We’re going a little more upscale this time in our series on good-value dining in the SG Valley for recession-battered locals. Lobster is never cheap, but sometimes an occasion demands lobster, and if the budget doesn’t allow for the Palm, head for Newport Seafood in San Gabriel. Recently relocated from a small, grungier spot into a large and bright former coffee shop, Newport is handsome enough to attract business lunchers by day and upscale celebrators by night. And because the house specialties are four- to six-pound lobsters, as well as crab and aptly named elephant clams, this is a place for celebrating. Don’t bother with the rather glutinous hot and sour soup, and don’t feel compelled to try the Vietnamese dishes; just stick with the lobster, clams and excellent vegetables (especially the pea sprouts), and you’ll have a memorable lobster dinner for about $25 a head.
518 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, 626.289.5998, newportseafood.com. L & D daily. Chinese/Vietnamese/seafood. Beer & wine. MC, V. $ – $$$