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Jul 21, 2009 11:57 AM

Dim Sum Take-Out in San Marino?

I will be in San Marino most of Sunday 7/26 and would like to pick up some dim sum in that area in late afternoon before driving back to West L.A. Any recommendations? Would prefer a place where it would be quick in/quick out. Much thanks.

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  1. Are there restaurants in San Marino?

    Your best bet for late-afternoon (because dim sum is traditionally a brunch item) is a take-out dim sum place in the San Gabriel Superstore called Yum Cha Cafe, southwest corner of Valley and San Gabriel Blvd.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Listen to the 'geek.

      Alternatively, if you are heading west from San Marino to West LA, you could make a stop at the Yum Cha in Chinatown, which is probably less out of the way than going south from San Marino to San Gabriel or Monterey Park for Yum Cha.

    2. Both Full House and Hop Li in Arcadia will do take-out. they're the closest options (about 5-10 minutes east of san marino, just south of huntington).
      they won't have much of any dim sum after 2, though, since they shut dim sum service down around then to get ready for dinner.

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      1. I recommend Ocean Star Seafood. They've recently changed management and do a much better job with the food (quality and taste) and service. It's also $1.98 per plate on the weekends and $1.68 per plate on the weekdays.

        I tried Yum Cha Cafe in MP about two weeks ago and it's food is cheaper than Ocean Star, but the quality and taste is also lower.

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        1. re: bruintennis

          The problem is that like most Cantonese restaurants, Ocean Star stop serving dim sum in the early afternoon so they can do a staff change and start selling things like whole fish and lobster :)

          1. re: bruintennis

            No one will really quibble with you that Ocean Star has better dim sum than Yum Cha.

            But if what the OP wants is a take-out joint that serves dim sum LATE in the afternoon, then Yum Cha is a place that really fits that profile.

          2. Thanks for the suggestions. I will try Yum Cha, since it sounds like a very interesting area to explore.