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Quick - Dim sum recs for tomorrow

Want to go for dim sum tomorrow. Where should we go? Wasn't too happy with Elite the last time. We will have 4 kids with us (ages 2-9) so kid friendly atmosphere would be appreciated. They eat everything so we're not worried abut kid friendly food.

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  1. With kids -- do you want to have carts? 888

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    1. re: nosh

      Not picky about carts. Should also mention that my hubby can't eat shrimp, so there have to be some decent non-shrimp options (non dim sum options are ok)

      1. re: boogiebaby

        What was wrong with Elite? Give Sea Harbour or King Hua a try. Of the two, I definitely prefer Sea Harbour.

        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

          Yes to Sea Harbour.

          1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

            Our normal go-to is Elite. But the last time, it just wasn't good. The food wasn't fresh, like it was sitting around in the kitchen, and some items were lukewarm and the service was atrocious. We couldn't get anyone to stop at our table to save our life. Every time we tried, they'd tell us to hold on or say "one minute one minute" and then never come back. This dim sum brunch is for my birthday so I want to have a good time, and not be annoyed. :)

      2. King Hua in Alhambra. No carts, but friendly. Order from the menu (lots of non-shellfish). Lots of families, with happy kids & parents there the last time I went.

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        1. re: J.L.

          +1 for King Hua, mostly because in my mind, less (usually no) wait = more kid friendly. Who wants to deal with a bunch of hungry kids waiting in line? If you ever have just a few people who wouldn't mind waiting, I would go to Sea Harbour.

          1. re: andytseng

            Sea Harbour for the food, King Hua for less crowds but compromise of food v. Sea Harbour, Lunasia for third place behind Sea Harbour and Elite (haven't been to Elite in a few months so sorry to hear about your experience). Sea Harbour and Lunasia get very crowded if you don't make it there before 1030. We found the quality of the shrimp dishes at King Hua to be mixed, so you won't be missing much if you have to pare back on this category.

          2. re: J.L.

            +1 King Hua.

            Being able to order from the menu is a huge help, especially if you need to avoid a certain food. Plus, they looked to be very kid friendly there, with extra plates, patience and high chairs. And all the kids we saw under 3 were remarkably calm - yes their parents were very well prepared, but maybe small bites make everyone happy!

          3. Share the same feeling with you on Elite. Will not be going there again. I still prefer Ocean Star near Atlantic and Garvey. That would be my choice.

            1. So we ended up going to NBC as my mom didn't want to go to Sea Harbour (we've been there before). It was very good. We got there around 11:15 and had a 25 minute wait for a ten top. The food was all fresh and we enjoyed everything. Kids loved watching the carts go by too so that provided free entertainment. :) Total bill was $130 and that was for about 24-25 plates.

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              1. re: boogiebaby

                Thanks for reporting back!

                1. re: boogiebaby

                  NBC would have been my second choice. I prefer carts also. Glad you had a good time.

                  1. re: boogiebaby

                    Alhambra?

                    http://www.nbcrestaurant.com/dimsum.html

                    1. re: happybaker

                      It's in Monterey Park but yes, that's one. Their address is shown on their main page of the website.

                      1. re: boogiebaby

                        Great! Thank you!