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Dec 11, 2009 04:54 PM

Chinese Food - Good and Cheap

I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good Chinese place. The type of place I am looking for is not one of very high quality necesarrily nor high prices, but a good place to get some take out and satisfy the need of good, greasy, filling take out. I'm specifically looking in the area between La Brea and the 405 (I hope that's a wide enough criteria).


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  1. Tim's Kitchen on Jefferson (in LA) or China Kitchen on Pico should suit your needs just fine.

    Just remember to bring the alka-seltzer.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Is Tim's like Paul's or Far East / New Formosa? I have driven by that place a million times.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        Well Burger Boy it used to be and I haven't eaten at these places recently but I think they are still pretty much the way they've always been. It's been a few years, but I used to think Kim's on Crenshaw was better all around compared to Tim's.
        It was kind of funny that I saw a review where somebody said Kim's was "unamericanized Chinese food." Not true! Pretty old school. Of late I've been getting my Chinese fix from the reasonably close New Flavors (next to the Paco's on Centinela, just south of Washington Blvd. Decent prices for decent quality. Not in the league of the SGV heavy hitters, but those are a bit far for me.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Tim's Kitchen used to be Paul's Kitchen #2, but that was 25 years ago. When Tim's Kitchen took over it was very similar to Paul's, but I haven't been back there in years so I don't know what the present menu is like.

      2. Because of a post on this board, I've tried the Mandarin Kitchen a few times recently. It is in the strip mall south of Santa Monica Blvd. on the east side of Westwood that has the Eduardo's, and has gone thru many ownership changes over the years. Their lunch specials are served every day until 5, and include big entree portions. The hot 'n sour soup to start is really good -- hot in both spice and temperature. I've really enjoyed the chicken with spicy garlic sauce and the Mongolian beef, the chicken with black bean and chili sauce not so much. Comfortable place to dine in. Lunch specials $5.99, seafood a buck more.

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        1. re: nosh

          Totally agree.
          This place has become my office's lunch-to-go, go-to, place. A great value with high quality ingredients and preparation. For example, the shrimp (so often skimped on in dishes) are fresh and plentiful. Noodles tend not to be too overdone. And, I gree with nosh about the hot-and-sour soup it is reallly good. It is a bit far from the OP's request but desreves mention.

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            Had lunch there today for the first time. We had a wonderful meal. Delicious Won Ton Soup, walnut shrimp (shrimp were cooked perfectly and the walnuts were crisp and sweet). Finally, stir fried noodles with beef, chicken and shrimp. Agree the noodles were a bit overcooked, but all in all, a very satisfying meal. I'll definitely return. Best won ton soup I have ever tasted. I believe it was made to order.

          2. re: nosh

            I third this rec. I believe Chandavkl has reported that Mandarin Kitchen is run by the former owners of Hop Woo.

          3. Express Chinese Food
            630 N Sepulveda Blvd
            Ste 634A
            El Segundo, CA 90245
            (310) 322-3317

            They have the best hot & sour soup

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            1. re: WSB

              Howard's Cafe
              1051 S. Alavarado St.
              L.A. CA, 90006

              Get one of Howard's combo specials