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CHINESE take out in HOLLYWOOD/ No need to be healthy

kennygg Apr 25, 2010 05:14 PM

Hello! I've gotten some great recs on this board, so now it's time to hit up CHINESE TAKE OUT in Hollywood. I'm from the east coast and craving some good orange chicken or honey walnut shrimp. And it definitely does not need to be healthy or gourmet.
Thank you!

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  1. Chandavkl RE: kennygg Apr 25, 2010 07:59 PM

    Like the unicorn, this animal does not exist. Hollywood has probably some of the worst Chinese food in LA. Closest recommendable place is BBQ Unlimited #2 on Melrose.

    BBQ Unlimited
    4806 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

    1. monku RE: kennygg Apr 25, 2010 08:06 PM

      Panda Express is probably the orange chicken "king".
      5543 West Sunset Blvd.
      Los Angeles, CA 90028

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        Chandavkl RE: monku Apr 25, 2010 08:32 PM

        I must agree that Panda Express does put together a pretty mean orange chicken--sweet and crunchy. Of course saying that Panda Express is your best bet is further commentary on the state of the neighborhood.

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          monku RE: Chandavkl Apr 25, 2010 08:44 PM

          The first time I had orange chicken was at their Panda Inn in Pasadena.
          The commentary is they must sell more orange chicken than anyone in the world.

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            ipsedixit RE: monku Apr 25, 2010 09:05 PM

            In many ways Panda Express has become the Starbucks of Chinese fast food.

      2. wutzizname RE: kennygg Apr 26, 2010 09:00 AM

        As others have implied, there really is no good answer to this question. Very little Chinese available in Hollywood and none of it very good. The best, closest options (and again, best is a relative term) are probably more in the West Hollywood direction, like Kung Pao Bistro on Santa Monica at Fairfax www.kpbistro.com or Mao's Kitchen on Melrose www.maoskitchen.com

        Or to the east, Chi Dynasty in Los Feliz isn't bad either www.chidynasty.com

        Of course, if you avoid rush hour, Chinatown is a pretty quick ride down the 101, and may be worth the trip.

        Kung Pao Bistro
        7853 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

        Chi Dynasty
        1813 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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          Obessed RE: wutzizname Apr 27, 2010 11:22 AM

          Agree with the reco for Mao's Kitchen for delivery. If I'm picking up locally, I usually go to Genghis Cohen (which has almost-like NY Egg Rolls).


          Genghis Cohen
          740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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          chris1621 RE: kennygg Apr 26, 2010 11:39 AM

          My go to for Chinese food in Hollywood is the Green Tea House on Sunset (near Poinsettia). Good portions, decent prices. The delivery is always fast too (20 minutes or so). I really like their General Tsao's chicken, beef with mushrooms & bamboo shoots and war wonton soup.

          1. mrgreenbeenz RE: kennygg Apr 26, 2010 05:54 PM

            I'm kinda shocked no one has mentioned Louisiana Fried Chicken yet. Despite the name it is primarily a Chinese steam tray joint. Located in the strip mall on the NE corner of SM and La Brea (sorry CH couldn't come up with a link). Pretty standard nastiness - probably better than Panda Express but definitely the same kinda deal.

            As an aside, they are the only decent and cheap fried chicken joint north of the 10. The closest thing I've been able to find in LA to a Lincoln/Kennedy Fried Chicken joint - only without the bulletproof glass.

            Also, Mao's Kitchen is okay for Americanized Chinese but they do make you pay a premium for looking at the agit-prop murals while eating your pineapple fried rice.

            1. wutzizname RE: kennygg Apr 26, 2010 11:13 PM

              Was recently reminded about Le Oriental Bistro which is right across from Hollywood & Highland. Entirely decent, by Hollywood standards. Great for take out. Don't think they deliver though. www.leorientalbistro.net

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                Obessed RE: kennygg Apr 27, 2010 11:24 AM

                Speaking of Chinese has anyone been to the hole-in-the-wall next to Trader Joe's on Santa Monica/La Brea. It's right next store to the Indian place and I'm always curious about it.

                1. maxzook RE: kennygg Apr 27, 2010 12:07 PM

                  Second the Chi Dynasty, the best of a disappointing bunch.

                  It's technically West Hollywood, but you could do a lot worse than Kung Pao Bistro at Santa Monica and Fairfax, in the mall with the Whole Foods Market.


                  Kung Pao Bistro
                  7853 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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                    dvsndvs RE: maxzook Apr 27, 2010 09:47 PM

                    Trader Joe's and Costco's Orange Chicken I think are better than Panda Express.

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