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May 16, 2014 07:35 PM

What is "Pine & Crane"?

Jeopardy Daily Double:

"The best Chinese restaurant for under $15 outside of San Gabriel Valley"

Yes, it's Pine & Crane. Maybe even without the $15 qualifier, as I think it's right there with Hakkasan.

Killer bowl of zhajiang mian, too.

Good, select selection of loose leaf teas as well.

Pine & Crane
(in the former Cru location in Silver Lake)

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  1. Really? That good?!

    And not far from me at all... Hmm.....

    Happy news, thanks Ipsedixit!

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    1. re: happybaker

      Yes, really.

      And certainly better than anything on this list (with the aforementioned *possible* exception of Hakkasan with or without the $15 qualifier).

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Okay Ips - I'm in.

        We have a busy weekend, but I'm going to propose it as a get together place for friends this or next week.


    2. Wow! It's literally a few hundred yards from me. I'll be trying soon.

      Thanks Ipse!

      1. Wish they were open later, at leafs on weekends. Why close at 10 pm when everyone else is open till at least 11 in Silver Lake?

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        1. re: BacoMan

          Gift horse open mouth.

          Bacoman, take a peek.

        2. Ipse, what do you recommend besides the zhajiang main? I wasn't a fan of their dan dan noodles and thought the cold bar was just ok.

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          1. re: jdwdeville

            Of course they were "just ok". It's Silver Lake. For the area, it's pretty darn good. Maybe even really good. For SGV, it would be "where's Shau Mei?"

            As to other items of note, the sweet potato leaves and the minced pork on rice were great, esp. together (and with a drizzle of table-side artisan soy sauce). I am told the pot stickers and the scallion pancakes (not the beef roll) were barely passable. Even for Silver Lake.

          2. I like the beef noodle soup