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CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Not one restaurant in the SGV made it to the top 10. I am living in a dim sum desert...oh, the humanity!

Hakkasan - Miami, Florida
Gunshow - Atlanta, Georgia
JS Chen's Dim Sum & BBQ - Plano, Texas
Yank Sing - San Francisco
Red Egg - New York City
The Church Key - Los Angeles
Ping Pang Pong - Las Vegas, Nevada
Ming’s Bistro - Orlando, Florida
State Bird Provisions - San Francisco, California
Winsor Dim Sum Café - Boston, Massachusetts


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    1. It's directly ripped/attributed from the T+L list, which included 17 restaurants instead of 10. In the 17, there's sea harbor: http://www.travelandleisure.com/artic...

      as far as reading "eatocracy"... i mean... just don't? if they can't yelp their way into their own shitty listicle, maybe don't write at all.

      1. Clarissa's lists are fucking genius in comparison.

        1. When will we learn to stop looking at lists?!

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          1. I wasn't impressed by the Church Key at all, both times that I went.

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            1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

              Oh yeah? Just made reservations to go tomorrow. Menu and all looked interesting. Got strong marks from Gayot. (whom I find to be pretty reliable).

            2. Having eaten at JS Chen, Red Egg, Ming's, Ping Pang Pong and Winsor, this list is inexplicable. (I'm OK with Hakkasan and Yank Sing.)

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              1. re: Chandavkl

                Maybe the SGV isn't part of the United States of America?

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  America is prob tired of hearing how great the SGV is for Chinese food.

                2. re: Chandavkl

                  Chan, What's your opinion of Yank Sing compared to Koi Palace in Daly City?

                  1. re: granadafan

                    Not factoring in price, Koi Palace is better. Factoring in price, Koi Palace is much better.

                3. CNN has long since been a reputable source for anything informative in any capacity. The poor network should be put out of its misery. Unfortunately, the same can be said of every other corporate "news" channel currently broadcasting.

                  Just watch or listen to Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! program–the only real televised (or video-streamed) news that's worth a damn. Unfortunately, Amy doesn't do the food beat, but that's why we all come here, right? :)

                  1. red egg hahaha....this is a joke

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                    1. re: Lau

                      Well Red Egg may have the best dim sum in New York Chinatown so it's not like it's awful. I think it's even better than Ping Pang Pong and some of the other places in the list.

                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        maybe although im not even sure its the best in chinatown

                        plus hakkasan in NY is def better and the flushing places are probably a bit better too, but seriously every major dim sum place in SGV is better

                    2. A western, or fusiony, dim sum place would be a great idea, but State Bird Provisions isn't it. They're an excellent small plates place, but the presence of carts and some asian-inspired dumplings doesn't make it dim sum. I can forgive the absence of tea, but not the absence of hours during breakfast and lunch, price point, and not being friendly to large groups. Other than carts, which aren't even at every dim sum place, SBP has a lot more in common with izakaya or tapas.

                        1. re: granadafan

                          There is a decent sized Chinese population in the Dallas area (predominantly Taiwanese), and Plano is the center.


                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Yes, in recent 99 Ranch fashion, it looks to have replaced an abandoned American supermarket site. (The telltale sign is not a large number of adjoining Chinese restaurants.)

                              1. re: Chandavkl

                                Not to get sidetracked, but few if any "new" supermarkets are ever built from the ground up these days.

                                It's basically repackaging an existing infrastructure with new signage, trade dress, etc.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Which makes me wonder if that incredibly old, ugly Vons on the SE corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Barrington in West L.A. (that was just recently completely razed to bare pavement) will be the site of a brand new, from scratch, supermarket - or not?

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    "incredibly old, ugly Von's" LOL

                                    I'd think something other than a new supermarket, but we can always hope.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Well, depends on what the Albertson's people prefer, once its acquisition of Safeway/Vons is complete. As of now, it will become a brand new Pavilions with on-site parking, built lot line to lot line.
                                      But Albertsons may prefer to sell the site to let another make that selection. No shortage of buyers for the site should it hit the market, be they in the grocery biz or just a developer wanting to maximize its income potential.
                                      Could see a new Whole Foods there in about 30 minutes with the closest unit in Brentwood on San Vicente with one of the worst parking scenarios imaginable, short of any Trader Joe's lot!

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Good riddance, that place was a dump back in the Nixon administration. Its funny because I think it was a Safeway back then. Then it switched to a Von's, and then Von's got bought out by Safeway and now they are getting bought out by Albertson's. It will probably be a supermarket, because the Von's Pavilions up on Wilshire closed and they could use some neighborhood presence.

                            2. State Bird Provisions isn't even Cantonese style yum cha / dim sum, they basically take the "tapas" small portion idea and put it onto a push cart. No doubt the food and concept is interesting, but should not even belong on the list.

                              What a jucking foke.

                              I'm surprised they got away with the name Ping Pang Pong. Replace the P with "Ch" and you have a Rosie O Dumb bell faux pas. Scheisse.

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                              1. re: K K

                                Well, to be fair, did CNN state that it was talking about Canto style dim sum?

                                In fact, I think it's a credit to the popularity of dim sum generally, that modern, updated dim sum style restaurants have so permeated the culinary fabric in the U.S. that we can now actually debate whether something actually constitutes traditional Canto style "yum cha" versus something that is, as you so aptly put it, tapas on a push cart.

                              2. Uh...clearly this list is not about traditional dim sum...

                                The Church Key and State Bird Provisions aren't truly dim sum restaurants.

                                1. Its a list where uptight white guys from NYC in suits and ties would go. They would never set foot in the SGV with a hour wait. They want hip, rich, white guy expense account restaurants.

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                                  1. re: bringiton

                                    The great irony there is a no holds barred meal @ sea Harbour or equivalent would destroy an expense account