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Jul 23, 2008 08:50 PM

Best in Chinatown

I'm moving near chinatown and hoping someone can point me in the direction of one or many good, cheap, authentic establishments in the area.

Doesn't necessarily have to be Chinese either. Stuff in the immediate surrounding areas is fair game too. Elysian Park, Echo Park, NW Downtown area.

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  1. Eastside Market & Deli for some tasty sandwiches. Everyone has their favorites but I suggest that you just check out their menu and order what appeals to you.

    Also check out Intelligencia and LA MILL for great coffee.

    Eastside Market
    1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    1. re: sel

      Sel is right on the money, and a much better sandwich than Philippes. Try the number 7 you'll keep coming back.

    2. Hmm. Searching for "Chinatown" wasn't as helpful as I thought it would be. Searching on specific restaurant names seems to be more useful.

      Try this one:

      Also search for "Yum Cha".

      And there's a banh mei place in the mini mall next to Yum Cha that people rave about, although honestly I prefer the one on the East side of Broadway between Alpine and College. Wish I could remember the name.

      Can't help you with the surrounding areas, though I'm sure there are some good taco trucks. Oh, and Grand Central Market, on Hill or Broadway at 3rd.

      1. You have to try Philippe...home of the French dip sandwich. I love the beef and lamb..double-dipped, of course. Their pickles are great, too!
        1001 N Alameda St
        Los Angeles, CA 90012
        (213) 628-3781
        Empress Pavilion is the place to go for dim sum in Chinatown. Their dim sum is seasoned well enough so that you won't need additional soy sauce to help.
        988 N Hill St # 201
        Los Angeles, CA 90012
        (213) 617-9898

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        1. re: attran99

          Phillipe has been steadily going down hill. They wont even give a side of au jus anymore. Just a bland sandwich now.

          1. re: rednyellow

            I suppose it depends on who you ask, but the ladies behind the counter have always been good to me.

            1. re: rednyellow

              Weird, I was there a couple months ago and the lady gave me a cup of au jus when asked. True, the beef sandwich is very bland but I still love the lamb. So good. And I'm addicted to their mustard. I love how it burns the nasal cavity.

              1. re: love2eat

                I think you have to ask. We forgot and didn't get it. I can't stand the regular beef sandwich. Was told I was an idiot and should have gotten the lamb with blue cheese. Eh, I'm driving down to Langer's instead.

                1. re: choctastic

                  I was there about a week ago. I asked for a cup of au jus, the lady behind the counter wouldn't give me one. I asked if I could buy one, she would not sell me one. All I could get was a double dipping, which makes for a soggy awkward to hold bland sand. I see no reason to return. If I'm craving a dip, I'll go to Houston's or Cheesecake Factory or pretty much any sandwich shop. Anyone can do better than the dry bland disappointment Phillipe's has become

            2. re: attran99

              empress pavilion is pretty bad now...they've gone very downhill over the years

              1. re: Lau

                yeah, pass on empress pavilion - you can do much better.

            3. I would definitely recommend Yum Cha on Broadway. Very cheap and the dumplings and soup are excellent. I also occasionally get take-out from ABC. A half soy-sauce chicken is 3.75 and quite good. If I'm there around lunch time and the food looks fresh, I'll also stock up on vegetables and shrimp. Strickly take-out and also very cheap. I prefer CBS for eat-in dim sum. Zen Mei Bistro is also one of my cheap go-tos for seafood. Lobster is 9.95. They also have other specials and I've liked everything I've had from there. I would second the Grand Central Market.

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              1. re: hpcat

                I love Yum Cha, great budget dim sum joint. It's not as good as the SGV joints but damn is it cheap and the quality to price ratio is high in my book. $1 an order? I've had way worse dim sum at way higher prices.

                They have noodle soups for like $3 a bowl that looked good. Everyone eats those in the afternoon when I go.

              2. hawaiian chicken on alpine (i think) is awesome