Mediocre Japanese Teppanyaki Dinner at Tokyo Kitchen

Our Japanese teppanyaki dinner at Tokyo Garden could be described as moderate at best. Being super generous by rating them 3 out of 5 stars as I don’t see myself coming here again, but I think 2 stars equates to gross food, and nothing tasted bad.  All the food we tried was just OK and forgettable.

FOOD: Teppanyaki dinner for 2 without any drinks was around $85.00 and it didn’t feel like money well spent. I ordered steak and shrimp, and my friend ordered steak and chicken. We shared an order of California rolls. The food lacked both quality and quantity. I had a bag of Hot Cheetos for dinner, after my dinner :/

SERVICE: Just meh overall.
• The 2 hostesses in the front looked tired/bored and one was eating food.
• We had to wait about 30 minutes for a chef to come to the table after being seated.
• After 15 minutes passed and we asked the server about when to expect a chef, she said “maybe 10 to 15 to 20 more minutes” – my friend didn’t like that response and requested her to narrow down that time range. Her response was “I don’t know; do you want to wait or not?”  Though she said that really politely, I still felt like a kid who just got yelled at in class.
• We had to flag people down for water and soda refills each time.
• Our chef did put on a little bit of a show which was nice.

This restaurant has been around for a very long time hidden away in a quiet parking lot in the city of Montclair and I was really hoping to love it – but after this experience, I don’t wanna drop another $100 bill on dinner that tastes “MEH”. Pass.

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Tokyo Kitchen
$$ Japanese, Sushi Bars
8851 Central Ave
Montclair, CA 91763


Make Your Own Pizza at Pieology

Pieology is my favorite make-your-own pizza place and luckily there is one down the street from my home and my work place. If you’ve never been to a make your own pizza restaurant before, don’t feel daunted- here’s the process:

Step one: Choose your crust from House-Made White, House-Made Whole Wheat, or Gluten-Free.
Step two: Choose your sauce from House Red, 3-Cheese Alfredo, Herb Butter, Olive Oil,Fiery Buffalo, Pesto, or BBQ.
Step three: Choose your cheese from Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan, Feta, or Gorgonzola.
Step four: Choose your meats from Pepperoni, Sausage, Meatball, Canadian Bacon, Bacon, or Chicken
Step five: Choose your vegetable toppings from Black Olives, Mushrooms, Red Onions, Green Peppers, Artichokes, Garlic, Pineapple, Jalapeños, Corn, Kalamata, Olives, Fresh Cilantro, Spinach, Banana Peppers, Fresh Basil, Grape Tomatoes, or Roasted Red Peppers.
Step 6: Wait impatiently for your pizza to be done in the wood-fired oven!


Photo Credit: Pieology

Apparently there are 78 billion pizza possibilities with the different topping choices they offer, but I always tend to get the same ones! Here’s how I create my Pieology pizza: I always choose house made white crust and top it with red sauce and mozzarella cheese. I usually skip the meats. For my fresh toppings, I like mushrooms, jalapenos, pineapples, and cilantro.

All their toppings taste fresh, cheese is always ooeey goeey, and their original white dough always creates a good crunchy thin crust pie. They also have a wheat dough and a thicker crust option which I look forward to trying soon.

Their salads are great as well. You can create your own, or try one of their signature ready made ones. I absolutely love their Classic Salad which has organic field greens, gorgonzola, all-natural chicken, dried cranberries, candied walnuts & is tossed in a light raspberry vinaigrette.

This location is clean and employees are usually helpful and friendly. Try to come at an off time to avoid a line. Plenty of seating inside, and limited seating outside so you can enjoy your pizza while its hot and fresh.

Tip: Join their e-club for coupons. You get an option of herb butter sticks or cinnamon sticks for free just by signing up 🙂

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Pieology Pizzeria
$ Pizza
1071 E 19th St
Upland, CA 91784


Specialty Pizza, Subs, and Salads from Z Pizza

Healthy and tasty specialty pizza- Yes please! Z Pizza claims to “turn ordinary flavors into extraordinary flavors by using only premium ingredients that are naturally better for you”.  Since this is a chain restaurant, I’ve tried several different locations. The Claremont Z Pizza is super close to my work, located in the Claremont Village and I find myself frequenting it every opportunity I get.

They have lunch specials which are perfect portions and are reasonably priced. I always get a pizza slice and side salad which is just the correct amount of food to fill you up, but not put you in a food coma during your lunch break. They also have subs and salads included in their lunch menu incase you don’t want pizza.

Recently I used the Claremont Z Pizza location to cater a very last minute work pizza party. Ordering was super convenient through Yelp. I ordered 11 pizzas at 10:30 am to be delivered at 11:45 am the very same day. They were delivered right on time and the associate making the delivery was super courteous. All the pizza pies had unique flavors and were delivered perfectly warm, crispy, fresh, and oozing with cheesy goodness.

Their specialty pizzas are unique and flavorful, and they are one of very few places that carry chicken sausage. I love that their menu is so expansive. They serve simple cheese pizzas along with pies that have fancy and gourmet ingredients equally well. They are also very well known for their vegan pizzas, though I’ve never tried them. If you are in  the mood for pizza, a sub, or a salad- Z pizza will not disappoint!

$$ Pizza, Vegan, Gluten-Free
520 W 1st St
Claremont, CA 91711
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