Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Casa Del Rey

When Life Gives You Limes, Make Margaritas
~~Jimmy Buffett

When I was growing up, we went to the Casa Del Rey in Temple City all the time.  Imagine my sadness-followed-by-euphoria a few years ago when I found out that, while the Pepper Tree Grille on Baldwin had closed (sniff-sniff...), it would be replaced by a Casa Del Rey (hooray!).  Quite the consolation prize, I can tell you! 

As far as I recall, the restaurant that was in this space when I first moved here was the Sandwich Stop.  Does anyone local remember that place??? Ahhh - the sandwiches... the pitchers of beer...  I think they were even the originators of the Chicken Bowl, which Pepper Tree continued to sell until they closed.  But!  I must finish this ramble, and get to the point.  What is the point??

Raspberry Mango Margarita, pictured above. 
I believe that is all for today.



18 comments:

  1. oh yum, and i can also inhale those chips and salsa! my weakness!

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  2. I could easily gulp down every single thing in this photo - yum! I'm ready for lunch now :)

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  3. No, Adele, I don't remember the Sandwich Stop. And I almost don't remember what a Margarita taste like :). Not much choice here for one of my favourite drinks. Lovely photograph. The scene is certainly set!

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    1. Oh... So we've finally found a downside of being in the UK!

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  4. I could go for one of those right now.

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  5. "When I was growing up, we went to the Casa Del Rey in Temple City all the time."

    I have absolutely no recollection of that place. Couldn't even tell you where it was. Did we grow up together?

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    1. It's on Las Tunas. I think I first went with my little blonde friend on the next street. Her family went to dinner weekly, and sometimes I went. I did go with mom, too, though. I believe we've already established we had different parents! :-) But perhaps I exaggerated a bit with "all the time." Please do not alert the Blog Police.

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  6. One of my all time favorites! Right next door to my mom's beauty shop :-)

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    1. I didn't know that's where her beauty shop was! Love that restaurant. Last time I was there, I went with my mom and dad. Not long before he went to live in his New Place! :)

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  7. I didn't know you grew up here. Somehow I had the impression you were an English transplant.

    Do you remember El Gordo's on Las Tunas with the wonky east coast sea chanty type mural on the side? It was owned by my moms cousin. Yes, about the Temple City joint - had no idea these two were related. It's like that nearby Italian restaurant Mama Patrillos. One on Las Tunas and the other one on Valley or Garvey

    btw: the best chips

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    1. You know, I can see why you had that impression. I often say "when I moved here," and such. By "here" I mean Sierra Madre, not the West Coast of the U.S. I actually grew up down the road, in Rosemead (we were Temple City Adjacent!). But, somehow, I never even heard of Sierra Madre until I was in my 20's and started going to The Sunset to see Preston Smith and the Crocodiles. Then I got a job here in the 80's and was in love.

      I do remember El Gordo's! So cool that you're related to them. Interesting about the mini-chains owned by families. We went to Casa a lot, but not Petrillos. We were more of a DiPilla's family! :)

      Oh yes - the chips!!

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  8. El Gordo was interesting. Had this weird east coast vibe inside. That super thick marine varnish atop the bar with all sorts of racing ephemera under it. I'd kill to have some photos of it because it was so unique. Unfortunately it's pre digital age or I'm sure it would have ended up on a few blogs.

    My mom's closest sibling married an Italian fellow she met at the Moonlight Roller rink. Used to be lots of Italians in El Monte and that connection made Petrillos a regular stop.

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    1. We'll have to keep an eye out. It's bound to pop up somewhere, as people get better and faster scanners. (I just bought one!)

      That makes sense. Interesting that she met him at the roller rink. I didn't know that about Italians in El Monte. We ended up at DiPilla's because it was right in downtown Rosemead, and the kids all went to school with us.

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