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which dim sum?

so i usually go to ocean star. i want to find a place that has the cha siu bao's that are good and steamed, as well as baked. i've read a few places that are "higher class" then ocean star, but i dont know if they have the cart service. please help me out!!! i want nice, i honestly dont care about service, (i dont expect much anyway) and i want carts and good food!

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  1. oh!!!! and i am in so pas, so somewhere not soooo far!?

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    1. re: caitybirdie

      Empress Pavillion....you couldn't be more than 8 miles from there on the 110 freeway. Maybe the same distance to Lee's Sandwiches in Alhambra?

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      1. Empress Harbor in Monterey Park (right next to Ocean Star) is a great choice.

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          1. re: caitybirdie

            Empress Harbor has good baked bao, but overall their dim sum is not as good as Ocean Star (in terms of variety, quality and value). It is a nicer, 'classier' experience, but I actually enjoy the crowds at Ocean Star.

        1. yeah i dont mind the crowd, i just wanted to see if there's something else out there like ocean star.

          1. How about 888? It's the same idea as Ocean Star, but I find Ocean Star a little bit... well... run-down. It's on Valley Boulevard between Delta and Walnut Grove -- and from experience I can tell you it's not more than about a 20-minute drive from South Pas.

            And if you don't like it, you can just pop three doors down to Banh Mi Che Cali and get Vietnamese sandwiches that put Lee's Sandwiches to shame.

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              thanks sooooooo much!!!!!!!!! i am going with my sunday dim sum people!!!

              1. re: caitybirdie

                It isn't fancy, by any stretch -- but it's nicer than Ocean Star.

              2. re: Das Ubergeek

                Ubergeek,

                How does the variety at 888 compare to Ocean Star?

                I've been meaning to give 888 a try, but my car always follows the same wornout trail to Ocean Star.

                1. re: ozzygee

                  The same to slightly better. The best variety I've seen is at NBC, though.

                  1. re: ozzygee

                    I personally think 888 has better dim sum. The last time I was there, the specialty items didn't come out until about 10 AM. By that time, the restaurant was nearly full, but there was still room. Here's a mini-review:

                    http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/ch...

                  2. re: Das Ubergeek

                    888 is really good. Some of the dumpling dough falls apart too easily but overall really good dimsum. And well priced too.
                    They don't have pricing placards on the tables which is a little unusual.