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Taiwanese breakfast close to LAX/Santa Monica?

teresa Aug 4, 2011 07:06 AM

Hello LAers. I'll be attending a wedding in Santa Monica this weekend. I'll be staying near LAX and was wondering if there are any Taiwanese breakfast restaurants within 20 minutes? I have been doing my research it appears that most Taiwanese places are more inland in Monterey Park, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel etc. Should I just suck it up and head to Huge Tree Pastry (it seems to be the closest to where I'm staying). Thanks so much!

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

  1. teresa Aug 11, 2011 07:34 PM

    Thanks for everyone who responded. I ended up going to Huge Tree Pastry. It was quite tasty. I'm a big fan of their sticky rice roll. I asked for it with a soy egg. It was unfortunate that there was a detour which caused us to get lost (with GPS). Oh well! We even got some bubble tea at Ten Ren across the street. The employees are so much friendlier in CA than in NY! ;)

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

    1. J.L. Aug 4, 2011 04:18 PM

      Si Hai (Four Seas) on Las Tunas has good Chinese breakfast also. Yes, it's also in the San Gabriel Valley.

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        Chandavkl Aug 4, 2011 09:12 AM

        The only possible alternative I can think of is one of the Taiwanese restaurants in Torrance. I think Peter's Place has Chinese breakfast on weekends. Not sure of the relative drive times, though traffic would probably be free flowing if you are going early enough.

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        1. re: Chandavkl
          teresa Aug 4, 2011 12:24 PM

          Chandavkl, is it true they only serve Taiwanese breakfast on Saturdays at Peter's Place? Thanks for the recommendation!

          1. re: teresa
            Servorg Aug 4, 2011 02:55 PM

            According to a Yelp report dated 3/12/11 "They have Taiwanese breakfast Saturday mornings 9-2"

            1. re: teresa
              Chandavkl Aug 4, 2011 09:24 PM

              Chowhound posting also confirms Saturday only (closed Sunday).

              1. re: Chandavkl
                heinous Aug 7, 2011 03:35 PM

                I live two blocks from Peter's Place in Torrance and can confirm for sure that they are closed Sundays. The owners are Christian and close for the 7th day's rest.

                But if you're down Torrance way, Shanghai Palace serves Chinese breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, including sweet/salty soy milk, Chinese donuts, XLBs, scallion pancakes. Cheaper and better than Peter's Place, IMO. I'd go there instead of Peter's Place any day. And since it's technically Shanghainese, you can also get a pretty good nien gao dish. It's oddly attached to a Ramada Inn, but it's pretty good. Salt/pepper garlic fish filet is a standout (I know it's not breakfast... but why not?)

                If you're leaning more Taiwanese, then Sue's Kitchen is in the strip mall right next to Peter's Place. No breakfast, but decent beef noodle soup, dumplings, rice plates, and a nice little cold plate selection with all the standards - seaweed, spicy beef tendon, pig ears, tofu, etc. Open 7 days.

                Drive time from LAX to this area of Torrance should be around 20 minutes with no traffic.

                Sue's Kitchen
                23918 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                Shanghai Palace Restaurant
                2880 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

                Peter's Place Chinese Restaurant
                23816 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                1. re: heinous
                  TonyC Aug 8, 2011 10:51 AM

                  Sue's also has millet congee, a decidedly breakfast item.

          2. keepon Aug 4, 2011 08:57 AM

            Yes, I believe Huge Tree is the closest to LAX if good TW breakfast is what you want. Traffic usually is pretty good early AM weekend and you can get there in 30min.
            There's no good Chinese food in LAX/Santa Monica area period.

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