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Late night in Monterey Park/Alhambra?

waferthin Oct 31, 2013 10:28 AM

Hi, any chowhound worthy options for dinner after a show at the Luckman on Saturday? Preferably NOT dim sum but I realize that's limiting our options. Thanks!

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    mc michael Oct 31, 2013 02:41 PM

    U2 Cafe & BBQ in Alhambra is open late.

    1. TonyC Oct 31, 2013 01:25 PM

      Chengdu Taste
      Sham Tseng
      Seafood Village
      Garden Cafe(s)
      Chengdu Taste
      Qingdao Bread
      Chengdu Taste

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      1. re: TonyC
        chrishei Oct 31, 2013 01:27 PM

        What time does Seafood Village close, Tony?

        1. re: chrishei
          TonyC Oct 31, 2013 01:34 PM


          Green Porno can't be more than 2 hours.

          1. re: TonyC
            kevin Oct 31, 2013 01:36 PM

            Midnight but only at the Monterey Park location.

            1. re: TonyC
              waferthin Oct 31, 2013 01:36 PM

              thanks! they didn't know exact performance time at the Luckman but they said no more than 2 hours.

              1. re: TonyC
                ilysla Oct 31, 2013 01:37 PM

                Is this the Isabella Rosselini thing? Didn't know it was already playing! Argh!

                To the OP, do note that there was a recent post about a downhill alert regarding the beef rolls at 101 Noodle Express....

                1. re: ilysla
                  barryc Oct 31, 2013 06:19 PM

                  apparently the rolls are better late in the evening.

            2. re: TonyC
              waferthin Oct 31, 2013 01:37 PM

              So, Chengdu Taste? :) What dishes should we try

              1. re: waferthin
                TonyC Oct 31, 2013 01:52 PM


                Specials menu board from earlier this month:

                (google for translation, I'm too lazy to c&p on a Fri afternoon).

                Enjoy the show, and SGV.

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                  Ciao Bob Oct 31, 2013 02:01 PM

                  And it is still only Thursday!

                  1. re: Ciao Bob
                    TonyC Oct 31, 2013 02:11 PM

                    thanks CB,
                    you just saved everyone's payroll tomorrow.

                    It's been that kinda week... which means in about 4 hours I'm off to Chinatown for the spooky dimsum crawl to get serious plastered

                    1. re: TonyC
                      kevin Oct 31, 2013 02:38 PM

                      The weekend always starts on a Thursday. Didn't you guys already realize that ?

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                    kevin Oct 31, 2013 02:39 PM

                    Can someone please translate ?

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                      TonyC Oct 31, 2013 03:04 PM

                      since it's apparently NOT friday:
                      1. Lion (mane) fish
                      2. “mao” duck — duck hot pot (the “mao” series of dishes are native faves)
                      3. House flavor “bo bo” chicken
                      4. sizzling rice chitterling
                      5. Sichuan homestyle “small fry” pork
                      6. chameleon plant salad
                      7. sizzling rice beef
                      8. braised pork (which has been since 86ed off the board).

                      bo bo chicken (both "Chengdu Taste" flavor and "Vine chili" flavor) were also OOS earlier this week.

                      There will be dough figure makers all day Friday, but not Saturday.

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                        barryc Oct 31, 2013 06:18 PM

                        no more braised pork hock?????!!!!!!!

                        1. re: barryc
                          TonyC Nov 1, 2013 09:13 AM

                          Both the crura are still avail. The specials menu braised pork isn't the hock.

                          NB: I haven't had the braised pork from the specials menu.

                  3. re: waferthin
                    JThur01 Oct 31, 2013 03:23 PM

                    Plenty of options, it depends on what style/type of food you're looking for (erm, exactly what are you looking for?)...several of them have been mentioned here.

                    Either going out Garvey (mainly HK cafes) or up Atlantic or on up to Valley are good options. 10PM-ish, there are several options. Even more a couple of miles further east in San Gabriel, as barryc mentioned. All contingent on whether you want to drive 3 stoplights or 6.

                  4. re: TonyC
                    barryc Oct 31, 2013 06:16 PM

                    i thought you didn't like QDBF.

                    and you listed CT three times. was that a huge hint?

                    1. re: barryc
                      TonyC Nov 1, 2013 09:14 AM

                      Still don't. But I'm not eating, waferthin is. =)

                  5. barryc Oct 31, 2013 01:11 PM

                    that late, you have primarily members of the sam woo franchise and HK style cafes. one exception would be old country cafe (taiwanese) at the corner of garfield & valley open until midnight. the pork chop rice is the popular menu item there. 101 noodle express on valley a little bit before NEW ave is open until 1am. things including the beef roll and the noodle dishes are things to get there.

                    that's about it. there are a few other choices farther east on valley in san gabriel.

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                    1. re: barryc
                      chrishei Oct 31, 2013 01:19 PM

                      +1 x2

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                      Xan7hos Oct 31, 2013 12:56 PM

                      If you're into drinks I recommend Spirit House in Monterey Park, located on the second floor of the Lincoln Plaza Hotel. Not sure when last call is for the kitchen but it should be pretty late...pan-Asian gastropubby style food.

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                        waferthin Oct 31, 2013 01:20 PM

                        thanks, drinks are definitely a factor :)

                        1. re: waferthin
                          Xan7hos Nov 1, 2013 01:19 AM

                          For what it is (the few if only? bar in Monterey Park) it has a really great feeling. The last time I went I had a great experience (not to hype it up)...live jazz band, outdoor patio with fire pit, ridiculously high # of beer selection, especially Japanese oddly enough, cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients, and the food is definitely on the funner side

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                        ilysla Oct 31, 2013 12:50 PM

                        Any HK style cafe...?

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                        1. re: ilysla
                          Xan7hos Oct 31, 2013 12:54 PM

                          Tons, if not all are generally open past 2AM. Garden Cafe and Tasty Garden are next to each other on Valley in Alhambra, go west more on Valley and again lots of options.

                          1. re: ilysla
                            Chandavkl Oct 31, 2013 01:32 PM

                            J J Cafe on Garvey in Monterey Park for sure, if you don't mind rubbing shoulders with Asian gangbangers. I'm surprised they bother to close at 4 am.

                            1. re: Chandavkl
                              Xan7hos Nov 1, 2013 01:22 AM

                              JJ Cafe to me is probably the lowest on the totem pole in terms of quality and service...yet I always find myself being dragged there by friends looking for late night HK-cafe grub. I hate myself every time I'm there. I'm having flashbacks to that one Last Supper print they have on their wall...the one with Elvis and Marlyn Monroe...

                              1. re: Xan7hos
                                TonyC Nov 1, 2013 09:22 AM


                                do you hate yourself less when it's KT, Garden, Sunday Bistro or Baccali? Cuz I don't.

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                                  Xan7hos Nov 1, 2013 12:10 PM

                                  Haha I definitely don't enjoy HK cafe food as much as I did in my youth...more or less how I feel about many American diners...not a lot of love in the cooking. I think the one I do like despite having a relatively bad location is Ish Kitchen in Rosemead

                                  1. re: Xan7hos
                                    blimpbinge Nov 1, 2013 01:42 PM

                                    Ish is cantonese run, but far from a typical "hk cafe"

                                    1. re: blimpbinge
                                      Xan7hos Nov 4, 2013 11:26 PM

                                      I'll concede you are absolutely correct

                                      1. re: Xan7hos
                                        blimpbinge Nov 4, 2013 11:50 PM


                                        their happy hr ain't bad either! You're right that their secluded location kills them.

                                        My group was the only was there for the first 2 hours of their dinner service on a friday. It started getting busy the moment the clock hit 7 though

                              2. re: Chandavkl
                                Xan7hos Nov 1, 2013 01:28 AM

                                Found it

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                              kevin Oct 31, 2013 11:47 AM

                              Where's Luckman ? on the CSU campus ?

                              How about Seafood Village, the one in Montery Park is open till midnight if I'm not mistaken.

                              That should gt teh ball rolling.

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                              1. re: kevin
                                LouisvilleFoodie Oct 31, 2013 01:03 PM

                                :( I miss that area.. I graduated from CSULA in 92

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                                Ernie Oct 31, 2013 11:41 AM

                                Tasty Garden, but only the original location in Alhambra on Valley Bl.

                                1. ipsedixit Oct 31, 2013 11:09 AM

                                  No one eats dim sum after 3 p.m. No one serious, anyway.

                                  When does the show end?

                                  I would say drive down east on Valley as you're leaving the CSULA campus and hit up just about any joint past Atlantic Blvd. and before you reach Rosemead.

                                  Some notable joints would be Tasty Garden, Boat House, Phoenix Inn, Chengdu Taste, New Bay Seafood.

                                  And depending on when last call is at the Luckman, you might have to wait a good 30 or 40 minutes for a table if your group is large.

                                  Enjoy your evening. Hope you get some ...

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                                  1. re: ipsedixit
                                    waferthin Oct 31, 2013 11:18 AM

                                    Shows you what I know about dim sum :) Thanks for the recs. Show ends no later than 10pm, we're just 4 people so Valley sounds like a good bet.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      barryc Oct 31, 2013 12:53 PM

                                      IIRC chengdu taste closes at 10pm

                                      1. re: barryc
                                        PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 12:57 PM

                                        Just extended hours from 11am to midnight straight through, no siesta: http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/10/...

                                        1. re: PeterCC
                                          barryc Oct 31, 2013 06:13 PM

                                          in that case, add chengdu taste to old country cafe & 101 noodle express as potential recommendations. thanks.

                                          actualy, i'd put CT at the top of the list.

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