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Restaurant Review: Finding the best takeout in town

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Deja Goode
Arts Editor

Since the start of the pandemic, I have done plenty of exploring to find the best local takeout restaurants in the La Verne area. Indoor dining is currently closed due to COVID-19, and outdoor dining is also off the table again in Los Angeles County, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to enjoy a quality meal. The area offers a wide selection, and for the most part, there hasn’t been a single restaurant that has disappointed. However, there are restaurants that outshined others and these are my favorites.

The Poke Co. & Wings in San Dimas is the ideal place for fish and wing lovers. Not only is it a healthier option, but it is customized top to bottom to your liking. The wings come in a wide assortment of flavors from extremely fiery buffalo wings to a tasty lemon pepper flavor. Their poke bowls are set up with a rice base, or salad to fit any dietary restrictions, and finished with proteins. The restaurant provides a wide variety of protein including scallops, spicy tuna, salmon, albacore, and more. Their house sauce is so full of flavor and brings everything together seamlessly.

The restaurant is located at 1046 W. Gladstone St. in San Dimas and takes online orders at thepokeco.com.

Don Baja Grill is a hidden gem in The Commons at La Verne. It is not your typical taco place as their daily specials and house-made horchata make them a prime contender in the art of Mexican cuisine. My personal favorite is their fish tacos. The fish is fried to crispy, golden perfection and topped off with cabbage and Mexican crema. Be sure to add their house-made green salsa. Don Baja Grill also serves burritos, quesadillas, and an assortment of juices.

The restaurant is located at 1524 Foothill Blvd. in La Verne and can be found online at their website.

Quality Salvadorian food is hard to find when you don’t know where to look. Luckily, Cafe Las Pupusas Dining & Brews in San Dimas gives the best taste of Salvadorian food. This restaurant is known for its pupusas. My favorites are the pork, bean, and cheese pupusas with a side of sour cream and green salsa. The combo plate comes with a side of beans and rice and is ideal if you have a large appetite. Otherwise, the pupusas are very filling.

Cafe Las Pupusas Dining & Brews can be found at 380 S. San Dimas Ave., Suite 102, in San Dimas and at cafelaspupusas.com.

Hilltop Jamaican Market brings the essence of the Caribbean right in Pomona. Their menu is filled with traditional Jamaican dishes, including jerk chicken and curry chicken. The best dish to order is beef short ribs dinner. This tasty takeout plate includes short beef ribs well-seasoned and slowly cooked in thick brown gravy to its tender goodness. This particular restaurant is pricey, but the quality is worth it.

Hilltop is located at 1061 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona and at hilltopsjamaican.com.

Kosmos Burgers offers all the traditional American food we all know and love. From burgers to chicken tender plates, you can never go wrong with their menu. The prices are extremely affordable and have a beautiful 1950s style interior design which will be safe to enjoy post-pandemic. However, the restaurant always has a line circling around the corner due to the high demand of their milkshakes and malts. Kosmos has a wide variety of flavors. I am a mint chocolate lover, so my ideal shake is the mint chocolate malt shake with whipped cream and Oreo crumbles on top. Their most popular shake is the Oreo malt shake.

Kosmos Burgers is at 416 E. Foothill Blvd. in San Dimas and is worth every cent.

All of these local restaurants allow customers to call ahead and order their meals to accommodate the county’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. They also accept orders online through their websites or through popular delivery apps.

Deja Goode can be reached at deja.goode@laverne.edu.

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