We will be driving from Santa Monica to Palm Desert ,and would like to enjoy a nice dim sum or any kind of Asian food lunch. We are from out of state so any info will be appreciated.
Or if you're too hungry to drive to Rowland Heights/Hacienda Heights, there's always the eastern side of San Gabriel Valley (accessible via the 10 or 60 freeways). There's Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Rosemead. Do a search on any of those cities, and you'll turn up quite a number of things. Don't forget the ubiquitous dim sum houses in Monterey Park like Emperess Harbor, NBC, and Ocean Star (all located within 1/2 mile of each other).
If you want a really great lunch, go to Oriental Seafood Inn in Venice..It's on Lincoln Blvd., about 3 doors south of Washington Blvd. on the east side of the street (Phone # is (310) 306 9088). They don't have Dim Sum, though they do have some dumplings, but their food is fantastic. I suggest you order the Fresh Lobster in Black Bean Sauce (get no less than 2 1/2 lb. - it's just $9.95 per lb.), Chinese String Beans w/Chili, and white rice. Trust me on this.