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JR's is now Hop Li Seafood

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ZoeZ Oct 2, 2006 07:55 PM

Passed by the old JR's last night and saw a big sign 'Hop Li Seafood' - hope they hired the old chef from the Marina location which closed this past year - his walnut shrimp was the stuff to leave home for. Don't care for the location on Pico - so much grease and a room that looks like my old boarding school dining room - too big, too plasticy and too well lit.

Hop Li Seafood, formerly JR's
SM blvd east of Bundy
WLA

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    Barbara Ladden Mar 2, 2007 10:57 PM

    Liked J. R.'s better than Hop Li. Went to Hop Li 3 times and it's ok. They do have hard to find Egg Foo Yung on the dinner menu and they'll make it for lunch. The pork with spicy salt isn't as good was J. R.'s. The manager was at Monkee's in Chinatown, now closed. Last time at Hop Li, they couldn't make a pot of tea because they didn't have 1 tea bag. They had to run over to their Pico location for tea bags.

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      BabyLitigator Oct 3, 2006 04:07 AM

      Went both shortly before and after the change, and didn't notice a significant change in the food. I agree with the poster that called it a more a makeover than anything. For the Westside, it's good chinese. I particularly liked the cured meats fried rice.

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        Hackenbush Oct 3, 2006 02:25 AM

        I stopped going to the old JR's because the service was so poor. I always got the feeling that the staff had better things to do than wait tables and we were annoying them by asking them to get us food.

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          Mateo R Oct 2, 2006 11:49 PM

          We went last week and they had a new menu and a renovated interior but it's the same staff. The food was similar, but my favorite- the pan fried whole sole fish is not on the menu. They still have it though and I tried it. it was overcooked and too crispy. My overall impression is that it is more of a makeover than a real change, but maybe more changes are in store. I liked the old JR's so I will continue to go.

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            Mateo R Mar 2, 2007 09:21 AM

            I have been back a few times and it has changed for the worse. it's off my list.

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              SoCalMuncher Mar 2, 2007 01:06 PM

              Sad to hear it, as I thought it was the best Chinese on the westside....
              What's recommended, now?

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                bulavinaka Mar 2, 2007 07:09 PM

                Hop Woo - south side of Olympic, west of Sepulveda... it ain't SGV, but the Westside ain't SGV either... it's good basic Cantonese with BBQ as well. If you eat there, the portions are generous, and the dining room is decent. Parking can be tight in the strip mall, so park on the side street.

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            Alex250 Oct 2, 2006 11:06 PM

            I had take out from there last week, and all dishes were excellent. The hostess said that they restaurant opened on Sept. 1.

            1. wilafur Oct 2, 2006 08:18 PM

              i am eagerly awaiting their grand opening as i am hoping it will turn out to be a decent chinese joint within walking distance from my house (or heck, anywhere on the westside). :D

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