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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

So says Kristie Hang, whose track record has been excellent. The new dishes sound very interesting. Of course I'll probably never find out because after everybody hears about this I won't be able to get a foot into the restaurant.

http://www.kristiehang.com/din-tai-fu...

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  1. Black sesame XLB??? Is that available in Arcadia? If not, I may need to make a trip out to the South OC in the near future....

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    1. re: paranoidgarliclover

      The Arcadia DTF took the black sesame dumplings off the menu about 5 years ago.

      But they've always kept some handy for anyone who asks politely. Which we always do. :)

      1. re: Bradbury

        Seriously, this might be enough to bring me back to DTF. ;)

        Although I suppose I could've just gone next door to Phoenix if I had wanted black sesame *that* badly. ;)

        1. re: paranoidgarliclover

          is black sesame a dessert dumpling ???? ir us ut stuffed ub there w the pork ??????

          1. re: kevin

            Your typing is sometimes indecipherable, kevin.

            1. re: J.L.

              my bad. it should read:

              is the black sesame stuffed with pork or is it just a dessert. ?????

              1. re: kevin

                It's a dessert item, not savory.

    2. Even before this I was counting on not being able to set foot in the place for the first 6 months. Unless we are talking very odd hours like 3-4pm or 9pm.

      1. I've been to all the socal locations...food is pretty much the same, IMO. Which is to say, delicious. Everyone in my family loves it. The new location in Glendale is great...much closer to us, and it's enjoyable to kill the time while you wait for your table.

        Not sure why people think it will be such a madhouse...just put down your name and go shopping, or browsing. It's easy to kill a couple hours in South Coast Plaza...and I don't really like to shop!

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        1. re: manku

          A couple of hours wait for lunch is the definition of madhouse for me.

          Window shopping can be dangerous and that lunch can get expensive really quickly all of the sudden...

          1. re: Porthos

            ESPECIALLY at South Coast Plaza compared to Americana (and of course, Arcadia). At least at Americana you can hole yourself up at Barnes and Noble and read (or use their wifi) for the time. No such refuge from the expensive shops at SCP.

            1. re: Porthos

              i guess expensive even for a baller. :)

            2. re: manku

              True manku, you can just shop around South Coast Plaza and just have them call/text you when they are ready. However, given the much anticipated opening there and the signs that have had people literally waiting for years (okay, maybe 1-2, but still)...I expect the waits to be longer than Glendale or Arcadia swiftly. The 1.5 to 2 hour waits up in LA will seem to be fast in comparison. There is only so much mall you can shop while you wait, even at one of the bigger malls like SCP.

              1. re: thewongmann

                I was in glendale yesterday at lunch..wait was 20 minutes at 2pm.

                I've never waited more than 45 minutes at any location, even during peak weekend hours.

                Arcadia isn't that far from OC...if people wanted DTF that bad, they would have made the drive already.

                It will be a zoo the first few weeks it opens, especially on weekends, I would imagine.

                1. re: manku

                  I've never waited more than 45 minutes at any location, even during peak weekend hours.
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                  Arcadia used to be at least 1 hour wait before opening of the second location. I made the mistake of going on New Years Day to the Arcadia branch. That was a 2 hour wait on BOTH sides

                  Arcadia isn't that far from OC...if people wanted DTF that bad, they would have made the drive already.
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                  It's about a 2+ hour drive round trip so essentially a wash or worse.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Waiting time today is supposedly over 3 hours.

                  2. re: manku

                    Recently went by the Glendale location around 7 pm on Sunday. Stated waiting time was an hour and a quarter. And remember there aren't that many Chinese living in that area. As opposed to South Coast Plaza where half the clientele seems to be Asian.

              2. My question would be if they have a "bar" section like they do in Glendale where you can skip the line. If so, I know exactly what I am doing the next time I'm in Orange County.

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                1. re: thewongmann

                  The do have a bar, according to the OC Weekly: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

                  Wonderful. Instead of waiting in line for a table, I'll wait for a spot at the bar and eat the same food.

                  1. re: thewongmann

                    Assuming no one else wants a spot at the bar to also skip the wait and eat the same food ;)

                    1. re: Porthos

                      Never really had a problem getting a seat at the bar area in Glendale if my party/I wanted to within 5-10 minutes or so of entering.

                      However, SCP might be a different animal.

                      1. re: thewongmann

                        Current wait time for the bar is 1.5 hours for a party of 1.

                        1. re: Porthos

                          Please let us know if it's worth the wait! Also, would love to know what you liked, and didn't. Do the have a full bar...I mean with martinis?

                2. Apparently large crowd of Chinese hipsters waiting at Din Tai Fung South Coast Plaza. I hope one of them reports in.