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Hu'z Szechuan, on National and Motor

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Has anyone tried this place? Is it any good for the Westside?

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  1. Mentioned numerous times on this board--some people like it. Prior to the mid-1990s when places like VIP Harbor, J.R. Seafood and Royal Star opened up, it was the best Chinese restaurant on the Westside, but that is not meant entirely as a compliment. Generally falls outside of the "authentic" category when compared to SGV or even Chinatown, but they served some decent Chinese food in its day. However, in today's environment, I'd go to Mandarin Kitchen, Hop Woo, Little Hong Kong or Hop Li first, unless I wanted to stay away from Cantonese food.

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    Little Hong Kong Cafe
    2129 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Hop Woo Restaurant
    1 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

    Mandarin Kitchen
    1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      1. Hu's Szechuan is like jason in friday the 13th -- every time i think i've killed him, he rises up here. Hu's is a travesty, an embarrassment to the Chinese people. The consensus from my previous poking around the West Side Chowhound Chinese LA folks is that Mandarin Kitchen is the place to go. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7472...

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        Mandarin Kitchen
        1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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        1. re: echoparkdirt

          is that the joint in the same minimall as Peeet's coffee and eduardo's mexican cuisine?

          1. re: echoparkdirt

            just looked at their menu. Their cantonese offerings are interesting and look quite good. Their non-canto offerings are insulting (mandarin kitchen). mu shu is explained as chiense fajitas. Muxu (Muxi) dishes are nothign like fajitas. except there's a "tortilla". this is nuts. the non-canto offerigns are limited and scary - general tso chicken scary. teh clay pot, fu yong,chow fun and some seafood look promisintg (gai lan as well). I'd say just from the meny, stay away from anything with "Szechwan sauce" in the description.
            just my gut.
            doesn't mean it can't be tasty. Some folks like spicy tuna and "dynamite," "rainbow" rolls etc.

          2. I like Hu's, and have recommended it on this board. But you do have to be careful when ordering. I like the lunch specials -- the kung pao chicken or the twoce-cooked pork (I order mine w/o tofu), the eggplant if I'm sharing with a group (too greasy and one-note for a whole plate). Their hot n sour soup is good spiced up with a little soy and hot chili oil, and I really appreciate the small Chinese chicken salad that comes between courses. Avoid the sweet n sour and the chop suey. Hu's and Mandarin Kitchen are in my steady lunch rotation -- Hop Woo and the Hop Lis have fallen off, along with Cheng Du (the former Chung King).

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            Hop Woo
            11110 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Cheng Du Restaurant
            11538 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Mandarin Kitchen
            1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            1. I go there for Beef Noodle Soup. Authentic and tasty.