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Chinese restaurants open today?

adrouault Dec 25, 2011 10:14 AM

It's Christmas, and I'm looking for good Chinese food, preferably delivery, in/near Santa Monica.
Any ideas?

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  1. mucho gordo Dec 25, 2011 10:43 AM

    A big "IF": If they're still there and if the ownership is still the same, then you might try the Kung Pao China Bistro on Santa Monica in WeHo. I was at their Studio City location last night and they had a sign in the window saying they would be open today.

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    1. re: mucho gordo
      wutzizname Dec 25, 2011 11:01 AM

      WeHo? To deliver to Santa Monica?

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        mucho gordo Dec 25, 2011 11:23 AM

        OP 'prefers' delivery which indicates s/he will pick-up.

    2. ipsedixit Dec 25, 2011 10:49 AM

      My goodness this might be an impossible request.

      You are looking for "good" and "Chinese food" and in "Santa Monica" and to top it off you want it on Christmas day?

      I'd have better answer for you if you'd asked for the winning Lotto numbers this week.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        adrouault Dec 25, 2011 11:07 AM

        I'm a New Yorker,
        I guess I expect too much.

        1. re: adrouault
          Mr Taster Dec 25, 2011 03:39 PM

          You've made the rookie mistake of carrying your New York expectations over to LA.

          New Yorkers (like my sister) have come to expect everything be delivered to their doors, likely since cars and parking are such a nuisance.

          When my sis recently told me that they regularly order delivery sushi, I did everything I could to repress a dry heave. To my mind, delivery sushi is as absurd as delivery toast. If it's not consumed immediately, it decays rapidly.

          What you're seeking simply doesn't exist. Hop Li in West LA will be your closest bet. It will not live up to your expectations of New York style Canto-American Chinese food. No idea if they deliver.

          What does exist is an abundance of absurdly excellent Chinese food which tastes just like it does in China, and costs pennies on the dollar of what you'd expect it to cost. The catch is, you have to drive there. But hey, you're in Los Angeles. It's okay to drive.

          Get in your car and drive to San Gabriel or Monterey Park. Do your research here. Most restaurants will be open, and you'll realize how much better real Chinese is than what you've become conditioned to expect.

          Mr Taster
          (who for decades grew up eating the Chinese food you're seeking, before eating my way across LA, China, and Taiwan and realizing the folly of my ways)

          1. re: Mr Taster
            kevin Dec 25, 2011 05:37 PM

            Mr. Taster has summed up the Chinese food approach in LA perfectly.

            Truer words have never been spoken before.

            If you must, in West LA area you can hit up Hop Wood, and you can hit up Mandarin Kitchen. And maybe Hu's Szechwuan.

            1. re: kevin
              echoparkdirt Dec 26, 2011 09:56 AM

              never Hu's

              Hop Woo and Hop Li are equally acceptable if you must

        2. re: ipsedixit
          Chandavkl Dec 25, 2011 11:47 AM

          Ipse is right--you lose right away on the good Chinese food in Santa Monica request because it does not exist. I do know that Union Buffet on Wilshire, west of Barrington is open if you don't mind eating in. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if the other good Chinese restaurants in WLA, such as Mandarin Kitchen and Hop Woo are also open due to the historic Jewish/Chinese food on Xmas day connection.

          1. re: Chandavkl
            mucho gordo Dec 25, 2011 11:53 AM

            HUH???? Jewish / Chinese connection????

            1. re: mucho gordo
              wienermobile Dec 25, 2011 11:57 AM

              It is a Jewish tradition to go out for Chinese Food on Christmas Day. (Often it's because that is all that's open). Note holiday song at link below. It will explain it all.

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                mucho gordo Dec 25, 2011 12:03 PM

                HEH!, You must be right. We brought some in last night. Today, we're having a Chanukah party with goodies from Brent's so deli is another option.

                1. re: mucho gordo
                  adrouault Dec 25, 2011 12:07 PM

                  Happy hanukkah.

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                    mucho gordo Dec 25, 2011 12:19 PM

                    Thanks, adrouault and Chag Chanukah Sameach to you and your family.

                  2. re: mucho gordo
                    wienermobile Dec 25, 2011 12:27 PM

                    Brent's is closed today. Day off for staff. Happy Holidays!

                    1. re: wienermobile
                      mucho gordo Dec 25, 2011 12:35 PM

                      Food must have been picked up yesterday. My B-in-Law also stopped at Bea's.

                      1. re: mucho gordo
                        foodiemahoodie Dec 26, 2011 01:22 AM

                        Beas - LOVE those tiny little chocolate chip cookies.

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                          mucho gordo Dec 26, 2011 09:56 AM

                          Their chocolate chip danish is my downfall. Those big, heavy suckers are so filling that I cut them in half and make one last two days.

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                            happybaker Dec 26, 2011 10:02 AM

                            Bea's rocks!

                2. re: mucho gordo
                  adrouault Dec 25, 2011 11:57 AM

                  That's the reason I'm looking for it.
                  Jewish tradition.

                  1. re: mucho gordo
                    Chandavkl Dec 25, 2011 12:12 PM

                    Very common topic on Manhattan board. If you want to examine the scholarly connection between the Jewish community and Chinese food, here it is.


                    1. re: Chandavkl
                      wutzizname Dec 25, 2011 12:18 PM

                      Great essay...

                      "Jews today still flock to Chinese restaurants on Sundays and Christmas."...

                      "The Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas was apparently in place by 1935, when Chinese restaurant owner Eng Shee Chuck prepared 80 Christmas Day chow mein dinners for the orphans at Jewish Children’s Home in Newark."

              2. wutzizname Dec 25, 2011 10:58 AM

                Try Hop Li.

                They have one on Pico near Westwood. And one on Santa Monica near Bundy in West L.A.


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                  adrouault Dec 25, 2011 12:18 PM

                  I guess good Chinese is hard to find...
                  I guess I'll just get food from a Deli.
                  Mildly disappointing...
                  I don't mean to kvetch.

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                  1. re: adrouault
                    wutzizname Dec 25, 2011 12:23 PM

                    Hop Li is open today, and very good (by L.A. standards...not including SGV). However I don't think they deliver...


                    1. re: wutzizname
                      adrouault Dec 25, 2011 12:30 PM

                      Is the Pico one open today, or just SM blvd?

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                        wutzizname Dec 25, 2011 12:32 PM

                        Pico's open too.

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                          wutzizname Dec 25, 2011 12:42 PM

                          Actually, looking at some of the online reviews it sounds like they might deliver. So you might call and ask. And/or there is probably one of those premium 3rd party delivery services that deliver for them, though not sure of those are working today.

                          1. re: wutzizname
                            adrouault Dec 25, 2011 01:02 PM

                            Thanks. I'll let you all know how it is.

                    2. re: adrouault
                      happybaker Dec 25, 2011 02:23 PM

                      Good Chinese food is easy to find - I just came back from a very tasty dim sum feast in Rowland Heights, with tons of additional location choices available.

                      But if you're not willing to hop in a car then yes, it is affected by your location.

                      However the chow chanukah elves are with you - the hop li suggestion looks like it might work, so my fingers are crossed for you!

                      1. re: happybaker
                        wienermobile Dec 25, 2011 02:26 PM

                        Warning: I've been to Hop Li on Pico on Christmas Day before and it will be very very very busy. Enjoy.

                        Hop Li Seafood Restaurant
                        10974 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                        1. re: wienermobile
                          adrouault Dec 25, 2011 02:27 PM

                          I haven't been with so many fellow Jews since i went to 770 Eastern Parkway.

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                      adrouault Dec 25, 2011 02:25 PM

                      Thanks for all your help everyone.
                      I had a nice Chinese lunch, at Hop Li.
                      I appreciate all of your suggestions.
                      It was good Christmas Chinese food.

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                      1. re: adrouault
                        happybaker Dec 25, 2011 02:37 PM


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                        adrouault Dec 25, 2011 02:49 PM

                        Relevant to this thread.

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                          julesrules4food Dec 25, 2011 03:03 PM

                          Great video thanks! We'll be having Chinese in a few hours and we watched a movie on demand this morning. What is the reference to 770 Eastern Parkway? I remember my mom grew up on Eastern Parkway.

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                            bulavinaka Dec 25, 2011 03:09 PM

                            I've never eaten Chinese in the Fairfax district, but the area is replete with Chinese eateries that cater to the neighborhood's tastes and dietary guidelines.

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                              wienermobile Dec 25, 2011 03:15 PM

                              For Kosher Chinese I like Shanghai Diamond on Pico.

                              Shanghai Diamond Garden
                              9401 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                            2. re: julesrules4food
                              adrouault Dec 25, 2011 03:14 PM

                              Chabad Lubavitch world headquarters.

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