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Dec 12, 2007 07:45 AM

Best Duck Dishes in LA?

Hi. I'm a New Yorker coming out to LA over Christmas and have a hankering for duck (must be the holidays). I'm open to any cuisine, though I must say, I'm a fan of crispy duck, especially in Thai or French (confit) preparations.

I once had a great duck salad at Vim years back in Thai Town. Can any LA chowhounds steer me towards other delicious duck dishes? I'll be in Silver Lake, but am willing to travel.


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    1. re: justanotherpenguin

      I second this one...Lu Din Gee is exceptional...

      1. re: Dave and Stuff

        dont like being negative, its exceptional only if you havent had good peking duck... for people with much experience with good versions of peking duck, i would'nt come here..

        1. re: modernist

          to each his own. but i have to say that the very first time i ever went there we wound up sitting next to a chinese gentleman and his daughter. over the course of dinner we struck up a conversation and he told us that he had just flown in from beijing and insisted on being brought straight to the restaurant for the peking duck because it was better than anything that he'd had in china in the previous three weeks.

          1. re: modernist

            I, for one, like Lu Din Gee better than any other places for the duck. Other Peking Ducks are just too fatty for me.

              1. re: JAB

                sorry, i cant recommend a particularly good version.. quanjude was as close as it got, but closed down several years ago...

              2. re: modernist

                I don't like you being negative (get it?), but it absolutely is exceptional in my mind.

                Please send me to one of your favorites, and I will try it, and not be negative (get it again?)

              3. re: Dave and Stuff

                For Peking Duck, Lu Din Gee had been my far and away favorite, but at Elite in Monterey Park the peking duck prepared "three ways" (or maybe it's "two ways"), they also do a nice job. The skin is served the more common way with biscuits and shrimp chips (versus the pancakes at Lu Din Gee -- I prefer the biscuits and chips), and the meat is minced and served with lettuce leaves. Both are great, just depend on the mood you're in. Also depends when you want it -- at Lu Din Gee you have to order at least an hour in advance.

                1. re: chowmominLA

                  anyone know the address, hours and other good stuff, regarding Lu Din Gee, it sounds great, since I don't have much authentic experience with Peking duck it migt just fit the bill.

                  also, how much does it cost, is it served for one or do you have to have multiple guests with y ou???? thanks.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Hey kevin,

                    I really like the Peking Duck at Lu Ding Gee. I've never had it in Beijing before, but IMHO, for LA, it's the best Peking Duck hands down! :)

                    Most places require you to call 24 Hours in Advance, but Lu Ding Gee just needs 1 Hour advanced notice. 1 Order is 1 Full Duck. You can take the rest of it home if you want, but it's best to eat it fresh.

                    You can ask for it prepared 2 Ways (w/ the 2nd Way being Sauteed Duck Meat (no skin) w/ fresh Bean Sprouts) or 3 Ways (Sauteed Duck Bean Sprouts, and then the rest of the Duck in a Soup). The more Ways you request, the higher the price. The main event is really the Crispy Duck (w/ Skin) wrapped in the fresh steamed buns (it's always the "base Way" that comes with any order). Cost-wise, I forgot how much it was, but it wasn't outrageous or anything. Darn it, now I'm getting hungry for more Peking Duck! :)

                    Lu Ding Gee
                    1039 E. Valley Blvd., #B102
                    San Gabriel, CA 91776

                    Enjoy! :)

                    1. re: exilekiss

                      Would a solo diner be all right there? thanks.

                      1. re: kevin

                        It's a small restaurant. You won't feel out of place dining solo, but you'll have a lot to take home if you are ordering the duck.

            1. Duck Confit sandwich at Artisan Cheese Gallery!


              1. There's a gang of Thai places (Yai, Palms, Vim) that do pretty good duck salad; John Gold swore by the duck soup at Rodded on Sunset, there's trad French duck breast (generally with a fruit sauce of some sort) at Beaujolais in Eagle Rock and Cafe La Gare in Pasadena; roast duck in the various dim sum houses in the SGV.

                Anyone know the best Peking Duck to be had in town these days?
                Also, there's a Cajun duck prep (that K Paul's in NOLA serves, and which I think Orleans in WLA maybe used to serve) where they roast, halve, and bone the duck, and right before it's served, separate the skin off the top, and run it under a salamander or broiler to super-crisp the skin. Anyone seen it done in LA recently?

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                1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                  Great MEATY duck breast wonderfully prepared at La Vie in Rosemead for around $20, including soup AND salad AND veggies. Be sure to order your Grand Marnier dessert souffle (about $7 extra) at the same time as you order the rest of your meal.

                  1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                    I've tried Googling, but can't figure out what/where Rodded on Sunset is. Is that spelled correctly? And if you have the link to Gold's column, please include it in your post. Thanks!

                    1. re: Oliverstreet

                      achh, brain weevils!

                      Rodded is on Hollywood, not Sunset. Here's the link to the most recent J. Gold mention,


                      and the more detailed discussion, which I believe is the one I mis-remembered as Gold's, was in fact part of Chowhound's own Thi N's epic "every restaurant in Thaitown" effort: see:


                  2. I think the duck at Warszawa is delicious.

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                    1. re: mollyomormon

                      Strongly second this, it's the perfect winter dish.

                      1. re: hrhboo

                        Especially if you start with a cup of their borscht!

                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          So good that one might even say that it can't be beet.

                    2. My favorite is at Pizzeria Mozza. Duck leg and thigh confit style over lentils. Only on Tuesdays as one of their specials. Great.

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                      1. re: auntflo

                        I had that on a Tue. at P Mozza, too, but didn't like it. My recent favorite is the duck confit salad (a whole leg over greens) at Wilshire.