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any dinner only places in the SGV/k-town?

Element in Alhambra, but it's supposedly ridiculously overpriced.

Sep 28, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

I'd say they're the same.

Sep 28, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chuan's Chinese Restaurant (Temple City)

How do the logos compare? That would be an important clue. Last restaurant I can think of to have locations in LA and Houston (forgetting PF Chang, Panda Express and Ay Chung) was Yuan Ten.

Sep 27, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Papa in Industry

Well it's not much more than a boba shop, both in size and selection. Menu is slightly larger than a typical drink place and the "special huge chicken steak" is pretty good. Also a few bento boxes.

Sep 27, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai, i haven't heard mention of this joint on here just yet….

Probably due to the hype alluded to in the original thread.

Sep 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

La City Buffet Replaces Asia Buffet in Industry

Though Asia Buffet's awning proudly proclaimed New York style Chinese food, it had evolved into a fairly authentic Chinese buffet with things like millet porridge and several varieties of fish. However it has now been replaced by La City Buffet (that's what the business card says--sign outside says LA CITY BUFFET, from which it was not clear if it's La or abbreviating Los Angeles). On the surface La City Buffet seemed very promising. The interior has been completely remodeled and the place was almost full, mostly with Chinese diners. However the seating capacity has been greatly increased at the expense of a much smaller food area. And despite the mostly Chinese diners, there are fewer authentic items and more Americanized stuff (broccoli beef, General Tso's chicken, kung pao chicken, cheese wonton) than under the prior regime. I used to consider Asia Buffet as being at or near the top of the list of Chinese buffets in the SGV (admittedly not necessarily high praise as such). However I certainly won't say that about La City despite a few good items in the trays. Address is 18268 Gale in Industry.

Sep 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chong Qing Village Replaces Beijing Pavilion in Rowland Heights

Well that was fast. It's gone. (Or at least all of the windows are papered over.)

Sep 24, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Empress Pavilion Reopening Soon

No, I don't have inside information. But I did receive an invitation to a banquet there on October 18. So either they're opening up in the next 4 weeks, or the sponsors of the banquet better have a Plan B.

Sep 22, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Chinatown location is off their website. I thought it might have closed but when I went by recently I thought I saw activity there. Perhaps a new operator getting ready to open up?

Mr. Baguette Downtown? In The Bonaventure?

Well if you take the bridge over from the World Trade Center it's right there. That's the only reason I spotted it.

Sep 20, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Both. Food is very good by westside standards and even with the smaller lunch portions it's a good value. Ordinary dinner entrees seem to be about $3 more than San Gabriel.

Sep 19, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Things are looking up! My son is there for lunch and he took 9 friends with him, and he says the place is more than half full today. Guess everybody goes out to lunch on Friday.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Hope you're right, but I suspect there's a much bigger potential lunch crowd in Beverly Hills than Santa Ana.

Sep 19, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Well it's better than ROC. New Port may have toned down slightly for the westside but it's still a short version of the San Gabriel menu prepared in a similar style.

Sep 19, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Plus the little old Chinese ladies who cut in front of you at Yum Cha.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

As an aside, the restaurant called me this morning to confirm whether I was keeping my lunch reservation. I commented to my lunch partner that I was wondering whether they were so busy that they wanted to cull unused reservations, or whether they wanted to see if they needed to open up or not. Looks like it was the latter.

Sep 18, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Sep 18, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Don't recall seeing that. Orange beef, though.

Sep 18, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Lobster not on the lunch menu. Not enough Westsiders seriously interested in Chinese food.

Sep 18, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Well, 176 posts in the thread is pretty exciting for this board. Also Eater LA covered it. And my kids were excited (neither is a Chowhound or even a Yelper).

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Doesn't rank with Tasty Garden's orange chicken, though.

Sep 18, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

I believe validated parking in back is $2.50. I parked at a meter a couple of blocks away.

Sep 18, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Well ipsedixit is usually right anyway. But I'm referring to a lively discussion on this board from a few years ago as to Westside Chinese food. It was posited that if a signature San Gabriel Valley Chinese restaurant were to open somewhere in West LA, that they would clean up. However, ipsedixit replied to the contrary with words something like don't be fooled by the number of knowledgeable Westside Chowhounds who understood and appreciated SGV Chinese food, but there really weren't enough such Westsiders to actually support a high quality authentic Chinese restaurant.

My lunch today at New Port Seafood was certainly consistent with ipsedixit's observation. When we arrived at 11:45am there were three pairs of diners in the restaurant, for a grand total of 8 patrons. Around 12:30pm the other three pairs had left, leaving just 2 of us to enjoy the restaurant by ourselves. However, before finishing around 1pm, three more pairs came in, restoring the total to 8 diners. Which means the place was less than 10 percent full the entire time, barely two weeks after the restaurant opening. Interestingly, 4 of the 6 pairs of diners were Asian. Now with everything on the lunch menu under $10, you really can't go wrong. We had the kung pao chicken (best I recall eating), basil fish (same as San Gabriel), mapo tofu (they tricked us by calling it something else), and string beans (so so, a substitute for pea sprouts which were unavailable). Not as good as Tasty Garden or other top SGV fare, but still one of the best lunch values in the area. And the place was almost empty. I can only hope they make up for it at dinnertime, though nobody has said they're full at dinner.

Now I don't deny that the Westside Chinese food scene has improved in the few years since the earlier thread. Hakkasan and Meizhou Dongpo seem to be doing OK, ROC is doing well enough to open up two more Westside branches, and 101 Noodle Express is looking to open a full service location on the Westside. But as of now, the excitement over New Port Seafood opening in Beverly Hills may have been unwarranted.

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

What has me completely baffled is that there's an Israeli copy of my blog.

http://www.directrss.co.il/TextPage_E...

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

Barely have enough time to do my monthly article for Menuism. Besides I really don't have anything more to say.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/author/da...

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

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

I stop at the cha shu bao.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

The cash register receipt says 99 Ranch on it, so that's what I call it.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

Restaurants called "99 Ranch" don't count.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Full House Cafe--Dim Sum Alternative in Chinatown

Thanks for the Chinesupdate. It's interesting to chronicle the spread of Sichuan food throughout both our historic Chinatowns (particularly San Francisco--hasn't hit Los Angeles Chinatown yet) and other areas. Seems like almost half the new restaurant openings in the San Gabriel Valley are Sichuanese (and almost another half, Taiwanese hotpots), leaving scant room for other varieties. Plus all the authentic Sichuan places opening/converting in any university town with a large international Chinese student population.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

That honor goes to the recently opened Go 2 Deli, a Taiwanese eatery located in the food court at the Square in Rosemead, at Garvey and San Gabriel Blvd. There are just six items illustrated on the wall, strangely numbered 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18. There is no printed menu. But wait--the selection is actually smaller than it seems. Two of the dishes are chicken fillet, one with ground pork over rice, the other with ground pork over noodles. Two other dishes are pork stew soup and pork stew noodle soup. And the other two dishes? Why ground pork over rice and ground pork over noodles. That's all, folks!