Top 5 Healthy Restaurant Options

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving vacation celebrating with friends and family members.  I know I am thankful for being able to take a breather before final exams begin next week.

With the holidays just around the corner, it is important to remember to balance out your meals and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. You can find five healthy restaurant options, not listed in any particular order, to incorporate into your diet this holiday season below.

1. Pita Jungle | Pasadena, CA


Lavosh shawarma wrap from Pita Jungle. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

My favorite dish at Pita Jungle is the lavosh shawarma wrap, which can be shared between two people for $10.69.   Continue reading

Di Pilla’s Italian Restaurant | Rosemead, CA

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Bowties Di Pilla with ham and peas from Di Pilla’s Italian Restaurant. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

My sister and I visited Di Pilla’s Italian Restaurant this past weekend for the first time.  I’ve been craving its popular bowties Di Pilla dish and garlic bread that I once had back in high school when the restaurant catered one of our ASB events.

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Quick Bites: Sinbala | Arcadia, CA


Taiwanese sausage rice plate from Sinbala. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

Sinbala, my family’s go-to take-out restaurant, serves authentic Taiwanese food and is a great place to grab a quick meal with friends and family during the week.  It is known for its homemade sausage rice plate.  Taiwanese and American sausages have different distinctive flavors.  Sinbala’s sausages are juicy and have just enough sweetness to balance out the saltiness.

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Saladang Song | Pasadena, CA

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Chicken Pad Thai lunch special from Saladang Song. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

Saladang Song has a wonderful prix fixe lunch menu with specials available daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The meals come with a salad, appetizer, entrée and dessert for $9.  My favorite is the chicken Pad Thai lunch special.

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Quick Bites: Moffett’s Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe | Arcadia, CA


Chicken pot pie from Moffett’s Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

Moffett’s Family Restaurant and Chicken Pie Shoppe, home of pot pies, is my go-to comfort food restaurant.

The chicken pot pie’s golden, flaky crust is always baked to perfection.  You won’t find carrots, celery or peas inside your pot pie.  Instead, you’ll find hot gravy and tender chicken pieces oozing out once you break through the buttery crust with your fork.

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Savoy Kitchen | Alhambra, CA


Hainan chicken rice plate from Savoy Kitchen. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

I recently tried Savoy Kitchen for the first time.  I have heard many positive reviews about its Hainan chicken rice plate from my friends and wanted to see what the buzz was about.  Savoy Kitchen has four stars and 1,924 reviews on Yelp.  It is clear that many people enjoy its food.

I was excited to finally try the famous Hainan chicken rice plate, so I anxiously waited in line for 30 minutes.  Unfortunately, the Hainan chicken rice plate did not meet my expectations.

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Quick Bites: Golden Deli | Temple City, CA


Phở with rare beef from Golden Deli. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

Golden Deli is my go-to Vietnamese restaurant for a quick meal.  It offers more than 50 different types of dishes, but I always find myself ordering the phở.  Phở is noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, vegetables, herbs and your choice of meat.  It’s a perfect meal to enjoy on a cold night.

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Pasadena Sandwich Company | Pasadena, CA


The Rueben sandwich from the Pasadena Sandwich Company. Photo by: Kimberly M. Lee

I have wanted to try the Pasadena Sandwich Company (PSC) for some time now since I have read many positive reviews on Yelp about its piled high sandwiches.  Last week, I convinced my friend Suki to go try it out with me.  We were so glad that we listened to our fellow Yelpers.  Our sandwich was delicious!  I finally understand what everyone has been raving about.

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