Chinese on the Westside?
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...
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.
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. . .
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. :)