Son a freshman at Pomona College
is there a good place to have Dim Sum near by? Wanted to surprise him on his b-day. What else is around that is fun? Thank you!
I can't think of any dim sum places close to Pomona/Claremont, but there are a lot of places in the Rowland Heights area. Seafood Village is pretty good, and it's just off the 60 freeway (about 20-30 minutes from Claremont). If you're not familiar with Southern California traffic, believe me, this is a relatively short distance! You may want to do a search for "dim sum" and "rowland heights" on the L.A. board.
Claremont itself has a few nice places, such as Walter's (Afghan/Mediterranean) and The Press (has live music at night). I think there was a recent thread on this board about restaurants in Claremont, so if you did a search for "Claremont" on the L.A. board as well, you should come up with a few threads.
Unfortunately, the 909 doesn't offer too much for foodies, but if you do the above searches, I think you will be in good shape.
Your closest bastion of authentic Chinese restaurants is in Rowland Heights / Diamond Bar. These are towns near the industrial parks of City of Industry, where many Chinese / Taiwanese / Korean owned companies have their HQ's, so many restaurants serve those constituents.
Happy Harbour is a good choice for upscaleish new school Hong Kong dim sum. Hong Kong Palace is more traditional Cantonese seafood house that does dim sum as well. Both would be good choices.
Pomona's not too terribly far from Arcadia, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park and the other surrounding towns which make up the single largest Chinese population in North America. How far are you willing to drive for some incredible Chinese food?
Hong Kong Palace
19101 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Happy Harbor Restaurant
1015 Nogales St # 126, Rowland Heights, CA
I'm going to have to agree with wanderinglady. Good Chinese food is scarce in that area. You are much better off in Rowland Heights, Alhambra/Monterey Park, or Diamond Bar.
However, if in search of great sushi there's Kazama in Claremont. The chef used to have a place in Upland before he moved to Claremont. Oddly enough, there are also plenty of sushi joints on Foothill in Upland that are quite good (Kishi, Arigoto, Sho).
There were some good reports on 3 Forks, but I've never been. My brother went to school at Pomona, and we used to drove back to Rowland Heights for food when we took him out. ;)
Happy Harbour's the best order off the menu dim sum place in Rowland Heights. Hong Kong Palace has the cart style. If you go there at noon expect a long wait.
I drive another 25 minutes and go to Elite at Monterey Park for dim sum, even though I can probably walk to Hong Kong Palace.
really - rowland heights, (colima rd, fullerton rd) and hacienda heights or diamond bar should be fine.
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I haven't been but given the structure of the info my guess would be
Capital Seafood, New Capital Seafood, Hong Kong Palace, Sam Woo DIm Sum, and Seafood VIllage. The numbers are listed, and a quick call will tell you if they serve dim sum (cantonese yum cha).
Good luck - that's a bit far east for me, and a caveat - the listings are a few years old so definitely call to make sure they still exist.
I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, and our Asian crowd typically ended up at the same places as everyone else suggests....Rowland Heights or Monterey Park for dim sum.