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Dec 24, 2007 01:56 PM

Great Chinese Food on the Westside

Anyone know any great Chinese food to check out on Xmas day preferably in West LA, Santa Monica, Venice, MDR, or elsewhere nearby? A big buffet would be nice, but yumminess is far more critical. Thanks!

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  1. Welcome to the site. The answer to your question is:

    1) Great
    2) Chinese
    3) West side
    Pick any two.

    So do you want to travel to the San Gabriel Valley and get truly great, or are you looking for the best of the meh-est on that end of town?

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      I guess I just got schooled :) I want great personally and would head to SGV, but I think my group is pretty set on convenience. Let's see if anyone else happens to have a Great Chinese Westside gem you've yet to uncover...

      1. re: Hungry_O

        Well, just so you don't go away emptyhanded, you might give Little Hong Kong Cafe a shot. It's a reliably decent Cantonese deli. It's pretty good, just not world class like you'd find in the SGV.

        It's not a buffet, either. Does it need to be buffet style?

        Litle Hong Kong Cafe
        2129 Sawtelle Blvd
        Los Angeles, CA 90025
        (310) 478-7329

        PS - This neighborhood is better known for its great Japanese options. Look around while you're there.

        1. re: Professor Salt

          Thanks. That place was recommended to me once before actually. Probably time to give it a shot. I love some of the Japanese places in that area and also the Vietnames place, Phoreign.

          1. re: Professor Salt

            This and Hu's are about as good as it gets on the Westside. Someone will probably mention Hop Li, and there's BBQ Unlimited #2 on Melrose near the 101, which is not Westside but is closer than Alhambra.

            The best of the mediocre. We've tried for years to find a hidden little gem on the Westside. With a few exceptions (Middle Eastern/Persian, Oaxacan, Japanese), you can generalise the Prof's statement to:

            1. Great
            2. Ethnic
            3. Westside
            Pick any two.

        2. re: Professor Salt

          the only place to go is Mao's Kitchen in Venice. Home-style cooking just like Mao's mamma used to make.

          1. re: kozmonaut

            mao's is one of the worst chinese joints on the westside.

            1. re: wilafur

              That's because Mao's is only nominally a Chinese restaurant. They do have some interesting stuff, though.

        3. I second Little Hong Kong Cafe, eat there all the time for years, just had a recent makeover. You can also try VIP Harbor Seafood on northside of Wilshire at Barrington. We're usually the only non-Chinese when we eat there, if that's any indication.

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          1. re: wykkedwilly

            Forgot to mention the Chinese restaurants on Pico between La Cienega and Beverwill.

            1. re: wykkedwilly

              I've been to the VIP Harbor Seafood couple of times, once AWFUL, 2nd time the seafood dishes were above average, but - as noted - not to compare to SG.

            2. Hunan Taste at Olympic and San Vicente/Fairfax.

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              1. re: caldad02

                Edible food but highly Americanized.

                1. re: Chelmoon

                  completely agree.
                  it's ok for lunch if you work near there.
                  would not spend any money for gas to actually drive there.

              2. I agree that there is no comparison between SGV and Westside restaurants, but if you must, try Chang's (not to be confused with PF Chang's). Below find the menu and an intelligent and fair review.


                Hope this helps.

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                1. re: THapa

                  Totally agree with the Chang's on San Vicente rec. I keep meaning to try Little Hong Kong Cafe, which looks decent too.

                  PS: I actually think the review you linked was a little unfair, as some of the comments note.

                  1. re: THapa

                    I took visiting relatives to Changs two nights ago and the food and service were both first rate. We shared wonton soup, various appetizers, three different chicken dishes, and bbq pork with snow peas: everyone remarked how good everything was. My sister provided the one criticism - she didn't care for the orange segments given with the almond cookies. Everyone also complimented the waitress, Linda (I think), who provided an exemplary standard for helpful advice, efficient service, and personal attention.

                  2. I like Hop Woo. Their portion is huge and food is good & authentic. They serve Hong Kong style Chinese food. Hop Woo has two other locations, Chinatown and Alhambra. The food at West LA location tasted the same as other locations'.

                    Hop Woo Seafood Restaurant
                    11110 W. Olympic Blvd.
                    Los Angeles, CA 90064
                    (310) 575-3668

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                    1. re: eileen216

                      agreed.....the three places i go for my chinese fix are:

                      hop li
                      hop woo
                      little hong kong cafe

                      they are all decent for the westside.

                      1. re: eileen216

                        I agree, Hop Woo is my first pick for this area for good Chinese food. Service not the best but not too terrible. Parking is one of the worst but I won't complain too much since I think their food is best in this area. Any Chinese restaurant that offers Salted Fish Fried Rice outside of SGV area is authentic. They do a very decent job on that dish too. Been to Little H.K. Cafe several times and not impressed at all. Half the time they served luke warm tea, not acceptable for Chinese restaurant. Twice, I asked them to please give me hot tea. Had to wait a good 15-20 min. Can't understand what's the problem with something so simple. The food is not terrible but as long as Hop Woo is open, I won't settle for so so Chinese food.