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Aug 4, 2011 07:06 AM

Taiwanese breakfast close to LAX/Santa Monica?

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

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

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

        1. re: teresa

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

          1. re: teresa

            Chowhound posting also confirms Saturday only (closed Sunday).

            1. re: Chandavkl

              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

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

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

          1. 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