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I know, two words that just don't go together.... I know Hu's (for the last 30 years or so) and wasn't all that in love with Mandarin Kitchen on Westwood (not bad, but not great). I'm basically looking for a solid middle of the road/western palate place (maybe even like Bamboo on Ventura in Sherman Oaks) with higher quality food, something the kids will like and I won't feel so much like I'm wasting energy putting gloppy caloric foodstuff in my mouth for 28 long minutes... Is Hu's really all we can claim as passable?

Help? Possible? Fa-getaboutit?

TIA!

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Mandarin Kitchen
1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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  1. I have tried almost every Chinese place on the westside that gets mentioned on this board, and my favorites are Hu's and Mandarin Kitchen. At Hu's my favorite dishes are the kung pao chicken (I order it with extra sauce) or shrimp, the eggplant, and the twice-cooked pork. At Mandarin Kitchen I really like the hot'n'sour soup, the Mongolian beef, and the shrimp or scallops with mixed vegetables and garlic sauce.

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    Mandarin Kitchen
    1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    1. Have you tried Jin Jiang on Santa Monica Bl. east of Sepulveda? They were originally an authentic Shanghai restaurant, then I believe switched to Cantonese, then finally retreated into Americanized Chinese food. However, they seem to have nevertheless retained some of their culinary skills and sometimes have more authentic white board specials to boot.

      1. I find that Hop Woo can still bring it if you order the right dishes (and have someone with you that can read the "specials" that are all in Chinese).

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

        1. I have tried both Jin Jiang and Hop Woo on several occasions, and I am much happier at either Hu's or Mandarin Kitchen. Plus, the parking at Jin Jiang will cost you and is difficult at prime time at Hop Woo. Service at either (for this westerner) ranges from indifferent to cold to hostile.

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

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          1. re: nosh

            We generally park on Pontius (that little mini mall parking lot can be a real PITA) when eating at Hop Woo WLA...

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

            1. re: Servorg

              Street parking is a cinch at Hop Woo, as stated above. The food there is actually pretty good!

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

          2. Does this subject really need a *new* thread?

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            1. re: will47

              Well my response is different from the past since the OP is willing to accept Americanized fare.

              1. re: will47

                Plus, I'm optimistic and hoped things might've changed, and wanted Hu's and Mandarin Kitchen in the first post. If you'll suggest a great place, I'll promise to not start ANOTHER WS Chinese food thread... :-)

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                Mandarin Kitchen
                1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

              2. Le Chine Wok at Beverly Glen Circle is a good choice

                1. Bao dim sum house on Beverly is a true gem. Unlike traditionally made dim sum that sits on carts, they make everything fresh to order. You can so tell the difference. They have non dim sum items to order as well.

                  1. One other thought while I'm at this. Have you tried Little Hong Kong on Sawtelle just north of Olympic (in the same little one story mini mall with Hurry Curry and 2117)? If not it probably deserves a test run too.

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

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                    1. re: Servorg

                      It's a pretty dreary place if you are eating from the steam trays, but if you order off the menu, San Hing on Palms and Sepulveda can get the job done. Their salt-and-pepper specials (they do chicken wings, shrimp-with-heads-on, and pork spareribs) are all very good.

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                      San Hing
                      11136 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034