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Jul 19, 2006 10:24 PM

ISO the best orange chicken and chow mein

I have a friend whose birthday is coming up and he LOVES orange chicken and chow mein. What places would you recommend for this? Preferrable in the LAX, West LA area...but if its worth it, I am willing to drive a bit.
Oh, and the orange chicken is to be mildy spiced. He doesn't like Lotus Cuisine because there's is spicey. Of course, I am sure I could request it mild.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions :)

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  1. Goto the source for orange chicken ... PANDA EXPRESS.

    No joke. If they didn't invent the dish, they sure as hell popularized it for the hoi polloi.

    1. The best place on earth for orange chicken and chow mein is Frontier Wok in Burbank on Hollywood Way I believe.

      1. Try Genghis Cohen on Fairfax.

        1. Some of the best renditions of orange chicken are at the Chinese fast food places in the inner city. The very best I've ever had is at a place in the garment district called Lotus Chinese Dishes, 901 E. 12th St. Note, however, they close before dinnertime because of their location. A notch below, but still very good is a place called Glaze (sic) Donuts and Chinese Food, in South Central L.A.. The address is 5827 S. Figueroa St., essentially at the Slauson Ave. offramp to the Harbor Freeway. Both places make their orange chicken crunchy and sweet, and probably charge under $2 for an order.

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          1. re: Chandavkl

            actually, the op said the birthday boy doesn't like lotus because it's too spicy.

            now i ask...really, who doesn't like spicy? :)

          2. I have to be honest, Panda Express does the best if you get it immediately fresh. Otherwise, I love the orange chicken from China Lites on Laurel Canyon and Chandler in NoHo -- but a bit of a drive.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Sadly this is much the case. Also, you should grab a portion of Garlic Eggplant with Fried Tofu... this dish is darn tasty too. [Side note... my mother loves the Black Pepper Chicken, and if you ask nicely they'll do a new batch for you, even going light on oil and heavier or lighter on pepper.]