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Chowhound worthy Restauarants in San Gabriel/Monterey Park that open before 11 a.m.

badbatzmaru May 30, 2011 10:17 PM

Three of us are driving from SF to Pasadena, and staying in Pasadena for 5 days, Wed-Sunday. My bro is going to the bot con (transformers) convention in Pasadena while my wife and I are going to explore LA.

Wife and I will go to: Santa Monica (biking the strand) and Malibu or Manhattan Beach (sand dune park), hollywood walk fame, griffin observatory, Geffen Moca, Getty, Holocaust Museum or Museum of Tolerance, and two farmer's market: Hollywood, and Pasadena or South Pasadena, maybe if time permits, we'll also go to LA Farmer's market.

We would like to have a late breakfast/early early lunch with my bro before he goes to his convention, and we go to our places. Many of the restaurants recommended by Chowhounders open at around 11:00 am.

We're looking for Asian, non Cantonese, maybe dim sum. Preferably noodles, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ramen, and any others. Any res for places that open lets say between 9 to 10:30 am?

Recommendations for places we will be going would be fabulous too. Price wise, up to $25 per person, though for Japanese (sushi/sashimi) we could go up to $50 pp.


  1. J.L. May 31, 2011 12:03 PM

    You say you're looking for "non Cantonese", yet you say you want dim sum. You are aware that dim sum is Cantonese, yes?

    Sea Harbour serves fantastic dim sum, and opens at 9:30AM on Saturdays (there's usually a small line which forms at the entrance around 9AM, but once it opens, it more than fits everyone in line at that time).

    As for Japanese for $25 per person in Pasadena, try Sachi on Colorado (across the street from Office Max & Target). The baked mussels are great.

    Chinese breakfast is very different than dim sum, and these joints open really early, since they specialize in breakfast: Think freshly made soy milk, fried cruellers, and piping hot sesame bread. Huge Tree Pastry (on Atlantic, next to Shun Fat Supermarket) is very good, and Yung Ho Tou Chiang (NE corner of New & Valley) is good too. Both are very cheap and good.

    Yung Ho Tou Chiang Restaurant
    1045 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    Huge Tree Pastry
    423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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    1. re: J.L.
      badbatzmaru May 31, 2011 06:45 PM

      Yeah, said non Cantonese, but "maybe" dim sum. I am sort of dim summed out since coming back from a three week trip to Hong Kong and Beijing. Since there's 3 of us, probably will check out either Sea Harbour or Elite, will be good to see how it compares to Hong Kong Lounge and Koi Palace in San Francisco and /Daly City, respectively.

      Dont think I've had the hot sesame bread, gonna try it. .

      1. re: badbatzmaru
        ipsedixit May 31, 2011 08:10 PM

        I wouldn't bother if with either Sea Harbour or Elite if you've just been to Koi. Koi is just better.

        Both places, however, are far superior to Hong Kong Flower Lounge.

        Koi Restaurant
        730 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

        1. re: ipsedixit
          badbatzmaru May 31, 2011 09:43 PM

          I removed the automatic link to "koi" in LA. The Dim Sum restaurant I was referring was Koi Palace in the San Francisco Bay Area: http://www.koipalace.com/default.htm

          1. re: badbatzmaru
            ipsedixit May 31, 2011 09:48 PM

            Yes, I know you were referring to Koi in SF (not the Koi in Los Angeles that serves fusion-y Japanese).

    2. raytamsgv May 31, 2011 11:23 AM

      Most dim sum places are open before 11AM. For example, Capital Seafood in Monterey Park offers dim sum for only $1.88 per dish (any size). I believe they open at 8 on weekends, but I'm not sure if they open that early on weekdays.

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        Bradbury May 31, 2011 08:36 AM

        Two of the better Taiwanese breakfast spots in the area are Four Seas on Las Tunas in San Gabriel, and Huge Tree on Atlantic in Monterey Park. Both open at 7am I believe.

        (A side note if you weren't already aware: the sand dune park in Manhattan Beach requires a reservation; you can do it online through the city website.)

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        1. re: Bradbury
          badbatzmaru May 31, 2011 06:36 PM

          Thanks. Got a spot reserved for the sand dunes. They ask for too much private info imho: driver's license, date of birth, address, phone, etc.

          Looking forward to trying out the Taiwanese places.

        2. flylice2x May 31, 2011 03:00 AM

          NBC Seafood Restaurant
          Elite Restaurant

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