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Best Chinese delivery in West Hollywood?

thegrifter Oct 7, 2007 08:02 PM

I'm curious to know what the consensus is on the best Chinese delivery in West Hollywood. So far the only place that I think qualifies as truly good is Hunan Cafe, but that woman is just so hostile sometimes...

  1. Das Ubergeek Oct 7, 2007 08:06 PM

    You might be able to get Genghis Cohen to deliver, if you're on the east side of WeHo. West Hollywood is pretty much a desert for any kind of quality ethnic food, other than Russian, honestly... and the general consensus about Chinese food west of the 101 is "only when absolutely unavoidable", the exception being BBQ Unlimited #2, which is just barely west of the 101 on Melrose.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      katydid13 Oct 7, 2007 09:17 PM

      I tried ordering a delivery from Genghis Cohen a few weeks ago, and they don't do it. They contract out for their deliveries, and I was told to call another number to arrange it. There's a fee, of course...can't remember how much. I didn't bother.

      1. re: katydid13
        LANative Oct 7, 2007 10:28 PM

        I love Hunan, but I know exactly what you are talking about. Luckily, she's only gone mental on us once, but I've heard stories...I don't know of any other good Chinese in the area.

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      ahuacatl Oct 7, 2007 11:01 PM

      Kung Pao Bistro, Santa Monica and Fairfax?

      I've only had it once, delivered to a party I was attending and it was not bad. I asked the host where the food came from and he gave me a: KP bistro. duh, everybody orders from there - response.

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      1. re: ahuacatl
        thegrifter Oct 9, 2007 11:39 AM

        Thanks ahuactl. I ordered once from KP Bistro and found it unimpressive, but I'll try it again. Anything to avoid Rice. Mandarette on Beverly delivers and is not your traditional Chinese delivery food, but it's edible. Only problem is the high prices.

        I don't think they'd deliver to me, but anyone else like Twin Dragon? I know there are haters out there, but I think it delivers for traditional, basic americanized Chinese food.

        I also like Hop Woo on Olympic and Sepulveda.

        1. re: thegrifter
          Obessed Oct 9, 2007 11:52 AM

          I once ordered from a place in the Beverly Connection (can't remember the name)...but it was acceptable.

          1. re: thegrifter
            ahuacatl Oct 14, 2007 12:16 AM

            Mao's Kitchen just left a delivery flier at our door. I think they are in the old Tommy Tang space way over on Melrose. I've eaten at the Venice location a few times and I think with the reasonable prices, I'll have to give them a try. I don't know how far west they deliver, I'm actually surprised that they will come as far us.

            thegrifter - we used to order from Rice, many years ago, but we stopped after one of their delivery guys sued us (you don't want to know, but my advice is; carry out can save you a lot more money/time than you might imagine).

            Also - as bad (or overpriced) as the Chinese in WeHo might be, I had Hamburger Hamlet the other day and I would eat WeHo Chinese every day for 100 years before going back. What a disaster that was.

            1. re: ahuacatl
              wutzizname Oct 14, 2007 07:37 AM

              The delivery guy sued you? Are you Elaine Benes?

              1. re: wutzizname
                ahuacatl Oct 14, 2007 10:57 AM

                Ha. Not Elaine, but yes he sued. It took years to resolve, many, many days wasted with lawyers, lots of hand-wringing and he was awarded nothing. If you are a homeowner or have any assets, you might not want food delivered to your house.

                1. re: ahuacatl
                  hdalsy Aug 25, 2008 02:03 PM

                  wow, I've never had any sort of problem with Rice. They're super fast, I don't think they have a delivery charge or a minimum order amount. And the food is actually pretty good! But if you're looking for a good eggroll, believe it or not, Natalee Thai is one of my favorites (and they deliver too!)

                  1. re: hdalsy
                    ahuacatl Aug 27, 2008 12:41 AM

                    We were regular customers of theirs for many, many years. I agree, tasty food and quick. I'm not going to expand on the 'incident', but I'll never order from them or eat there again. It was the driver, not the restaurant, but it kinda ruined it for us. I'll repeat, millions of dollars, lawyers, days & days wasted.

              2. re: ahuacatl
                carly_mizzou Aug 27, 2008 11:40 AM

                Mao's on Melrose in AMAZING! It's my favorite Chinese food hands down. I've gotten delivery a few times and never had a problem. They'll even deliver their home made ginger ale.

            2. re: ahuacatl
              Liquid Sky Oct 13, 2007 04:30 PM

              Ugh. I don't like Kung Pao. It's nasty!

              Chinese in WeHo is pretty bad all around, but if I were FORCED to do Chinese in the area, I would only trust Mandarette on Beverly.

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              ebbso Oct 9, 2007 12:10 PM

              hunan cafe on Sunset in the same mini mall as gaucho grill.

              excellent new york style chinese food.

              also mao's kitchen on melrose has some tasty dishes.

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              1. re: ebbso
                goodhealthgourmet Oct 13, 2007 04:57 PM

                the important question is...does hunan cafe do authentic new york style EGG ROLLS?

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  Mr Taster Oct 13, 2007 07:23 PM

                  The NY eggroll quest has been done and redone, much of it by Das Ubergeek and me:

                  See links:

                  The bottom line is that Genghis Cohen is really the closest I've found (though hardly a steller representation of the breed)... though I have not tried Das Ubergeek's China Village find in Fullerton.

                  Be wary of those non-NY native chowhounds who, though well intended, would lead you to inferior approximations. Case in point: the highly recommended 'eggrolls' at Canton Kitchen in Mar Vista which turned out to be basically a batter dipped deep fried meatball. It was actually pretty tasty, but definitely not at all what you and I are looking for.

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                  1. re: Mr Taster
                    wutzizname Oct 13, 2007 07:34 PM

                    It's true that Genghis Cohen's are New York-like in style, however I have found them to have an overwhelming ONION flavor to them which was very unappealing.

                    1. re: Mr Taster
                      goodhealthgourmet Oct 13, 2007 09:14 PM


                      i know, i've read all the other threads before...but i couldn't remember if hunan cafe had already been discussed, and i just didn't hve the patience to read through them again.

                      thx for confirming - i remembered that you said genghis cohen was the closest approximation.

                      i'm headed to north jersey & nyc in a couple of weeks...want me to bring you guys back a care package?


                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      Obessed Oct 13, 2007 09:09 PM

                      NO!!!! We ordered from Hunan Cafe tonight --- the food was pretty tasty, but the egg rolls were definitely not NY style.

                      1. re: Obessed
                        goodhealthgourmet Oct 13, 2007 09:15 PM

                        thanks for the warning.

                        1. re: Obessed
                          Ciao Bob Dec 29, 2007 03:09 PM

                          Hunan Cafe does have fairly good cold sesame noodles but not NY egg rolls.

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                      hawjack Oct 13, 2007 04:25 PM

                      Try Le Mandarette at 1651 N La Brea ave.,between Hollywood and Sunset.
                      Call 323-878-0333 for delivery.

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                      1. re: hawjack
                        daniel7720 Aug 25, 2008 10:49 AM

                        I agree...I live up the street from here so delivery for me is easy, but I used to live in WeHo and the Le Mandarette delivery area is pretty wide--they will deliver to pretty much anywhere east of La Cienega in WeHo and anywhere north of Melrose.

                      2. Jennalynn Oct 13, 2007 07:02 PM

                        I like Wok Master on Beverly.

                        1. Jennalynn Oct 13, 2007 08:03 PM

                          According to gridskipper.com... the top 8 chinese delivery places in Los Angeles, six of which deliver to WeHo:


                          (Oh and Genghis Cohen and Wok Master are there)

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                          1. re: Jennalynn
                            wutzizname Oct 14, 2007 06:03 PM

                            Fortune West on Fairfax, really? Can anyone confirm or deny the validity of this claim? I live right around the corner but have never tried it becuase there's almost never anybody in there.

                            1. re: wutzizname
                              thegrifter Oct 17, 2007 05:04 PM

                              I can absolutely invalidate (is that a word? probably not) Fortune West being good. It is not. That gridskipper article is garbage.

                              1. re: thegrifter
                                wutzizname Oct 17, 2007 05:32 PM

                                That's what I suspected. Thanks for the invalidation.

                                1. re: thegrifter
                                  Jolly Jul 19, 2008 09:56 PM

                                  I've ordered from there before and sometimes they are really good. I like their kung pao chicken and orange chicken. But if they think I'm asian than the food seems to taste better, spicier, and flavorful. But if they think I'm white, it comes in sweet, cold, and gummy.

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                              Liquid Sky Oct 14, 2007 01:41 PM

                              In NYC's Chinatown, we can predict how good the food will be by how rude the staff is. If they are hostile, that means the food is authentic and decent. If they are polite, that means it's a "westernized" place, and the food will be lousy. This rule almost always seemed to work.

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                              1. re: Liquid Sky
                                thegrifter Oct 17, 2007 05:08 PM

                                hunan cafe is good but i have problems every time i order from there. one time the woman said "too busy" and just hung up. that really wasn't that bad, i can live with that. but the last time i ordered, the delivery came and the guy said "$4 delivery charge". i said, "no one mentioned that to me on the phone" and he said "it's always that way", which is not true, never happened before when i ordered. i live really close too.

                                anyway, maybe i should just do carry out next time.

                                1. re: thegrifter
                                  ahuacatl Nov 4, 2007 10:51 PM

                                  We almost ordered from Hunan for the first time, but after reading the "too busy" sentence out loud (in character), I was outvoted. We walked over to Chin Chin. I've never loved this place, but the General Tso's Chicken they gave us was nasty. It tasted okay, but it was all skin, cartilage and I don't know what. I know it's not supposed to be boneless chicken breast, I've eaten it plenty of times and from Chin Chin too, but a foot or a beak wouldn't have been out of place in this one.

                                  I had a bad food weekend. At least a care package of handmade chocolate truffles just showed up.

                                  1. re: ahuacatl
                                    mixologist Dec 28, 2007 09:00 PM

                                    Don't get me started on Chin Chin. How is this place in business? I remember sitting there thinking "the waitstaff is nice, the decor is clean and stylish..hey there's even an attentive manager. One would think this actually a fine restaurant EXCEPT the FOOD is disgusting!?" I can't believe what people from LA will accept as "good"..shameful really.

                                    1. re: mixologist
                                      carter Dec 29, 2007 04:16 PM

                                      You got that right - gives Panda Express a good name!
                                      Seriously folks, order from any Chinese restaurant of choice, yet pick up the food yourself. You will be rewarded with food that has not been sitting in a container for anywhere from 10-45 minutes, depending on how many orders the delivery person is taking at a time.
                                      As to Kung Pao specifically, get the seafood, lamb or vegetarian dishes, or soups, yet avoid the appetizers, but do pick it up yourself.

                                      1. re: carter
                                        Liquid Sky Dec 29, 2007 05:26 PM

                                        Sorry, Everyone. As a Chinese-American who LOVES to eat, I have to say that KUNG PAO is a SERIOUS EMBARRASSMENT to Chinese cuisine!!

                                        1. re: Liquid Sky
                                          carter Dec 30, 2007 06:11 PM

                                          They must be doing something right for an awful lot of people judging by the business in the place. They don't have about 10 people working in the kitchen if no one wants the product. If you have an ax to grind, then you obviously go elsewhere to eat, yet the items I referred to in my post you replied to are very fresh, very tasty, and have no msg.
                                          Try it again.

                                          1. re: carter
                                            Mr Taster Dec 30, 2007 11:12 PM

                                            I've never been but my wife (who is native Taiwanese) went there once and was thoroughly offended by the offerings.

                                            Mr Taster

                                          2. re: Liquid Sky
                                            Ciao Bob Dec 30, 2007 06:31 PM

                                            I agree, KPB is really awful. I have tried it serveral times when folks on the board have offered it as a reasonable WeHo Chinese and been horrified each time.

                                2. Chowpatty Dec 30, 2007 08:14 AM

                                  We had Mao's cater our office meal recently and I found it better than the other Chinese/Asian we've tried, including Jin Jiang (is that it? In West L.A.) and Buddha's Belly. I think we're going to put them on permanent rotation.

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                                  1. re: Chowpatty
                                    Liquid Sky Dec 30, 2007 05:48 PM

                                    The one on Melrose Ave?

                                    1. re: Liquid Sky
                                      Chowpatty Dec 30, 2007 06:26 PM

                                      Yes, that's the one that delivered to our office on Wilshire. I really enjoyed the fried rice with cashews -- I think it was brown rice, so it seemed kind of healthy. Orange chicken was fine considering it had to travel, and chow mein noodles were ok. I only had a bit of the beef dishes, they seemed the weakest.

                                      1. re: Chowpatty
                                        Mr Taster Dec 30, 2007 11:13 PM

                                        We live so close to Mao's and I respect your Chowhound cred... so would you consider Mao's an acceptable alternative to driving to the SGV?

                                        Mr Taster

                                        1. re: Mr Taster
                                          Ciao Bob Dec 31, 2007 07:29 AM

                                          I used to live on Melrose/Martel and I would either
                                          a) Drive to SGV, or
                                          b) Walk or bike to Genghis Cohen
                                          before going to Mao's.

                                          1. re: Mr Taster
                                            Chowpatty Dec 31, 2007 08:42 AM

                                            No! It's completely Americanized Chinese, but I was just saying that out of the places in the area we've tried that deliver, I thought it was pretty good.

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                                      makkystyle Jul 9, 2008 06:53 PM

                                      I have to say California Wok is the best chinese delivery place I have found. I don't count Genghis Cohen because to me that is much more expensive than what I think most people are looking for in "delivery" food. I have found that the food is always exceptionally fresh and piping hot when delivered and the ingredients they use are really great quality. They also have really great flavors to what I assume is "americanized" Chinese food. They never let me down.

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                                        foodfever Jul 9, 2008 07:28 PM

                                        Hands down...China Catering on Beverly Blvd. at Sweetzer. Best Chinese food I've had since leaving San Francisco. Everything I've ordered there is delicious. Their delivery service is super fast and they take credit cards.

                                        China Catering
                                        8250 Beverly Blvd
                                        Los Angeles, CA 90048
                                        Phone: (323) 655-2288

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                                        1. re: foodfever
                                          rednyellow Sep 2, 2008 01:21 PM

                                          Its good. Get the delivery, avoid eating there. They have 3 tables with filthy pink table cloths covered with almost clean glass tops. I had to ask for a metal fork and spoon. Food served in styrofoam.

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                                          chris1621 Jul 9, 2008 10:38 PM

                                          The Green Tea House on Sunset is good and everytime I have ordered delivery they've been nice and pretty quick.

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                                            Jolly Jul 19, 2008 09:59 PM

                                            Has anyone tried Panda's Delivery? They are generally reliable and deliver til 10p with ok chinese american food.

                                            1. cinzia Aug 25, 2008 04:49 PM

                                              Though a tad expensive, I do generally like Mandarette but have lately been ordering from Mao's on Melrose. The shrimp & spinach rolls or duplings are very tasty. And I customize one of their noodle dishes to make it more like my brother in law's Singapore noodles. Some dishes miss but I've generally been really pleased.

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                                              1. re: cinzia
                                                outshined Aug 27, 2008 11:15 AM

                                                I agree with the Mao's assessment. We order from them about once a week when we're too lazy to walk to Genghis. (As mentioned above, Kung Pao is bad; we went off Chinese food for a while).

                                                Their "Peace Not War Wonton Soup" (all the names are clever and communist-y) is excellent; filled with veggies. My significant other has not been able to find a place in LA that will make Kung Pao hot enough for him and he finally found it. It pleases him every time he takes a bite and catches on fire...

                                                1. re: outshined
                                                  Ciao Bob Aug 28, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                  In all LA?

                                                  Has he tried the real Sichuan restos in San Gabriel? They will make it Ma LA (numb spicy) as it sould be.

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                                                Rogah Aug 28, 2008 12:37 AM

                                                The GREEN TEA -Hands down, for delivery. Dont judge a book by its cover, just a little place next to laundromat on Sunset blvd/Pointsettia best beef/broccoli and orange chicken around. VERY FAST delivery too great lunch specials

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