If you’re looking for a big group spot in Monterey Park where everybody will walk away happy, head to Alice’s Kitchen. This crowded Hong Kong-style cafe has a big front patio, long communal tables inside, and a menu with well over 100 different dishes on it. You could eat here every day for two months and not try everything, so for first-timers, we recommend sticking to the congee, hot pot, and fried noodle sections - and always get a few plates of pineapple buns for the table. Cash only.
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Lu Din Gee (Duck House)
If you’re looking for authentic Peking duck, head to Duck House in Monterey Park. Just make sure to reserve your duck ahead of time.
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Chinese Friends Restaurant
Chinese Friends is a no-frills restaurant on Broadway that serves Chinese-American fare and has no affiliations with NBC (that we know of).
Formosa Cafe is a certified Old Hollywood landmark that’s been freshly restored, with a reinterpreted Chinese-American menu added as well.
Newport Seafood is an upscale SGV classic where you should be ordering the whole lobster.
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Lao Xi Noodle House
Lao Xi Noodle House is a low-key Chinese spot in Arcadia that serves some of our favorite noodles in SGV.
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Hai Di Lao is an upscale hot pot restaurant in Arcadia that’s ideal for a fun group outing.
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