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RESTAURANT SPECIAL '98 | Chow Cheap

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In the Mood for a Square Meal or Just a Nosh? 25 Places That Hit the Spot

March 15, 1998

BREAKFAST

Beignets--Farmers Market can be a cool spot for breakfast. If you're not in the mood for Kokomo's thick, double-smoked bacon and scrambled eggs, try my favorite: a New Orleans-style breakfast of the Gumbo Pot's chicory-flavored coffee and an order of beignets, piping-hot puffs of fried dough showered in powdered sugar. It's not the French Quarter's Cafe du Monde, but it'll do, and quite nicely. The Gumbo Pot, Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (213) 933-0358. $1.63 for four.

--S. Irene Virbila

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Pancakes--Some of the best flapjacks can be found at Marston's, a modest restaurant in a converted house just north of Old Town Pasadena. If you ask, you can have a stack of light plain pancakes (they're not on the menu). But why not dig into blueberry pancakes made with wild Maine berries? Or court sheer bliss with macadamia pancakes, the nuts cooked in the cakes and strewn lavishly on top. There are also hearty and virtuous seven-grain pancakes topped with seasonal fresh fruit--bananas and strawberries, mostly, but sometimes raspberries. Marston's, 151 E. Walnut St., Pasadena; (626) 796-2459. $5.50 to $7.95.

--Michelle Huneven

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Steel-Cut Oatmeal--Nothing starts the day better than a bowl of McCann's Irish steel-cut oatmeal, simmered slowly on the stove until the oats are creamy yet chewy, then served with a jolt of cream and a touch of brown sugar. At John O'Groats, justifiably famous for its fluffy baking-powder biscuits and substantial morning fare, you can also order your oatmeal with milk (low- or nonfat) and add blueberries, bananas, strawberries, even pecans and raisins. John O'Groats, 10516 Pico Blvd., Rancho Park; (310) 204-0692. $4 plain; $5 with fruit.

--S.I.V.

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Torta de Huevo--Taco Mesa makes a great Mexican breakfast, where you can have fresh-ground coffee laced with cinnamon, fresh-squeezed juices with all the pulp and a killer egg sandwich. The torta de huevo is lightly scrambled eggs garnished with avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and a smoky chipotle pepper mayo, all on a yeasty hard roll still warm from the oven. Taco Mesa, 647 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (714) 642-0629; 22922 Los Alisos Blvd., Mission Viejo, (714) 472-3144; and 3533 E. Chapman Blvd., Orange, (714) 633-3922. $2.99.

--Max Jacobson

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Vietnamese Coffee & French Crullers--The food court in Little Saigon's Asian Garden Mall is a world of lively colors and tantalizing aromas. For a cross-cultural breakfast experience,check out the stall named Hien Vuon Phuoc Loc Tho and order strong, sweet filter coffee with condensed milk and the delicious fried crullers rolled in sesame seeds. Hien Vuon Phuoc Loc Tho, 9200 Bolsa Ave., #301, Westminster; (714) 897-4330. Filter coffee, $1; crullers, $1 for four.

--M.J.

LUNCH

Bakra--Much of the Southland's finest Indian food is served in dhabas, little cafes specializing in snacks and home-cooked meals. Diners flock to Ambala Dhaba for its great tandoori breads, exotic kulfi ice creams and particularly its bakra, or tender curried goat. The gamy, spicy stew comes with basmati rice, lentils, naan (bread) and great homemade chutney. Ambala Dhaba, 18413 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia; (562) 402-7990. $4.

--M.J.

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Barbecue Spaghetti--A barbecue restaurant on a street named Western? Sounds like a natural until you see the menu's odd combo: Texas and Tennessee 'cue (plus Louisiana-style sausages). The Texas influence is easy to recognize; Tennessee contributes spaghetti in a blend of marinara sauce and a vinegary homemade barbecue sauce. Talk of the Town, 3682 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles; (213) 732-1214. $4.50.

--Charles Perry

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Jerk Chicken Ravioli--Limbo, a cheerful joint done in tropical colors, serves more fusion food than its sister restaurant, Mobay. Still, one of its best dishes comes directly from its Jamaican roots--jerk chicken ravioli. The tangy mango chutney sauce may not prepare you for the spicy chicken, so brace yourself for a blast of Caribbean heat. Limbo, 8338 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (213) 866-8258. $8.

--C.P.

Sicilian-style Pizzas--Not many Southern California restaurants fly the Sicilian flag, but La Fornaretta does so, and proudly. It makes great pizzas with yeasty, medium-thick crusts, good mozzarella, lively homemade tomato sauce and 20 toppings, from dal bosco (mushrooms) to finocchietto (fennel). La Fornaretta Authentic Sicilian Restaurant and Pizzeria, 39 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (626) 585-9088. $7.95 to $12.50.

--C.P.

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Wonton Soup--Shun Shing B.B.Q. may serve first-rate suckling pig, but its biggest draw is a hearty bowl of Hong Kong-style wonton noodle soup. You get a rich, briny broth packed with squiggly noodles, pork- and shrimp-stuffed wontons and plenty of Chinese broccoli. At less than $2, who can afford to eat at home? Shun Shing B.B.Q., 288 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; (626) 284-7881. $1.88.

--M.J.

SNACK

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