tunas, past San Gabriel Blvd. Bring your
*What I recommend getting: Ignore the salad bar. It is
the same one from last year. Get as many pieces of
chicken as you can, from all the different flavors. Plus
there should be unlimited nachos.
2.) HOMETOWN BUFFET-- Eat till you puke, then go back and
eat some more! There is one in Rosemead, on Rosemead
Blvd., as well as another in Montebello, on Wilcox &
*What I recommend getting: Fried chicken and desserts.
Their cheesecake is nice and fluffy, and their sundae bar
is excellent. On specific nights of the week, you get
special items like ribs. Pay attention.
3.) ALFREDO'S/ALBERTO'S-- This is the same franchise, but
w/ different names. Alfredo's is on Santa Anita Ave.,
after you exit the 10E. Alberto's is in Newport Beach, so
that's kinda far.
*What I recommend getting: Chips & Guacamole- Not
only the best in LA, but probably this quadrant of the
universe; Carne Asada burrito, or Carne Asada
chimichanga, which you have to specially order.
4.) ISLAND'S-- There's one on Foothill in Pasadena,
before Rosemead Blvd. This is a restaurant, not fast
*What I recommend getting: Everyone should split a couple
orders of Endless chips & salsa- my friend
single-handedly got our money's worth, that pig; basket
of fries- nice and seasoned; burgers- don't waste time w/
the chicken sandwiches. Their burgers are so big you have
to cut them in half to eat them. They'll provide the
5.) VARIOUS CAFES-- There are a ton of these Hong Kong
cafes, and they all pretty much serve the same things.
However, some have better service than others. I
recommend JJ's, on the corner of Garvey & Ynez.
*What I recommend getting: Whatever lunch/dinner special
you like. You get a drink and soup with it. I usually get
steak or some other meat dish, but it's entirely up to
6.) PHO 79-- I usually go to the one on Main &
Stoneman, but goddamn that place is filthy. However, the
food and drinks are good.
*What I recommend getting: Any Vermicelli bowl- you can
decide from charbroiled pork, egg rolls, shrimp paste,
but they're all delicious. It comes in a bowl and you
just pour the Viet fish sauce all over it; Pho Rare Beef
Noodle Soup- this is what the restaurant was named after.
7.) SIZZLER-- Ok, this will involve a conspiracy, and a
lack on conscience and ethics. In your party, there has
to be at least one person that gets the unlimited salad
bar. That person must get a lot of plates, and the other
people in the party can buy the plates off that person.
The waiters usually don't notice.
*What I recommend getting: Sirloin steak- kinda small,
but it's sufficient, especially when you have a free
unlimited salad bar; Burgers- their burgers are huge in
height; salad bar- not just salad, you also get soup,
dessert, fried chicken wings, onion rings, taco bar......
plus you can steal the Fruit Loops from the Kids'
MUCHO EXPENSIVE PRICE RANGE ($11-$20 per person,
1.) BLACK ANGUS-- My favorite American restaurarnt. Good
food, good service, good atmosphere.
*What I recommend getting: Wait till you see a commercial
for Black Angus' special Prime Rib Deal for 2. You get
two 12 oz. prime rib dinners, plus a Wagon Wheel Platter
of appetizers which is a sample of all the appetizers,
and last but not least you get some sort of delicious
dessert you can share. All for less than 30 bucks,
usually around $25-$28.
2.) TAIKO-- This is in Irvine, but it is the best
Japanese restaurant I've ever been to. No, it's not like
Yoshinoya. This is real Japanese food.
*Directions: Take I-5 Southbound, exit Culver and turn
right. Then make a left on Walnut, and proceed down to
Jeffrey, and it will be on the right, in a plaza.
*What I recommend getting: Get the "long list,"
rather than using the standard issue menu. It's got the
items from the sushi bar, which are the only things worth
the money; get the Ninja Roll, which is a Deep Fried Soft
Shelled Crab sushi, and the California Roll with rice on
the outside. You won't be disappointed.
3.) MARIE CALLENDAR'S-- Only marginally made the list.
Too expensive, and too little food. But still, nice and
quaint and the service is good.
*What I recommend getting: Zucchini sticks, pot pies,
buffalo wings, potato skins, lasagna, fettucini
_____So there's my restaurant guide, for you
students. There's no Souplantation since you'll eat that
crap every stinkin day in the dorms. Hey, I wanna see
some messages from people who have actually used the
guide. First person to go to all 15 restaurants gets
props! I gotta go! My mouth is watering all over the