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Any good Chinese Take-Out in Hollywood (Highland/Fountain) ?

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Looking for good Chinese delivery in Hollywood area.

Ex-NY'r with high expectations...formerly near SoHo/ Chinatown!

Hopefully authentic, not greasy, with real white meat chicken, fresh vegetables, etc.

Cant rely on Seamless, Eat or Yelp profiles

Thanks

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  1. It's certainly not a popular place around here but your best bet in that area might be Mandarette on Beverly....

    1. Try Green Tea Chinese House Chinese Restaurant on Sunset.....particularly for white meat chicken and steamed veggies! Very good!

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      1. re: chewbacca

        I used to live right near that place. They have great cheap lunch specials too.
        http://www2.beyondmenu.com/20648/los-...

      2. Chi Dynasty on Hillhurst.

        1. So, where do all the Jews in LA get their Chinese Food?

          In NYC Chinese outsells Kosher 100:1

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          1. re: kayvan

            Depends entirely on where you live...

            Note these previous threads:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/76077
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/347244

            1. re: ns1

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/351835

              http://www.chow.com/food-news/1815/mr...

              Mr Taster

          2. You will find that your "high expectations" of Chinese food, based on your NY Chinatown experiences, are actually incredibly low once you start re-learning what Chinese food actually is.

            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              You obviously have never been there

              NYC's Chinatown has some of the best Cantonese food on the planet

              1. re: kayvan

                Oh man, this is going to be good.

                <breaks out lawn chair, popcorn>

                1. re: kayvan

                  Wow. OK.

                  I grew up eating the Americanized NY-style Chinese food you're seeking. My sister lives in Brooklyn and I was raised in NJ.

                  I have been several times to Flushing, San Francisco Chinatown, as well as the satellite communities in and around Milpitas. I've been scouring the LA's Chinese San Gabriel Valley since the early 2000s. In 2006 I spent two months traveling through China and Hong Kong.

                  Oh yeah, my in-laws live in Taiwan. I've visited them once or twice ok eight times. Almost forgot about that.

                  But to answer your point directly, kayvan, you are incorrect. I have in fact been to NYC Chinatown.

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    You expected OP to know your whole history by your first comment?

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      Of course not. However kayvan a Chowhound newbie and (s)he's got to learn the ropes somehow.

                      That's not my whole history, by the way!

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        He

                        Taster, get out of the kitchen...lots Kayvans in this town

                        1. re: kayvan

                          God help us all! :)

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: kayvan

                            that's what yelp and/or tripadvisor are for.

                            seriously, the perception of chinese food in the US suffers like that of italian food: spaghetti with tomato sauce and meatballs is the typical american's perception, which comes from a very small representation of the cuisine of one specific italian region that was the source of the majority of italian immigrants.

                            similarly, most of the chinese who initially emigrated to build the railroad came from one particular area in the south where you had access to seafood and rice was the staple crop. call it the chinese equivalent to south carolina. most chinese cuisines do not include rice/seafood in their dishes. inland, where wheat is the staple crop, you see breads & noodles. where it's largely desert, you see the use of a lot more chili's much as in the american southwest. and with the mongolian influence, a lot of mutton and lamb. where it's cold, dumplings with really thick skins, etc.

                            it'd be like only people from the santa maria area here in CA emigrating somewhere and the result being that everyone there thinking that american BBQ is only tri-tip. the only major regional chinese cuisines you might have been exposed to in NY (and i've eaten in NY chinatown as well) would be primarily cantonese, and due to a recent influx, from fujian province.

                            hey, my parents immigrated from southern china to the midwest and i didn't know this until i moved to LA and got exposed to all these different regional cuisines. but other than dim sum, i haven't eaten at a cantonese restaurant in months closer to a year, and i go out for chinese at least once a week by virtue of my organizing a weekly lunch outing.

                            on this board, if you ask for 'best chinese' (which includes authentic) recommendations, the typical response from most knowledgeable CHers on this board will be to suggest driving to the san gabriel valley (SGV), though some folks have picked up on the NY thing and offered some suggestions you might find helpful if that's what you really want. or you can overpay for relatively mediocre chinese food outside the SGV.

                            FWIW, i don't think that there a good deli to be found anywhere in LA, much less a decent bagel. but you have access to more authentic regional chinese cuisines in the SGV than anywhere else in the US (but toronto and vancouver kick LA's butt in this regard).

                            1. re: barryc

                              You consider Brooklyn Bagel, on Beverly, indecent? ("undecent"?)

                              1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                                I definitely consider BBB one of the lesser offerings among those that are actually trying to produce a real bagel. The place looks like the real deal. But of the 4 or 5 times I've been there (none recently), I've gotten small, dense and dry bagels. A truly great bagel can be fully enjoyed without any moisture-providing embellishment, like a soft pretzel.

                                Much better are Sam's on Larchment (or Sunset), The Bagel Factory on Robertson, and Bagel Nosh in Santa Monica. Also, Bagel Broken in a pinch. None of these suffer from any of the criticisms I've levied against BBB.

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                  Concur...I used to drive by all the time and never even noticed it...tried it twice (in last year)...a dozen bagels each time...they were dry and hard, and didn't even toast well.

                                  I, too, like the Factory on Robertson. Even Larry King's place on Beverly in BH is decent.

                        2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          He didn't have to expect anything; the OP assumed.

                      2. re: kayvan

                        At least you could have pulled the Flushing card. Sheesh.

                        Get thee to the SGV posthaste.

                        1. re: kayvan

                          As for take-out, you are likely going to have similar problems with Chinese as Indian. There are no Empire Szechuan Anythings around here. Mandarette is OK, as another mentioned. Hunan Cafe is also sub-par for what I suspect you are looking for:
                          https://plus.google.com/1052915547999...
                          But it is mostly abysmal.

                          If the planet was called Manhattan it would still have to bow to Flushing for best, I suppose. Like Mr Taster, I am a Tri-State ex-pat, and hope you will come to know your new planet that orbits the San Gabriel Valley - a universe of Chinese greatness.

                          1. re: kayvan

                            Only if your preference is 20th century Cantonese food. Restaurants like Wo Hop, Hop Kee, etc. are anachronisms that don't stand up to contemporary Cantonese food. Noodletown is better but still isn't 21st century quality. Only Cafe Hong Kong on Bayard is comparable to what you can get here in the Los Angeles area.

                            1. re: kayvan

                              Bro do you even China?

                               
                          2. I find Hunan Café on Sunset near Crescent Heights is perfectly fine for standard Chinese take-out fare. Had the Kung Pao chicken the other day and it was spicy and tasty the way you expect from a good Kung Pao. Good sized portions. Ratio of chicken to water chestnuts was perhaps a little lower than I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it.

                            Mind you, we're talking about Americanized Chinese, not authentic like you find in the SGV, etc etc (trying to avoid the Thunderdome of Chowhound food debates).

                            1. We like Genghis Cohen (about as close to NY Chinese as you'll get - egg rolls anyway - but in a class of it's own since there's jalapenos in some items, Mexican influence). However that's take-out, no delivery.

                              We've had consistently good food from Mao's Kitchen on Melrose, slightly west of LaBrea. When you request food spicy, they respect your request.

                              1. I live in this exact area and have tried all of them. My go-to is Le Mandarette, a take-out-only place on Sunset and LaBrea (not to be confused with Mandarette on Melrose). Similar to but better than Green Tea House, IMHO.

                                It's standard Cantonese, but I think the owners are Singaporean, so there are some pan-SE Asian influences. They do particularly good shrimp dishes, with big, succelent prawns. Their veggies are solid. Big portions. No MSG, which I'm sensitive to. It's definitely no SGV, or even Chinatown, but it won't throw your New Yorker a curve either.

                                Just a suggestion, in the same area is the new branch of Pa-Ord Noodle. Why not get something the ex-NYr didn't get in NY?

                                1. Not exactly your area, but Sea Dragon on Vermont and 1st street has the best Cantonese food outside of the SGV in my humble opinion. You can't go wrong, but the pork chop with spicy salt, won ton with noodles, and eggplant with spicy garlic sauce are the bomb.com

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                                  1. re: jtloveLA

                                    Yes, definitely not your ordinary neighborhood zip 900-- place.

                                    1. re: jtloveLA

                                      wow how the fuck did this not pop up on my radar before

                                      81 reviews, 4.5*

                                      http://www.yelp.com/biz/sea-dragon-ch...

                                      wish they had a pic of their pork chop.

                                      1. re: ns1

                                        Well, it's certainly not a destination restaurant, but if in you're in the area it's a good choice.

                                        1. re: Chandavkl

                                          it's certainly closer than SGV, and seems better than 77 mandarin kitchen (thanks again for that review btw lol)

                                      2. re: jtloveLA

                                        I picked up some food from here for my Jewish X-mas eve Chinese food + a movie. it was much better than I expected (for Americanized mini-mall Chinese food). It's pretty much the owner @ the counter/register/dining room and one cook working the wok in the kitchen.

                                        They give you very large portions plus an order of white rice and egg drop soup with each order (I'm not sure if the extras were part of the lunch special or not. I was there well after lunch). I ordered beef & broccoli, kung pow chicken and combo fried rice (if I remember correctly). I got an 3 white rices AND 3 soup plus my order. I had to give that away to some of my neighbors because--too much for me. I recall the B&B being decent, the kung pow was a bit sweet for me and I think the fried rice was pretty good. I need to get back over there and try the eggplant and maybe a shrimp dish.

                                        I think this is a slight step up from the usual gloppy Chinese minimall food to be found west of the 110.

                                        1. re: LAgirl2

                                          Kung Pao slightly sweet - huh?
                                          and any rice recommendations should stand at the end of the line.
                                          You should try Kung Pao Bistro on Santa Monica Blvd. @ Fairfax, front of Whole Foods, for some better food, and surely more tasty than the G/Cohen down Fairfax, but no music or mixed drinks, alas!

                                          1. re: carter

                                            I think the "slightly sweet" issue is that they may be catering to the flavor preferences of their Central American neighbors (I find that to be the case with many minimall Thai places in the neighborhood as well). Since it was my first time here, I ordered some simple dishes that any place should be able to execute.

                                            I've been to Kung Pao Bistro (but not in years). I live in Ktown, so WEHO isn't practical for take out and in this case I was interested in take out. If I'm going to drive 20 minutes for Chinese food I'd rather go to Chinatown or spend another 10 minutes to go to the SGV. (I also haven't been to Genghis Cohen since the 80's)

                                      3. Interesting thread from the Manhattan board-- what Manhattan Chowhounds think of the Chinese food in Chinatown. Expectations are decidedly un-high.

                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974370

                                        Mr Taster

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                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                          As I am infamous for saying, New York Chinese food is stuck in the 20th century. As I posted in another thread I've found no French cut filet mignon in any New York Chinese restaurant and only two places (one in Chinatown) that serves Shandong beef rolls.

                                        2. Any others?

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                                          1. re: kayvan

                                            No. Hollywood-Los Feliz-Silverlake-mid Wilshire etc. is well recognized as generally being a wasteland for Chinese food. While Los Angeles has the best Chinese food in the US, it's not well spread out. Consequently you'd have just as much trouble if you asked about, say, the San Fernando Valley.

                                            1. re: Chandavkl

                                              And, why not just say anywhere not in the San Gabriel Valley?

                                              1. re: carter

                                                arent there some good ones in ktown?
                                                there are ones I enjoy in chinatown also

                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                  There's Korean Chinese food in Chinatown as well as some good skewer type places which is probably not what OP is looking for. Good Chinese food is not restricted solely to the SGV. Besides Chinatown there are a couple places in WLA, a few in the South Bay, quite a few in Cerritos/Artesia and strangely, a bunch in the Conejo Valley. And if you head to the OC, a whole bunch in Irvine.

                                                  One center city location that hasn't been mentioned is Huang's BBQ on Melrose (formerly BBQ Unlimited #2).

                                                  1. re: Chandavkl

                                                    thanks for the reply...what's korean chinese food exactly, and is there a spot you recommend there?

                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                      Korean Chinese food is just another subcategory of inauthentic Chinese food, like Americanized Chinese food and Desi (Indian) Chinese food, the latter not too common in LA, more common in Dallas, i.e., altered to conform to the local taste. I generally don't like Korean Chinese food and hence wouldn't make any recommendations. The best dishes there are the jha jiang mein and the sweet and sour beef.

                                                      1. re: Chandavkl

                                                        >> Korean Chinese food is just another subcategory of inauthentic Chinese food

                                                        Be careful when you go down that slippery slope of "authenticity".

                                                        Remember, Korean style Chinese restaurants make authentically Korean style Chinese food, because everything is authentic to itself. The Costa Rican Chinese food I had was authentically Costa Rican, and (mercifully) unlike any Chinese food I'd eaten anywhere else in the world.

                                                        It's another thing to say that Shandong style zhajiangmian is the traditional Chinese version of jajangmyeon. But calling either "authentic/inauthentic" isn't expressly true.

                                                        Mr Taster

                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                          Chandavkl and taster, thanks for the info.

                                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                                            In which case we shouldn't call New York style Chinese food inauthentic?

                                                            1. re: Chandavkl

                                                              New York style Chinese food is authentically New York style Chinese food. I've accepted that :)

                                                              Mr Taster

                                                      2. re: Chandavkl

                                                        BBQ Unlimited #2 had decent hanging stuff when it first opened but not in the last few years.

                                              2. WoW!

                                                Seems like you gotta get rich in this town and just hire a cook to pack up 7 meals a week in ur Sub Zero so when u pull ur Ferrari in you pop it in the Wolf range for 30 min while you take a dip in ur pool and pour a Gin-n-Tonic

                                                Done that before in SoHo & guess Ill be hiring!

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                                                1. re: kayvan

                                                  wat

                                                  1. re: kayvan

                                                    No, you just have to drive.

                                                    1. re: kayvan

                                                      Not sure why you assume lowly delivery drivers are somehow able to transcend the brutal traffic that is the daily life in LA that the rest of us schmucks have to deal with.....