chinese food in san gabriel valley
Gary, there are many, many good choices. If you could answer a few questions, it would help narrow those choices:
1. How far are you wiling to drive? The SGV is a large area.
2. What is your price range?
3. What are your expectations about ambiance? Are "hole-in-the-wall" places okay?
4. Do you know what type of Chinese regional cuisine you prefer?
5. Do you speak or read Chinese?
6. How adventurous are you?
7. How many people will be in your party?
As you know choosing the best Chinese food in SGV is not like choosing the best prime rib or the best pastrami sandwich in LA.
Food wise there are many Chinese regional cuisines to consider. It is almost impossible to simply state that Canton #1 is better than Shanghai #2. Among each regions there are specialist that excel in a different techniques and use of different ingredients among their exquisite offerings. Each of these top offerings are amongst the most cited on this board. Some are branches that had received Michelin star overseas.
In a similar vein, if you want to know who is the best of the best Iron Chef by just watching the "liver" battle between Garces and Morimoto. All you need to know is that Masaharu did not serve/cook livers as tasty as Jose on that day.
Okay, I'll actually try to be helpful and see if I can find some old threads that has some great suggestions from Chandavkl, ipsedixit, JThur01, bulavinaka, Mr Taster, TonyC I could keep going... (I know you're new, but believe what these guys tell you--and others, I am leaving off a ton of people). Or use the search function...
Also, what kind of Chinese are you looking for?