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Layne Murphy May 30, 2010 12:11 PM

I know we are philistines but we have never been to Din Tai Fung and thought we'd give it a whirl. I can't find anything on this board indicating if one location is preferable to another. Grouchy husband loathes waiting in line so that would be a major consideration.

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Din Tai Fung Restaurant
1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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    bsquared2 May 31, 2010 09:27 PM

    There is usually a line, but they get people in and out pretty quickly. They usually ask you to place your order even before you sit down.

    Personally, I like the new branch 'cause I am a fancy guy. And they have the cleanest restrooms of any Chinese restaurant on the new side.

    I know some people like to bag on DTF, but I love XLB and that is my wife's favorite spot. She will always say yes to DTF.

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      bulavinaka May 30, 2010 01:23 PM

      I hate waiting as well - it's not so much the wait but the crowds. My experience has been that if you go early, you will have practically no wait.

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        A5 KOBE May 30, 2010 04:37 PM

        The only trouble I find is the parking. Always a hassle.

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          Johnny L May 30, 2010 04:46 PM

          depends on when you go.

          Sunday? Then yes. Best to try street parking on the street one up from Duarte off of Baldwin.

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            justinelc May 30, 2010 06:50 PM

            I usually try to go after 2pm on weekends. Waits have been around 5-10 mins which isn't bad considering lunch and dinner weekend wait times are at least an hour. I've never been there when it first opens though since I am not a morning person :p Parking is horrible during lunch and dinner hours; mid-afternoon parking isn't too bad but you still might have to circle a couple times. Try parking in the Arcadia Market lot off Duarte and walk over.

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        terim1 May 30, 2010 01:20 PM

        We went right about opening time (maybe 10:30 am?) and had no wait at all on a Saturday.

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          taiwanesesmalleats May 30, 2010 12:58 PM

          There are two physical restaurants in Arcadia but they're the essentially the same place. The second, newer one is right near the original Arcadia location.

          1. boogiebaby May 30, 2010 12:23 PM

            I'm only aware of the Arcadia one... I believe that is the only branch in the US.

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