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Dying for Great Chinese Delivery - Hollywood/Highland

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I'm new to this neighborhood but have been playing around here for years, and I've noticed that I can't seem to find any truly great Chinese delivery. Yeah, there's Zou's or Zood's or whatever it is, but... well, it doesn't inspire cravings for hot salty-sweet crunchy soft Chinese anything. Is it me, or is it the area?

I'm also looking for decent Thai--I know Thai Town is super-close, but I'd love to have a recommendation or ten.

Thanks, Chowhounds

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  1. There is no good Chinese in Hollywood. The closest decent place (and I don't think they deliver) is BBQ Unlimited #2 on Melrose near the 101. For real Chinese food you need to go to the SGV.

    As for Thai, Sanamluang and Kruang Tedd do it for me. I always eat at the mini-Thai Town in North Hollywood, so I don't know Thai Town very well at all... but in NoHo, you have the Wat Thai (weekend lunch only), Swan, Sunshine, Sri Siam, Cha Chaa, Bua Siam, Sanamluang, Krua and Khun Dang all within about half a mile of each other, and all great.

    1. "There is no good Chinese in Hollywood."

      I am crying into my keyboard as I type this.

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      1. re: Zool

        It's a constant source of sorrow for people on this board. The Valley and the Westside aren't much better -- it's astonishing, it'd be like living in Manhattan and having to go to Astoria for decent Chinese food -- sure, as a 'hound you'd do it, but not on a Thursday after you've worked ten or eleven hours and just want your food to meet you at your apartment.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          That's depressing. I recently moved to Westwood and was about to ask about Chinese delivery on this side of town. Is it really that bad here, too? Geez, there's even a Yang Chow in Woodland Hills, if you don't picking up.

          1. re: Hunter

            There there, you aren't totally out of luck. In Westwood, you have Noodle Planet and they do pretty darned well at Chinese and Vietnamese even though they are mostly Thai. We eat there a couple of times a month and get cravings for certain things. The Chinese style soups with rice/egg noodles and wontons are very tasty. I know from personal observation that they do it right, complete with soup made from all parts of a chicken. Honestly, I don't think we've had anything there that we didn't like.

            But they do NOT deliver---you will have to pick up.

            In general, aside from Noodle Planet in Westwood and BBQ#2 on Melrose, I concurr fully with Das Ubergeek: there is NO Chinese on the Westside, ie beyond Chinatown.

            The one caveat is, as I have been told, if you know one of the people who run a Chinese restaurant on the Westside [like really know], they will make you real Chinese food if you ask. Real as in NOT for white guys. We go to a Saturday Chinese school on the Westside and Chinese people we know told us that this can be done. And my husband has attended dinners on the West side in Chinese restaurants in connection with our school where they served real Chinese. But in general, it appears that no one running a Chinese restaurant on the West side of LA sees any reason to "waste" good food on the general populace. Sorry.

            1. re: jenn

              With all the condos along Wilshire and more going up all the time, sounds like there's a good opportunity here for someone. Chinese delivery is a way-of-life in NYC.

              1. re: jenn

                There's a couple of seafood restaurants that don't totally suck -- Jin Jiang is one of them, can't remember the name of the other one since I haven't lived on the Westside in years, but it's on Wilshire and Stanford in the People's Republic. Neither delivers.

                The general opinion of the board (replying to Hunter, since the 5-deep thread limit was reached) is that great Chinese food happens where Chinese people live -- which is not the Westside or Hollywood. Thus, I don't know that the fancy high-rise condos happening on Wilshire will ever beget good Chinese food, delivered or not. NYC Chinese is really its own beast, which isn't even close to be replicated here in LA (the closest I've come is Joy Feast in Burbank, and even that's a far cry -- but the egg rolls are closer than anywhere else in the city I've tried).

                Delivery is also an institution in New York that hasn't made such huge inroads here in LA. Yes, many places deliver but it's fairly easy to get to places, park and eat in here in LA (compared to New York).

                You'd think there'd be great Chinese near Pico/Robertson, but there's just not.

            2. re: Das Ubergeek

              No it's like living in manhattan and having to go to Astoria for decent greek food which you have to do.
              and incidentally, last time i was n manhattan (two months ago) the only seriously decent chinese food i came near was in flushing. there's very little in manhattan - except maybe east broadway for fujian stuff.
              if you like noodles and stuff consider mario's or any of a number of peruvian places that will do tallerin of noodles or chaufu (their version of chaofan - fried rice). my chinese friends who live in the area love it and substitute it for driving way east.
              you're in a new place - here's something new. sorry there isn't great take out here.

          2. There are some good places in Northridge. I used to go to a place called ABC Seafood which had some really good fish dishes and a great pea shoots dish.

            In Burbank it's pretty dismal. Some good green beans from Yen Ching. That's about it.

            1. Also on Melrose, near the 101 (4620 Melrose) is a decent Thai place called Prael. They're very good with the simple dishes -- I especially like the duck noodle soup. They also serve a dense, meat-stuffed spring-roll type thing called hoy cho that I like.

              1. Back to the Westwide:Tried a place on Westwood Blvd called Hong Kong tonite cuz it delivers. Kung pao crap.

                1. There is a Chinese restaurant on Sawtelle in the little mini-mall, down from Hurry Curry, west side of street, north of Olympic. It'll do in a pinch. Kinda the best of the worst.

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                  1. re: Sandra W

                    That's Little Hong Kong Cafe. It's one of about three acceptable Chinese places on the Westside (note that acceptable != good)

                  2. Apparently, I have been so spoiled. I used to live in Downey, about two blocks from the best little sit-down family-fun Chinese place on Downey Ave. I think it's called Peking Express? Can never remember the name, only that it's on Downey Ave. Stellar hot & sour soup, and a seafood soup with noodles that would sear your lungs. I can't believe there's nothing even close up here. That Zou's place on Sunset is just...depressing. Almost as depressing as this thread. : (

                    1. don't remember the name, but there's a chinese place in the mini-mall on sunset blvd at laurel ave (same mini-mall that guacho grill is in) that delivers and is pretty good.

                      THAI DELIVERY: Pattaya Bay is really good, cheap prices, delivers, takes credit cards and is open late 7 days a week.

                      Pattaya Bay
                      1727 N. Vermont, 90027

                      1. Consider as well, thai-chinese places along hollywood just east of western. some of them will be quite good and reasonable.

                        1. There's a great place on the corner of Hollywood and La Brea...tucked into a small minimall. Called Le Manderette. Only take out and delivery. Best chinese in this area.

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                          1. re: MrStomach

                            I don't doubt that it's the best Chinese place in the area, since it's just about the only one around there. (Well, there is Kung Pao Kitty, absolutely the worst Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles, a few blocks east on Hollywood.) But Le Manderette is highly Americanized, and as such would not be seriously considered by many of the posters on this thread.

                            1. re: Chandavkl

                              In this area, which is my neighborhood, there are other takeouts but Manderette is the best. We're not talking about best Chinese takeout in LA or California, just in Hollywood.

                          2. the absolute BEST thai in the area is Tangy Thai 2... a little hole in the wall, but very fast delivery and it's just as good or better than the great places in NYC. I order at least twice a week

                            1. It's not the best but I love to order from The Green Tea House on Sunset. Free delivery and they always show up in 30 minutes.

                              1. Oh and I love Bulan (thai) it's all vegetarian, no refined sugar, etc. They have free delivery and offer a discount if you pay with cash. There is one on Melrose and one in Silverlake. The curries and pumpkin rice are so yummy (and healthy too).