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Chinese on the Westside?

chardgirl Apr 12, 2004 04:21 PM

I'm visiting from the Bay Area and I'd like to take my mother and (well behaved, better dressed than us) 7 year old daughter to a great, not nec. expensive, Chinese restaurant. My mom lives in Mar Vista, but as she's lived in LA her whole life she doesn't mind driving at all. Thanks for your suggestions...


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    Joe MacBu RE: chardgirl Apr 12, 2004 04:38 PM

    Two that I like in West LA are:

    J R Seafood
    11901 Santa Monica Blvd # 102
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Jin Jiang
    11057 Santa Monica Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      Tmblweed RE: Joe MacBu Mar 20, 2007 01:17 PM

      J R Seafood got bought out by Hop Li, so there's a name change and a slight change in their dishes.

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      Chandavkl RE: chardgirl Apr 12, 2004 08:33 PM

      Probably the favorite westside Chinese seafood restaurants are Royal Star Seafood, 3001 Wilshire in Santa Monica, and VIP Harbor Seafood, 11701 Wilshire at Barrington.

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        Sarah RE: Chandavkl Apr 12, 2004 11:11 PM

        I'm from No Calif (gasp!), and I was very impressed w/ Royal Star's dim sum. Their dinner menu looked enticing as well, but we didn't have time to partake...

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        Tusc RE: chardgirl Apr 14, 2004 06:22 PM

        Chang's on San Vicente in Brentwood is very good. It's more traditional than the Chinese Seafood restaurants listed above. They do basic things like Cashew Chicken and Peking Duck very well.

        Another good place is Szechuan in the Marina, along Washington Blvd, a few blocks west of Lincoln. The Chow Fun is wonderful, as is Beef with Broccoli and Sauteed String Beans.

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          PayOrPlay RE: chardgirl Apr 15, 2004 03:00 AM

          Strictly for completeness, I want to mention 2 other westside Chinese places that get lots of mention--Hop Li, on Pico, for nice Cantonese; and Hu's Szechwan, in Palms, which does a few things really really well (dumplings, cheng pi dishes, shredded chicken) and hopefully they have been able to maintain their supply of peppercorns.

          I also like Royal Star and VIP, mentioned by Chandavkl.

          But, NONE of these places really match the better places in the San Gabriel Valley, and especially if you eat a lot of Chinese in the Bay Area you may not be all that impressed by any westside place. Hey, you're visiting, why not do the LA thing and get in the car and drive on over to Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, etc. The choices are endless, and you will take home a happy memory. I only wish I had time to do this more often myself. . .

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            LuigiOrtega RE: PayOrPlay Mar 19, 2007 07:33 AM

            I'm a big Hu's fan, Szechaun Shrimp is to die for.

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            jen2 RE: chardgirl Apr 15, 2004 01:25 PM

            VIP Harbor and Royal Star are the best you will get on the westside but are IMO overpriced...You can get much better food at better prices if you hop on the 10 freeway for the 20 min. drive to SGV. :)

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              mrmachachi RE: chardgirl Mar 18, 2007 09:04 PM

              The best Chinese on the westside is an inauspicious dive-y looking place (at least from the outside) called Szechwan Restaurant at 2905 Washington Blvd in Marina del Rey. It's not gourmet - just good old fashioned classic New York style Szechwan cooking. Best wonton soup in L.A. (doesn't have all that crap Wor-wonton stuff in it - just broth and wontons like NYC), great dumplings, good Kung Pao, good string beans and shrimp dishes. Avoid lobster, but otherwise it's good stuff. I avoided for years cause it looked dumpy, but it's not inside (nothing ritzy either), and the food for the Westside is as good as you will get. Better than VIP, better than JR was, and certainly better than Hop Li.

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                Barbara Ladden RE: chardgirl Mar 19, 2007 12:06 AM

                In answer to recommendations for JR Seafood on Santa Monica Blvd., and Royal Star Seafood on Wilshire Blvd., both restaurants have been closed for some time. I miss them both.

                JR Seafood is now Hop Li. Royal Star is now a sports bar/restaurant.

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                  bulavinaka RE: chardgirl Mar 21, 2007 10:08 PM

                  Hop Woo is our favorite Chinese restaurant in the Westside. 11110 Olympic Blvd, just west of Sepulveda on the south side of the street. It's very decent Cantonese with some good BBQ offerings, and the dining room is simple but more than nice enough to have lunch or dinner.

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