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The Nite On The Town Card is an exclusive membership card that enables the holder to dine at a dizzying variety of the San Gabriel Valley's most popular restaurants at a discounted price.

Simply include your card when paying your check. If you are a party of two, one of your entrees (equal or lower priced) will be free or substantially reduced in price. If there are four or more in your party, two of your entrees will be free or reduced in price and you can visit each restaurant up to three times during 2011 and get a great discount each time

Periodically, readers save $5 off the $30 price of the card.  Check back for savings.

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Beckham Grill, La Fiesta Grande, El Portal, Stoney Point, Radhika, Firefly Bistro, Cafe Mundial, Central Park, Matt Denny's, 1810, Cha Da Thai, Dish, Italian Kitchen, Bella Sera and dozens more. 

Click here to view the complete list, and to see the discount each restaurant offers to Nite On The Town Card holders.

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Chile relleno and tamale combo (ordered with tamale sauce on the side)

Machaca and beans burrito

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by        

Casa Del Rey Ė Got You Covered in Arcadia or Temple City (Editor's note: A Sierra Madre location opened in Oct. 2004)

By Bill Coburn


Bill Rey opened the first Casa Del Rey at 9100 E. Las Tunas in Temple City (287-4847) back in 1972.  In 1988, a second Casa Del Rey was opened in San Dimas.  In 1991, Billís sons Art and Ed (together with their wives) bought him out, and eventually decided to go their separate ways, with Art and his wife getting the San Dimas store and Ed and his wife getting the Temple City store.  Ed and his wife Donna then opened a store at 1220 S. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia (446-8537) in 1996.  Iíve eaten at Edís stores, but havenít been to San Dimas yet, though itís on the to-do list.   The subject of this column is the Casa Del Reys that Iíve been to, Ed and Donnaís stores in Arcadia and Temple City.


A few yearís back, my wifeís cousin told us she really enjoyed this little place down on Baldwin Ave. when she wanted Mexican food.  Since sheís been in the area a while, is well connected and eats out a lot, we thought she would probably know, so we gave it a try.  We ate there several times, and always enjoyed it.  Being the creature of habit that I am, I pretty much always had the two item combo with a beef enchilada and a taco, though Iíd try the chicken enchilada sometimes, as well.


When I started doing the restaurant website, I was driving around in Temple City looking for restaurants that might want to sign up, and discovered that there was a Casa Del Rey down there, too.  I went inside, and sure enough, it was the same company as the one on Baldwin, and I thought Iíll have to check it out next time Iím down in Temple City.  Well this week, I was down in Temple City with my wife, Katie, and we decided to pop into Casa Del Rey for lunch.


Itís kind of a smaller location, with only about 20 tables I could see, but the spaciousness and the high ceilings in the main dining room make it a very comfortable place to enjoy a meal.  Our server greeted us almost immediately after we were seated, got our beverages, and checked back several times before the wishy-washy Coburnís had finally decided on what to eat.  Yes, I know, the decisions should be easy since Iím a creature of habit, but since Iíve been doing these restaurant spotlights, Iíve been trying to try new things and be less redundant in my eating patterns.  I eventually settled on a machaca and bean burrito, and Katie had a beef tamale and chile relleno combination.  (Side note: Turns out I was being redundant anyway, as I was looking through some reviews from earlier this year and discovered that in an earlier review, I mentioned trying my first machaca burrito.  The first person to e-mail me at with the name of the restaurant I was reviewing when I had my first one will receive a ďSummer SavingsĒ voucher good for 20% off on each of two visits to Beckham Grill in Pasadena - some restrictions do apply, see voucher for details). 


Getting back to the meal, we both enjoyed our food.  My burrito was huge, and filled with shredded beef, fresh homemade beans, bell peppers, onions and egg (I ordered it no tomatoes).  I could have been okay with a little more egg, but that was because I was kind of in the mood for a breakfast burrito, which this was definitely not.  It was filling, and delicious.  I did get some of the chefís hot salsa as well, which was a nice addition.  Katie ordered her sauce (which she said was quite good) on the side for the tamale, though she let them sauce up her chile relleno.  She says she really enjoyed the meal, and even commented on how good the rice was.  She mentioned during the meal that she couldnít find the stem for the chile, and when we talked to Ed later, he told us that they do their chile rellenos a little differently, removing the stem, and stuffing cheese up into the chile where the stem has been removed.  Nice touch.


Both stores serve cocktails, Arcadia has outside dining while Temple City does not, both have kids menus, both serve food to go and have catering menus, and both accept reservations for parties of 7 or more.  You can find the menus for either store by going to  Iíve been pleased every time Iíve eaten at a Casa Del Rey, and Iím sure you will be, too.


Frank and Joeís Southern Smokehouse at 110 E. Colorado Blvd. in Monrovia is featuring live music on Fridays and Saturdays now, with an emphasis on blues bands throughout the month of June.  This restaurant, which used to be the Cajun Way Cafť, has always been one of my favorites, and adding blues to the mix sounds like a good way to spend an evening.  


Maryís Market at 561 Woodland in Sierra Madre has been featuring a Taco night on Tuesdays, and word has it that it has grown into quite an event up in the canyon.  Worth checking out if youíre up in that neck of the woods/canyon.


Ever heard of Canadian Style cooking?  Neither had I until I saw Dironís Canadian Style Takeout Cafť, which is scheduled to open today, barring last minute unexpected glitches.  Dironís is located at 125 E. Colorado Blvd in Monrovia, and is opening as a take-out cafť with just a couple outdoor tables, but has plans to expand next door, adding a dining room, and to the back, adding a patio.  Thereís also talk about live entertainment down the road, weíll let you know when we hear about that.  And Monrovia readers, take note:  Dironís will be delivering, as well, which few non-pizza places do any more.


The Arcadia Republican Womanís Club is going to be having a Chili Cook-off on June 17.  Judges will include a local politician, a radio personality, a restaurant owner, and a certain restaurant menu website publisher/restaurant reviewer.  Mark it on the calendar for things to do.  Iíll fill you in on the details in next weekís column, assuming I find the flyer in that Bermuda Triangle I call a desk.


Bill Coburn is owner of, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurantís menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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