Any good Chinese food in LA proper?
It's pretty difficult for the gf and I to find the time and will to drive out to the SGV for Chinese. Is there anything decent no further east than Chinatown (and no further west than WeHo/Culver)?
Hop Li although not necessarily favored by this board is a great restaurant. I had to do a charitable donation dinner where the 6 guests had paid for dinner and wine at a Chinese Restaurant and I was told to take them to Empress. When I spoke with one of the donor's I asked her whether ambience or food was the choice and said food. It was a pleasure to be thanked the next day and two weeks or so later to be asked for the menu I had ordered as they were taking friends there for dinner. What better compliment. And see if you can get Joe as your waiter. Although the other waiters are really fine Joe has been there for the 25 plus or minus years I have been going there.
Hop Li Seafood
526 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
I realize that this may not apply to your situation but, fwiw, I frequently find myself at the Metro Courthouse at Hill and Washington. For a long while I drove to Chinatown for dim sum. It was about fifteen minutes in normal traffic up Broadway.
In the last few weeks, I've hopped on the 10 fwy and found myself parked in the lot for New Capital Seafood, in San Gabriel, in twelve minutes flat. (Waiting for the elevator to get to the top floor was another matter).
My point is that once you've made it downtown, the SGV isn't that far away.
re: Bob Brooks
It's even quicker if you go to Ocean Star. Take 10 East, exit Atlantic, take the southbound turnout, within 1/2 mile, you're at Ocean Star, and parking is usu. a breeze (and free!). And no elevators! Just stairs from garage to restaurant.
That said, I think the appeal of Chinatown for our downtown brethren is that the DASH can usu. get you to/from without ever getting into your car -- even though time wise it's probably a wash.
Arguably some of the best Chinese food in the country is in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley. My favorite dim sum in the U.S. is 261 Mission. I've eaten at the top spots in Hong Kong and this is the closest I've had in the U.S. to Asia. Lots of people say Empress, but I love 261 and their suckling pig. You also should try hand pulled noodles and a Chinese Islamic place. They do lamb really well. Head into San Gabriel for amazing Chinese. Saveur wrote an article. Here's the link. http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels...