One of the OG Grand Central Market tenants, China Cafe has been serving Chinese-American classics that have barely changed since 1959. Expect things like chow mein, kung pao chicken and off-menu egg rolls. We like to elbow our way into a seat at the bar, order a huge bowl of wonton soup for $5.50, and load it with chili sauce.
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Colori is a solid, family-run Italian spot downtown, and one of the last of its kind.
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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.
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.
Dongpo is a great Chinese restaurant in the Santa Anita Westfield. You’re here for the duck.
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