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May 7, 2014 08:30 AM

Suggestions for SGV Chinese Restaurant, No Shellfish

Greetings from Boston - Coming to the LA area next month and desperately looking forward to having really great Chinese food such that we just do not have in Boston. I have been reading though a number of threads here as well as reading LA Eater for ideas of where to go in SGV, but I am finding myself overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and it makes it difficult as I do not know the area at all. Also, the kicker is that I have a shellfish allergy and this is sometimes a challenge in Chinese restaurants, where so many of the dishes seem to contain shrimp or another shellfish.

I would greatly appreciate if someone could suggest a couple good meat-centric restaurants where shellfish does not star on the menu. Spouse loves oxtail and is a nose to tail eater. Thanks!

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  1. 101 Noodle Express - Beef Roll & Lamb Skewers

    Beijing Pie House - Meat Pies & Homeland Meat Cake

    1. You should be safe at Chendu Taste (as long as you "like it hot" that is).

      LACH reviews/thread here:

      1. I haven't been in a couple of years but adored Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park for dim sum. Esp. the duck tongues. Mmm.

        I always caution people with shellfish allergies that Chinese food period may not be a great choice and there are dried shrimp in many things that you'd never guess. But if you've been successful eating it in other cities, you must be alright.

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        1. re: c oliver

          +1 Elite - have been there a few times over the past month for dim sum and they continue to be great. I love their baked buns - chicken, pork, snow, etc.

          You check off what you want from a menu (no carts) and they make it for you. You can easily tell that it hasn't been sitting on the cart, making the rounds. I usually have to be careful since it's steaming hot.

          1. re: condementia

            Thanks for elaborating. That was the first place that had menus only and it was a revelation for me.

          2. re: c oliver

            Dim sum in general may be a problem for people with shell fish allergies.

            1. re: PeterL

              Yes, I can't do dim sum anymore. Shrimp here, there and everywhere. It was a minefield.

          3. Feng Mao mutton kebab. Nothing says legit like grilled bull penis.

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            1. re: ns1

              hold the bull penis, er....let's just say minus one

              1. re: jessejames

                "...hold the bull penis..."

                An udder phallacy...but mooving.

                1. re: Servorg

                  The penis indeed mightier than the sword...

                  1. re: J.L.

                    Quoting Sean Connery on Celebrity Jeopardy! is always fun. Now are we going to start with the Anal Bum Cover? ;-D>

                    1. re: Servorg

                      "I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell..."

                      1. re: Servorg

                        "Ape Tit" would be more apropos to Chowhound, based on what the catetory name it was derived from.

                2. re: ns1

                  I wasn't joking btw, no shellfish here.

                3. Sorry about Eater LA's SGV being so overwhelming. Such is the nature of the beast.

                  check back in the end of the month for a visitors guide (though, I suspsect, it may still be overwhelming)