Note to Gordon Ramsay: Readers Detail Problems at Monrovia Restaurant

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will film his show "Kitchen Nightmares" at Monrovia's Sam's Kabob Room, and readers posted their criticism of the local mediterranean restaurant on Patch in advance of the show's arrival.

Monrovia Patch readers have spoken, and the consensus is that is sorely in need of the .

Here's what readers had to say about the restaurant, where Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" show will be filmed starting July 13:

Linda Moca wrote: How exciting! What a fabulous opportunity for the owners! Those dirty pink table clothes, that have been there since the beginning of time, really got to go!

Monique wrote: We have been to this place once and I even made a comment "I think this place needs to be on an episode of "Restaurant Impossible"!" and we never went back. The place smelled musty, it was old, dingy, dark and very dirty. Even the cloth napkins stunk, the tablecloth was stained. The whole place was just very unappealing on many different levels.

Janie Duncan wrote: The place really needs a makeover. Their canopy they is used for outdoor events is disgusting. I will give it a try again after the makeover and see it it really has changed. I do try to support Monrovia businesses. Let's give Sam a chance!

Judy wrote: I hope Gordon doesn't make it hip and trendy. The evenings with music and belly dancing are fun and reasonably priced. And don't change the gyro sandwich!

Taishcha Simon wrote: The last time I was there was probably the last time I would be going there: I was served a plate of chicken that was flavored with Lemon Pledge furniture polish and made my mouth feel like it had been coated with wax, pita that was more like a type of shingle than a bread, hummus that was nothing more than pureed garbanzo beans; no spices & no olive oil, and tabbouleh that had annoyingly rock-hard bits of under-cooked cracked wheat that made me feel like I was eating sand. For dessert I had baklava that had been kept in the same compartment as stinky chopped onions and had absorbed the flavor of the onions. The only thing that tasted right was the Coke I had, but luckily they didn't make that.

Mitchell Miller wrote: I went in there once with a friend and left because these two kids were playing call of duty on the TV inside while we were trying to order our food.

Vanessa Gee wrote: These comments are horrible. I have been there SO many times and loved every moment in there. The family is so caring and always wants to get your order right. I feel very comfortable there. And the food is great! The Greek salad is amazing along with the chicken sandwich. It is a very unique restaurant with great service and delicious food.

Lara Leavitt wrote: My husband and I ate here once, and never returned. Hopefully Gordon can really turn this place around - it needs it!

IDA-RED July 05, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I've only been there once but actually enjoyed the food and the service was fine. I often wondered why it was always so empty. Hopefully Gordon will be able to help if he's not too obnoxious and rude. Good luck Sam!!
Jennifer Overhoff July 05, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Aesthetics mean a lot. They may well be intended and the food may be ok- heck- they have lasted forever....but the place looks rat infested. When you run your hands across the table cloth and then you need to wash them- its time to go elsewhere. Too many good places in Monrovia now to have this sad looking place not get a sprucing.
Ronie July 11, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Last year we went in for lunch. The food was okay. As mentioned the decor is out of date and the place felt dirty. My toddler started screeching when she saw a cockroach running around near our table. The waitress saw it but was waiting on someone else and trying to ignore it. I kept shushing my child. It was awful. That was the one and only time we went in. Hopefully the show will help the owners reinvent the place into something magnificent.
R Terry July 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I think that reinvention will require new owners. Don't you think that after hearing these complaints they would be doing simple improvements on their own? I wonder what the health department has to say. I would not trust the kitchen if what you see is so bad.
Danny Bell July 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I never felt the it had the ambiance of a Mediteranian restaurant and the food seemed like fast food not chef cooked to order. Danny Bell Monrovia, Ca


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