Dining on a budget: Bob’s Big Boy in WC

By Eric Terrazas

When I first heard the news that Bob’s Big Boy was going to open a restaurant in West Covina, I couldn’t help but smile.

I haven’t visited a Bob’s Big Boy in many years. The last time I tasted a delicious Bob’s burger was in the early 1980s.

On a recent afternoon, I decided to check out the new Bob’s Big Boy in West Covina. I ordered the Big Boy Combination, a burger that consists of two patties, American cheese, lettuce and red relish sauce.

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The meal also comes with French fries and cole slaw. For $1.99 more, you can substitute the fries for onion rings. I decided to order the onion rings even though it cost me the extra cash.

When my food arrived, the burger did not disappoint. The burger tasted delicious, just like I remembered it. Adding to the burger’s scrumptious taste was the red relish sauce.

The onion rings, which are hand-breaded, and cole slaw also tempted my taste buds. Overall, it made for a good meal.

On my next visit to Bob’s Big Boy, I plan to come with a bigger appetite. That way I could try their dessert menu.

Bob’s dessert offerings look rather tasty. The selections that most caught my eye were the hot fudge ice cream cake, the banana split and the Big Boy Super Shakes.

The dessert menu also includes pies and pastries. I received a good look at some of Bob’s pies while waiting in the cashier’s line. I wouldn’t mind trying their pies as well.

I’m also curious about Bob’s half-pound burgers. As a longtime bacon burger aficionado, the Big Cheese and Bacon burger is something I especially want to try.

If you’re a morning person, you would be happy to know that Bob’s also offers a nice-sized breakfast menu that includes pancakes, eggs, waffles and French toast.

As a longtime fan of hamburgers, I’m happy to see that Bob’s Big Boy has opened in West Covina. I plan to take my family there one of these days. I think they will be happy customers.

Bob’s Big Boy is located at 100A S. California Ave., West Covina. For information, call (626) 851-2627.

Dining on a Budget: Stars Burgers shine bright

By Daniel Fritz, Staff Writer

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The unassuming red, white and brick building
on the corner of Ramona Boulevard and Maine Avenue in Baldwin Park is
the home of Stars Burgers.

While the venue may be a bit harsh on the eyes, customers’
undoubtedly happy palate will most likely forgive the visual
shortcomings of what is essentially a hotdog stand.

On first glance, it appears Stars Burgers only has outside
seating, however, there is a small inside seating area attached to the
building. There’s even a few prehistoric arcade machines inside.

However, the restaurant makes sure to cater to the diverse Baldwin Park demographic by not just sticking to one food genre.

Stars
Burgers has a huge menu, ranging from hotdogs to Mexican food to all
sorts of sandwiches. The marquee even states that “Shish-k-Babs” are
sold, however upon further inspection, they’re no longer on the menu.

Not only is the menu far-reaching, but the vast operating
hours make Stars Burgers a place where, if one were so inclined, one
could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re open from 8 a.m. until
11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and
Saturday.

There’s even a few breakfast specials, like the two pieces
of bacon or sausage, two eggs, hash browns and toast combo for $3.05.
Several lunch combos exist as well, none of which will set you back
more than $5.

In fact, pretty much everything on the menu ranges between $2 and $5.

During my visit, I had a hamburger and a hotdog for $4.87, and took a seat at a patio table outside.

While
the dining experience was pretty much what you’d expect from sitting on
a corner in Baldwin Park (I had a woman try to sell me Chicklets while
I was eating and a pigeon got a little too friendly), it was enjoyable
nonetheless.

The hotdog, which came loaded with onions and mustard, was clearly of the footlong variety as it had outgrown the bun.

The
hamburger came medium well (I wasn’t given an option) and was tender
and juicy. Thousand island dressing and shredded lettuce came standard
on this one.

Both were satisfying, and I cleared my plastic basket from the table feeling heavy in the stomach and light in the wallet.

Stars Burgers is located at 14351 Ramona Blvd. in Baldwin Park. For information call (626) 337-7777.

daniel.fritz@sgvn.com

(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2201

Art’s in El Monte

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It was getting close to lunch time after an assignment in El Monte today and as I was leaving saw a nearby burger joint.

Ironically, the assignment was about a story on woman’s health and fitness, (I’ll start the diet on Monday).

‘Art’s – The Art of Burgers” the sign read for this small location on Valley Boulevard. The set-up reminded me of a typical In-N-Out or Tommy’s stand.

Drive-thru on both sides, walk-up window, small parking lot and a few tables nearby.

Coincidentally there is a Tommy’s right across the street.

The menu was typical of a burger stand – hamburger, cheeseburger, double-cheeseburger – with a selection of sandwiches as well. Chicken, steak, etc.
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Legends Classic Diner in Glendora

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Dining on a budget:
It’s a restaurant that offers a fun look into American pastimes.

Legends Classic Diner stands on “The Main Street of America,” also known as Historic Route 66 in Glendora.

The diner has a jukebox cranking old tunes and an old-fashioned ice cream and soda bar.

As I walked into the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice that it was filled with families enjoying the day together. On one side of the restaurant, one group celebrated a birthday.

Out of a very large menu of sandwiches, burgers, salads, even Mexican food, I decided to order something basic – the cheeseburger combo.
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