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What happened to Szechwan best in Alhambra?

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We wanted to go to Szechwan Best last night (before the huge fire shut down that area!), and found it closed down -- there was a sign for some kind of new sandwich shop opening up, but not sure if it was the exact same location.
With Green Village, Lucky Dragon and Macau Street closed down, I barely know where to go anymore for Chinese dinners, although there's plenty of dim sum places.
Any suggestions for Chinese restaurants that are
1) not just small dumpling places but have a larger dinner menu.
2) preferably have some spicy dishes
3) are not huge, expensive, brightly lit banquet halls?
I know Chang's Garden in Arcadia is getting a lot of love but I would prefer to stay in Alhambra/Monterey Park/San Gabriel.

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  1. Szechwan Best = change of ownership (word on the street is that the location has bad feng shui).

    As to other Chinese joints, how about any of the following (that don't get much mention on these boards):

    Phoenix Inn (on Valley Blvd)
    Fantasy Eatery (in the Focus Plaza)
    Seafood Village (in Temple City on Las Tunas)
    Tasty Garden (in Arcadia, across the street from DTF)
    and maybe even Food Cabin!

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Bad feng shui=10 restaurants (including two different incarnations of Szechwan Best) in that location since 1994. But maybe it'll come back. They etched the Szechwan Best name in glass in the doorway 3 years ago, and it was still there when they moved back in last year.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        I am told the car wash next to that location brings "too much water" and throws off the cosmic forces that entice customers ...

    2. Lu Din Gee--for Peking duck and other savory (some spicy) dishes.

      1. You know I am still in shock from Green Village's dismay. Today we drove pass that mall, and the lot where GV used to occupy is just pitch dark. Depressing to say a least.

        For my last spicy venture, I tried Yun Chuan Garden. Their cold spicy chicken ain't too bad.

        301 N Garfield Ave
        Ste D102
        Monterey Park, CA 91754

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        1. re: Vince S

          What shocks you about Green Village's demise?

          The place hasn't been good, much less decent, for quite a while.

        2. Hunan Seafood is my current favorite.
          MPV at Valley and New.
          The Hotpot place next door to MPV at Valley and New (no idea what the name is but it is really good).
          I know a hound like you knows Elite, Mei Long Village and Chung King but I am throwing them in for others.

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          1. re: Ciao Bob

            I second Hunan Seafood. Went this weekend and loved it.