The 10 Best Restaurants In Alhambra, California

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9 February 2017
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Alhambra, California, is full of some of the most exciting dining options in the San Gabriel Valley, from seafood and ice cream to Asian cuisine. Here is a list of the ten best places to eat here, perhaps not all conventional restaurants, but all satisfyingly delicious.

Courtesy of The Boiling Crab.

The Boiling Crab

The Boiling Crab is the place to go to for fresh seafood in Alhambra. The warm, Southern hospitality and delicious food make it an inviting place to spend time with family and friends and enjoy crab, oysters, clams and crawfish. Each ‘catch’ is boiled in a Cajun blend of spices and customized with a selection of signature seasonings and spiciness levels. With two locations in Alhambra, a scrumptious seafood dinner is never too far away.

The Boiling Crab, 33 W Main Street, Alhambra, CA, USA, +1 626 300 5898

Fosselman’s Ice Cream Company

For a sweet treat on a sunny California day, stop by Fosselman’s Ice Cream Company. This family-owned, historical institution has been serving the Alhambra community since 1919 and offers a large selection of ice cream, sorbets, sherbets, and frozen yogurt with over 40 flavors. From traditional flavors to more exotic ones, such as lychee and coconut basil, all ice cream is hand-made, using the finest ingredients and no preservatives.

Fosselman’s Ice Cream Company, 1824 West Main Street, Alhambra, CA, USA, +1 626 282 6533

Rutsu 18

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Rutsu 18
Rutsu 18 | Courtesy of Ohana Brewing Company.
Rutsu 18 combines traditional Japanese cuisine with artisan flavors to create something new, yet familiar. The pan-Asian dishes served are representative of the many vibrant cultures in Alhambra. This restaurant offers a varied menu, including a good selection of sushi, noodles and rice bowls. Several of the menu items would not traditionally be offered in the same restaurant but Rutsu 18 makes it easy for everyone by having it all. The walls are covered in murals and pop-art which add to the enjoyment of this unusual dining experience.

Ohana Brewing Company Alhambra Tasting Room

Restaurant, American
Alhambra
Alhambra | © JeyOh/Wikicommons
The Ohana Brewing Company Alhambra Tasting Room is a beer restaurant, run by a craft brewery that strives to create unique and flavorful beers that put them a step above the competition. Only a couple of years old, the Ohana Brewing Company has established itself as part of the Alhambra community with the opening of its Alhambra Tasting Room. This unique spot offers a menu of samples of their local handcrafted beers. Visitors can try up to four 4-ounce tasters or opt for the larger takeaway cup fills.

Gen Korean BBQ House

Restaurant, Korean, $$$
At Gen Korean BBQ House guests order freshly prepared meats, vegetables and seafood from the friendly wait staff and then are able to watch it sizzle and grill right at their table. This unique cooking technique allows visitors to have an active role in the preparation of their meal. This elegant restaurant serves a variety of traditional Korean options such as spicy pork belly and premium beef tongue. The less-adventurous eaters will also find plenty of options on the menu, and there are also some good vegetarian options too.

Grill 'Em All Burgers

Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
Grill ‘Em All Burgers is an exciting 1980s hair metal band-themed burger restaurant. The burgers have fun names and involve unconventional combinations of ingredients just as unique and creative as the bands that inspired them. Try the ‘Dee Snider’ with peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon and sriracha or the ‘Napalm Death’ featuring pepperjack, pickled jalapenos, cream cheese, jalapeno poppers and habanero aioli. Chicken or veggie burgers can be substituted for any of the enticing options.

Charlie's Trio Cafe

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
38 Degrees Ale House & Grill
38 Degrees Ale House & Grill | © djjewelz/Flickr
Charlie’s Trio Café serves up delicious favorites such as pizza, pasta, ribs, seafood and roast chicken. The origins of this family-owned Italian restaurant date back to 1971. A lot has changed since then, but the dedication to delicious food and great service has not. Charlie’s Trio Café offers dining in, a sports bar, take out, and catering options, making it a great choice for any occasion.

38 Degrees Ale House & Grill

Alhambra has a taste for craft beers and you’ll find them at 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill. With 38 beers on tap, everyone will be sure to find something to tickle their taste buds no matter what their preference. 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill also offers a wide array of food options to pair with a pint. The menu includes options such as the roasted duck and waffles, vegan crispy tofu, the wonderfully named forbidden rice, and pork-cheek sandwich.

38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, 100 W Main Street, Alhambra, CA, USA, +1 626 282 2038

Twohey's Restaurant

Restaurant, American, $$$
Twohey’s Restaurant (pronounced 2EE’s) has been serving traditional American food for over seventy years. This fun, family-friendly restaurant is known for its award-winning bittersweet hot fudge sundaes and the ‘Stinko’ burger, which is topped only with pickles and onions. Opened in 1943, Twohey’s Restaurant has established itself as one of the best in the San Gabriel Valley. Delicious burgers, onion rings and curry clam chowder are just a few of the delectable dishes on the menu.

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