Think of it as the Jerry's Famous Deli of the San Gabriel Valley: There's something for everyone at Baccali Café & Rotisserie, a Chinese restaurant where the dinner menu has 241 items. Choices range from safe bets like black-pepper beef chow mein ($8.50 for a heaping plate) to the more exotic (spicy ox tongue, $8.95) or the incongruous (beef stroganoff, $7.95). One could easily kill an hour pondering the options, but luckily the wait staff is willing and able to help you navigate the chaos. The Chinese dishes here are mostly solid, though some tend toward the greasy side. But with a kitchen that stays open late, many large tables to accommodate big groups and a filet mignon for $13.95, there are plenty of reasons to come to Baccali. And it's got to be one of the few places around town where you can order a Sam Adams draft for $3.50 to wash down your eel with rice.

—Nicolas Taborek

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