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Mandarin Deli in Chinatown---adeui!

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jenn Feb 15, 2007 01:32 PM

Went to Wing Hop Fung Saturday night to pick up some decorations for Lunar New Year. To my great dismay---I have jury duty in another week---our long time family favorite, Mandarin Deli, had bit the dust. The space was in the process of being ripped out so I guess they didn't leave yesterday but perhaps the end of January.

Boo hoo RATS said the elder pup.

Poor Kid! This is the third of his favorite restaurants he has lost in the last six months starting with the demise of Homestyle on Valley followed by the departure of Sam Woos from the 99 Ranch mall and now this.

Did anyone see this coming? Do you have a tale of the later days? My spouse tells me he felt Mandarin Deli was declining and that perhaps the kids just didn't want to be in the business. I have to say, the quality of the last scallion pancakes was lacking [too oily in a not good way and decidedly overcooked] though the fish dumplings remained delightful.

What is the designated successor? Sadly, I feel a shortage of good northern style chinese coming my way. We tried a place called "Mamas" on Garvey last night but it just wasn't up to the traditional Mandarin Deli standard nor was it nearly as nice as Homestyle [special house fried noodles interesting with rice noodles and mixture of veg but oily, zhajiangmien a bit spicy in a nice way, dumplings w/ thick wrapper but not enough salt in the filling so difficult to determine which flavor was which].

Not to mention, where the heck I'm going to eat for jury duty? Worse yet, I have a cold and am in dire need of soup. Some of my favorite sick soup came from Mandarin deli--the beef with spinach and slightly spicy broth and homemade noodles.

Rats.

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    WHills Feb 15, 2007 01:56 PM

    There is still a Mandarin Deli location in Northridge, Temple City, and the original off of Garvey/Atlantic in Monterey Park.

    Dumpling House in Rosemead on Rosemead Blvd/Las Tunas is equally good if not better in the beef noodle soup, scallion pancake and fish dumpling category. Potsticker are fried and not so good.

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    1. re: WHills
      raytamsgv Feb 15, 2007 04:32 PM

      I personally prefer Dumpling House on Rosemead. Their deep-fried potstickers are good, but their steamed ones are better. Their fish dumplings are also very tasty. I think their noodle soups are better, too.

      Here is some information about these two restaurants and a couple of other ones that might interest you as well:
      http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/ch...

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      torty Feb 15, 2007 03:38 PM

      Well that sucks! Last there in May of 2006 and itseemed empty- 3 tables occupied and all by caucasians. Will eagerly keep ears open for a good alternative when shopping in C-Town. I agree the spicy hand cut noodle soup was really nice.

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        Barbara Ladden Feb 15, 2007 10:44 PM

        Is everybody talking about the Mandarin Deli on Broadway in L. A.'s Chinatown? O NO!! We've been going there for years for their great vegetable won ton noodle soup and pan fried meat dumplings. First the Mandarin Deli on 2nd St. in Little Tokyo closed, and now the one on Broadway. Really? This is sad. We don't even know how to get to the SGV.

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        1. re: Barbara Ladden
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          sel Feb 16, 2007 10:37 AM

          There was a time that I didn't know how to get to the SGV either. But J. Gold and later CH persuaded me to open up my Thomas Bros. Map and I so glad that I did. Then I bought a car with GPS, I just plug in the addresses and end up at great chow in new areas! My advice to all 'Westside centric' hounds is to expand your geographic horizions, you will find new and often great chow that does not exist on 'The Westside'!!!

          1. re: Barbara Ladden
            raytamsgv Feb 16, 2007 12:06 PM

            1. Take 10 East.
            2. Exit Rosemead Blvd. Offramps in this part of the SGV often split into two sub-offramps: south and north. Ignore the first one, which is south. Go to the second one, which is north (probably says "Pasadena").
            3. Go north a few miles.
            4. Make a right on Las Tunas.
            5. Go about six blocks. It will be to your left side on the corner of Primrose and Las Tunas.

            Here's some more info:
            Mandarin Deli
            9537 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City 626-309-4318
            http://maps.yahoo.com/index.php#gid1=...

            1. re: raytamsgv
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              KIYOSHI Mar 3, 2007 06:30 PM

              I used to eat at the Montery Park location - the famous green & orange building ...
              After they remodeled the food started tasting different ... " similar but a liitle off "

              Friends told me that a Mandarin Deli opened in Temple City .. I had to try it out!!!

              To my surprise it was the original owners from Monterey Park - same cook too!!!

              The taste was the same that I fell in love with years ago ...

              My friends and I actually just had lunch there today ....
              I knew we were going to be in for a wait but it was totally worth it ...

              - Beef Stew noodle soup w/ homemade noodles
              - Noodle with Bean sauce
              - Pan Fried meat dumplings
              - Onion Pancake
              - Boiled meat dumplings
              - Tofu Salad

              Sorry to hear about Chinatown location closing .. I had my first fried dumpling there!
              The Temple City location is the best out of the remaining MD's!!!!

          2. Gohantabeyoka Feb 15, 2007 11:29 PM

            I hate the term "potsticker." It seems so.... Enchirito to me.

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              slacker Feb 16, 2007 10:25 AM

              BOO! I used to go there all the time and it was almost always filled to capacity. Last I was there was probably six months ago, but it seemed to still be going strong then. Now I'll have to trek a little further to get my fix of spicy beef stew noodle soup. BOO!

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                chowmominLA Feb 16, 2007 01:06 PM

                They must have closed within the last week. I was at Babita for lunch today and was chatting about restaurants with the couple at the table next to mine. When the woman was raving about Mandarin Deli I remembered glancing at this thread just yesterday and broke the bad news to her. At first they didn't believe me because they had just been there a week ago, and that it must be another location that closed. I said I was fairly certain it was the Chinatown location, and that it just happened. I think I ruined their Babita lunch with the bad news!

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                  tarabell Feb 16, 2007 02:12 PM

                  Isn't there another branch on 2nd St near downtown?

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                    chowmominLA Feb 16, 2007 02:35 PM

                    If you're talking about the Little Tokyo location, as Barbara Ladden pointed out above, that's gone.

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                    di4cats Mar 3, 2007 01:09 PM

                    This sucks bigtime! We've been traveling to MD for years, all the way from Redondo Beach! Maybe we could all finance a MD in a more central area. Food this good shouldn't just fade away. We also love the spicy beef noodle soup with handmade noodles, as well as the pork potstickers, the seaweed salad, and the spicy soup with chili.

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                    1. re: di4cats
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                      sel Mar 3, 2007 02:03 PM

                      Well at least there is still one in Northridge which will hopefully not close!

                    2. k
                      KIYOSHI Mar 3, 2007 06:41 PM

                      I used to eat at the Montery Park location - the famous green & orange building ...
                      After they remodeled the food started tasting different ... " similar but a liitle off "

                      Friends told me that a Mandarin Deli opened in Temple City .. I had to try it out!!!

                      To my surprise it was the original owners from Monterey Park - same cook too!!!

                      The taste was the same that I fell in love with years ago ...

                      My friends and I actually just had lunch there today ....
                      I knew we were going to be in for a wait but it was totally worth it ...

                      - Beef Stew noodle soup w/ homemade noodles
                      - Noodle with Bean sauce
                      - Pan Fried meat dumplings
                      - Onion Pancake
                      - Boiled meat dumplings
                      - Tofu Salad

                      Sorry to hear about Chinatown location closing .. I tried my first fried dumplings there!

                      The Temple City location is the best out of the remaining MD's!!!!

                      Mandarin Noodle Deli
                      9537 Las Tunas Dr.
                      Temple City
                      626-309-4318

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                        jemu Mar 8, 2007 10:03 PM

                        Hi, I'm actually the second generation of the owners and main managers of the Mandarin Deli restaurants. Meaning my mother is, I guess you could say, head waitress/co-manager of the MD in Monterey Park. Yes, the Chinatown branch closed, which was kind of sudden news to me but it made sense economically. Little Tokyo had to go to (which was actually my favorite because it was IN Little Tokyo). It's nice to read these comments and see the impact, even if it is just a little, that MD made on some people. Well, please keep going to the other restaurants and please go to the MD in Monterey Park that was remodeled about a year ago.

                        Hmm what else...oh and the higher-ups are considering making a new location so look forward to that. And thanks to the long-time customers, really.

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                          slacker Mar 9, 2007 01:38 PM

                          Thanks for posting! Please let keep us up to date on any new locations.

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                            jenn Mar 12, 2007 03:13 PM

                            well thats definitely good news. Can you please give me the address of the location in Monterey Park? When I get done with this stupid work situation, it would be great to surprise my elder pup with a visit to Mandarin deli......

                            By the way, did the lady who used to be running the Chinatown branch move to Monterey Park? It might be fun to yell "surprise!"

                            Can you still watch them making the dumplings at the Monterey Park branch?

                            1. re: jemu
                              delifiend Mar 31, 2007 09:34 AM

                              Hi,

                              I have been eating Mandarin Deli since the 1980's. I am so sad that I will no longer be able to take friends to the China Town Locale. I now live in OC. Have you or your family thought of opening down here? I am certain it would do well. I have 20 years of restaurant experience I know of what I speak. Please come down south.
                              Ps: can you tell me how you make that delicious tofu noodle salad?

                              1. re: jemu
                                JAB Oct 16, 2007 09:05 PM

                                I was jonesing for some beef noodle soup today so, with my old haunts closed in Little Tokyo and China Town, I ventured to Monterey Park (728 S Atlantic Blvd) and it was not at all the same. Is this the correct address or, did I fall pray to the Sam Woo ploy here?

                                1. re: JAB
                                  Chandavkl Oct 16, 2007 10:31 PM

                                  Wrong address. The place on Atlantic is not related. You want Mandarin Noodle, 701 W. Garvey.

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                                    condiment Oct 16, 2007 11:35 PM

                                    The Atlantic Ave. Mandarin Deli has always been different, kind of oscillating between Shanghai and Sichuan. The conforming Mandarin Deli in the neighborhood is a few blocks north, on Garvey just east of Atlantic.

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