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Nov 4, 2013 08:25 AM

Chinatown lunch today

Any recs / jury duty


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  1. How about Roy Choi's new place, Chego? I haven't been yet but am dying to try those fries!

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    1. re: happybaker

      Not Chinese, but good. Ditto for Starry Kitchen. Or maybe a bowl of noodle soup from Pho Broadway.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        Thanks guys. What's good for Chinese too? Those foots above sound awesome.

        1. re: jessejames

          Pho Broadway is borderline Chinese. Straight up Chinese probably best bets are J.R. Bistro or Master Chef.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Had hankering for Chinese so hit up jr. House special lobster w jalapeƱo and cubed French beef. Beef seemed like filet, tender and good. Steak and lobster lunch 25 bucks. Not shabby. I want to try rest recommended. Trying to be lite on carbs to shed some of the gut so no udon or Hawaiian rice bowl today. Thanks for tips.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Um, in my tiny defense, JJ didn't say specifically he wanted Chinese food. Just gave the Chinatown location. So I ran with that!

            (Just explaining how my mind worked...)

            1. re: happybaker

              No defense needed. Save that for the guys in here! Great tip appreciated. Could be all week.

              1. re: jessejames

                I would not be thinking in the the Chinatown direction while on JD. Instead, I would consider Marugame Monzo for udon, or trying some of the new stuff in Grand Central Market.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market is worth a lunch stop.

                    1. re: jessejames

                      Yes the ribs always sell out later in the day as well but the brisket is top notch these days though.

                      1. re: Johnny L

                        Really need to try it (along with Sticky Rice, and Egg Slut when it opens). GCM is blowin' up!

                    2. re: wienermobile

                      Had brisket and tips. Exactly 2 slices of brisket to order. Pretty good not dry but not smoky or salty enough for me. Greens were good. Solid B in my book. I'd go back and try pulled pork and links. Thanks!

          2. wish i'd seen this sooner. lots of good places is j-town nearby. comfortable walk. suehiro cafe very reasonable if not dirt cheap lunch specials. think japanese version of denny's.

            there's also a japanese place near the office depot that makes something like 20 lunch specials-of-the-day so if you get there early you can get one - they've always been good. i want to say izakaya but it's been a while and i only go when i have jury duty.

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            1. re: barryc

              Isn't that the place that was where Shin-Sen-Gumi is now?

            2. If you end up on a trial, take a few new friends to Yang Chow, on Broadway just above Alpine on the west side. Slippery Shrimp is one of L.A.'s most iconic and copied dishes -- shrimp dredged in corn starch then very crispy fried served in a sweet'n'sour souce with a bite of heat with some finely-chopped green onion. An addictively delicious dish. Supplement with some green beans with ground pork in a garlic sauce, maybe eggplant. The rest of the menu is pretty standard Americanized-Chinese dishes executed well. Many like the cool noodles with chicken and peanut butter sauce. If you have enough people, the spicy wonton soup with lots of chopped garlic and ginger is a sinus-clearing wake-up starter.

              Yang Chow does not do lunch specials. So best to go with others rather than solo. They have free, validated parking in the lot behind or across the street. Big favorite for court personnel -- where your Juror badge prominently, even during lunch, anywhere around CCB.

              If you are solo and want Chinese, take Broadway north across the freeway overpass and Cesar Chavez (Sunset) and you will find Yum Cha on the right (east) after a big apartment building. It may look closed as you approach -- it probably isn't. It is a cafeteria-style ordering process, and they do a lot to go. I like the baked pork bao. (Three to an order. Take the remainder home, refrigerate, and nuke for about 20-30 seconds on a napkin.) The crispy shrimp balls. Maybe eggrolls, but I doubt these are going to travel well. I haven't been impressed by their shu mai, you might like them more. And please let me know if you discover some tasty surprises. Really inexpensive.

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              1. re: nosh

                saw yum cha today -- i like your to-go idea...chinatown was bustling -- a fun area of la

              2. Check the "guilty" box after lunch.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

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