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Food Court: New eatery features Asian American fare

Spooners, located on D Street in Old Town La Verne, has replaced the former Angel’s Place restaurant, previously in the same location. Spooners, which features Asian-American cuisine, offers breakfast, lunch and early dinner options. / photo by Ryan Gann

Spooners, located on D Street in Old Town La Verne, has replaced the former Angel’s Place restaurant, previously in the same location. Spooners, which features Asian-American cuisine, offers breakfast, lunch and early dinner options. / photo by Ryan Gann

Clo Hidalgo
Staff Writer

The relatively new Asian-American restaurant in downtown La Verne, Spooners, has begun to catch on with the hungry stomachs of ULV and community members.

The family-owned restaurant has become a popular hangout for students at the University of La Verne.

Spooners, which opened last fall, features friendly service and a laid back atmosphere.

Around noon the restaurant gets busy, still the waiters seem to manage it well, providing speedy service.

When customers order meals such as Kung Pao chicken and the jumbo shrimp basket, their food is delivered to them within a couple of minutes.

Freshmen Jolene Nacapui, a communications major, and Laura Vargas, a biology major, have been going to Spooners for a couple of months already and have recommended the restaurant to their friends because prices are reasonable and the food tastes good.

One of Vargas’ favorite meals is the ramen noodle soup.

“It’s not like the typical ramen noodle soup,” Vargas said. “It has cabbage, carrots and it has noodles.”

Ryong and Grace Seo, owners of Spooners, opened the restaurant on Sept 1, 2012, after months of searching for an ideal place for their new business.

Ryong Seo said the reason he chose La Verne was because he knew opening an Asian-American restaurant would attract a lot of customers especially the Asian community, since there are many Asian in La Verne and surrounding communities.

Seo has cooked for 30 years and learned how to make different cuisines from other cooks.

“We enjoy Asian food,” Seo said. “I like to cook American food and Asian such as Korean and Japanese.”

The menu includes different types of dishes, some more familiar than others.

The prices range from $2.95 for a bowl of miso soup to $20.95 for a rib eye steak dish which includes salad, garlic bread and an option of baked potato or home style potatoes.

Spooners offers hamburgers for $5.45, served with a side of fries. And if the customer is craving for a fancier type of hamburger, he or she can order a cowboy hamburger that includes pepperoni with American and Swiss cheese for $7.95.

Veronica Pallan, a waitress working for five months at Spooners, recommends the house fried rice because the combination of the chicken, beef and shrimp mixed with the vegetables makes the flavors even richer.

The plate is $9.95 and for $2 more, the customer can add brown rice instead of white rice.

The restaurant’s most popular dessert is fried ice cream, which is vanilla ice cream covered in a layer of fried dough, almonds, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Spooners is open from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.

Clo Hidalgo can be reachedat clotilde.hidalgo@laverne.edu.

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