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Jan 18, 2011 08:52 AM

Best Chinese Restaurant in Southern California?

What's the best Chinese restaurant in Southern California?

Use whatever criteria you want, whatever type of cuisine (e.g. Sichuan, Cantonese, etc.), type of food (e.g. dim sum, dumplings, noodles, fast food etc.), and price range to make your determination.

Let's not bicker about whether a particular restaurant nominated by a fellow 'Hound is right or wrong.

I just want to hear people's opinions on what they consider to be the best based on whatever criteria they want to use.

The only criteria is that it must serve some type of Chinese food -- be it fast food (Panda Express), Americanized Chinese (Yang Chow), dumplings (101 Noodle Express), or whatever strikes your fancy.

Personally, I have a hard time coming up with one. But if you put a gun to my head I'd probably say SEA HARBOUR.

There, I've committed. SEA HARBOUR would be my nominee for best Chinese restaurant in Southern California.


(Again, please, please, no debating a particular restaurant choice -- lets leave that for a later discussion, if at all.)

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  1. I think there are other places that might beat Sea Harbour on individual dishes or styles but across the board your pick seems solid.

    1. Wow, that's a tough one, particularly given the diversity of Chinese food in Southern California. I have lots of favorites, as I'm sure many people do. I agree that Sea Harbor is great, as are Elite and King Hua for dim sum and Cantonese. I've been really liking Wok and Noodle lately and Shanghainese is one of my favorite Chinese cuisines, and it's hard to beat Dean Sin World for XLB SJB.

      But if I had to pick just one I think I'd opt for Chung King. I don't think I've ever had a dish I haven't enjoyed there, from the cold appetizer line up of smoked chicken and boiled peanuts to the intensely peppercorned boiled beef and fish and fried chicken, and the pork with pickled peppers. Even the more innocuous dishes like the deep fried fish are excellent.

      So Chung King it is for me.

      Chung King Restaurant
      1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      Dean Sin World
      306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

      King Hua Restaurant
      2000 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

      Wok and Noodle
      828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

      1. Yeah, as of January, 2011, my pick would have to be Sea Harbour as well.

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        1. re: J.L.

          Dumping House in Arcadia for dumplings.

          1. re: wienermobile

            what do you mean? What are you saying? Are you trying help or what?

            1. re: bgazindad

              I'll hazard a guess that wienermobile is saying his vote for best Chinese restaurant in the greater Los Angeles area is Sea Harbour. But, remember, that's only a guess...

          2. depending on the night, lo wai lo, chang's garden.