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Favorite Chinese near Long Beach / O.C.?

I am looking for a good Chinese restaurant – my favorite is Szechuan – that serves flavorful and authentic food that will not be too "far out" for my 60-something parents. I am a great fan of Fu-Shing in Pasadena, but I want to branch out. Also, I live in Long Beach, and I would rather not drive all the way to Pasadena.

I have been disappointed with some of the other places that I have recently tried. For example, Mission 261 in San Gabriel and Seafood Paradise in Westminster were both good examples of what I am *not* looking for: low-quality seafood, buns with "pork filling," no atmosphere, a little sketchy all-around.

I would very much appreciate any recommendations from other Chowhounders?

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  1. This post from yesterday might fill the bill for your Szechuwan needs.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421212

    1. there are a host of authentic Chinese restaurants in Lomita on PCH. The very best of these is Szechuan a few blocks west of Western. Also, Regal Palace is supposed to be fine, but the family always likes Szechuan.
      These are high-quality Chinese restaurants with many Chinese eating there, and live tanks of seafood and dim sum on weekends.
      We were there a week ago and had one of the best meals in a long time. Greens with garlic, eggplant szechuan, xob dumplings, chix in Bbean sauce and a superb shrimp with asparagus. Every dish was terrific and every dish was sauced differently, with no thickening agents.

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      1. Have you tried Wei's or Mandarin? Both are located in Fountain Valley, and seem to be some of the better Szechuan that I've tried in the area.

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        1. re: Wonginator

          where is Wei's?

          I've seen Mandarin a bunch of times, but i always assumed its just an americanized place, how is it?

          1. re: Lau

            A Sichuan place called Mandarin -- jeez. What's next, a Chaozhou place called "Beijing"?

            1. re: Lau

              Wei's is in one of the shopping centers on the corner of Warner and Magnolia in Fountain Valley

              1. re: Lau

                It's across the street from the Tommy's and the little miniature golf course place off the Warner exit on the 405.

                I thought the same as you about Mandarin. When we finally tried it, it was better than I was expecting. The dining area is really spacious, nicely decorated, and clean. I remember it being pretty good, with the Mongolian beef, scallops with snow peas, and French-style filet mignon being really good.

            2. The Cerritos/Artesia area also has quite a few Chinese places throughout.

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              1. re: justagthing

                One of the new ones is Macau Street. They have specials going on right now too. Buy one Get one on their house special crab.

                PICTURES OF MY RECENT TRIP:
                http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2007/...

                1. re: elmomonster

                  Been there too and I like that place, several unique/different dishes. Didn't know about the specials, will have to check that out. BTW....Cerritos/Artesia has had a heavy representation of Chinese for over 20 years now. I only know this because I am Chinese and I grew up there. Some larger corporations actually do count Cerritos as part of their OC territory, rather than LA. I think the demographics are also geared more towards OC than LA. Love their dan tats, they come out nice and warm too.

              2. Seafood Cove and Capital Seafood down the street from Seafood Paradise is pretty good. Capital Seafood has a pretty good lunch special with meals from $4-6.25 and served until 5pm