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The Best Chinese in LA

The May issue of LA Magazine digs into Chinese food in Chinatown, in the SGV, and elsewhere. It's a nice review and has a few debatable picks in the top 10 listing but it's generally in the ballpark. Perhaps the most useful aspect is particular dishes selected at various restaurants. The interesting thing is with all the places listed, they only scratched the surface.

OK, you wanna know their top 10.....

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

Hunan ChiliKing

Kam Hong Garden

Blue Ocean Seafood

Mr. Chow [!? Where's that interobang when I need it?]

Duck House

Tasty Garden

Gourmet Vegetarian

Dumpling 10053

CBS Seafood Restaurant

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Tasty Garden
1212 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

CBS Seafood
700 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dumpling 10053
10053 Valley Blvd Ste 2, El Monte, CA 91731

Kam Hong Garden
848 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA

Duck House (Lu Ding Ji)
501 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Mr. Chow
344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Hunan Chilliking
534 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Blue Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1412 S Garfield Ave, Alhambra, CA 91801

Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant
140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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  1. Leafed through that issue... Indeed, more for the neophyte than the initiated.

    I prefer sticking to the Hounds' advice, thank you.

    1. Thanks for putting the list up. It looks as if LA Magazine is asymptotically approaching a solution.

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      1. re: raytamsgv

        At least they did not include Yang Chow in the top ten.

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        Yang Chow Restaurant
        819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        1. re: mc michael

          In this list, they *should* have included Yang Chow ... would've done laps around places like Mr. Chow and probably even CBS and Blue Ocean.

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          Yang Chow Restaurant
          819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          Mr. Chow
          344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      2. Re: Mr. Chow, here you go

        By the way, I've never been there, but have heard nothing but near-universal derision and scorn from non-famous people about Mr. Chow. What exactly is it about this place that makes it such a dreadful experience for non-famous/wealthy people?

        Mr Taster

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        Mr. Chow
        344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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        1. re: Mr Taster

          Perhaps it's because it's one of those places that seems to have paparazzi permanently parked outside in hopes that someone famous will walk out. (Same is true at the Ivy - both the one in WeHo and the one in London - but at least you get a >30% chance of a decent meal at either which is more than you can say for Mr Chow)

          I secretly suspect that, after a heated argument, the LA mag editors forced him to include at least one place west of La Brea, and Mr Chow was added out of spite...

          1. re: Mr Taster

            From personal experience: rotten food that is disgustingly expensive. Hearsay: very pushy servers try to inflate your bill.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              I'm curious-- what sort of rotten food? Can you go into more detail? I'm more interested in your first hand experiences than the hearsay bit. Do you go to Mr. Chow with any preconceived ideas?

              Mr Taster

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              Mr. Chow
              344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Fortunately my memory has been expunged of that meal so I couldn't tell you what I ate. My only meal there was for lunch in the spring of 1997, and all I recall now is thinking "never again".

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  At Mr. Chow, think PF Chang's with gussied up ingredients, at about 3x the price.

                  Sad to say, but Mr. Chow probably isn't even the best "Chinese" (using that term loosely) in Beverly Hills. In the battle of the worst, Crustacean probably edges out Mr. Chow for the title at least worst in Beverly Hills.

                  No one goes there for the food. If you do, that's a "you" problem.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Interesting. Thanks for your perspective, ipse.

                    Mr Taster

              2. Hi - I was just looking through that issue last night too. I notice that you are quoted pretty frequently in the email digests for this site; it seems that you are pretty familiar with the food scene here.

                Your profile says that you are in Pasadena. My fiance works in Pasadena and we are starting a dinner group there. If you can stand to be at a table full of attorneys, you'd be welcome to join us. In the alternative, if you know of any other dinner groups (Pasadena or east), would you mind sharing? We're huge foodies but don't know many people here b/c we just moved from Chicago last year. I hope this is not too innappropriate a use for this board, but I am not sure how to actually meet other foodies. Thanks everyone for understanding.

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                1. re: lifelong foodie

                  If you are speaking to me, my name probably shows up some because I've been hanging around here for years. Sad to say I don't know of any food groups although there are these traveling dinner things I've heard about that hit a mess of places in one evening. I'll post if I get details of something coming up.

                  1. re: lifelong foodie

                    Trying to wake up and think like a foodie, you might want to check the site for Noir Food and Wine and see what Claude Beltran is up to. He does some interesting things. Not cheap but he has a good cellar.

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                    Noir Food & Wine
                    40 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

                    1. re: lifelong foodie

                      There are several LA meetup groups that focus on dining. Groups range from different ages to income levels. I'd say go on Meetup, sign up and start poking around.

                      One of the regular contributors here Pleasure Palate has run a well respected Meetup dining group for a few years. She regularly posts her experiences. Her blog and group would be a good start. Or you could try organizing a chow get together here yourself to meet up with some people and try out a place. There are some very specific guidelines on how to do that using this board. Read up on the stickies. Past get togethers seem to have been very positive. Reporting back on the food is always good data for the board.

                      1. re: lifelong foodie

                        lifelong foodie - my wife and I just moved from Minneapolis few months ago. Would love to join your dinner group if it's not too late. Let me know if it's a possibility and we can get in touch.

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