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Aug 7, 2009 01:48 PM


With all the new restaurants opening up in Culver City you'd think that at least one would serve decent Chinese food. Perhaps there is one but I've missed it. Does anybody know of one?

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  1. Finding one anywhere west of La Cienega has been talked and written so much about on this board, yet the consistent answer is not only no, but....

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    1. re: carter

      Believe me, the day an unqualifiably good Chinese restaurant hits anywhere near the Westside, everyone and their mother will be writing/blogging about it. So no, no decent Chinese in Culver.

    2. What about the place on Venice, east of Centinella, that is old school Chinese/American, take out only. I have heard that is very good, for what it is, not uber authentic but 50's Chinese/American.

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        Hu Szechuan is good for byob orange chicken and the likes. Being from NorCal, I really can't say that there is any good Chinese west of the 5...When there is, it is bound to be a success.

        Hu's Szechwan Restaurant
        10450 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

        1. re: luhkee

          And anyone using orange chicken as a basis for judgment is automatically thrown out of court, and the discussion.

        2. re: Burger Boy

          Hu's Szechwan is indeed the best Chinese in the W.L.A. area, and it is just north of Culver City where National takes a 90 degree turn, just west of Motor. Good lunch special combos, that include a Chinese chicken salad as an intermediate course. Among the better kung pao chicken or shrimp I've had, and the eggplant, greenbeans, or twice-cooked pork are also tasty. It isn't SGV, but it is also 45 minutes closer to many of us.

          1. re: nosh

            Again - if we're using orange chicken, Chinese chicken salad and kung pao as baselines then I'd reiterate: no, there's still no good Chinese on the Westside.

            Personally, I like Hop Li for what it is - it's like the Chinese restaurants I grew up with in the 1970s and the food is decent...for what it is. But there is nothing on the WS that's the equivalent of what would be merely average in the SGV. And until we reach that basic level of parity...

            1. re: nosh

              I have tried to like Hu's! I live real close to Hu's and have given it many tries but I think it is horrible. The only thing that I have found edible there is the sauteed asparagus. When I want decent chinese, I order take out from Fu's Palace.

              1. re: Tari

                Hu's is an insult to Szechwan Province, China, and Humanity itself

          2. Hop Woo on Olympic, just west of Sepulveda.

            Hop Woo
            11110 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                1. re: bulavinaka

                  And it satisfied the urge for food from China! The most acceptable choice on the Westside for Chinese, in my humble opinion. Unless there was a Hop Li right around there!

                  1. re: echoparkdirt

                    I've been to both and I find Hop Woo to be a better choice for me. However, I did notice a slip into the direction of mediocrity at Hop Woo on our last visit (about 1 1/2 months ago). Their "Chinese Only" specials are now included on their spiffyed-up lamintated menu that is full of pics. I noticed some of their items seemed a little dumbed down now as well. However, the dining room was full of Chinese - I'm assuming local - our table and one other were occupied by non-Chinese. The family directly next to us was enjoying some sharkfin soup - unheard of in the Westside.

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              1. Yes, it's at the corner of Never and Fuhgeddaboudit, where Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, a rude New Yorker and a polite New Yorker are all at a four-way stop worrying about who goes first

                Sorry dude. BBQ Unlimited on Melrose and the 101 is really the only thing I could recommend west of the 101 between the 105 and the 101.

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  True. The Chinese food is so far superior in the San Gabriel Valley that eating Chinese food in Los Angeles is like eating Mexican at Taco Bell.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    I tried to be good and do a site search and google before asking but can't find it. . Can you give me the actual address of corner of Never and Fuhgeddaboudit? I need to send many people to that corner.