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Best dim sum in Chinatown?

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chowchow12345678 Jul 30, 2012 03:45 PM

Are there any great dim sum restaurants in Chinatown nowadays, not a take-out place?

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  1. Chandavkl RE: chowchow12345678 Jul 30, 2012 04:10 PM

    No. Not even close.

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      chowchow12345678 RE: Chandavkl Jul 30, 2012 04:59 PM

      Hmm, how about decent?

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        Chandavkl RE: chowchow12345678 Jul 30, 2012 05:24 PM

        Golden Dragon. (Did I really say that?)

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          Clinton RE: Chandavkl Jul 30, 2012 07:48 PM

          Yes you did...and quite frankly, you're probably right?

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            granadafan RE: Chandavkl Jul 30, 2012 08:04 PM

            Golden Dragon and Ocean Seafood are the only halfway decent ones if you've never been the SGV.

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              wienermobile RE: granadafan Jul 30, 2012 08:08 PM

              I was going to say Ocean Seafood also....but Sea Harbour is only about 10 minutes farther away in Rosemead.
              http://oceansf.com

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                Theo RE: granadafan Jul 31, 2012 06:07 PM

                Ocean Seafood for sure

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          foodiemahoodie RE: chowchow12345678 Jul 30, 2012 08:41 PM

          How about Empress Pavillion? (I've never been but I've good things about it).

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            Chandavkl RE: foodiemahoodie Jul 30, 2012 09:30 PM

            Empress Pavillion is probably the best known dim sum restaurant in Chinatown and I'd bet all of the other posters on this thread are familiar with it.

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              Galen RE: Chandavkl Jul 30, 2012 10:14 PM

              Me and my friends go to Empress. Convenient parking and big dining room.

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                silverlakebodhisattva RE: Chandavkl Jul 31, 2012 08:40 AM

                Empress, once my "go to" for dim sum, is still good, but unless time and transport limits require otherwise, I'm now almost always SGV-bound.

            2. ipsedixit RE: chowchow12345678 Jul 30, 2012 08:50 PM

              Yum Cha Cafe.

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                nosh RE: ipsedixit Jul 30, 2012 09:16 PM

                I love the baked bbq pork buns at Yum Cha Cafe. They are big, really inexpensive, and reheat well with 25 seconds in my microwave. The other items I've tried there haven't fared as well. The shu mai are small, a bit hard, a touch gummy. The egg rolls just seem like they've sat around too long. Oh, the fried shrimp balls with the crispy coating are good. I get takeout; the times I've tried to eat in there I can't seem to get cold water to drink.

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                  chowchow12345678 RE: nosh Jul 31, 2012 09:09 AM

                  I'm hoping to find a sit-down dim sum restaurant in Chinatown, not a take-out place like Yum Cha Cafe.

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                  Bjartmarr RE: ipsedixit Jul 31, 2012 11:51 AM

                  Yum Cha Cafe falls squarely into the "cheap and adequate" category, imo.

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                  chrishei RE: chowchow12345678 Jul 31, 2012 10:59 AM

                  CBS is decent, as is Empress. But yeah, just drive 10 more minutes east for Sea Harbour, Elite, and over a handful of other places that are superior.

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