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Apr 27, 2014 07:03 PM

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

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


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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.

      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. 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


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

                          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.

                        1. 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:
                          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.