CHINESE take out in HOLLYWOOD/ No need to be healthy
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.
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.
4806 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
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
1813 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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.
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.