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Aug 28, 2014 02:52 PM

Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel


Is Family Pastry any good on Spring (they have a grade of C, which is an exceptionally felicitous sign to me)?

What about CBS Seafood?

Or Mayflower (sp?)?

Thanks, guys, and it looks like there's a new italian called Mikey D's.

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  1. I think Hop Li is pretty good.

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    1. re: JAB

      hop li is the only place in chinatown for which i will deliberately travel to chinatown.

      after 10 pm, won kok is a stand by mainly because the name makes my caucasian friends giggle when i say it out loud.

      1. re: barryc

        Won Kok is no longer an option! Try CHinese Friends, Mandarin Chateau and Full House

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Thanks Burger Boy.

          You still holding up the fort at J n J Burger and BBQ. ??????? :)

          Good to have you back on the board.

          btw, how are the desserts at J n J these days anything new like the peach cake, you or someone else once happened to mention ?????


          1. re: kevin

            Have not been there as often but last time it was still gooood! Desserts are always good but when his moms made something special, do no think she is doing that any more!

          2. re: Burger Boy

            i have no idea what you mean by that. the other choices are ok if you're stuck in chinatown, but i would rather drive elsewhere than go to chinatown.

            1. re: barryc

              I mean is Won Kok is awful, it sucks!

      2. Baked BBQ pork buns are good at Family Pastry, but it's hard to spend more than $3 there. CBS is OK but like everything else in Chinatown would last about 10 minutes in the San Gabriel Valley. Mayflower appeals particularly to the Pilipino crowd, so much so that they've done two expansions. Best in Chinatown are probably Master Chef, Golden City and J.R. Bistro (pending its sale). I think the best downtown bet is not in Chinatown, but Peking Tavern.

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          just was curious after grubbing at Little Jewel.

          Family Pastry looked good based on the C rating. see below or above.

          is famly pastry more for sweet or savory pastries ?????

          1. re: Chandavkl

            I actually like Family Pastry's egg custard tarts, nice and big as they were in the 70s when I grew up in LA. Full House can be good with the right chef. I think the one who comes in for the closing shift isn't as good. I still enjoy the Kung Pao Chicken from Chinese Friends, probably because I grew up with their version, so it's comfort food now.

            1. re: TripleAxel

              family pastry it is then for a few pastries.

            2. re: Chandavkl

              I have enjoyed several good meals at ABC Seafood, yet pending its sale...

              1. re: Chandavkl

                It being difficult to spend over $3 is a good thing, right ??????

                Yeah, when I checked the CBS menu I was surprised that there was abalone and sea cucumber and other oddities on there, but is it just not done well, so it would be ultimately crap if they plopped it on Valley in San Gabriel or Garvey in Monterey Park ?????

                Thanks man.

                And Family Pastry is cash only right ?????? I wouldn't see why they would take cards, of course.

                1. re: kevin

                  Yes, all the bakeries and even a lot of the restaurants in Chinatown are cash only. (Last time I checked, even Mayflower.) $3 at Family Pastry should fill you up.

                  A little history regarding CBS. Go back 20 years and the best Chinese restaurant in the LA area (including the SGV) was ABC Seafood on Ord and New High. Beat the pants off of anything in the SGV or Bay Area, serving what was then modern Hong Kong style food. Then came the day in 1999 that broke my heart (along with all the Chinese foodies of the day). The owner-chef sold the restaurant to one of the waiters and retired, taking his recipes with him. The holdover waiter tried his best, but it wasn't the same. Meanwhile the other waiters initially went their separate ways, but a year later came together and opened up CBS Seafood. Identical menu to ABC (except they used a green cover instead of a red one) and indeed orally claimed they were the "real" ABC (since numerically there were so many ex-ABC types there). But they didn't have the recipes either. CBS ownership remains the same while ABC changed hands twice more, but neither came close to recreating the old ABC. Of course, 15 years later it might not make a difference, since my theory for Chinese restaurants in the US is that once they've been open for 15 to 20 years, they get surpassed by new players.


                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    Yes, the old ABC was indeed all that.

              2. Is family pastry across from cbs? I like their cream cone thing.

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                1. re: ns1

                  yep, exactly, and it has a C rating by the health regulator, which plastered a fiendish smile across my brow-beaten mug because i thought that was a very good sign for great food.

                  1. re: kevin

                    C = Chinese

                    Get the cream cone thing, eat it right away. It sucks if you let the cream soften the cone.

                    1. re: ns1


                      but i hadn't seen that grade even in the SGV for ages upon ages upon ages.

                2. Madarin Chateau, Excellent! Tea Smoked Duck, House special shrimp, chinese broccoli, string beans, juicy dumplings, everything we ate was excellent.
                  Chinese Friends also very good, just straight forward good chinese food!

                  1. Are you referring to Michael J's @ 643 North Spring St., or there actually a Mikey D's?
                    Michael J's was formerly in Sherman Oaks and Encino, yet relocated DTLA, first near County Hospital, then to its current location.

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                    1. re: carter

                      yes, i think that's it Michael J's.