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King Hao Chinese restaurant opens in Monrovia

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King Hao opened recently in the place formerly occupied by Shanghai Dumpling House at 215 E. Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia. I grabbed a menu. It has 66 items, but nothing on the menu stands out: chow mein, fried rice, various meat and veggie dishes, etc. If you take the most common 66 items in the SGV and put into a menu, this is what you'd get.

Perhaps the food is actually good. But I won't make that judgment until I actually try it. It's closed on Mondays.

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  1. More importantly, will they allow BYOB with no corkage fee? Because the little market on that corner has a truly impressive beer selection for a place it's size...

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    1. re: Bradbury

      Give them a pour and I'm sure they'll waive any sort of corkage that might be on the books (assuming that there's even a Chinese term for "corkage")

    2. Besides the short menu, most of the items seem to be geared towards non-Chinese diners, seemingly resulting in a "don't bother" combination. But the authentic stuff isn't bad. Green onion pancake was excellent as was the beef dumplings and the fish with vegetables. If this were in West LA people would be raving about it. But given the lack of menu depth, we need to ask TonyC and ipsedixit to set their over/under line. (Hint: Only one other set of diners there between noon and 1 pm).

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        "If this were in West LA people would be raving about it."

        Unfortunately, it's in Monrovia where Wang's and Chang Thai Bistro set the standard for Asian food.

        1. re: gdtobme

          This makes me sad.

          1. re: gdtobme

            > Unfortunately, it's in Monrovia where Wang's and Chang Thai Bistro set the standard for Asian food.

            A few years ago, yes, but now with Shanghai Gourmet and Oto-Oto in town (OK, so only by a matter of mere yards, but still...) the bar's set just a wee bit higher.

            1. re: gdtobme

              The Mon-Arc Plaza with (the above mentioned) Shanghai Gourmet, Luscious Dumpling, Yi Mei and ID Cha House, elevate Monrovia beyond Wang's and Chang Thai level.

              A single plaza can do it.

              1. re: JThur01

                Yes, but the western end of Monrovia has a much different feel from where King Hao is located.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Sort of like southern Monterey Park versus the northern part of Monterey Park.